Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Cupid Quilts

Fab Cupid fabric Toile de Jouy - 1829

Cupid detail in 1885 hexagon medallion

Another Cupid from hexagon medallion

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Medallion settings- Antique Quilts

Quilt vocabulary lesson - medallion setting.  Quilt whose design starts in center and radiates our in rounds of pattern. Here are 3 examples from the Starley Collection 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Antique Quilt Masterpieces

Come see me at Utah Quilt Fest this week. I'll be doing a trunk show of Antique Quilt Masterpieces  on Thursday Evening. Here's a sneak peak. You can stil sign up!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Antique Log Cabin Quilt Top

Thought you might like to see come of the fabulous fabrics from yesterday's Courthouse Steps/ Log Cabin quilt top. Starley Collection. Enjoy!!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Antique Log Cabin Quilt

Such a fun, bright, and happy quilt! Log Cabin quilt top. Circa 1875. Likely Pennsylvania. Starley Quilt Collection.

Auction listing: "This Courthouse Steps Log Cabin quilt top is one of the most dazzlingly vibrant you could wish for. The rich palette is dominated by ruddy, rusty tones of oxblood red and copper-toned madder browns, but fresh pops of green and tropical blue keep the heavily brick-toned composition from ever feeling too staid, and consistent use of raspberry-toned double-pinks and vibrant chromes yellows keeps the composition feeling lively and festive."

Friday, September 14, 2018

1840s Delaware Co. Pennsylvania Antique Signature Quilt

Love antique signature quilts with wonderful inkings (inked drawings) and lovely fabrics. I love sharing them in my antique signature quilt trunk show.
This is one of my favorites - Rebecca Lincoln, Darby, Delaware Co., Pennsylvania

This is the top. It looks fairly simple but have some amazing treasures, like the above block.

And one more block. Mary Ann Stewart, Rockdale, Delaware Co, PA

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Antique Lost Ship Quilt (Lady of the Lake)

Got to love limey green and cheddar orange and lots of half square triangles. Great colors. Starley Collection.

Full quilt

It has some great quilting in the borders

Unfortunately, many of the Turkey reds have damage. Have you heard the term "popping?" This is what it looks like. Like someone took tiny scissors or a hold punch and cut circles out of the red fabrics. It is likely the design had a motif that was outlined in black and the black is corrosive, caustic and eats away at the red.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Antique Signature Quilt -Belleville Kansas

Charming blue chimney album block from Belleville, Republic Co., Kansas. Circa 1920. Starley signature quilt collection.

The blue and white in a staggered, zigzag setting is quite wonderful!
Block for Eliza? Boggs

Mary B. Cory's block has a charming equestrian (horsey) novelty print. Commonly seen at the turn of the century in Kansas. 

Dora B. Spencer?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Antique Rolling Stone Quilt

Antique Signature Quilt - Southeastern Pennsylvania. Rolling Stone with alternative color placement that makes it look like a different pattern. Part of Sign of the Time lecture/trunk show.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Tumbling Block Stars - Antique Quilt

Tumbling Block Star circa 1885, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Starley Collection.

Swan print.
 Bird print.

 Cat print from this novelty cheater print.

The same fabric has the greyhound dog seen below. Enjoy

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Revisiting Antique Virginia Crib Quilt

Here is my reproduction of yesterday's crib quilt from c. 1845 Virginia.
Virginia is For Lovers, Sandra Starley,
16" x 16"

And here it is with the antique orginial

And a detail of one of my blocks. Those little baskets are only an inch and 1/2 high.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Revisiting Virginia Crib Quilt - Antique Quilt

I can't get too much of this most charming crib quilt from the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Circa 1845. I hope you agree. Such an amazing quilt that survived the Civil War!
Huff block - beautiful flowers.
 Full quilt.

 Broderie Perse applique block. Enjoy.

Friday, September 7, 2018

1848 Barnegat, New Jersey Signature Quilt

Some details of the funky, folky, signature quilts. Haven't seen this tulip flower/leaf and heart block pattern before. Starley Collection. Blocks have a signer's name in a signature stamp and a 2nd stamp with "Barnegat." Also haven't seen two stamps per block like that before.

This block also has cross-stitch initials.

Such beautiful fabrics.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Quilted with Love - 1858 New York City Antique Quilt

Some quilts are simple or non-descript but others are much more interesting and full of information. This beautiful quilt is one of those with quite a story to tell.

Made for Esther McAlister, a Methodist Episcopalian Sunday School teacher in New York City in 1858.

It is filled with hearts and LOVE for Sister McAlister.  Stay tuned for more...

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