Judi's Antique Quilt Collection

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

Josephine Arland of Washington state made this quilt 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. 

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2. 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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3. 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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4. SIGNATURE DATED QUILT – 1800s - 1930
      40” X 59”    13" Sq PILLOW

This delightful and exquisite small 12 block quilt and 2 block pillow has embroidery excellence bar none.  There are even two stump work stars in two of the 40 blocks in the quilt.  It commemorates the family and friends from Perry Township and Colfax, Clinton County, Indiana.  Stump work was popular in the 1930s which helps date the quilt. The eight names and their birth dates (confirmed by U.S. Federal Census status records in 1880 thru 1930 and Plainview Cemetery records) are listed below.

E L Dukes,  Feb 6, 1837. spouse Martha, Perry Township, Clinton Co, In

Eliza J Bush - October 20, 1855, son James, Perry Township, Clinton Co, IN

Mary Shirley - July 3, 1864, spouse Gene Young, son Eugene Young, Perry Township, Clinton Co., IN

Linnie M Bush - June 2, 1874, spouse Horace C Bush,  Perry Township, Clinton Co, IN

Carrie L. Davis - September 14, 1865, spouse David M, Colfax, Clinton Co, IN

Florence Davis - April 1 1872, spouse John Davis, Colfax, Clinton Co, IN

Geneva Shirley Young  -  December 8, 1905, Perry Township, Clinton CO, IN.  Father was Eugene Young and she was the grand daughter of Mary Shirley and Gene Young.  Geneva carried her grandmother's maiden name - Shirley - as her middle name and her grandfather's first name - Gene. 

Tressie Parson - October 30, 1882, Perry Township, Clinton Co, IN

Gene Young - May 28, 1855, spouse Mary Shirley, Perry Township, Clinton Co, IN  

Many are buried in Plainview Cemetery, Clinton Co, IN.


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Wool Quilts

1.  One Patch Embellished Wool Quilt
    1920-30’s, 65"x 72.5” and 8" Teddy Bear

This was a much damaged top composed of men's suiting fabrics. It was originally a completed quilt that had been ripped apart leaving only the exquisite embroidered top.  The edges were uneven and jagged and it was no longer square.  In order for it to be finished, it was necessary to trim the edges to make the corners meet which left bits of the discarded embroidery still intact. The pieces were then appliqued to leftover bits of the wool suiting and fashioned into an 8 inch articulated teddy bear.  Therefore the bear and quilt will remain together.

The original seamstress probably worked or a relative did at the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill in Salem Oregon and used 5" x 7" rectangle sales samples as the background for the embroidery. The T. K. Woolen Mill produced the first bolt of worsted goods west of the Mississippi in November 1896. The embroidered crazy stitching joining the blocks is exquisite and is executed in wool yarn and pearl cotton and cotton floss. There are many moth/silverfish holes and some have been crudely as well as expertly darned/repaired.  There is no batting and the back is a grey and black plaid flannel with a black cotton grosgrain binding.  The damage is not paramount but this was preserved as a testament to a master needle worker's wanting to create something of beauty with exquisite skills and using wool scraps to do so. 

Quilt restoration/completion and teddy bear finished by Judi Fibush, Rocklin, CA, 2015.

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2. 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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3. Stump work Quilt - 1900 - 42" x 63"

This magnificent lap size quilt of 70 blocks was popular with the Pennsylvania Dutch quilt makers from the late 1800s to about 1930.  The quilt was used for decorative purposes only and is made from navy blue and grey 6" wool blocks.  There are 35 grey blocks with a Stump work star each  in multicolored yarn.  The back is  beige light weight wool and binding a brown cotton and tied with dark blue yarn with the knots on the back.  Excellent condition - no holes. tears or stains. .

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Crazy Quilts  

1. 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.


2. Black Embroidered Silk Quilt – 53” x 74” - 1900

This is a stunning crazy quilt of all black silk with multicolor embroidery stitching. The black silks are 20 blocks pieced together in good condition. There are dozens of different embroidery stitches done in silk and cotton floss with exquisite detail. Made by Virginia Hallett Hardesty nee Ginna, 1928-2014 in Ithaca, NY. 

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3. Embroidered Crazy Quilt - Signed and
      Dated 1888, 1889, 1890 – 70” x 73”

This quilt is dated with 3 different years, 1888, 1889, and 1890.  When you look at the 9 blocks making up the quilt each horizontal row is dated, i e., lowest row is dated 1890..  The center row of blocks is dated 2 times 1888, & finally, the top row of blocks is dated 1889.  She put 3 blocks together each year. This wonderful old quilt measures 70" x 73" and is made with lots of wool & wool blend fabrics, in brown, shades of blue, tan & beige, burgundy, black, red & more.  There are some solids, plaids, brocade designs, stripes, a pretty paisley & others.  Maggie did all of this wonderful embroidery with wool thread or thin wool yarn.  There are many different embroidery designs done in many different colors - flowers, birds, trees, etc.  She even embroidered the binding, very unique! 

Maggie Emilye Trueman Potts was from Clinton, Tennessee – 1868-1891. She died at age 23.  Husband’s family (John Potts) was from Cheshire, England.          

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4. Embroidered Wool Quilts – 1920s

There are two embroidered wool quilts here.  The multicolored motif is in my collection and the black and white belongs to the American Folk Art Museum in NYC.

Embroidered Wool Crazy – Multicolored 57” x 63”
This black gabardine wool quilt is composed of 16 - 20” sq. blocks with exquisite multicolored embroidery of flowers, butterflies, bugs, leaves and random stitches. There is no batting and the back is a two piece cheater cloth cotton. One tiny hole in the black was expertly darned and the quilt is otherwise in excellent condition.

1922 Ella -Wool Crazy – 68” x 84”
All white embroidery work on black wool.  There is no batting and the back is cotton with the front and back joined by a “knife” edge.

Barb Garrett explains on how these quilts may have been made. “It is now in the collection of the AFAM - American Folk Art Museum - in NYC.  Both came (Ella 1922 and mine) from the same home in Lancaster, PA and all we know is that ELLA made one in 1922 but only signed the one.

It almost looks like the Ella quilt is "step 1" -- "stitch lines of embroidery to simulate crazy piecing".   And your quilt includes "step 2" -- "embroider floral motifs in the empty areas to simulate crazy quilt designs".    A very interesting combination of quilts, and I would agree with the circa 20s date for both of them. From my research in this area, that type of wool crazy style quilting is more 20th century than earlier, and the PA Germans were enjoying continuing the crazy style of embroidery long after it lost popularity in the main culture.    I've seen Ella's type of embroidery on quilts/tops from the 20s, 30s and 40s worked on wool, cotton and rayon."   

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5. Crazy Embroidered Quilt - 1901 - 62" x 70"

This charming quilt from Lancaster Co, Pennsylvania is made of fancy wool suiting fabrics in a wide variety of lovely patterns plaids, stripes, checks and also solid color gabardines.  There are 56 individual squares that make up the center of the quilt  Each is 7-1/2" square with a red fabric at the center that pulls the entire design of the quilt together.  There is beautiful hand embroidery overall with many different stitches, such as: turkey foot, stars, flowers, crosses, fans and chain stitches in a wide variety of colored embroidery floss,

The quilt is entirely hand pieced and hand quilted with a shell quilting pattern over the entire quilt at 7 sti. The outer border is 4-1/2" wide and done in a teal blue wool with a tiny weave pattern of flowers.  Corner blocks are created by the use of embroidery work in bright yellow that joins the 56 squares to the teal border.  The backing is a printed flannel in dark teal blue and rose with white.  The quilt is in excellent condition with no tears, stains or loose stitches.    

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Quilt Tops

1. Golden West Quilt - 1930's Mary Erckenbrack

The Golden West Quilt, by Mary Erckenbrack, was originally published in The Kansas City Star newspaper in the 1930's.   One pattern was printed each week, and the reader would carefully cut and save each piece until they had a complete quilt set and then copy with pencil onto muslin 6" blocks.  These patterns were highly valued, many of them surviving for collectors and quilt historians of today. The pattern consists of 24 designs. The familiar setting sun - emblem of the west - is number 25.

This top is 48" sq with the 8 setting sun blocks surrounding the 24 different designs and 1 more setting sun. Sashing and borders are made from light weight linen fabric dotted with specks of brown.  

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2. Nine Patch Quilt Top – 1905 – 56” x 72”

This red, white and blue quilt top consists of many late 19th and early 20th century fabrics in the 56 blocks.  Most notable are the “Conversation Prints” of the early 1900s which are composed of tiny motifs of dog heads and teddy bears representing Teddy Roosevelt. It was done by hand and some treadle machine stitching.

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3. 1906 Hand Drawn Muslin Quilt Blocks, Allentown, PA

I acquired these 30-12" sq. muslin blocks from eBay which were badly stained with oil, aging and who knows?  They were hand drawn in charcoal pencil by a traveling artist for Mamie Dorney of Allentown, PA. in Sept-Oct 1906.  They consist of 7 people, 6 animals, an envelope complete with 2 Cent stamp and post mark, a Bible, Church, Gravestone and 13 other household items and flowers/plants.  Mamie is the niece of Solomon Dorney who started the Dorney Park in the mid 1800s and is now the famous Dorney Amusement Park still in Allentown, PA. By researching thru census records and then zabasearch, I found the current Mamie Dorney (there are a lot of Dorney's in PA.). Her grandfather was Solomon's brother, Raymond. He and 2 other brothers all helped to develop the park as it is today. I called Mamie and the Manager of the Park and now both are actively watching my progress with these blocks.

Since the staining was so extensive (a few pix are shown below), I used an ultra fine line permanent ink Micro pen to capture all the lines in each block and then beached and soaked the blocks until they were white once more.  At present I have embroidered all 30 will assemble into a quilt with period fabric for sashing and back by the end of this year. 

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