Saturday, November 26, 2011

More antique quilts and other news

First for the news:
1.  I have updated my website with some new ornaments and quilts. 
2.  I am opening an ETSY store to sell antique and vintage textiles, quilts, fabrics, etc.  I am using this is a way to reduce my collection, not to become a retailer, so the prices will be very reasonable.  The store is there but there are no items in it yet.  As soon as I add some items to the store, over the next week or so, I will  post the link. 

And now for some quilts for your viewing pleasure.  I have had this one for several years and just love it.  Check out that zigzag border.
 Here is the really special feature of this quilt.  It is signed Jacob Harris' quilt, dated 1855.  It came from Washington County, PA.  It has double line quilting.

 Here is a test for you:  This quilt is dated 1855, so what is wrong with the block below?

Here is another quilt I just put up today. This a PA crib quilt, from the late 19th century.  I suspect though, it might have been finished later.

The reason I think it might have been finished in the 20th century is the backing and the binding.  All of these yellow calicos prints were made produced in the 19th century and well into the 20th century.  I have seen these fabrics in 24" and 36" widths.  The back and binding are different prints than the yellow on the front and seem "newer" to me in the texture and color.   Also the binding is sort of wide and covera part of the corner blocks which are actually nine-patches.  So that part of the workmanship doesn't seen to match the workmanship of the piecing design which is rather complex. 


  1. The crib quilt is quite facinating. I didn't recognize the spider web type blocks in the center at first glance. Whoever made this little quilt top was good at making things fit; from the framed lemoyne star corner squares that are a 90 degree angle on one side and who knows what angle to fit into the star on the other, to the pinwheels in the HST border. There is so much to see and figure out. I wonder what the maker's thoughts were while she was constructing this little quilt.

  2. There are a lot of triangles in that one quilt. I know that double lines of quilting is something that was done often in antique quilts. Too bad there isn't much time for that in our modern lives.

  3. They are stunning quilts! How marvellous to have one signed. ann :-)

  4. The crib quilt is amazing. Have you considered
    making a pattern from it to sell?

  5. As to what's wrong with that block, I'm guessing the two brown triangles near the top are replacements for some fabrics that had frayed badly. Those two show very little sign of wear or wrinkle from shrinkage resulting from laundry, and the lines are very precise, not a bit ripply like some of the others. Just a guess! That red/yellow quilt is really a treasure. ---"Love"

  6. I meant to say also I really like the triangle quilt the best. What is the name of the block? Could we call it a flock of birds in the air??? ---"Love"

  7. These quilts are amazing - I always love your show and tell!

  8. The triangle quilt is just amazing. I love the colors and the blocks and the quilting. You have the best collection. Thanks for sharing.