This elegant quilt is a rare find these days: it is around 150 years old and still in fine original condition (there is some wear on the binding). The newest fabrics in the quilt date from just after the Civil War; the oldest fabrics from the 1840's. The soft reds and elegant indigo blues are seldom seen anymore. There is a double border stripe in a mid-nineteenth century brown floral print that frames the inner design. The quilting in the body of the quilt is a clamshell design, and the wide outer border features a beautiful sinuous curve with perfectly executed corners. All piecing, including the long seams, is by hand; the hand quilting is at 8-9 stitches per inch. The quilt is quite large in size, 84" X 84," allowing it to fit a queen sized bed. It would have been made for a large four-poster bed; such beds were in use until later in the century. This pattern is called "Birds in the Air" or "Wild Goose Chase." The graphic design does suggest birds in flight. The quilt may be washed in cold water. This quilt was in a Chicago area collection formed in the 1980's and 1990's. It was found in the Chicago area, but it may have come from farther east. Add this beauty to your collection today.
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