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

Quilts: 20th Century (110)

Pineapple Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1930; Pennsylvania
This Pineapple Log Cabin (aka Windmill Blades) Log Cabin quilt is done in an unusual combination of silk and probably some rayons. They are dress and men's tie fabrics from the 1920's and 30's. The darks and lights are well placed to emphasize the whirling pattern. Each piece is outlined with embroidery in a variety of colors.The wide borders are the same cotton fabric as used for the Bars pattern backing. The two opposing ends alternate fabrics. The quilt can be used equally well on the back... Click for details
Mountain  Mist Iris Quilt: Circa 1930's; Pennsylvania
This softly toned Iris quilt is Mountain Mist pattern R that was copyrighted in 1930. This example is in excellent, unwashed condition. There is a very light smudge near the bottom which one can find only with close examination. The choice of pastel colors works beautifully together. It's interesting that the light blue flowers are of the same shade while all of the others are done with two colors. Quilting is done with diagonal lines. Measurements are 76" x 88'. Pennsylvania origin; made ... Click for details
Hexagon Stars with Applique: Circa 1930; Pennsylvania
This Hexagon Stars quilt is a brilliant combination of Six Point Stars with appliqued flowers on stems. It is beautifully executed with the yellow hexagon centers of each star repeated by the yellow center of the flowers. The green leaves and stems delicately connect the stars. The powerful zigzag border works well with the geometry of the Star blocks. The quilt is in excellent, probably unwashed condition. Measurements are 70" square. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; made circa... Click for details
Touching Stars Quilt: Circa 1930's; Pennsylvania
Both positioning of the Stars as well as the placement of color make this Touching Stars quilt especially vibrant. The deep indigo center of each block repeated in the tip contributes to the bursting effect. Each white block is well quilted with a wreath pattern. The border is a brilliant continuation of the diamonds that make up the stars. Freshly laundered and in excellent condition. Measurements are 71" x 83". Pennsylvania origin; made circa 1930's.
Stars in Hexagons Quilt: Circa 1930; Pennsylvania
Soft colors make this Six Point Stars quilt perfect for sweet dreams. The stars are a combination of solid and printed fabrics set in hexagons. The background is a very light shade of lavender that makes the hexagonal blocks "pop". It is well quilted with four lobed pinwheels. The backing is also lavender making for a totally reversible quilt. Two opposing ends have scalloped edges. The quilt measures 75" to the widest part of the scallops x 93". Condition is excellent. Pennsylvania origin;... Click for details
Amish Chinese Coins Quilt: Circa 1930; Oklahoma
This Amish Chinese Coins quilt was made by Mrs. John A. Yoder (Barbara) who was born in Aberdeen, Mississippi in 1885. In 1905 she moved to Oklahoma where this quilt was made about 1930. It was purchased in 1984 by David Pottinger, one of the early collectors and scholars about Amish quilts. Rarely does one have such specific information about the maker of an Amish quilt. In 1996 it was shown in the Fowler Museum of Cultural History. While Mrs. Yoder was not the finest quilter, she had a very... Click for details
Patriotic Old Glory Flag Quilt: Circa 1918: Wisconsin
Nothing could be more of the moment than this patriotic flag quilt depicting Old Glory. It was most likely made either for the admission of Arizona into statehood on February 14, 1912 or during World War I which took place from 1914 - 1918. In either case, its timelessness remains. The quilt is beautifully executed with the stripes truly having the appearance of blowing in the wind. The flagpole is done with considerable detailing and the tassel wrapped around it is exceptional. Quilting is... Click for details
Nine Patch and Octagons Quilt: Circa 1920; Maryland
This Nine Patch quilt actually forms two additional patterns. Triangles in the corners of the off blocks create Octagons and the joining of the peach triangles on diagonals creates an Hourglass pattern as well. The quilt is a beautiful shade of peach, not often seen. It is softer in color than appears on my monitor. It is nicely quilted with diamonds in the white octagons and diagonal lines in the triple border. Measurements are 80" x 90", workable on several size beds. Maryland origin; made... Click for details
New York Beauty Quilt: Circa 1920; Kentucky
New York Beauty is always a dynamic quilt pattern and this is no exception. The bold red dominates while the soft green and orange are good back ups. The green has faded from a darker version but still holds its own. This is a difficult pattern to execute and the maker did a fine job creating needlelike points on the numerous triangles. The quilt is from Kentucky where for some unknown reason, many New York Beauties originated. Measurements are 65" x 84"; made circa 1920; excellent condition.
Patriotic Shields Quilt: Circa 1915; Pennsylvania
This patriotic Shields quilt is unusual in both pattern and size. It measures 58 inches square. The quilt is from Hometown, Pennsylvania (Schuylkill County) and was probably made at the time of World War I. It is in excellent, unwashed condition. There are a few light smudges in the border that can likely be removed with washing. The background is made of several different white cotton fabrics. The border is quilted with concentric chevrons that may have been intended as Victory V's. The... Click for details
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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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