Friday, April 20, 2018

1851 Caesars Crown Antique Quilt

The Caesars Crown block is a difficult one to piece so I was surprised to find that it was used a fair amount of time as a friendship or signature quilt block.

Be sure to click on pictures to enlarge and see detail. This one is unusual as it has such wonderful quilting and signature quilts generally have basic/minimal quilting.

Dedication block to Elizabeth Bickel or Bechtel from Berks Co/Montgomery Co. Pennsylvania

The full quilt

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Antique Rolling Stones Quilt Blocks Pennsylvania German

Antique Rolling Stone signature quilt blocks from Montgomery Co. Pennsylvania and dated 1865. Names were written "signed" by a paid scrivener (writer - see his initials in corner) and some blocks still have the original signed paper from the named person. Part of my antique signature quilt trunk show. Come see them in Kansas City KS  June 7-9, 2018

This block was written for Susan Binder. Yes, the scrivener was dyslexic and also not a native  English speaker - his 1st language was almost certainly German.

Block for Mary/Maria Polsgrofe or  Polsgrove

This block was written for Josiah Davidheiser

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Log cabins quilts - love them

Visit me on Facebook or Instagram to see close ups of this wonderful log cabin quilt from my collection and play the quilt dating game

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

200 Year Old Hexagon Masterpiece Antique Quilt

Another treasure from my Textile Time Travels to the New England Quilt Museum is this 200 year old Chintz hexagon masterpiece. Be sure to click on pictures to enlarge and savor these beautiful fabrics.  And to see other amazing chintz and early quilts, join me in Kansas in June ...

Provenance on the front of the piece noting that it was started in 1816 and finished in 1817

Wonderful fussy cutting in the hexagons and special center designs as well.

Love the butterfly and bird.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Cowboys, Cupids, and Canines, oh my! Charming Feedsack Prints

While I'm generally an 1800s quilt person, I do have a soft soft for 1930s novelty prints. Here are a few from a Rolling Stone quilt in my collection.

Can you believe this wild cupid/cherub print is the sashing and a wide sashing to boot. Makes for a busy quilt. This is a Percy Kent Company feedsack print.

And of course, you can never go wrong with adorable canines, aka cute dogs :)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Fabulous Antique Princess Feather Quilt with Fugitive Feathers

Love this fabulous antique Prince's or Princess Feather Quilt with such detailed applique -just look at all those thin cuts. I especially love the hearts at the ends of the feathers and the basket border

The greens are fugitive/unstable dyes, likely synthetics and would have been a rich tree/grass green when made.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Antique Novelty Conversation Prints: Dogs, Horses, Circus Dogs, oh my

I just adore novelty prints or conversation prints - so named because they sparked conversations. Their heyday was the 1880s and into the 1890s and zillions of yards were printed.

Here are a few from one of my tumbling block stars quilts from Lancaster County Pennsylvania, 1880s.
 Dogs were extremely popular motifs.

 And horses, horseshoes, jockey caps, etc. anything equestrian was super popular!
And lots of tiny, intricate prints like this circus dog performing tricks!

And I just found a great article on the collection of the Design Center at Philadephia University. Happy reading.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Chintz Glorious Chintz

Come to Kansas for the Chintz!! Birds and Blooms and sew much more ! June 7-9, 2018, Kansas City Kansas. You can't have an early fabric event without wonderful chintz and pillar prints. Here's a peek at some from the Starley Collection that will be flying to Kansas this summer.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Antique Cotton Crazy Quilt - Wonderful Novelty Prints and Appliques

Time to kick up your heels ? Shoes and horseshoes. Such a fun combination of piecing and applique and novelty/conversation prints on this cotton crazy quilt from about 1885. New York State. Starley Quilt Collection.

Equestrian prints were especially popular - note the horse shoes above and below!

Another fun applique Miss Kitty and her lost mitten. And there's another horse print. Also a great hexagon star cheater print (faux patchwork).

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Civil War Signature Quilt New York Antique Quilt

Yummy blue leaf print from my antique Civil War 1860s signature quilt top from New York State.

Hannah Sherwood's block "Love God with All Your Heart"  There are several blocks with Bible quotes

More of the wonderful fabrics.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sign of the Times -Antique Signature Quilts coming to Kansas- Rolling Stones Quilts

I have collected a number of antique quilts from Southeastern Pennyslvania and particularly signature quilts. A several of those are Quaker (shared the other day) and others are Pennsylvania German and are often Rolling Stones. Here are two of my favorites. Come see them in the cloth in Kansas City June 7-9
Unusual Rolling Stone quilt - set with alternating star blocks. And detail below

Dated 1852 Rolling Stone made for Miss Sarah A Xander of Weisenberg Township in Lehigh Co. PA. She was 14 at the time.

The full Xander quilt

Monday, April 9, 2018

April Showers Bring Antique Flowers - Antique Quilts

Some antique flowers to brighten your day. From my c. 1850 Virginia Crib Quilt, a true Civil War survivor from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Enjoy. 

ps Part of my Birds and Blooms lecture- come see it in Kansas City, KS June 7-9, 2018. See profile and email for more information or visit the MOKA quilt study group page on Facebook.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Signature Quilts and Chintz - Kansas, June 2018

Here's just a hint of the treasures I'll be bringing to MOKA Quilt Study Group, June7-9, 2018 in Overland Park, Kansas. Plus I'll be joined by 3 other wonderful presenters!! Must see Mid-west event of the year

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Bird and Blooms Early Chintz, Come to Kansas

Can't wait to share my Birds and Blooms and early Chintz quilts at the MOKA Quilt Study Group, June 7-9, 2018 in Kansas City, Kansas. Here's a teaser. Let me know if you have any questions. You need to sign up by early May.

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