Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Quilts, 20th CenturyStella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Quilts, 20th Century

Quilts: 20th Century (107)

Melon Patch Quilt: Circa 1920; Pennsylvania
The Melon Patch (aka Orange Peel) is done with a strong solid blue that enhances the positive/negative effect of the quilt. It is in excellent, unwashed condition. A variety of designs includes a cable pattern throughout the border. Measurements are 72 inches square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920.
Deco Fans Quilt: Circa 1930; Pennsylvania
What quilt could be more bright and cheerful? The choice of colors done all in solid fabrics makes for the most wonderful, mood elevating quilt. The use of the blue for the end strips creates an additional diagonal design that adds to the strong movement of the pattern. Measurements are 69" x 77' Pennsylvania origin; circa 1930. Excellent condition.
Wheel of Fortune Quilt: Circa 1920; Pennsylvania
This unusual octagon stars quilt goes by the name of Wheel of Fortune. Puss in the Corner blocks are set between the main blocks, all of which are done in a beautiful, soft shade of medium blue. The octagons are quilted with designs of circular wreaths filled with small squares. The border and sashing are done with double rows of straight lines. A thin blue edging nicely outlines the entire pattern. The quilt measures 68 inches square. It has been professionally laundered and is in spotless... Click for details
Double Wedding Ring Quilt: Circa 1930; Virginia
Double Wedding Ring was one of the most popular quilt patterns in the 1930's. In almost all instances, it was made primarily with printed fabrics. This solid color example is far more unusual and, to my eye, more sophisticated. It is made with several closely related pinks and blues and the same red and white creating Four Patches in the center. It is nicely quilted and in excellent condition. Measurements are 74" x 96" to the outer edges of the scallops. Virginia origin; circa 1930.
Nine Patch: Circa 1930; Pennsylvania origin
This Nine Patch quilt is especially nice for the blue ground on which it is set. Between the Nine Patch blocks are triangles that create an Octagon. The Octagon blocks are quilted with white thread creating a Nine Patch with curved sides. The quilt is in the same pristine condition as the day it was made nearly 100 years ago. Measurements are 78" x 85". Written in pencil on the back is the surname Biley. Made circa 1930; Pennsylvania origin.
Miniature Baskets Quilt: Circa 1930
There is little doubt that the Baskets on this 1930's quilt are the smallest and cutest ever. Each measures 2 inches tall and 2 1/2 inches at the widest allowing for a total of 330 Baskets. All have solid red handles and bodies of a variety of 1930's printed fabrics. Many times, the handles of baskets are sewn by machine but on this quilt they are all done by hand. Condition is excellent. There are three small stains on the back that do not show through on the front. Measurements are 62" x 92".
Streak of Lightning Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1920; Pennsylvania
What an amazing Log Cabin! The diamond center is surrounded by Streak of Lightning, all done with the alternating use of just two colors. The fact that the colors are solids creates additional impact. Quilted throughout with diagonal lines. The quilt is in excellent, probably unwashed condition. Measurements are 76" x 78". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920.
Velvet String Stars Antique Quilt: Circa 1920; Pennsylvania
The pattern; colors and fabrics make a striking and unusual String Stars quilt. It is made of richly colored velvets, some of which have patterning within them. Light colored embroidery around each block and star highlights that within. The quilt is a top and backing that have been heavily stitched together. While there is no distinct binding, it does appear to be finished as the edges have been sewn down. One could add a separate binding or turn the edge over to create one but neither is... Click for details
Patriotic LeMoyne Stars Quilt: Circa 1930's; Pennsylvania
The red, white and blue color scheme gives this LeMoyne Stars a patriotic feel. Corner block stars repeating the small ones in the body of the quilt are a nice touch. Triple borders frame the stars well. It is quilted with cable patterns throughout. The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. Measurements are 66" x 84". Pennsylvania origin; made 1930's.
Snail's Trail Antique Quilt: Circa 1920; Pennsylvania
Snail's Trail is the perfect name for this curlicue design. The more one looks at it, the more one sees the strong positive/ negative effect. The quilt is a beautiful soft shade of medium blue. It is well quilted with a variety of patterns that include circles; diamonds and teardrop shaped elements. Measurements are 82" x 90", large enough for a queen or king size bed. Condition is excellent. Pennsylvania origin; made circa 1920.
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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,

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