four block sampler

Unknown Quilt Maker
Collected  in Pennsylvania
72 x 80 inches
Circa 1880


 We always love to see quilts made by inventive makers,
 who seem to think both inside AND outside the proverbial box ...

This woman combined several traditional designs
into one distinctive whole.

She created a Central Medallion of two applique designs
and two checkerboard designs -- each of them a 64 Patch block.

The multiple borders ~ we counted six of them ~ are all
 recognizable within the traditional quilt vocabulary.

But the particular mix is this maker's very own.
You would not mistake this late 19th century treasure for any other...

Excellent, crisp condition. 

Quilt is very well made ~ with precise piecing and fine hand applique.
 Quilting is very consistent even stitches, all hand executed.

She was as inventive and varied in her hand quilting as in her surface design.
Note the small clam shell quilting in the applique blocks.

Flat, lightweight and all squared off.  Some minor surface soiling.

Bound with a very narrow, fine binding ~ a mark of a very skilled needle worker.

Price:  $1,450

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