Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A couple of antique string quilts

These two beauties are in my collection and I thought it was time to give them some air!  This one is a top that I have never quilted because I thought it would ruin the value.  My late husband fell in love with it as much as I did; we bought it at an antique show, but I can't remember where.  In any case, I have been told that it is clearly an African-American work of art because of the way the strips are laid out. Isn't this wonderful? It is a top that I would estimate is late 19th-very early 20th.

This one is very heavy, big stitches, backed with homespun (with a few mouse holes) Strings - same vintage.  I bought this in Florida and it came from an estate in one of the Carolinas.

Now that I have been in Africa, it is obvious to me that these are African-American made. Strips are a traditional recurring motif in many of the crafts.  These are just a couple of examples.

So that's my antique string story.  Enjoy!


Nifty Quilts said...

Those are wonderful old quilts! Thank you for showing them!!

Brenda said...

Wow! These are so great. thanks for posting them.

Linda Swanekamp said...

Thank you so much for sharing! Love them, the life they seem to have in them.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

What wonderful quilts! So glad you shared!