Mennonite Irish Chain quilt done in solid colors of red and two tones of dark blue. The quilt appears to be in excellent, unwashed condition with a few tiny areas of color loss. The red of the chain makes the background color appear to recede giving a subtle three dimensional quality. Quilted with wreaths in the body and feathers in the border.
Measurements are 76" x 78". Pennsylvania origin; made circa 1880.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
This classic Lancaster County Amish Diamond in a Square quilt is done with the most desirable of jewel colors. The front is entirely made of wool with a cotton backing.
The center square is quilted with concentric stars. Both purple interior borders are quilted with what is known as a pumpkin seed pattern. The outer red border has the traditional scrolling feather. All of the needlework is finely done. The in intials SB are embroidered on a back corner.
The interior of the quilt is in... Click for details
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.
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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