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Star of Bethlehem Quilt with Aplliqued Flowers

774 Star of Bethlehem with Appliqued Flowers, circa 1940 fabric, Illinois, 84 x 86. This is an eight-point center star with eight diamond-filled rows. The star points have seven filled rows of diamonds. This is hand-pieced and quilted at 9st/in. The border is composed of a double pink band, red diamonds, and a band of geometric blue. The 1/8 in. double pink binding is added separatedly. The spaces have appliqued floral bouquets, beautifully applied. There is a white backing and background on the front for all this array of color. Not only is this colorful but all these diamonds have perfect points. Imagine! What a feat! And a queen-size quilt to boot. $900.



Jacob's Ladder with Poison Green Backing

771 Jacob's Ladder, 1890-1920, Midwest, 74 x 84. Poison green backing makes this quilt quirky. The fabrics are 1900's shirtings, burgundy, cadet blue with ditzies, checks, polka dots, stripes, beige plaid and white. The quilting is 7 st/in., and it is hand and machine pieced. The binding is back to the top with machine, and is 3/8 in. on the top. The border and the sashing have diamonds in quilting on white. A comfortable and curious quilt. $350.



Red and White Bear's Paw Quilt Overview

Red and White Bear's Paw Quilt Border

Red and White Bear's Paw Quilt

772 Bear's Paw, 1890-1920, 72 x 80, Illinois. All red and white, 1890's fabric, zig-zag sashing. Fabric is white ditzies on red, conversation prints on red, etc. It is mostly hand pieced. The backing is in two pieces; one is in checks, the other black ditzies on white. The binding is 1/2 in. and goes from the back to the front, but is separate. The quilting is 8 st/in. in countours, straight lines and squares. There is a 3 inch border. Although small, this is a very attractive quilt and is great for tossing or using as a throw to brighten up any room. $400



773c Woven Overshot Coverlet, called Bowknot, c. 1820, 90 x 91, found in Illinois, indigo wool and cotton or linen. There is a seam, but no fringe on any side. The two weft sides have been stabiliized with woven tape. One section, near the top, has two 1/2 in. stripes of weft yarn that are, or have turned, brown. There is geometric sashing between the bowknot patterns and along the bottom edge. There are a few very small holes in the piece, hardly noticeable, and all in all this ancient coverlet is in excellent condition. Probably home-woven. $375.




769 Crazy Quilt, Byron, Illinois, c. 1885, 56 x 56, incomplete. This is one of those crazy quilts that did not have the back lined, so that you can see the foundation. The foundation blocks are almost as interestin as the front, because of the very old fabric pieces. It looks as though sides were cut off the quilt. This has been proenanced and appraised. There are nine large blocks of silks, velvets, and cottons pieced together and embroidered over the seams. A veriety of embroidery stitches and colors follows the small pieces over the quilt. Some pieces have figures embroidered into their centers. There is some stamping. The edges are held together with a running stitch. There is some silk fraying, as is often found in old, crazy quilts, but it is not extensive by any means. This is a good example of the late 19th Century craze to make an extravagant piece for the parlor. $325



761 Mennonite Barn Raising Log Cabin, ca 1920, Illinois, 77 x 83. This was probably made for hanging. It contains a great variety of wool and other fabric combinations, and is obviously tufted rather than quilted. The backing is made of scrap flannels. The edges are very slim, but the top and bottom have a wide border, probably to handle the weight of the batting. Beautiful fall colors. $1000


Birds and Oak Leaves Applique Quilt

767 Birds and Oak Leaves Applique, ca1860, 80 X 80, Location unknown. Although the appearance of this quilt is similar to many of the mid 19th century, its quality is no where as good as most. The green is overdyed and I don't think the red is Turkey Red. The applique is fine but the figures on the border are mysterious as I can't figure out what they are supposed to be. They are irregular to say the least. The long green borders are probably machine pieced, but the binding is hand pieced. The quilting is plentiful at 6 st/in. This has been washed by me. It is an odd quilt, perhaps made by a provincial quilter. $450.


Klostersom" Norwegian embroidered coverlet

673 "Klostersom" Norwegian embroidered coverlet or wall hanging, 62 X 68, found in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The following information is from Laurann Gilbertson of Vesterheim, The National Norwegian-American Museum: This is one of the stitches used to create hardanger embroidery and is an old method using a needlepoint type base, crossing the wool yarns in a parallel fashion. It was popular at the turn of the 20th century but also was used later in the 1960's and 70's. One's first thought is that it is weaving, but it is not. Laurann believes this piece to be about 1900. Klostersom is often used in churches, hence "kloster", and in fact many bell pulls were made using this method, called "klokkestreng". It is not known if this particular piece was made in Norway and brought to Wisconsin, or perhaps, was made in the Vesterheim area. In any event it is an interesting piece of textile heritage of our Northern states. $800


Amish All Wool Quilt

768 Amish All Wool Quilt, 1900-1930, Location? 85 x 85, Square in a Square in a Square. (aka Grandpa Quilt). This beautifully hand quilted, 6-7 st/ in., typical old- order Amish quilt is batted with wool and covered back and front in wool fabric. The last photo shows the little tufts of wool batting that are sticking through the green fabric, and some people consider these "grandpa's whiskers". The colors on the front combine in a most pleasing way, and the navy backing and ΒΌ in. binding lend a beautiful contrast. I 'm sorry I don't know the source of this quilt, but I bet it is somewhere that the winters are cold. I can attest to its warmth. It has been to the cleaners in spite of my dread of such places for quilts. $900



Barn Raising Streak of Lightning Quilt

762 Barn Raising, Streak of Lightning, 1870-1880, from Galva, Illinois, a former Swedish Commune near Bishop Hill, Made of various wool anc other fabric combinations in the black. The colored strips are also of wool, tweeds, and other fabrics of various colors including Turkey red. The strips are about 1/2 inch wide.The centers are of combinations of fabrics, some velvets. The backing is a vibrant woven foliage print reminding one of the tropics. It is pulled around to the front to form the binding. There are a few holes here and there, but in general the quilt is in very good condition. This quilt brings the custom of Sweden to America, and if you look at books of Swedish quilts you will see the similarities. $650.



Mennonite Wool Nine Patch Quilt

760 Mennonite Wool Nine Patch, 71 x 96, Could be considered a utility quilt, but very striking.. Location and age unknown. The nine patches vary but are mostly red and black with some black and white herring bone tweed and some mauve light and dark striped twill.. The sashing is composed of the same fabrics but is cut in diagonals. The black squares are wool crepe, and many of the reds are flannel. There is no batting. The backing is black challis and there is a knife edge. The pieces are held together with long running stitches not with tufts. Everything is hand sewn, including the long ribbon on one edge next to the velcro pieces.This is a very unusual quilt, made with a variety of fabrics, but with a strong sense of color and beauty. The border is made of 3x4.5 inch black blocks alternating with 3 x 2 inch red blocks. The quilter used many fabrics to make a startling piece. $550



Log Cabin Quilt Barn Raising


763 Log Cabin, Barn Raising, 1870-1880, 67x76, Illinois This is a light weight quilt made of plain and textured cottons and plaids. The main attraction is the very bright blue, unusual for that era.. The backing is a solid Turkey red and is actually the foundation to which the strips are attached with red thread.. The binding on two sides is the red brought from the back to the front, while on the other two sides the binding is an attached red binding. The centers are composed of pieces of different fabrics. Of course this is all hand pieced. $625.


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