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.  

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Civil War Quilt - Antique Signature Quilt from New York

Thought I'd share a bit more of this 1860s signature quilt from New York State. Several have wonderful sentiments and Bible quotes. Starley quilt collection. Sign of the Times quilt trunk show.

"Be Kind to all Man Kind" Sarah Jane Seacord

Lovely prints and look at the indigo print on the right

Monday, May 14, 2018

Antique Trapunto Quilt Antique Stars

Carpenter Star variation with AMAZING trapunto quilt from the 1840s. Part of the Starley Antique Collection - Antique Stars trunk show.

It has a variety of quilting designs including this unusual 5 pointed "Texas" star set in a trapunto wreath.

Absolutely adore the 5 pointed star with circular feather frame. And come in closer, closer, closer ... look at the intense background stippling. This maker LOVED to quilt. **Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge and see the amazing quilting.

and these wonderful pineapples in the borders (look sideways) are soooo fab

The full quilt. Thanks Fourth Corner Molly

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Cheeky British Birds - Antique Quilt flying to Kansas

Hope several of you are planning on joining me and my quilts in Kansas in a few weeks (June 7-9, 2018). link for forms
 Here's another sneak peek of this cheeky British bird quilt from my Birds & Blooms lecture.

An English quilt from Weardale, Durham, the North Country.

Quilted in a circular medallion design (probably from the back).

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Antique sampler 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. 

Isn't that flower basket lovely?

And this floral spray

And several religious sentiments are included this one: "God is my Salvation"

The full quilt

Friday, May 11, 2018

Antique Alphabet Quilt

Isn't this a wonderful pieced alphabet quilt? From the Esprit Collection. Love the house and what I think is a date of 1914 and a sideways & (or maybe a duck)?

The patterns are from the Ladies Art Company pattern catalog from about 1900.

Because 26 letters don't lend themselves to even straight rows, extra something needed to be added. In my quilt above 4 extra blocks.  Quite often these alphabet quilts are dated like mine.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Little Pink Baskets - Antique Basket Quilt

Aren't these adorable little pink and brown baskets? Love all the double pinks and the brown stripes. Great antique quilt top from my collection. Starley Collection.

More of the fun

And some more

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Early Chintz 25 Patch Antique Quilt with Flying Geese Border

Absolutely stunning fabrics in this early 25 Patch antique quilt. Starley Collection

And look at the great flying geese border - yum

Love that trellis print chintz in the alternating blocks. Enjoy. Come see me in Kansas

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Antique Sampler Quilt Dated 1908 Quilt Along?

Always wanted a true pattern sampler which were most often seen around the turn of the 20th century aka 1900. This one is dated 1908 and is a top which is great -so much better for hauling around to trunk shows. Maybe we should do a quilt-along?

Love the giant uneven churn dash/ monkey wrench block

Look at the wonderful wash day blue/cadet blue and neon print flotal drunkards path variation

And speaking of trunk shows ... here's the quilt at its debut show last summer in Michigan. Thanks Lynn Herrema Anderson for the pictures.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Rising Sun Antique Quilt

Antique Rising Sun - variation of Lone Star or Bethlehem Star pattern- Starley Quilt Collection


Some of the wonderful fabrics

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