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

Quilts: 20th Century (110)

Straight Furrows Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1910; Pa.
Straight Furrows Log Cabin pattern with two unusual features: the center of each log is divided on the diagonal adding intensity to the furrows; and the color scheme is out of the ordinary. The blacks and grays are not often seen in such predominance with the other colors chosen for this quilt. Unwashed condition; flawless with the exception of two small, old and well done patches on the border that are visible in the last thumbnail photo. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1910. Measures 74" square.
Sunbonnet Sue Quilt: Dated 1932; Pennsylvania
Who can imagine a Sunbonnet Sue quilt cuter than this with the girls chatting over the garden gate? To the best of my knowledge, this is an original rendition of a popular pattern. Excellent condition; well quilted. Dated 1932. Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Measures 65" x 76".
Sail Boats Quilt: Circa 1930; Pennsylvania
Pristine, unwashed Sailboats quilt done in a lovely blend of soft tones arranged to form diagonal bands of color The pink fabric is chambray; some of the blue and green prints are polished cotton. Reverses to pink and white bars; equally usable on either side. Circa 1930; Pennsylvania origin. Measures 77" square.
Cats with Bowties Quilt: Circa 1930; Pennsylvania
What could be cuter than these Cats with Bowties? Summer spread of a top and back without batting. Two small tan marks are visible in close-ups. Aside from them, condition is excellent. Measures 77" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1930.
Grapes Quilt: Circa 1920; Vermont origin
What an airy, graceful pattern full of wonderful quilting; delicate embroidered tendrils and stuffed applique grapes. Excellent condition. Measures 65" x 89".
Pinwheel Stars Quilt: Circa 1930; Pennsylvania
This Touching Stars pattern is a bit out of the ordinary because of the Pinwheels within each central block. A variety of striped fabrics add further interest to the several compatible blues and grey. Excellent condition. Measures 72" square. Pennsylvania origin; $445.
Double Nine Patch Quilt: Circa 1920; Maryland
Many features make this a very well executed version of a Double Nine Patch pattern. The blocks are postage stamp size. Each piece of the Nine Patch measures barely one inch. It is very nicely quilted with a variety of patterns. The colors are well placed with reds consistently making up the center. In addition to the Double Nine Patch pattern, it is laid out so that one gets a diagonal chain effect as well. Has been professionally washed. Measures 78" x 92"; Maryland origin; $695.
Broken Dishes Quilt: Circa 1930; Pennsylvania
According to my calculations, the interior of this quilt is made of 2620 triangles! They date from the turn of the century to the 1930's. The back is feedsack material that is turned over to form the binding. Excellent condition. Measures 69" x 75". Pennsylvania origin.
Snowball Quilt: Circa 1920
Soft colors are beautifully blended in this unusual Snowball quilt. Each circle is surrounded by a quilted wreath. Interesting contrast of the multiple straight borders with the roundness of the circles and wreaths. Pristine condition. Circa 1920; measures 78" x 89".
Water Lilies Quilt: Circa 1920; Pennsylvania
This is the finest version of this pattern that I've ever seen. It is extremely well quilted in cross hatching with a wreath in the center surrounding a quilted star. Embroidery adds three dimensionality. Lovely, soft colors; pristine condition. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920. Measures 72 1/2" x 73 1/2".
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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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