Family Bethlehem Star quilt

Family Bethlehem Star quilt

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

$Antique Blocks$

Thank you for dropping blog posts of late have been few and sporadic. Chalk it up to ongoing family committments, lots of house projects and just the lure of the garden on a summer day...

Having never done this before, I am not sure how to go about it properly, so will just jump in...

These 6 appliqued blocks have been in my possession for much too long...I found them in an antique shop near Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin which is north of us.

They probably date to the late 1800's but possibly earlier? Hand appliqued, and a uniquely done stem - see close up. The narrow stem was folded and stitched on one side, leaving the folded edge free.

There is one smaller age spot and you can faintly see old stitching lines. Was this part of a larger quilt top?

... Fabrics are double pink, turkey red and "poison green." The background is muslin. My sketchy thinking that the blocks might be earlier - or at least the fabrics - are due to the green which is overdyed.

Is the pattern some variation of Whig Rose? You've got me.. This c.1850's quilt look similar..

The blocks could be placed on point with alternating squares allowing for lovely hand quilting such as a fancy wreath...or perhaps you would just like to keep them as a reference for vintage fabrics and block construction.

I am downsizing my sewing room (and as time permits - the rest of the house). I won't tell you what I paid for them back in 1994 - way too much! If you are interested in these, I am asking $40 for the 6 blocks. Shipping will depend on your location. Hoping they will find their way to a new home and become a quilt that the original maker will smile down from above and say "Thank you!"







  1. I would be honored to give them a new home!

  2. I was going to offer them a place in my home, but I can see they are going to a very good place. Dawn will give them proper attention and care, I know!

  3. Wonderful blocks. I know Dawn will have fun with them. Downsizing is a good thing, but not easy.

  4. Beautiful blocks Pat!
    Happy to hear they've found a good home.

  5. I'm sure they will find a good home Pat, we can't hold on to everything. X

  6. Hi Pat dear,

    Thanks for stopping by my sporadic blog posting. I'm with you on all the distractions.

    I too am downsizing. It feels so freeing to do so.

    Sending love across the miles,



Your comments are like the chocolate chips in cookies...they make my day!