I have a large number of wonderful antique signature quilts which I share in my Sign of the Times, Signature Quilt lecture and quilt study. Most are pretty early -1840s and 50s and many have drawings, inkings with the signatures but this Irish Chain dated 1842 has the most intricate inkings I've ever seen.
One of the most amazing blocks/designs is this multi-masted sailing ship
And wonderful sentiments and Biblical quotes accompany the drawings
This scene is really different and unusual
And this cornucopia of flowers is just lovely
Here is a bit of the quilt top: Double Irish Chain with heart appliques - Starley Quilt Collection. I'm still researching and trying to figure out the origins of the quilt, it appears to be from Maryland and Pennsylvania. Surnames of Pruitt and Dummar.
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