Wednesday, February 10, 2016

New Arrival

This gorgeous thing arrived on my doorstep the other day. It came from an Etsy seller in Naperbille, Illinois. It is from the middle to late 1800s, my guess is c. 1870, and the maker and exact location of origin are unknown. It is all cotton, all solid color fabrics, and entirely stitched by hand. Dimensions are 78 X 100, a nice large size!


There are six complete blocks through the center, and 9 half-blocks around the edges. The pieced cornerstones are especially complex. Each has 33 pieces, and there are ten complete cornerstones including one in each corner of the border. There are more than 5,000 pieces in the quilt, including the appliqué.


Speaking of the appliqué, it is very unusual to see applique elements in this motif, which is most popularly known as New York Beauty even though that name was applied more than half a century after this quilt was made. Very few of these quilts have appliqué, so it was a special touch. I think it found a good home. 

8 comments:

  1. Besides the unusual applique items the level of sewing looks amazing..... I am glad it has you for its new home.

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  2. Stunning--I love blue and yellow and this does it so well. If it ever wants to live in CA...

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  3. I guess it's more of a gold?

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  4. Not only did it find a good home, it found an appreciative home. Bill, thank you for teaching me about the New York Beauty quilts.

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  5. Oh my gosh, what a fabulous find! It's gorgeous. You lucky fellow.

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  6. WOW. Is the gold original or another colour that faded?

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