Starbursts are just the beginning of patterning of this exciting quilt. Diamonds are filled with Robbing Peter to Pay Paul type circles that look quite different when used in half around the border. Red centers are strategically placed within the stars. The blue and ivory border chintz beautifully complements the printed fabrics of the interior. Tremendous care and planning went into making this a superb quilt. Measurements are 80@ x 88@. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1850.
Charming Sailboats cradle quilt set on a blue field reminiscent of water and/ or the sky. Printed fabrics include feedsacks. Excellent condition; nicely quilted including a cable throughout the border. Measures 20" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1930.
Squares within squares such as this are called an Economy Patch quilt pattern. It is made of a terrific combination of late 19th century printed fabrics. Consistent use of yellow squares on the outer edge make a clever differentiation while actually using the same pattern throughout.The backing is a pink and green calico Bars pattern, often seen in quilts from southeast Pennsylvania. Measurements are 82" square; circa 1880. Excellent condition.
Beautiful Feathered Diamonds Quilt with a diagonal sashing. The white open diamonds highlight the fine quilting of feather patterns. The sawteeth, or feathers, are done with a wonderful variety of fabrics. Excellent, unwashed condition. Measures 80" x 96". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
Nine Patch Quilt made of fine, printed wool challis fabrics on both front and back. It has a wonderfully rich color palette. Measurements are 72" x 88". Very good condition. There is a weak spot on one corner where it appears to have gotten caught on something. Made circa 1870.
Nicely made One Patch quilt in which the pieces are set on point in groups of squares. The groups, made primarily of printed fabrics, are separated by solid white diamonds making a nice distinction between groups. It has a wonderful array of late 19th century fabrics. White binding is the backing turned over. Excellent condition; there is damage to one square. Measures 62" x 75". Maine origin; circa 1880.
Red and blue LeMoyne Stars crib quilt made even more charming by the quilted inscription "Grandma's Darling". Finely quilted with patterns of small squares. Measures 36" x 43". Three striped borders continue the patriotic theme. Excellent condition with very slight wear to a small part of the binding.
This is certainly a one of a kind quilt made for the card playing or craps playing gambler. The green fabric is also reminiscent of the top of a pool table.
Dice are shown in the corners as well as the inner medallion. Hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs surround them.
This is the ultimate crossover quilt with traditional star and tumbling blocks patterns as well as the gambling theme.
Measures 80" square. Clever use of polka dot fabric for binding and backing that continues the dice theme.... Click for details
Striking Log Cabin quilt that makes several light and dark patterns. Consistent use of solid colored red and blue give the quilt lots of zing. It is as crisp and pristine as the day it was made in the 1920's. The backing is made of large blocks of solid color pastels. Measurements are 76" square; Pennsylvania origin.
This country quilt has a bit more sophistication than most. The blocks filled with One Patches are set so that there are diagonal lines of color. Bars between the blocks are solid color red while the border is a small print very close in color. Excellent condition; short green Bars between the blocks started as a darker color but have faded uniformly to a soft green. Measures 66" x 70". Frederick County, Maryland origin; circa 1880.
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