Saturday, December 16, 2017

Antique Star Quilt -Month of Daily Quilt Treasures

This charming antique double star quilt is from about 1885. Part of the Sandra Starley Collection and my 1800s Stars trunk show.

The main star is a  "blazing star" and  is a good example of the colors, fabrics and styles of quilts of the 1880's and 90's. It has 2 red novelty prints with horseshoes (equestrian designs were very popular) and the typical reds and blues and light shirtings. 

The small star corner posts elevate the quilt and the double pink sashing is the crowning touch for this quilt star. Please click on the photos to see more detail of the fabrics. And please let me know if you have any questions about antique quilts.

This sweet  little LeMoyne star is the sashing corner post. Love the scrappy star and what a lot of work for a corner post - most are solid squares or simple piecing, like 4 or 9 patch blocks.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Daily Antique Quilt Treasures - French Star Quilt

Onto a new topic: STARS! And a red/green Christmasy one to boot.
French Star pattern variation. An uncommon pattern. This one is from Pennsylvania.

These quilts are part of my antique quilt lecture: "Patterns Through Time" which illustrates quilt history and the evolution of quilt patterns. The lecture feature a dozen different quilt patterns with 2 or 3 examples of each pattern - and yes, those are all real antique quilts (not photos). You can get up close and personal with these wonderful historical artifacts. Patterns Through Time is also available as a half day or even full day class where you can really study and drool over these beauties. I'm available to come to your guild, show, shop, etc. Hope to see you and share my collection with you!

 Red/green quilt from Lancaster, PA c. 1865 and multi color top c. 1940. 

Because the French Star block has some difficult piecing with those elliptical pieces between the LeMoyne Star points, it is not a common pattern. It was printed during the quilt revival of the 1930's but still did not become a regularly made block and so I feel lucky to own several examples. The one below was sewn using the Ruby McKim templates/pattern from her 1929 book: 101 Patchwork Patterns. It features different pieces and sewing methods than the red/green quilt.

More of the red/green beauty.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Antique Star Quilt - Month of Antique Quilt Treasures

Early antique signature quilt from Hunterdon County, New Jersey (western New Jersy). Dated 1841 and 1842. Wonderful fabrics including a fab wild paisley sashing. More than 70 signatures and some intricate drawings including a sketch of tiny Bible

The full quilt -it is a striking quilt and so colorful and elegant. Part of my Signatue Quilt trunkshow.

 Love this Prussian Blue star fabric

Close-up of the block for Cornelia Housel, 1842

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Antique Signature Quilt Caesars Crown Pennsylvania -Daily Dose of Antique Quilt Treasures

Caesar's Crown signature quilt made for Elizabeth Bickel/Bechtel from Berks Co/Montgomery Co. Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia). Dated 1851.This is a difficult pattern which is probably why I'm collecting antique versions rather than making one of my own.  Starley Antique Quilt Collection.

Such beautiful quilting expecially for a signature quilt which generally have very basic quilting as they are "all about the signatures/names".

It was made for Elizabeth Bickel or Bechtel (seems to depend on the neighborhood and how English or German it was). The blocks were "signed" written by a paid professional scrivener or writer. This is the dedication or ownership block.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Antique Quaker Signature Quilt - Month of Quilt Treasures

Dated 1848 Signature star quilt - Quaker families from Delaware and Chester Co. Pennsylvania. Main surname is Tyson and also several  Hannum, Haycock, Dutton, Williams, Baker and Thomas.

The main towns are Aston and Chichester. Also Concord, West Chester, and Middletown. It is related to several other quilts in my collection and those of my friends and also Chester County.

This block is for David Cregg or Craig of Wilmington, Delaware (state) who married his block neighbor Isabella S. Tyson in 1849.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Antique Quaker Signature Quilt 1850 - 31 Days of Quilt Treasures

Antique signature quilt, Quaker, made for Enoch and Mary Hoopes Worrall of Bradford, Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1850. Center is a dedication block showing the ownership and then listing the couple's children. Many blocks have several names. A true genealogical record.

 The full quilt in all its beauty.

Block for Mary Ann & Edith Trego (age 10 and 12). Wonder if their uncle or cousin was a whaling captain?

Block for Enoch and Mary's daughter Mary Hoopes Worrall. I'm sure it is depicting love or a cupid type activity but the hand throwing the knife into the heart is a wee bit odd.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Daily Antique Quilt Treasures -Antique Signature Quilt

Sampler album signature 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 simple sentiment, Forget me not, Forget me never -Em Wood

Full  quilt with interesting mix of designs -great variety

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Antique Quilt Treasures -Day 9 Antique Quaker Signature Quilt

Dated 1843 Quaker signature quilt part of Sign of the Times quilt lecture/trunk show. (Booking now for 2018 and 2019 lectures and classes). Welsh Quakers from Gwynedd, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania near Philadelphia.

Signature/name hidden within an inking of leaf-Rachel Simmers (teenager at time)

Angel/cherub and anchor stamped signature for Mary Jones 

Full quilt in all its glory

More of the wonderful fabrics

The prompt for my daily blogging/quilt sharing is Cheryl Sleboda's aka Muppin's 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge. This is my 3rd year participating in the challenge. Please stop by her blog (click on the logo button link below or the highlighted challenge link just above. There you'll find lots of quilty wisdom and inspiration as well as links to connect with all the amazing artists participating this year. Enjoy

Friday, December 8, 2017

A Month of Antique Quilt Treasures -Day 8 New York Signature Quilt

Antique Signature Quilts especially from the 1840s and 50s are my favorite type of quilts to collect, teach, and research. I love sharing my discoveries in trunk shows and classes.

This is one of the really interesting ones from my collection made in 1858 in New York City for a beloved Sunday School teacher and  Reverend's wife, Sister Ester McAllister (Willet Street Methodist Episcopal Church). She was clearly absolutely adored by her students who lavished her with heart appliques and wonderful loving sentiments in almost every block.

Hearts, hearts, and more hearts!!! And if you look closely in the block centers you'll see there are hidden hearts as well.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Month of Antique Quilt Treasures Day 7 More cheater prints PA pieced pillowcase

 Continuning with the late 1800s novelty print fest... Here's an unusual example -a pieced pillowcase from Pennsylvania. Made only in PA and appear to be a Penn. German creation. Circa 1880 pillowcase. Starley Collection.

A detail of the center. The middle section is printed patchwork (cheater cloth), section with the star while the squares are actually pieced.

And here's a bit of the backing.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Month of Antique Quilt Treasures -Day 6

More late 1800s novelty fabrics in an almost charm triangle quilt with thousands of pieces.
Fun fussy cut bird with shirtings.

And a delightful mailbox conversation/novelty print.

The full quilt -that's a LOT of 1/2 square triangles!

Remember I said to always look for Centennial prints in late 1800s charm style quilts -- found one. Clever plaid print created by using Centennial in horizonal lines and 1776 1876 in vertical. 

And most late 1800s charm type quilts have equestrian novelty prints -score! A horse print and see the horse shoes above them on the left?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

31 Days of Antique Quilt Treasures -Day 5 more hexagons

Staying with hexagons and 1885 time period, here's  another one of my hexagon medallions.

The full quilt.

Browns and madders of the era.

Little shirting prints, a printed plaid, floral dot, and double or Lancaster Blue binding.

Monday, December 4, 2017

31 days of Antique quilt treasures - Day 4 more novelty printed patchwork

That blue butterfly is part of an 1880s faux crazy quilt fabric below. Scroll down for the full quilt.
Such a great fabric with simulated stitching and crazy quilt motifs.

 Love these figures and of course the bird and look at the blue stripe on the bottom row is another printed patchwork, cheater print.

 And the center fabric below with the Liberty Bell is another 1876 Centennial print. Remember to always look for them in later 1800s charm style quilt. 

The full quilt -what a beautiful hexagon medallion, circa 1885.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

A month of Antique quilt treasures -Day 3

Rocky Road to Kansas or Kite Quilt
1890 Lancaster Co. Pennsylvania
Block pattern and quilt construction is very similar to day 2's crazy quilt pattern.
and from the same era.

Delightful neon print backing 

Alongside another Rocky Road made in the 1930s by my Greatgrandmother. These are part of my Patterns Through Time trunkshow

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