This patchwork Hexagons is an unfinished piece of what would have made a wonderful quilt. It is created with beautiful printed fabrics dating from the 1830's - 1850's. Each hexagon is one inch at its widest. No wonder she quit! The hexagons are backed with newspaper and hand written papers. Condition is very good but not perfect. On close examination, one can see a few cracks. The piece measures 33 inches at its widest; New England origin.
This delicate and graceful appliqued crib quilt was made to welcome the lucky baby Emma into the world. Her name is finely stitched in the center. Stems and buds coming out from the center also have well embroidered wool stems and tendrils. The tassels around the frame are out of the ordinary in that theyterminates in a star.
The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. I purchased the quilt mounted in a custom lucite box frame. It is available but I removed the... Click for details
This striking crib quilt goes by many different names, among which are Georgetown Circle; Crown of Thorns and English Wedding Ring. This bold example makes wonderful use of the combination of red, orange and green to create several different patterns. The quilt measures 39 inches to a side. Because it is square, displaying it on point adds an entirely new dimension to the pattern.
Condition is excellent. York County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880's.
This hand painted map of the United States is surely a one of a kind. It is titled "Early America" with images of iconic American scenes such as a Conestoga wagon and a Native American on horseback. Around the border are names of famous Americans such as Paul Revere and Daniel Boone. The front is linen with a textured cotton backing. Measurements are 15 1/2" x 20". There is a little bit of fraying around some of the edging and a small worn spot where the Carolinas would be. Made circa 1920.
Rose of Sharon goes by several different names. Among them are: Tea Rose; Antique Rose; Whig Rose and Democrat Rose. Regardless of the name, it is a graceful pattern that is rarely seen in crib size. This fine example is beautifully framed with a tulip, leaf and vine border.
It has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Measurements are 42 inches square. Because it is square, it can be hung on point for dramatic effect
This Ohio Amish Hole in the Barn Door is large for a doll quilt. It measures 18" x 22 1/2". Some would call this size a cradle quilt.
Regardless of how one labels it, the quilt is charming. Each block is nicely scaled at 2 3/4" in diameter. It is hand quilted with postage stamp size squares in white thread. The binding is done by machine as is often the case with Amish quilts.The backing is the same blue fabric as used on the front.
Condition is excellent. Ohio origin; circa 1920.
The giant X makes a standout of this One Patch crib quilt. Within the One Patches are four Nine Patch blocks giving even more interest to the movement of the eye around the quilt.
It is in pristine; unwashed condition. Measurements are 40 inches square. The use of a Bars pattern for the backing is indicative of the quilt's southeastern Pennsylvania origin. Made circa 1880.
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.
This large size crib quilt might better be referred to as a youth quilt. It is an unusual size, measuring 54" x 46". It is comprised of beautiful, well blended brown prints from the 1870's and 1880's. It has a very light batting.
Condition is excellent. Pennsylvania origin; last quarter of the 19th century.
Charming Pinwheels Crib Quilt done on a wonderful small scale. Each Pinwheel block measures 2 3/4 inches in diameter.
The red Pinwheel blades really pop against the blue calico ground. The border is nicely quilted with a pattern of diamonds. The quilt has been washed in its lifetime and remains in very good condition. There is one small snag in the blue that is about the size of a pea but no other condition mentionables. The backing is a Bars pattern of the same red and blue fabrics used on the... Click for details
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, stellarubin.com