Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Quilts, Amish and MennoniteStella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Quilts, Amish and Mennonite

Quilts: Amish and Mennonite (23)

Mennonite Joseph's Coat Quilt; Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
This striking Joseph's Coat quilt incorporates the features most desirable in this traditionally Mennonite pattern. Each color stripe has a different quilting pattern. The diagonal stripe border adds movement to the already bold design. What distinguishes this quilt from others of the same pattern is that it is from Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Other known examples are from Lancaster County. The quilt is in excellent condition. Measurements are 70" x 74". The checked fabric of the backing is... Click for details
Lancaster County Amish Embroidered Quilt: Circa 1920
Embroidered pinwheels of this type are usually seen decorating pillows; rarely are they an entire quilt pattern. This Lancaster County Amish example is very well planned out with diagonal rows of color. Background is men's wool suiting fabrics. Quilted in green thread with zigzag patterning throughout the border. Measures 75" x 78". Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920.
Illinois Amish Roman Stripe Quilt: Circa 1880's
This Illinois Amish Roman Stripe quilt is dramatic because of the colors; small scale of the blocks and having them set on a diagonal. The consistent use of the same red fabric for each of the longest strips heightens the diagonal stripe. Upon close inspection, one can see that the opposing black borders are pieced with the same diamond shapes as the body of the quilt. It is made of wool with a machine done pre-quilted backing. The quilt was made by Kate Fugate (nee Sunning). She stated that... Click for details
Amish Evening Stars Crib Quilt: Circa 1920
Richly colored, beautiful Evening Stars Amish crib quilt that is probably from Western Pennsylvania. The deep indigo ground perfectly offsets the salmon colored stars. The quilt is in pristine condition. Measurements are 37" x 44'. It is all cotton including the gray backing that is turned over to create the machine sewn binding. The quilting is all done by hand with a pattern of squares and diagonal lines in the border. Made circa 1920.
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
Mennonite Concentric Frames Quilt with Double Nine Patch; Circa 1880;
This striking quilt of concentric frames centered with a Double Nine Patch is so contemporary looking that it is difficult to believe it is some 145 years old. The strong, solid colors play well off one another and the Double Nine Patch center focuses the eye. The quilt is in excellent condition. The frames alternate quilting patterns of diamonds and cables.The front is all solid color cotton with a printed cotton for the backing. Measurements are 76 inches square. Lancaster County,... Click for details
Mennonite Princess Feather Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
The richly colored Princess Feather quilt is a color choice with this pattern seen several times only in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Variations exist in the center motifs but the four block Princess Feather on a rich blue ground with red and orange is a combination found only in Lancaster. This quilt has an especially nice continuation of the appliqued feathers throughout the border. It is well quilted with a waffle design throughout the body. There is a sliver of color loss on one edge.... Click for details
Mennonite Log Cabin Quilt: Circa 1890; Pennsylvania
Un-used Lancaster County Mennonite Log Cabin quilt in rich colored medium weight wools. The quilt is in pristine condition with an unusual cotton cheater's cloth backing. Measurements s 68" x 73". Circa 1890; Pennsylvania origin. The border is a deep purple, not black as it may appear on some monitors.
Mennonite Wreath Applique Quilt and Matching Crib Quilt: Ca. 1880; Pa.
I can count on one hand the number of 19th century quilts I have seen with a matching crib quilt. Never have I seen as stunning a quilt with matching crib in such pristine condition. Both are in the spotless, unwashed condition as when they were made nearly 140 years ago.. The full size is quilted with concentric wreaths very similar to the appliqued pattern in addition to stylized flowers. The border is diagonal lines. The swag and tassel borders are great frames for the robust colors and... Click for details
Mennonite Oakleaf Variation Quilt: Circa 1880;Pennsylvania
This Mennonite quilt from Lancaster, Pennsylvania takes the traditional Oakleaf pattern to an entirely new level. The five Oakleaf blocks alternate with diamond blocks that create a continuous overall pattern when seen from afar. Double sawtooth borders create the effect of the Tree Everlasting pattern. The quilt is in excellent; unwashed condition. It is well quilted with wreaths in the green blocks and cable patterning in the wide green border. Stitching in the red blocks echoes the appliqued... 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.

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