Being an owner of a quilt Shoppe that specialized in 19 century reproduction has it's fringe benefits! I would like to share with you two beautiful antique quilts that I had the privilege of admiring, for the first time, last Summer.
A few post ago, I shared with you an historical club that I organize called Prairie Women Sewing Circle Club. I am fortunate to have a participant who not only collects antique quilts, but is presently working towards becoming an appraiser. Her name is Barbara Stadnicki, and she has allowed me to share with you a couple of beautiful quilts she brought to our last meet for other club members to experience.
Those of you who love antique quilts, you are in for a treat!
The first quilt I want to share with you is a doll quilt. Doll quilts are a rare find. As you can imagine, they are loved to pieces by the child who was privileged to have one.
It's increase in value, aside from being a doll quilt, is due to having the bed post cut outs.
I am told that this is very rare for a doll quilt.
The bed post cut out provides a clue that this doll quilts most probably comes from the New England area.
According to Barbara, judging from the fabrics, it dates anywhere between 1825 to 1850.
If you look closely at the bottom right square, you will see that two pieces of fabrics were sewn together to make a bigger block.
I purposely left the picture size large so that you could admire its construction.
Notice the same technique of adding/sewing an extra piece of fabric in order to create the proper size block. That is one small piece of fabric.
They truly did not waste fabric. I'm sure our fore-mothers would be outraged at what we throw out as "useless scraps!" lol
They were also not afraid to work with directional prints! And.... they matched the pattern to the sewn piece! Wow!
A pieced back, three panels plus a side strip.
The quilt is hand pieced and hand quilted. Most probably made by a 9-10 year old girl. Unfortunately, it does not have a label.
Words cannot accurately explain the feelings I experience when I am admiring this quilt.
To touch a time in history!
If the maker only knew what joy her creation would bring to another quilter centuries later!
Thank you for allowing me to sharing this beautiful creation with you. Stay tune for the second quilt.