Light and airy Baskets quilt framed by a graceful floral vine border. Well quilted; blue pencil marks used to mark the quilting patterns remain. Professionally laundered; pristine condition. New York State origin; circa 1870. Measures 76" x 87".
Pristine condition Star of Bethlehem quilt on an unusual indigo calico ground. Nicely planned with the central star repeating the fabrics of the corner stars. Unwashed condition. Border fabric may "read" as pink but is actually a tiny red and white stripe. Measures 76" x 78: Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1880.
A traditional Double T pattern quilt becomes more elaborate by the addition of triangles, making it more like a variation of Delectable Mountains. Very nicely quilted with wreaths in each of the white blocks. Professionally laundered; pristine condition. Lovely paisley type red printed fabric throughout. Measures 78" x 80"; circa 1890. Chambersburg, Pennsylvania origin. Name tag of Dora V. Williams attached and the initials DVW are written in ink on the binding.
Indigo and white Nine Patch quilt with an unusual variation of a zig zag border. One of the Nine Patch blocks reverses the navy and white squares. Legend has it that this is an intentional mistake, or humility patch, for only God is perfect. In actuality, I know of no documentation that such blocks existed; they were likely simply human error. Excellent condition; circa 1880. Measures 70" x 86"; Pennsylvania origin.
Extremely bold and dramatic Starburst quilt. This pattern is far more rare than the traditional eight point star. Wonderful assortment of 1870's fabrics. Machine quilted; double rows of stitching outline the pieced diamonds and are carried through on the blue ground. Measures 96" square; Pennsylvania origin.
Exquisitely small scale of the pieces make this Tumbling Blocks Quilt a true gem. Each block measures a mere 1 1/16" to a side. Very good condition; a few small mends are visible upon close inspection. Made of a nice variety of lightweight wools. Backing is cotton; a navy blue frame surrounds a red rectangle. Measures 52" x 72"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1870.
An amazing version of Thousand Pyramids quilt that in which the triangles forms multiple patterns of light and dark squares. Larger triangle border of a fabric used throughout the quilt makes the perfect frame. Pristine condition; freshly laundered; wonderful fabrics. Measures 80" a 84"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1880.
Dramatic Star of Bethlehem quilt with beautiful printed fabrics on a solid white ground. Surrounding stars set in squares are an unusual variation. Quilted mostly with patterns of circles that are a nice contrast to the straight lines of the pieced pattern. Professionally laundered; pristine condition. Measures 84" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1860.
Solid color Straight Furrows Log Cabin quilt done in solid color, lightweight wools. Backing is printed cotton. Rich colors accented with red centers make for a particularly striking pattern. Measures 70" x 71"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1880.
Stella Rubin has been buying and selling antiques, specializing in American quilts, since 1976. She has sold to most of the major museums in the United States, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Smithsonian Institution; Colonial Williamsburg; The DAR; the International Quilt Study Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
She is the author of Miller's "Treasure or Not: How to Compare and Value American Quilts". In addition to quilts and other textiles, Stella has a secondary specialty in fine design gold and silver jewelry.
During her decades in the antiques business, she has participated in most of America's most prestigious antiques shows including: The Philadelphia Antique Show: The Delaware Antique Show; The Museum of American Folk Art Antique Show and the New Hampshire Antique Show.
Stella is glad to work with you whether you're selecting an individual piece or forming a collection. She represents a wide range of quilts, from the finest to the funkiest. We welcome you to her gallery in Maryland as well as to this website, stellarubin.com