One of the best of the best applique wreath quilts. Part of the Starley Quilt Collection and headlining the Birds and Blooms trunk show and 1/2 day quilt study session too. Would love to bring it to your quilt guild or show.
Circa 1850 antique applique wreath quilt along with more of the Starley quilt collection.
Most of my collection is from the 1800s but I do have a few quilts from the 1900s. Generally, they are interesting graphic examples that I use to show how patterns change and stay the same through the centuries. This hexagon and its older twin are beautiful examples for teaching quilt dating by comparing the same designs through time.
This hexagon medallion is c. 1950. Scroll down to see the older twin example from about 1885.
Detail of an unusual signature presentation quilt inscribed and dated: "Easton PA 1846. Presented to Solon Chapin by his Mother in law Mrs. Hocker 1846".
Solon was a famous bridge architect and lived in Easton Pennsylvania.
The chimney block (pieced squares) is a very common signature block but is very unusual to find it paired with a floral block. Here is a more standard version- also a signature quilt from across the river from Easton in New Jersey c. 1860.
Love this folky Christmasy quilt with a lot of unusual horse appliques. It is not common to find horse appliques on antique quilts. Birds and flowers and wreaths are usual but not horses.
Thanks Sharon W.! It is from New York state
But I have another horse on a quilt with a few funky appliques and cheater cloth prints too (see the compass pre-printed or faux patchwork on the left)
Most of the horses seen on antique quilts are found on novelty/conversation prints. Equine motifs were very popular in the 1880s and 1890s.
And here's a running horse on a cotton crazy quilt (and another faux patchwork print, upper right)
Another with a trio of horses
Here's a horse and rider from a crazy quilt dated 1885.
here's a redwork horse from a fundraising signature quilt from Pennsylvania dated 1914