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
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
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
Size: 72" x 72"