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Tour Of Vintage Quilts

1.0 Log Cabin – 1870 – 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.

1.1 Le Moyne 8 Pointed Star – 1840-1850/2011 – 47″ x 64″

These 8 Pointed Star/ Le Moyne 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.

2.0 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.

3.0 CRAZY QUILT – 1895 – 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.

4.0 Log Cabin – 1890-1900 – 64″ x 65″

Typical 12″ log cabin blocks but misshapen by maker. Composed of wools, brocades, some velvets and silks at the turn of the 20th century. Back is light weight red wool and sparingly hand quilted. Maker unknown.

5.0 Log Cabin-Streak of Lightning 1890-1905 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.

6.0 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.

7.0 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.

7.1 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.

8.0 Redwork Quilt – 1905 – 65″ x72″

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.


9.0 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 were sent for 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, some Indian blankets representing their nations and most American flags came with 46 or 48 stars.


10.0 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.

11.0 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.

12.0 LeMoyne Star or 8 Pointed Star quilt with Circles – 1930 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.

13.0 Red and White Pinwheel 1930s 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. Maker is Charlotte Randell of Portland, OR.

14.0 Magic Vine Quilts – late 1930’s – 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.

15.0 Grandmother’s Flower Garden – 1920-30’s – 51″ x53″

Center is hand pieced from feedsacks from the 1920’s and 1930’s. Borders and binding are made from “Aunt Gracie’s” reproduction fabrics. Assembled and hand quilted in 1998

16.0 Grandmother’s Flower Garden – 1939 – 76″x76″

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.

17.0 One Patch Embellished Wool Quilt Top 1920-30s, 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.

18.0 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.

19.0 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.

20.0 Lone Star – 1940 – 70” x 86”

Made by Marta Berta Theresa Dubberke (1899-1963) who was born in Germany and immigrated to USA in 1939 – the second time. She lived in total poverty with no indoor plumbing or electricity even up to 1963. Yet, Berta loved to sew and this quilt is a testament to her wanting to have something pretty to brighten her life. Berta never had any money in order to buy fabric so she made do with gifts and pieces from friends and she also loved the color pink in huge amounts as this quilt testifies. It is made from the ubiquitous polyesters of the 1940’s. Unlike most Lone Star quilts, the surrounding pink squares and triangles were not pieced to the star. Instead she sewed the star on top of the solid fabric. Berta was an expert seamstress but appliqué and embroidery work (which at one point outlined the star very badly) were not her specialty. It took a bit of TLC to remove all the ugly and poorly done embroidery to make this quilt shine. It is a wonderful example of what fabrics were available during the “War” years and they were pretty abysmal at that.

21.0 USA State Blocks – 1950 – 70″ x 80″

This 48 USA blocks quilt depicts the state bird, flower and state name. They were transfers from Aunt Martha’s patterns produced in 1930. The blocks were exquisitely embroidered by Nancy H. Corwin in Portland, OR in the early 1930’s. The sashing is the apple green color fabric of the 1930’s.

22.0 Cigarette Silks

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 Pillows – 13″ sq and 15″ x 18″. Made from premiums from Soverign Cigarettes Co., Factory No 30, 2nd Dist. N.Y. They also made tiny rugs out of felt or velveteen with fringe and were popular in doll houses for children.


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