This is a funky hexagons quilt made of blocks of an unusual elongated shape. Many of the blocks are pieced together of more than one segment of the same fabric. Not the finest piecing but it makes a bold graphic statement with a rich variety of colors and fabrics. Circa 1880;Pennsylvania origin; measures 68" x 78:.
This is an unusual pattern done with a wonderful variety of 1880's calico fabrics. Thumbnails show many of them clearly including several of cheater's cloth. The light spot on the upper left border of the overall image is on the photo only; it is not a spot on the quilt.It is in unwashed condition. Backing is muslin. The size; pattern and variety of fabrics would make this a wonderful wall hanging. It measures 66" x 72". Pennsylvania origin.
This pattern is known as either Windmill Blades or Pineapple Log Cabin. It is always a pattern with a lot of movement but particularly so with this well balanced example. Made of a rich variety of 1870's calico fabrics enhanced by the solid red border. Pennsylvania origin; measures 73" x 76".
This is an extremely unusual and bold variation of the Log Cabin pattern surrounded by a fabulous piano key border. Calico fabrics of the 1870's and 80's. Adams County, Pennsylvania origin. Measures 82" square.
Well pieced Ocean Waves pattern done on a stunning forest green ground.Small triangles make up the waves that are a lively combination of light and dark calico fabrics. Has never been washed and is clean but shows several very slight fade lines. Measures 70" x 87". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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