Thursday, May 31, 2018

Civil War Signature Quilt- Antique Signature Quilt

"Be Kind to All Man Kind" -- can't be said (or done) too much! Detail of 1860s signature album block quilt top from New York.


Such beautiful fabrics!

"Love God with all Your Heart" Hannah Sherwood.

Just adore this amazing blue floral! Enjoy


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

1840s Antique Signature Quilt - Star Quilt - New Jersey

Such beautiful fabrics on this star signature quilt from Hunterdon Co. New Jersey, dated 1842. Starley Collection. Signature Quilt Trunk show.


Isn't this blue yummy! And the quilt has some exquisite inkings like a teeny Bible.

Have to love the wild paisley sashing. Don't forget to click on the photos to enlarge and see the details.

The full quilt.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Unusual Antique Star Quilt

New to me quilt and new to me pattern.  Seems to be a combination of French Star and Sailors Joy patterns.

Set in a red 'garden maze' sashing/setting.

It has definitely seen better days but cool pattern and setting.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Funky Vintage House Quilt __Part 2

Love this funky house quilt with all the freeform piecing. It definitely looks the maker was having fun~



Oops, the chimney is going rogue ;)

And an extra long chimney in the lower right block. All is wild and fun

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Funky Houses - Vintage Quilt

I'm an early quilt, 1800s quilt, lover but sometimes a vintage quilt cannot be resisted and this funky house quilt was irresistible.


Watch the chimneys move from block to block. Love the individuality of each block and all the funky fabrics

Full House :)

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Early Antique Indigo Quilt- Nine Patch

I'm generally a scrappy girl but this blue and white indigo nine-patch antique quilt top is really wonderful. And who doesn't love an applique swag border?

Wide variety of prints - floral and polka dots. Circa 1830 !

Enjoy! Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge and see the details.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Amazing antique tree quilt block and quilt

An amazingly beautiful tree block found in a kind of scary quilt. I need to rescue it.

The other blue block that is pretty awesome

The ties which weren't horrible in the first block keep getting scarier and scarier

Though aren't too bad on this block that is newer. I think it is a multi-generational project.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Early Toile Antique Strippy Flying Geese Quilts

One of my very favorite quilts is this strippy flying geese. A wonderful bird print - English toile from the late 1700s. Printed by the Talwin and Foster Co. at Bromley Hall. The quilt is about 1830s.

It features ducks and a peacock and other birds too.
Note the simple chevron quilting. In this time period, the focus was on the expensive imported fabrics, not the quilting.

The bird toile is pieced in long strips with pieced flying geese in between.

And here is more of it with a yardstick for scale and measuring the repeat of the toile (36 inches). 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Dated 1842 New Jersey Antique Sampler Quilt

Details of my 1842 antique signature quilt from Burlington Co New Jersey.
Love this heart appliqué - Meribah Kempton, Jacobstown. Google her & you’ll find she was part of a family legal case (or her estate was).
Sarah Rogers

Benjamin Rogers - Georgetown

Monday, May 21, 2018

Circle the Wagons - Antique Wagon Wheel

What a charming wheel quilt! I can never get enough blue and cheddar. How about you?

Very simple hand quilting but very striking, almost sculptural. 

Cheddar and indigo blue and polka dots - oh my.


Turn of the century, early 1900s. Interesting to see the difference patterns created by color placement.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Antique Kaleidoscope Quilt -Antique Novelty Conversation Fabric

One of my very favorite quilts - kaleidoscope star. The pattern is Ships Wheel.
The quilt is circa 1890**, these steel engraving novelty prints are mostly from the 1880s.
**The top is c. 1890 but was minimally quilted a few years ago with a polyester batting. I've since unquilted it and removed the poofy poly but left the backing to protect the seams.

The fussy cutting, selective cutting is very impressive as is the careful piecing and placement. Look at the little fox, ferret, badger? in a hat. Even more impressive is the fact that the maker was using small pieces and many had to be pieced before they could be cut into diamonds.


This quilt is a tour de force of fussy cutting! And has more novelty or conversational prints than I've seen on any other quilt. Please be sure to click on the individual photos to see the details and all the amazing novelty or conversation prints.





Saturday, May 19, 2018

Antique Hexagon Medallion Quilt

Thought you'd like to see some details of my 1880s hexagon medallion quilt. Enjoy.





Friday, May 18, 2018

Antique Horse Quilt Designs across the Decades

In honor of the royal wedding which will feature cavalry and the royal couple in a horse drawn carriage ... several equine images from my collection.




Thursday, May 17, 2018

Antique Quilt - Goose in the Pond Quilt

This is one of my cheeriest quilts, you can definitely see it was made in the transitional period between the dark Victorian quilts and the bright 1930's quilt. It is a circa 1910 Goose in Pond quilt and from Ohio. It is a fairly uncommon pattern to find and I was quite pleased to find it.


Here is a four block section, note again the blues and burgundy of the first quarter. Also the simple functional baptist fan quilting, another dating clue as this wasn't the time of elaborate quilting.

Here is one of the two blocks that have sawtooth 'coping strips' to make them fit into the top. Blocks like this always interest me, wonder what happened . . . was it a group quilt and some people didn't read the instructions, did the maker decide to recycle blocks that weren't quite the right size or did she really have technical difficulties???? In spite of, or maybe because I'm such a diehard on my own quilts, I love these 'maverik' or what was she thinking quilts (thanks Julie Silber for one of my fav. quilting phrases).

It may be the person was a new quilter as this quilt has another unusual aspect: 3 different binding techniques were used - self binding (back brought to front), applied binding, and a knife edge. Again, don't know if it was a group quilt or a practice/learning quilt.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Happy Flowers Antique Lily Quilt

 Part of the Starley Antique Quilt Collection - Birds & Blooms trunk show.
A graphic red & green lily or peony quilt that is hand pieced, hand appliqued, and hand quilted, with early fabrics dating from 1830-1850.   This quilt is from the pre- civil war era.


This would be a formal quilt but the stems are all different (some quite wonky) which gives it a bit of a whimsical, folky feel.


Beautiful hand quilting around the piecework and in elaborate straight line, feathered, maple leaf, and sunflower designs in the background.   And it almost goes without saying the turkey reds are absolutely amazing.  

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