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Q8850 Antique Mennonite Pineapple Log Cabin Crib Quilt with Bars Borderc.1870
34 x 34 (86.4 x 86.4 cm)
Lancaster County, PA
This is a fabulous Mennonite wool challis quilt that some lucky child had in their small bed so long ago. Nine log cabin blocks set in the pineapple configuration make for stunning graphics – add the diagonal bar border and you have a magnificent diminutive work of art. Wool challis log cabin blocks measure approximately 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches with red wool center chimneys 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches. Executed mostly in solid wool challis in browns, taupes, blues, grays and reds there are some interesting stripes, plaids and polka dots that add visual texture and interest to this fascinating piece. Diagonal bars use the same fabrics found in the log cabins and create a 4 1/4 inch wide border.
In completely original condition there are some moth holes that we haven’t touched, preferring to leave this gem in its excellent, original condition. The backing is of typical Mennonite construction. Wide strips of various early cotton fabrics are sewn together for a beautiful effect on the back side of this quilt. Please see detail images for a view of the back. Straight line quilting stitches in brown thread hold the top and the backing together and are mostly hidden. A 3/8 inch hand applied solid taupe wool challis is used for the binding.
This is a wonderful early Mennonite crib quilt executed with lovely wool challis fabrics in a fabulous pineapple log cabin design with diagonal bars. A treasure for any antique quilt collector or for lovers of graphic textile art. Please call if you’d like to see this small beauty in your home on approval.