Saturday, April 19, 2014

Common Threads Quilt Exhibit Part II

Last week I posted some of the signature quilts that are on display at the Common Threads: Quilting Traditions of Hunterdon County, NJ, exhibit in Flemington, NJ.

This week I'm posting some of the star quilts along with a comet quilt and an unusual feathered square.

This Mathematical Star with Satellite Stars is the first thing you see as you walk into the exhibit area. It is a stunning c. 1842 quilt, 90" x 92", from the Hunterdon County Historical Society Collection.

The quilting designs are simple stencil and outline.

Seven-Pointed Compass Star with Vine Border, c. 1850, 82" x 98", Hunterdon County Historical Society Collection. The stars "are not set in blocks, but are appliqued into two long strips."

Some of the flowers stem from the vine, others from the edge of the quilt.

Medallion Star with Wild Grapes and Swags, c. 1850, 90" x 90", Meg Slutter Collection. This quilt was acquired at a farm sale near Lambertville in Hunterdon County. Note the size of the swag shapes in the border.

The background fabric is an unusual light blue print. Lots of stuffed grapes amidst a vine of grape leaves. 

A soft and subtle Mathematical Star, Chintz Set, c. 1850, from the Hunterdon County Historical Society Collection. 

Wonderful fabrics on the front and a roller printed chintz on the back.

Nine-Block Applique, Comet, c. 1832, 95" x 95", Township of Lebanon Museum Collection. Chintz applique blocks with quilted comets.

Sawtooth Squares with Vine Border, c. 1845, 66" x 76", Jackie Burachinsky Collection. Each red square is surrounded by appliqued sawteeth.  "One other quilt using this technique is known and is at the Historical Society of Montgomery County in PA--not too far away for some interaction between the quilters. . . "

Love the little birds perched on top of the potted flowers in the border!

Copyright 2014, Barbara Schaffer


  1. Love the antique quilts. Haven't heard the pattern name "Mathematical Star" before. Are you aware of the origin of the name?

  2. Coincidentally, the same day that I went to the NJ exhibit Barbara Brackman posted something on her blog about "Mathematical Star" quilts at an 1851 exhibition in Baltimore. I had never heard that pattern name before either.