Sunday, February 18, 2018

Antique Quilt Treasures - Oxford Seminary Quilt - Chester County Historical Society

If you are ever near the Philadelphia area - make a beeline for the Chester County Historical Society!!
They have amazing antique treasures, particularly quilts. Last summer I was blessed to visit CCHS with my fellow certified quilt appraisers from PAAQT aka the Professional Association of Appraisers Quilted Textiles. We visited as part of our continuing education training.

Among the amazing quilts we saw at CCHS was the famed Oxford Seminary Quilt from the 1840s. Enjoy a few photos. Let me know if you'd like to see more of this one and some others?

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Antique Quilt - Wild Goose Chase Zigzag setting

Multigenerational quilt top - Wild Goose Chase Block in a zigzag setting from Michigan.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Antique Pillar Prints - Antique Fabric tutorial

After yesterday's post on neon prints, I thought I'd continue with another fabric terminology tutorial: Pillar Prints. Pillar prints are fabrics prominently depicting architectural columns or pillars (think Greek ruins or old Southern mansions).
This is my favorite - part of my Birds and Blooms trunk show or antique quilt study class. 1820s from England. Pillars with birds are the best!

Here's another -pillar print with baskets. This print was produced in at least 15 different colorways/versions. A ridiculously popular print. Backing fabric for a double 9 patch in my collection. ** Another fabric/color term is monochrome (aka one color) and this is the monochrome version. A multicolored would be a poly-chrome.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Antique Fabrics - Neon Prints

Neon prints were produced mainly at the end of the 1800s and the name is because they are brights set against darks like neon lights. Here are a few examples.

The bright green and pink backing on my Rocky Road to Kansas is a great example of a neon print or neon fabric

And that blue print below the cherubs is a good one too. By the way it was printed by Hamilton Printworks of Lowell, Massachusetts in 1881. And this is from the Tumbling Block Star with the 1881 calendar print.

This faux patchwork star print or cheater cloth is rather neony, as well.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Antique Heart Quilts -Hearts All Around

Hearts are all around,
Dated 1858 signature quilt from New York City. see more pictures and learn more information at this prior entry 

More from the 1858 Signature Quilt

Heart in Hand - central block in an 1850s applique quilt from Maryland. This block is full of Odd Fellows symbology.

Heart appliques on basket quilt from 1850/60 from New York State

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Antique Cupid Fabric -More cheeky little cupids

Cupid has been popular for a long time and been the subject of fabric designers for centuries too. See yesterday's post for a 200 year old cupid fabric This little cupid is from an 1880s hexagon medallion in the Starley Quilt Collection (available to visit your guild, shop, show)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Antique Toile de Jouy -Cheeky little Cupid

In honor of St. Valentine's Day, I went on a search for cupids in my antique quilt collection.  Here is the best cupid fabric ever ... The Cupid-Seller or Love Merchant, a toile de Jouy, from Jouy France, Oberkampf fabric company, from 1817.  Look at the amazing detail. For more cheeky little cupids... tune in tomorrow

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Antique Heart Quilt, Cupid's Arrows

Antique Heart Crib Quilt from Virginia, Starley Quilt Collection

And alongside my miniature repro, Virginia is for Lovers

Civil War survivor crib quilt - clearly made for a beloved child

Saturday, February 10, 2018

early faux patchwork cheater cloth

Most of my collection is multi-fabric or scrappy but I do have a few fancy 2 fabric quilts. But most of those are red/green appliques. This beauty is a quilted tour de force. The milk chocolate floral is beautiful and the neutral is actually a blue/white ribbony stripe which adds a lot of interest. The applique design is delicate and the swag border is the perfect finish.

Starley Quilt Collection

But my favorite things about the quilt -- the backing is an early cheater cloth (preprinted patchwork). It looks like pieced tumbling blocks but is actually a printed design.

Friday, February 9, 2018

1840s Antique Wholecloth Quilt, Faux Patchwork, cheater cloth print

Wholecloth faux patchwork print quilt, Starley Quilt Collection. I've seen the print dated to the 1850s but I've seen it used in a Pennsylvania/NewJersey signature quilt signed and dated from 1843.
This print is especially wonderful with the exotic animal prints (that look so modern) surrounding the flower pots.

And talk about faux patchwork!! Look at this Nine-Patch block --all printed not sewn.

And the wonderful brown and blue backing.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Antique Quilt Tumbling Block Stars Quilt - Antique faux patchwork, cheater cloth

I have a couple antique Tumbling Block Star Quilts with a solid fabric center star - shown top center in this picture. They are from Lancaster Co. Pennsylvania and date circa 1885. My friend Greta alerted me to them when she found one in the New England Quilt Museum that was a twin to one in her collection. We've seen found about 20 of them in different collections - all with a central star of solid fabrics and the rest of the stars done in prints.

This quilt has a piece of this calendar cheater print from 1881. Isn't that a cool print? So great to find an unused piece with the original true color.

The piece in the quilt is quite a bit worse for the wear but is definitely the same calendar fabric.

The quilt also features several diamonds from this cat/dog cheater print.

And here's the red tie cat in the quilt

And here is more of the quilt.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Antique Ocean Waves Quilt

The 1890s was the heyday for an amazing variety of blue fabrics like in this antique Ocean Waves quilt top.

1890s Ocean Waves, Starley Quilt Collection

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Antique Love Birds and Valentines Quilt Makeover

Detail of Virginia crib quilt, circa 1850, a true Civil War survivor. Since this bird is on a crib quilts with lots of hearts and flowers, I believe he is being shot with cupid's arrow rather than one from a hunter.

I have recreated the antique quilt twice, one in a traditional miniature version and another in a modern makeover for the Riley Blake fabric challenge. You can see the bird made modern below, bottom, right.

And here is one of the antique Valentine Hearts and Flowers - and the mod version is above, top, right.  Look at that beautiful hand quilting - double rodding (double lines).

Monday, February 5, 2018

Antique Caesar's Crown 1851 Signature Quilt

Yes, here's proof that I am indeed smitten with the Caesar's Crown quilt pattern.

This version is much more formal than the one shown yesterday (above left) and there are no crosses or bells between the blocks (above left, middle).

But it is an AMAZING quilt with wonderful Turkey Red prints and beautiful hand quilting and wonderful signatures and sentiments.

Here is the dedication/ownership block: Elizabeth Bickel or Bechtel, 1851. Berks/Montgomery County Pennsylvania. Part of my Sign of the Times, Antique Signature Quilt Trunk show and class.

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