Judi's Antique Quilt Collection

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1.0 Log Cabin - 1860 - 68" x 76"

Sunshine and Shadow pattern - 1860 by Abigail Hannan. Started in the Sioux Territory in Nebraska and pieced on covered wagon trail to Walla Walla, WA. Family still lives in Walla Walla and are/were musicians and teachers.

Quilt is made from double pinks, browns, madders, blacks, reds and shirtings of the early to mid 1800's. Back is feedsacks and so are the bindings. Small repairs on back but not through the front. 2 places where mouse holes had been - reconstructed with period fabrics. Bought in Nehalem, OR in 1997.


2. Ohio Star - 1850-2011 - 47" x 64"

These Ohio Star blocks were made from 1840-1850 pre-Civil War fabrics by Frieda Briggs of Plainview, NY during that period. They were never finished into a quilt. Added on in 2011 the 100% cotton for the batting and current muslin for the back by Judi Fibush, Rocklin, CA. The quilting is 10-12 stitches per inch with all seams quilted in the ditch.

Shown individually are a very rare purple fabric, a blue with chrome/cheddar flowers fabric and a fragile brown shirting plaid fabric. There are madders, lots of double pinks, paisleys, crimsons, indigos and even a touch of a blue fondue in a paisley print.   

3. Sawtooth Star On Point - 1870-1890 - 76" x 86"

The 8 Pointed Star blocks, made by Lydia Rosalind Miner of Cortland, Ohio, are set on point with alternating off white blocks. This is a thin, summer weight quilt with extensive hand quilting at 10 spi. The 8 inch border fabric is part of the colorful yellow, orange and black back and has been brought from the back to the front in a half inch binding. Great fabrics in madders, double pinks, browns, greys and a black print with tiny green leaves and yellow flowers. It has never been used nor washed and in excellent condition. 

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4. Morning Star/Star of Bethlehem - 1850-1880
      84" x 90"

This lovely red, green and light printed quilt is medium weight and beautifully done. The back also has 2 mid 19th century prints in brown and rust tones which are strip pieced together to make the whole back. The piecing is precision and the quilting is 10 spi with great attention to detail.  Unfortunately foxing has stained some of the tiny white pieces and although treated with Restoration not all could be removed. There is no wear or tears in the fabric and it appears to have never been used but stored away where the staining occurred.  Still a lovely piece and well worth preserving.  

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5. Log Cabin - Barn Raising - 1890 - 64"x 64"

This is a stunning late Victorian Log Cabin in the "Barn Raising" pattern that is organized into radiating diamonds. Its elegant fabrics and strong graphics distinguish this graphic beauty made of silks and velvets. The outside border is embroidered around each separate piece making it even more unique. Maker is unknown but was found in Massachusetts. 

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6. CRAZY QUILT - 1895-2008 - 67" x 67"

This crazy quilt was made Oct 5, 1895 from denim, cottons, old work clothing, etc.  Extensive and exquisite embroidery work was done in floss and yarn with motifs of words, such as Comfort and Cloverleaf, flowers, initials and animals. It was badly damaged and dirty and needed a complete restoration to make it whole again. That was not possible but laundering, decent repair work and reassembling has put it back to much of it's faded glory. Lightweight 100% cotton batting was added, the old clean back was reused and a dark red binding finished the piece. No provenance was found but a testament to a lady without means but lots of skill and love were put into this charming, sweet little quilt.


6.1 Wagon Wheel Crazy Quilt - 1900 - 75" Square

By definition this quilt would be a crazy quilt due to the embroidery and applique plus multiple choices of fabrics, such as: wools, velvets, heavy cottons and velours. The background backing for the wagon wheels is made of many different textured black fabrics and the quilt back is a  green striped cotton flannel. However it is unique  as a crazy quilt is usually random in layout and this has  a definite pattern in the wagon wheel design. It is also quilted in a 1" grid design at 9 spi.  It was made by Laura Ellen Ohl Broede  (Dec 13, 1972 to Dec 8, 1938) in Bloomville, Ohio.  Her ancestors came from Germany in the mid 1800s and settled there.  Her granddaughter - Ireta A. Dentinger - inherited it from Laura.

7. LeMoyne or 8 Pointed Star Top 
    1850s-2013 – 68” sq. 

This quilt consists of 49 blocks made from pre Civil War and Civil War fabrics with double pinks, madders, browns, clarets, various blues and one cheddar yellow print.  Its 3” sashing and binding is a grey flowered print with red striped corner stone squares, thin batting and a light grey back.  Clean but thin with a very few age spots and quilted at 8 stp.   The 2 pictures show the top before the damaged fabric was replaced with matching period fabrics and the corner squares added. Totally reconstructed and quilted by Judith Fibush, Rocklin, CA, in 2013.

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8. Log Cabin-Streak of Lightning – 1890-1905-2007
      64” x 74”

Josephine Arland of Washington state made this quilt top mostly from silks plus some taffetas, brocades and velvet fabrics from the late 1800’s. It consists of 195 – 5” blocks made of 17 – ½” wide strips into each log cabin block. Approximately 40+ of the blocks were damaged or destroyed. The ruined areas were restored with antique and vintage silks, a 2” wide velvet border and black cotton back were added in 2007.

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9. Wool Kaleidoscope Quilt - late 1800's -
      early 1900's -  77" x 81"

Wools from late 1800's and early 1900's plus velvets, brocades and a few flannels with a chamois red flannel back and tied with black button hole thread. 

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10 Nine Patch - 1860s-1890s - 60" x 80"

A  double pink print and yellow calico set the mood for these on-point 6-inch blocks with excellent interior brown scrap-basket prints. It is entirely hand-pieced and well-quilted at 8-9 tiny stitches per inch per side. The backing is in sections and there are some marks along the fold lines and a small mend. Purchased from Cow Hollow Collectibles at rubylane.com. 

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10.1 Log Cabin with Chevrons – 1870s-1890s
        75” sq.

This is a summer coverlet with no batting but it is quilted. The interior log cabin blocks are surrounded by chevron strips with fabrics  that are double pinks, clarets, madders, browns, yellow calicos, navies, mourning prints, etc.  Some age staining but beautifully hand made with a tiny brown check for the back and a madder print narrow binding. Purchased from Cow Hollow Collectibles at rubylane.com.

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11. Log Cabin - Streak of Lightning - 1900-1910
      62" x 70"

This Log Cabin quilt was made by Lucy Briggs of Lake Oswego, OR.  It is composed of wool, velvet, flannels, silks and cotton fabrics of the first decade of the 20th century. The back is a late 1800's homespun wool blanket and is bordered by black fabric. The quilting outlines every block at 8 stp inch.

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12. Redwork Quilt - 1905 - 65" x 72"

Made by a friend of the family of Zetta Timkins in Kansas City, MO. for her wedding Nov. 22, 1905 as seen in bell block. Found in a trunk in the basement when she died. Both her father and husband were named Harold plus the names of Lorena for her mother and Zetta for the bride. The husband Harold was killed in WWI and they had no children so the quilt was given back to Lorena's friend who then passed on to her daughter. Many Kate Greenaway motifs plus a Jumbo the elephant block who was such a crowd pleaser in 1905 are included. Composed of 56 blocks with a 4 inch wide muslin feather border, hand quilted and hand pieced. The hand quilting is 12 stitches per inch. Each block motif is outline quilted and then each block is outline quilted. The binding is 1” wide Turkey red and back is muslin. The blocks have been hand pieced together with feather stitching. Maker is unknown. 

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12.1 Seven Sisters/Tumbling Blocks - 1900
        70" x 80"

A six pointed star with tumbling blocks when viewed a certain way that are linked together too. Hand and machine pieced with a narrow, separate hand-stitched 1/4-inch binding. Seven same print diamonds have worn, so must have joined the piecing in a fatigued state. Elaborate quilting at 9-10 small stitches per inch per side showing hanging diamonds, fish-scales and lines. 

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13. Flannel Flag Quilts - 1913 - 72" x 80"
      and 75" x 82"

Made by Margaret Mason from Marietta, PA. Husband was Joseph and family descended from Edgar from late 1700's. After quilts were made, Father died and family left area.

In Tony Hyman's Handbook of Cigar Boxes He says "Flannels were collected from the coupons that were enclosed in cigarette packs. Catalogs (which cost 2 cents postage) were sent and then the flags, etc. could be ordered by size and description. The practice of inserting these premiums started in 1890 and finally died out in the 1930's in Europe due to the cost of producing both the silk and flannel items and the shortage of paper during WWII."

Americans lost interest in these mostly after WWI. You will notice that these flags represent countries when most were still monarchies prior to WWI and most American flags came with 46 stars and 48 stars after 1912.  

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13.1 Indian Flannel Quilt - 1913 - 2014 - 56" x 57"

This flannel quilt top was made in 1913 in Saginaw, MI. from 71 tobacco premium flannels of Indian blankets and 6 very rare animal pelt designs.  The blocks (5" x 8.5") are neatly sewn together with tiny hand stitching. In 2014 a 2" black flannel border, black flannel back and binding were added to complete the quilt by Judi Fibush, Rocklin, CA.  It is in pristine condition with no tears, holes, fading or stains. (NOTE: No Indian blankets were ever made in these designs.) The history of the tobacco premium flannels is described in the above listing number 13. 

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14. 8-Pointed Star or LeMoyne Star - 1925
       20" x 27"

This small crib quilt was made by my Aunt, Thelma Marie Chidester Hall in Westmoreland, KN in 1925. She was 19 years old and expecting her only child, Gloria. My grandmother didn’t think this was a nice enough quilt for her first grand baby as grandmother was a master quilter and a perfectionist so the quilt  was never used.  Grandmother made her another one.

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15. Trip Around The World - 1920 - 48" x 50"

Mostly 1920's prints - maybe a few earlier with oranges being the predominate color which was popular in that decade. Composed of 1" squares.

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16. Giddy Up Donkeys Crib quilt – 1931 – 34” x 56”

This little Donkey (Giddy Up) crib quilt was designed for the Democrat Party's political fervor of the 1932 campaign of FDR against Herbert Hoover. There is also a companion Republican Elephant (Ararat) design from the same era. Both patterns were published in the Kansas Cit Star newspaper. It is made entirely of 2 inch patchwork squares to show 2 pink donkeys with black pieces for eyes, ears, tail, nose, saddle and hooves in a surrounding blue background. All hand pieced and hand quilted at 6 spi. Back is solid blue fabric brought over the front to use as a binding.

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16.1 Ararat Elephant Wall Hanging
        2012 - 18" x 25"

This is not an antique but is made from the pattern that was published in the Kansas City Star newspaper in 1932 for the Republican political campaign. It is the companion piece to 16 Donkeys Crib Quilt. It was done in 2 inch squares with gray for the elephant, black for the eyes, outline of the ears and feet. A blanket is done in red and a blue fabric with sparkles. Sashing, borders and back are in a yellow print. Hand made and quilted.

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17. LeMoyne Star or 8 Pointed Star quilt with
        Circles - 1930-2007 - 72" x 74"

 30 Blocks hand pieced by Pearl Eunice Townsend Chidister in the 1930's from 1920's and 1930's fabrics. Assembled with 1930's circles and solid colored fabrics and hand quilted by Judi in 2007. Pearl is Judi's maternal grandmother.

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18. Red and White Pinwheel – 1930’s-1992
     65” x 79”

This monochromatic quilt consists of 3” square pinwheel blocks set into framed Nine Patch Blocks which are assembled into a mock Irish Chain layout. The quilt is exquisitely hand pieced with the tiny points having razor sharp precision. The hand quilting is done in a geometric style which is rather unusual. Charlotte Randell of Portland, OR made the top in the 1940s and Judi Fibush of Rocklin, CA hand quilted it in 1992.

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19. Magic Vine Quilts - late 1930's-1994
      both 74" x 83"

Designed by Florence LaGanke Harris as the Nancy Page syndicated quilt patterns which were published in newspapers. The first of these was shown in the St Louis Star Times in Sept 1930. (27 different designs were published under the Nancy Page name.)

Bought as throw away rags - especially the yellow quilt top and the peach finished but badly stained, they were rescued and restored with work and soaking in BIZ.

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20. Grandmother's Flower Garden - 1930's-1998
        51" x53"

Center is hand pieced from fabrics of the 1930's. White hexagons are all from flour feedsacks of the same era.  Borders and binding are made from "Aunt Gracie's" reproduction fabrics. Assembled and hand quilted in 1998

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21. Grandmother's Flower Garden - 1939

This quilt was made by Nellie Mae Brock Connor Hildebrand (Judi’s paternal grandmother) for the wedding of Cecil and Stella Connor (Judi’s Uncle and Aunt) in Portland, OR in 1939.  It is composed of 1” hexagon pieces of the bubblegum pink and Nile green fabrics of the ‘30’s era.  It is hand pieced and every other hexagon is hand quilted.

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23. Flutterbies Crib Quilt - 1940s-2012
      34" x 44 1/2"

This little crib quilt top was appliqued and embroidered by Ginny Blase, Lubbock, TX with 1940's fabrics. The darker yellow fabric did bleed a bit around the edges of the black floss. It is called "Flutterbys" after the B.C. cartoon that stated "butter doesn't fly". Nicely done. Quilted with 6 spi and finished with a narrow black binding by Judi Fibush in 2012.

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24. Farm Animal Crib Quilt - 1940's - 33" x 42"

These delightful little crib quilt blocks were Penny Squares with the designs already transferred on to the fabric in the 1920's and 30's. The are exquisitively embroidered.  The sashing and binding were done in Turkey Red fabric and back is feed sack material.  Feather quilting design in white thread surrounds the border fabric. 

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25. Farm Crib Quilt - 1940's - 38" Square

This little quilt is an odd size being a total square but it contains 16 prestamped "penny squares" of the 30's and 40's.  Embroidery work is exquisitely done in multi colors and the sashing and binding are composed of the apple green 1930's fabrics. Comparing it with the Farm Animal Crib  quilt above, some of the motifs feature places and people as well as just the animals.  The above quilt is done in more neutral colors.  

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26. Cigarette Silks - 1910-1916

Egyptian Straights, Fatima, Luxury, Zira, Soverign, Zoya, Tokio and Lande Cigarettes put silks in their packages of women, flags, fraternal organizations, animals, and flowers and plants, sports stars, butterfilies etc. Most of these premiums came from American companies and were made in NY.

Assorted silk Embroidered Flowers from tobacco premiums, measuring 1 " x 2" Original German WW2 packages Lande Mokri Superb cigarettes. These are the packages of 6 cigarettes and are the exact size and quantity that were issued to German WW2 soldiers in the frontline supplementary box. They are in great shape and have an intact tax stamp (in fact these came still wrapped in the original shipping packaging (see the picture above). They measure 2 5/8" x 2 3/4". It stands to reason that Hitler would not put flags of other countries in the German cigarettes.

Flag Silk Pillow - 1914 - 15" x 18". Made from premiums from Soverign Cigarettes Co., Factory No 30, 2nd Dist. N.Y.  Animal with Flag - 1915 - 16' x 18" Made from premiums from  the Imperial Tobacco Company of Canada. 

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27. Doll Quilt - 1995 - 16 1/2" x 22 1/2" 

This doll quilt was made by Dorothy Barclay Zimmerman in Portland, OR.  Precise hand piecing and hand quilting in the diamonds and the Hour Glass quilt pattern.  Slight fading in some of the blue diamonds.   

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Quilt Tops

1. Lone Star Top – 1850s-1870s – 74” sq.  

This lovely Lone Star top consists of many Civil War fabrics which are various patterned and striped browns, a double pink, a poison green and flowered pieces with red and white backgrounds.  It is in pristine condition.

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2. Whig Rose Top - variation - 1860 - 80" sq.

According to Leigh Fellner “The top called "Tea Rose variation" is actually in a pattern commonly known as Whig Rose. Both its form and name appear to originate in an overshot weaving draft by that name. The format is always the same: a central bloom (often similar to the single bloom of the Rose of Sharon pattern) with four branches, each of which typically has two smaller flowers or buds. Occasionally parts of Whig Rose quilts' blooms were made by ruching, but more typically this design was completely appliqued of flat shapes. This format was most common during the earlier (1840-60) half of the red/green quilt fad.

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3. Carpenters Wheel Top – 1900 – 66”x 82”  

This top consists of 10 solid navy and cheddar colored blocks made in the Carpenters Wheel design.  It is pristine and clean with no holes, rips or stains. 

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4. One Patch Embellished Wool Quilt Top
    1920-30’s, 66"x 80”

Composed of men's suiting fabrics - maker probably worked in one of Oregon's woolen mills and these rectangle blocks ( 4" x 6") were sales samples. The embroidered crazy stitching joining the blocks is exquisite and is executed in yarn and cotton floss. Maker is unknown but a testament to her wanting to create something of beauty having little to do it with.

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5. Young Man’s Fancy Star Top – 1880 – 82"x 82"

Composed of red, white and royal blue fabrics make this an outstanding quilt top.  It is machine pieced with the tiny stitches from a treadle machine and expertly done.  It has no holes, tears nor stains. .

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6. Tumbling Block Quilt Top - 1870 - 56" x 74" 

This is a stunning quilt top made in the 1870s with browns, madders, indigos, shirtings, reds, double pinks, etc.  The border is a 3" wide double pink fabric.  It has never been washed and is in excellent condition.  It will be quilted at a later date. 

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7. Compass Star Quilt Top - 1900 - 76" Square

Lovely patriotic quilt top in an unusual Compass Star pattern done in 15" square blocks. All hand pieced. It will be hand quilted at a later date. 

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8. Eastern Star/Broken Star Quilt Top - 1870
    89" Square

A stunning bold & bright Eastern Star/Broken Star quilt top. It is unused, unwashed, unfaded--just beautiful and  all meticulously handpieced--accurate!  Fabrics are turkey red, cheddar, dark green on a slightly off white background. 

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