Monday, July 16, 2018

More Antique and Vintage Quilts from MOKA & Cindys Quilts

More treasures from MOKA Quilt Study Group. These are all from Cindy Rennels of Cindy's Quilts from Oklahoma and they are all available for purchase.

Cindy brought this charming Rocky Road to Kansas especially to share in KANSAS!

And she brought its friend a crazy quilt Rocky Road to Kansas. Love how different the two quilts are though they are made from the same pattern. I actually share a couple of my own Rocky Roads in my trunk show: Patterns through Time which compares versions of the same pattern and teaches quilt history. *Available to come to your shop or guild.

And here's one of her Star Quilts in masculine browns with stripes adding a lot of movement and interest. And a bit of her Flying Geese too.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Beautiful early fabrics and unusual textiles

The Starley Quilt Collection focuses on early quilts and fabrics (as in early to mid 1800s) and special quilts like early 1840s and 1850s signature quilts, fabulous applique featuring birds & blooms, and other interesting textiles.

This gorgeous detail is from a Pennsylvania pieced patchwork pillowcase from the 1830s. An uncommon textile and generally only seen in Pennsylvania.

And this is a piece of chintz fabric bound with woven tape binding from the 1830s. The disocactus fabric was a popular print and it is found on my dated 1842 signature album from New Jersey.

Here's another shot of the fabric and blue and white woven binding.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Vintage Hexagon Quilt - One of the most popular patterns

I have several antique and vintage Hexagon Medallion quilts. These quilts are pleasing combinations of two great quilting elements: hexagon piecing and medallion setting (arrangement). Put hexagon or medallion in the search box (top left corner) to see more.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Antique Crazy Quilt - Cindy's Quilts

One of the special treats at the recent MOKA quilt study group was two evenings of show and share, Antique quilt dealer Cindy Rennels from Oklahoma brought many treasures. This crazy quilt was quite delightful and it is for SALE. Google her for more information.

I loved this embroidered golden rod square that was so realistic that it almost made me sneeze!

And one doesn't often see such wonderful appliqued figures like this eastern European man.

More of the quilt. Enjoy. Be sure to click on pictures to enlarge and see details.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Antique Log Cabin - Barn Raising - Pennsylvania

Can't go wrong with the traditional Log Cabin quilt! It is one of the most versatile pattern and the blocks can be arranged in so many different ways.  This striking late 1800s quilt from the Starley Collection is done in the Barn Raising setting.

Lovely fabrics. Double blue/Lancaster blue at the top and lots of novelty/conversation prints.

The backing is pieced in a strippy/bars arrangement that is often seen in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Dotty Fun: Antique Quilt Treasures, Red and Green

I think I'll start offering a new red and green quilt treasures trunk show featuring wonderful antique applique and pieced quilts like this one.

Don't you just love the red and green dots and the diamonds and all the fab details!

Here's the full quilt - Coxcomb

And more dots on the great basket border.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Antique Pieced Patchwork Pillowcase from Pennsylvania

A  couple of years ago I was able to find a prized Pennsylvania pillowcase to add to my collection. (I've since found a co9uple more).  My friend, Ann Hermes, who literally wrote the book on Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases (you can buy the book and even your own antique PA pillowcase on her etsy store).

From the etsy listing: "This patchwork pillowcase, dating to ca. 1880 is a rare textile form from Southeastern counties of Pennsylvania. The interesting feature about this pillowcase is that it contains, along with patchwork squares, a piece of cheater fabric, also called printed patchwork, produced by the Cocheco Manufacturing Co. in New Hampshire."

The star fabric is the "cheater print" which means it is printed in the fabric rather than pieced or sewn. I'm a big fan of antique cheater fabrics. And the combination of faux and real patchwork is a charming touch,

And the pillowcase backing is also pieced along two edges.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Antique Hexagon Fun - Diamond Field

The pattern is Brackman #160m, The Diamond Field (Kansas City Star 1932), Rainbow Tile (Hall 1935) and Martha Washington's Flower Garden (Spool Cotton 1940)

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Quilt Travels in Kansas- mid 1800s Quilt fabric

Here is a wonderful Carolina Lily quilt from circa 1850 that was part of the "Behind the Scenes" tour of the Johnson County Museum (Overland Park, Kansas). This was part of the tour with MOKA (Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas Quilt Study Group) where I was the featured speaker and did two antique quilt lectures/trunk shows.

Look at all that beautiful hand quilting, wreaths and triple rod lines, etc.

The blue fabric had a number of places where the fabric was missing (click on picture to enlarge). Closer inspection showed that the fabric had a pink/red stripe that was outlined in black. It is clear that the black dye or more likely the mordant used to make the black dye bond with the fabric was corrosive and damaged the underlying fabric. And once the black outline was gone the pink stripe fell away. This problem is most often seen on mid-nineteenth century Turkey red fabrics that end of looking like dots have been carefully cut out of them - a phenomena we often call "popping".

The offending evil black outline ... starting to tear away at the top right edge of the stripe. I have seen this evil outline often on Turkey red prints but never on another color of fabric. The black likely has metallic elements that cause the damage.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Antique crazy quilt

Not all crazy quilts are made from silks and satins and velvets. 

Here are some fab fabrics from my cotton crazy

Thursday, July 5, 2018

More Antique Firework Quilts

More firework quilts - kapow! Enjoy. From the Starley Collection - available to come to your quilt guild or show. Have Quilts, Will Travel!

Multi-generational quilt top from Michigan, 1860s blocks, pieced in about 1890.
Wild Goose Chase

Farmers Fancy Quilt, circa 1890. Likely made in West Virginia or Virginia

French Star Quilt (Ruby McKim pattern).  1940/50

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Seeing Antique Quilt Stars

Sharing some stars from my collection for the 4th of July. Enjoy and be sure to click on photos to see the amazing quilting details!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Antique fabrics -Conversational Novelty Prints

Some of my favorite conversational prints from the 1ate 1800s - enjoy.

And remember to click on photo to enlarge and see the wonderful details.

The next two are from an amazing tile quilt at NEQM

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