Monday, December 28, 2009

Antique Mystery Quilt

This beautiful antique quilt was given to my daughter and future son-in-law by a member of his family. Apparently, years ago a distant member of his family was a quilt maker. Not only was she a quilt maker, but I would classify her as a master quilt maker! I wish that the photos could do the quilt justice, but take my word for it, this is a work of art.

It is well over 100 years old, and the quilting is magnificent! One thing that struck me right away is that this obviously was made to mark some kind of significant event and was not made as a utility quilt.

Can you appreciate the beauty of the hand quilting? All of the stitches are small and consise.

The quilt itself is in remarkable condition for as old as it is.

Even the borders are full of details. Although the quilter did sign her initials, she failed to record the year this beauty was made.

Seeing that the year was not labeled on this quilt should inspire us to always take the time to put some kind of label on the quilts we make. (Hmm....perhaps I should take my own advice...)

I was hoping someone out there could give me a history and name of this pattern.  I really am not into applique, so I would appreciate any information I receive.


  1. Wow! how lucky they are to receive such a treasure! I can't help you with dating info but if I were you I would email Kathie at Inspired by Antique Quilts - she may be able to offer you some guidance. Good luck!

  2. This truly is amazing and I would classify her as a master quilter as well. The hand quilting is delightful!

  3. I wonder if that's a Marie Webster pattern.


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