A Primitive Antique

Wool Crazy Quilt c.1895

"Roman Square"

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania


From a local Lancaster County Pennsylvania estate.  An antique crazy quilt in the ROMAN SQUARE pattern. The quilt was made circa 1895 but some of the fabrics are much earlier, perhaps from circa 1860's.  A charming 'primitive' quality to this quilt with it's arrangement of blocks and over embroidery.

The fabrics are mostly wools, gabardines and wool crepes in solids and patterns along with some lighter weight printed wools and cottons in different textures.   Each block of this colorful controlled crazy quilt design is made up of three rectangles pieced into a square and then pieced together alternating horizontal and vertical blocks.  It is embroidered overall in Turkey Foot stitch in various shades of wool floss.

The wide outer border is a wool crepe and is quilted in a double cable stitch at 8 stitches to the inch.  The blocks are quilted overall in a large diamond pattern.

The fabric used for the backing is so very unusual and striking, a beautiful heavy weight cotton print of trailing vines and stylized floral motifs on a robbins egg blue background.  Our images of the reverse don't do this justice, the backing fabric has a rich coloring that just does not show up in the photographs.  The binding is formed from the backing turned to the front and carefully hand stitched with small neat stitches.

There is a medium weight cotton batting.

The quilt is in excellent condition overall with no wear.  No damage, no stains or spots.

Size:  72" x 72"  

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