Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Antique Nine Patch Quilt

Still love this early 9 patch (1830s) - enjoy. Starley quilt collection

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


We need to spread love and Joy

Hope this brightens your day!

The paper piecing pattern is available in my Etsy store

Monday, October 29, 2018

Quilted with LOVE - antique quilts

Let's all spread love - here are a few antique quilts to help share love.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Tulip or Lily Quilt - Antique Floral Quilts

Love these wonderful red and green tulip or lily quilt block

 So charming to make whimsical stems and leaves

 And the beautiful quilting - lovely sunflower!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Dolly Madison Star Quilt

Here is a seldom seen block/pattern named for 1st lady, Dolly or Dolley Madison. Starley Collection

Friday, October 26, 2018

Antique Reel Quilts

Reel quilts are another pattern I showcase in my Patterns Through Time trunk show - here are 3 examples from my collection.
   Reel quilt with swag/tassel border from Maryland, circa 1850. Great secondary design created by placing blocks on point without sashing.

Early Reel quilt, 1830s, again with interesting swag border, likely Eastern U.S. with unusual stripe used as the background.
Oak Reel circa 1850 with the "potholder" block reproduction, I made for Pam Weeks.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Folky Funky Eagles - Antique Quilt

 A friend's posting on Instagram of a twin block to my Folky Eagles got me looking for a post of my quilt. I realized I'd never shared mine on this blog. So here is my very folky Eagle quilt (it may really be doves of peace)? Formerly in the McCarl Quilt Collection in Pennsylvania.

Here's the twin of mine that is in the International Quilt Study Center Museum in Nebraska. Soooo very similar

A close up of mine 

And here is the twin antique block that just came across my instagram feed tonight from mjinmichigan! She found the single block. It is a quarter of the four eagle block above. It is a small world after all! 
Likely the maker wanted a block to document/pattern one of the original quilts above.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Caesar's Crown - Antique Quilt

Yes, I do have a great fondness for Caesar's Crown pattern or what people are now calling the "Brimfield Block". It is a very old, traditional pattern. It is usually set together to create a secondary bell pattern but this maker added an unusual sashing that perfectly frames the blocks. Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

1890 Novelty Medallion - Antique Quilt

Here are some details of the wonderful novelty fabrics in yesterday's medallion quilt. Who can resist cupid bearing flowers, dogs, Red Riding Hood cheater, peacock feathers, squirrel, and more little dogs. **Be sure to click on photo to enlarge & see details.

 And more from that section

The couple of above as they looked before being fussy cut and sewn into the quilt top.

Monday, October 22, 2018

1890 Medallion Quilt - Novelty Prints

Just looking through ebay auction pictures of my 1890 Novelty quilt top with fabulous fabrics like cupids and courting couples and hunting scenes with quail and rabbits. Red Riding Hood cheater prints and so much more.

I hadn't noticed until reviewing these old auction pictures that the maker had carefully arranged the pieces into a medallion setting!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Flowering Beauties - Birds and Blooms Show

More from my Birds and Blooms trunk show ... this time it is the Blooms from the Starley Collection. Enjoy.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

A Little Birdie - Antique Bird Quilts

I have a major soft spot for antique quilts featuring birds and blooms and even have a popular trunk show called (you guessed it) Birds and Blooms! Here's a peek at the show.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Caesars Crown - Antique Quilts

Love the Caesar's Crown pattern, here are a few from my collection. I share these in my Patterns Through Time Trunk show.
I really like the secondary design that it created when this block pattern is joined without sashing. See the cross or bells?

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Oh My Stars!! Antique Signature Quilt

Such a sparkly, glowing star quilt! Great condition and it is a signature quilt from Pennsylvania! And it is related to several other quilts that I or friends own. What more can you ask for? And it was a great deal to boot. Part of my Sign of the Times, Antique Quilt trunk show.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Antique Inspiration -New Baskets From Antique Quilts

Here are a few antique repro basket quilts from antique quilts in the Starley Collection. I teach these patterns in hands-on applique classes available for your store, guild, or retreat.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Basket Day - Antique Quilts

Some fun antique quilts with baskets from the Starley Collection. Enjoy.

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