Q8860 Early Nine Patch with 3 Sided Border
c.1840 top, backed and quilted c.1870
80 x 88 (203.2 x 223.5 cm)
New England or New York
A fabulous 9 Patch antique quilt in pristine, unused condition with wonderful early fabrics. This fine example of one of the earliest pieced patterns contains fabrics dating from 1780 through 1840 in the pieced top. Vegetable dyed fabrics make up the many different calicoes and small patterned fabrics which include madders, indigo, early violets in a variety of patterns and a number of red, pink and white calicoes placed strategically in the nine patch configurations. This strategic placement gives a visual pop for the viewer and an overall energy to the design.
Nine patch blocks measure approximately 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches and are set on point with joining blocks in a gorgeous deep brown miniature vining print on russet. The extraordinary 7 3/4 inch border fabric dates to c.1780-1815 and is a very small scale brown, white and red floral vine pattern. The backing is a c.1870 floral striped cotton in brown and white. Hand quilting, executed c.1870, includes four cable stitching in the border; herringbone in the triangle joining blocks and 9 patch blocks; and floral wreaths in the square joining blocks. An early over dyed green calico is used for the 1/4 inch applied binding which has been treadle machine top stitched.
This is a wonderful example of one of the earliest pieced patterns containing gorgeous early fabrics in pristine condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to send to you on approval for private viewing in your home.