Friday, December 14, 2018

Antique Red & Green Quilt Festival - Birds & Blooms Day14

Of course, no Red & Green Festival would be complete without my favorite quilt - Quilted Joy!
I love the birds and berries and blooms! It is the star of my Birds and Blooms trunk show of antique quilts.

It is a 9 Block Rose of Sharon quilt with a fab floral border and very little negative space.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Day 13 Red & Green Antique Quilt Festival

Love the setting triangle 'border' appliques on this mid 1800s basket quilt from NewYork state

The maker did a beautiful job on piecing and applique and had a great eye for detail. She evened a teeny piping strip on the binding.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Red & Green Antique Signature Quilt, Day 12 Quilt Extravaganza

Unusual red and green signature album quilt. Sign of the Times trunk show and class.  Dated 1879 signature quilt from Pennsylvania (Tuscarora, Bradford Co.)  Some of the family names  are Hall, Montgomery, Chamberlain, Lake, and Wood. 

Love this rose with a simple sentiment, Forget me not, Forget me never -Em Wood

A number of the blocks have very small buttonhole applique stitching and fine chain stitched stems. In addition to the variety of mostly floral motifs, it also has a variety of quilting designs.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Pot of Flowers, More Red & Green, Day 11

My antique 4 block "Pot Of Flowers" Quilt. In 2012, I had the wonderful experience of seeing an exhibit of about 30 antique examples of this pattern at the annual Seminar of the American Quilt Study Group. The exhibit was coordinated by Connie Nordstrom who has authored a paper on the pattern in the 2002 Uncoverings. The pattern has been popular since the 1850s.
The pattern is most often used in a 4 block setting like this one.  All have the same arrangement of vase with large flower at top center, 5 smaller flowers, and 2 hanging flowers with a similar one on the pot. And all have lots of appliqued dots!

To see more of the AQSG exhibit, visit Barbara Brackman's blog post on the subject

Monday, December 10, 2018

Farmers Fancy, Red & Green, Day 10

I know this doesn't look like a Red & Green quilt and it isn't a traditional R & G but I believe the center "flowers" were red & green when it was made. The outer border may have also been red. There is a fair amount of red & green still visible though the cheddar definitely runs the show.

Thought I'd mix up the concept of red & green a bit ;) Pattern is Farmers Fancy and the quilt was most likely made in West Virginia or Virginia.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Antique Carolina Lily -Day 9 - Red & Green Quilt Fest

Red and Green Quilt-a-polooza continues! Carolina Lily quilt 1840s. Pieced and applique. Always nice to see combined technique patterns. Starley Collection.

Lots of quilting. 

Such a happy pattern.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dotty Fun! Day 8 - Red & Green Antique Quilt Festival!!

Wonderful, joyful red & green cockscomb & currant variation. Part of Starley Collection

Friday, December 7, 2018

Princess Feathers -Day 7 Red & Green Antique Quilt Fest

Today's Red & Green pattern is Prince's or Princess Feather block. Here's two of the blocks.

The green is a fugitive or unstable dye. It would have been a standard green like you see on the other days' posts. Here is the fab basket border.

The full 4-block quilt. Note 2 blocks spin clockwise and 2 spin counter clockwise.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Whig Rose -Day 6 of Month Long Red & Green Antique Quilt Fest

Detail of Antique 9 block Whig Rose Quilt from Ohio. Starley Collection.
 Look at the folky basket border! It has a wide binding to match the inner framing border.

And the triple rod (3 line) hand quilting that goes straight across the appliques. And of course, the cheddar orange.

The full quilt- there is no negative space so it is a bit hard to see that it is composed of 9 blocks.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Oak Leaf Reel - Day 5 of a Month of Red & Green Antique Quilts

More Reel Fun - Another great traditional pattern. Reel quilt in my collection along with the small repro  block I made for Pam Weeks' potholder quilt project.

This Reel has nice sashing and great diamond in square corner posts and FIVE borders to really frame the blocks.

The full quilt. Come back tomorrow for more Red & Green Beauty

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Day 4 -Folky Eagles - 30 Days of Red & Green Antique Quilt

Folk art at its best! This Four Block Eagle quilt is part of my Birds and Blooms trunk show

There is a twin at the International Quilt Study Museum and was labeled as eagles but I wonder if these are really doves of peace?

The full quilt - Starley Collection

Monday, December 3, 2018

Maryland Hickory Reel - A Month of Red & Green Antique Quilt - Day 3

This Hickory or Oak Leaf Reel Quilt is such an elegant example of the mid-1800s Red and Green Quilts. Starley Collection. Available to come to your guild, show, shop, or quilt study group.
 The swag and tassel border really frames the quilt beautifully and I like how the lower left corner is a bit wonky. It has some interesting quilting as well. Yes, that is a pair of serving spoons below the swag and scissors above it.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Antique Caesars Crown Day 2 of Red and Green December Blogathon

Did I mention I love Caesar's Crowns and Signature quilts? Probably not a coincidence that Day 1 and 2 each feature this block. And this one is a signature quilt from Southeastern Pennsylvania, Berks Co. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Christmas Bells -Day 1 of 31 Days of Blogging

This is the FOURTH year that I'm joining in on Cheryl Sleboda aka Mupppin 31 days of blogging challenge.  And I've also been blogging every day since last year's challenge! Yes - 364 days straight. I think I may have to scale back next year but not yet!

This month I'm going to share all red and green antique quilts - I hope I have enough. The first one is a Caesar's Crown top that is very Christmasy to me. I love the secondary design that reads as a cross or bells.

Here's a close-up. 1860s/70s from Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania.

And more of the quilt.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Rolling Stones - Antique Signature Quilt

Another wonderful antique Rolling Stone Quilt. Color placement is rearranged in this setting to create a different look from the standard RS. And look at the fun border! C. 1850, Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Typical Pennsylvania German colors of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Look at this delightful signature block with a bird inking ❤

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Funky Eagles - Antique Eagle Quilts Separated at Birth?

I can't hide my love for bird and eagle quilts: the wild, and funky, and folky, the better!

Folky eagles all in a row, Starley Collection.
 And this one from Sue Cummings' collection is very similar although flying straight and framed with a graphic border.

And here's my super folky eagles or peace doves?
And the twin from the International Quilt Study Center

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Cheddar Zigzag Quilt - Antique Quilt

I'm such a fan of cheddar quilts, zigzag settings, stars, and novelty prints that I had to get this quilt top. Hope you enjoy seeing it.

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