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

Quilts: 20th Century (110)

Garden Maze Quilt: Circa 1920; Pennsylvania
This is a particularly well made version of a traditional Garden Maze Quilt. The center of each maze is quilted with a LeMoyne Star pattern. Corner blocks are created by extending the mazes. The scalloped edge is a nice counterpoint to the hard edges of the Maze pattern. Cable quilting in the border gracefully follows the scallops.The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. Measurements are 80" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920's.
Patriotic Shields Quilt: Circa 1910; Pennsylvania
Feeling patriotic, anyone? This unusual Shields quilt is combined with diamonds in squares to create an original, all-American design. Half diamonds frame the pattern well. The quilting is not elaborate. It is done in straight lines in the body of the quilt and diamonds in the border. The concentric diamonds are machine appliqued. The quilt is in excellent condition. There is one light smudge that can likely be removed with a wash but I have done nothing to it as I do not find it... Click for details
Nine Patch Medallion Quilt: Circa 1920; Pennsylvania
The basis of this quilt is a Nine Patch pattern but the way it is put together adds additional interest. The alternating of light and dark blocks in addition to the center frame make it a wonderfully abstract composition. It is a beautiful shade of medium blue from the 1920's. The quilt is in pristine, un-used condition. Measurements are 82" x 98"; Pennsylvania origin.
Lone Star Quilt: Circa 1920; Pennsylvania
This classic Lone Star (aka Star of Texas or Star of Bethlehem) quilt is finely pieced and quilted. The solid colors add punch to the dramatic pattern. The scalloped edge, in addition to the elaborate quilting, adds softness to this very bold design. Measurements are 84" x 86" to the outside edges of the scallops; pristine condition. Berks County, Pennsylvania; circa 1920.
Patriotic American Flag Quilt Titled
This fabulous 48 star Patriotic quilt has the embroidered title "Stars and Stripes Forever." The stripes of the flag are created in an unusual way. Rather than using horizontal strips, the maker made her work much more difficult by using short diagonal strips. It gives something of the effect of the flag waving in the breeze.The indigo border, rarely seen in patriotic quilts, beautifully sets off the flag. In the upper right hand corner are appliqued and embroidered images of Betsy Ross;... Click for details
Wool Pennants Quilt
This original piece of textile nostalgia is made of pennants from points of interest primarily in the eastern United States and several in Canada. In addition, pennants from Dartmouth; N.Y.U; Notre Dame and the Coast Guard are included. Perhaps they were collected during one's travels from Florida to Maine. Regardless of how they were assembled, they were put together to make a strong graphic statement in terms of color and design. Measures 53" x 108".
Denim Quilt with Jeans Pockets: Circa 1980
This whimsical denim comforter has a rear pocket from bluejeans in each block. The variety of colors and shapes of the denim blocks and pockets makes for an interesting abstract composition. Excellent condition; measures 60" x 70". Backing is plaid cotton flannel; made circa 1980.
Lancaster County Amish Nine Patch Quilt: Circa 1930's
This stunning Nine Patch variation has all of the bells and whistles one hopes for in a Lancaster County Amish quilt. The colors are the classic jewel tones used in Lancaster wool quilts. The same Nine Patch on point blocks are used throughout but the use of color creates a center medallion. It is well quilted with a variety of floral patterns. Condition is excellent; measurements are 84" square. Made in the 1930's.
American Flag Quilt: Circa 1950's; Pennsylvania
Patriotic quilts were often made at the time a state was admitted to the Union. It seems highly probable that this 49 star quilt was made to commemorate the admission of Hawaii in January, 1959. The flag itself has 16 stars and the surrounding field an additional 33. The fabrics are compatible with this time frame. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. It is nicely quilted with several geometric patterns. The corner of each outer frame has a quilted... Click for details
Plaid One Patch Quilt: Circa 1920; Pennsylvania
This One Patch quilt made almost entirely of plaid cotton flannels is both simple and sophisticated. It took an artistic eye to put together this large combination of plaids in a palette of mauves, grays and browns. The four deep indigo squares are wool, also plaid. The backing is also a plaid flannel with striped flannel on either end.Measurements are 64" x 74". Pennsylvania origin; 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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