Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: QuiltsStella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Quilts

Quilts (469)

Triangle Barnraising Quilt: Circa 1890; Penn.
Unusual variation of a barnraising pattern done in triangles rather than the usual log cabin strips. Pristine, unwashed condition with a beautiful variety of rich fabrics. The back is pieced in a bars pattern. Circa 1880; Pennsylvania origin. Measures 78 inches x 80 inches.
Economy Patch Quilt: Circa 1890; Pennsylvania
Pristine, unwashed version of the Economy Patch pattern. The solid red alternate blocks contrasting with the variety of calicoes give this quilt a very strong presence. Measures 86 inches square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890.
Strip Triangles Quilt: Circa 1880, Pennsylvania
Initially, this pattern looks as though it consists of large pieced triangles. In actuality, they are made up of strips about one inch in width. Wonderful 1870's fabrics. The reverse is pieced in squares. No flaws on the front. A blotch is visible in the photo of the reverse side. Measures 73" x 74". Pennsylvania origin.
Pots of Tulips Quilt; Circa 1880; Penn.
Probably original pattern of stylized, funky pots of tulips. Has been professionally washed. Well quilted. Solid color red fabric and two different green calicoes. Pennsylvania origin. Measures 75 inches x 78 inches.
Touching Stars Quilt; Circa 1930; Penn.
This quilt is as crisp and pristine as the day it was made. It was clearly packed away and never used. Beautiful background color blue. The squares and diamonds in the negative space around the stars form secondary patterns.Cable quilting in the border. Pennsylvania origin; measures 68 inches x 84 inches.
Sunbonnet Sue Quilt; Circa 1930; Penn.
Sunbonnet Sue was one of the most popular patterns of the early twentieth century. This particular arrangement with a large Sue overseeing the others is most unusual. Has been professionally washed. Pennsylvania origin; measures 74 inches square.
Cheater's Cloth Quilt; Circa 1880, Penn.
Pristine, unwashed reversible quilt. One side is brick and green calico bars and the other is printed patchwork. Un-used condition; Pennsylvania origin. Measures 86" x 94".
Baskets Quilt; Circa 1920; Pennsylvania
Beautifully executed version of a Basket pattern. Pristine, unwashed condition. An unusual choice of color make this quilt a real stand-out. The back is pieced in bars pattern as seen in the last detail photo, making this quilt equally usable on both sides. Excellent quilting. Measures 78 inches square; Pennsylvania origin.
Wool Crazy Quilt; Ca. 1890; Mennonite Penn.
Stunning wool crazy quilt in unusual colors. Truly looks like an aerial landscape. Well made -nicely quilted and embroidered throughout. Lancaster County Mennonite origin. Front is pristine; slight damage to the back. Measures 75 inches square.
Trip Around the World Quilt; Pa., Ca. 1880
Very vibrant version of a classic Pennsylvania pattern. This example was made in Lancaster County; circa 1880. Probably never washed. Measures 80" x 82".
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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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