Glorious Sub-postage-stamp Double 9-patch Scrapbag 1876 Cheddar Antique Pa Quilt
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Glorious Sub-postage-stamp Double 9-patch Scrapbag 1876 Cheddar Antique Pa Quilt:
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f you can't get enough of circa 1870's and 1880's scraps, happen to like small-scale piecing (sub-postage-stamp 3/4-inch patches, anyone?), are a fan of the classic Nine-Patch and brake for a little provenance, well then this delightful quilt has your name all over it. Including the sweet little cornerstones within the sashing, this charming scrapbag smorgasbord delivers you 369 tiny Nine-Patches plus the 62 bigger Double Nine-Patch blocks.
The wonderfully wide-ranging sampling of 19th century small-scale prints is irresistibly arrayed in thoughtfully laid out blocks. All are set between stacks of slender solid cheddar and saturated blue sashing strips. And the cornerstones inject additional complexity and liveliness with tiny bonus nine-patches at each (even setting up a subtle Irish Chain lattice across the quilt).
The quilt has been well-loved and shows many small fabric issues including very little remaining binding. But if you're here for the pure, unfaded joy of the vibrant colors and the delight of the small-scale piecing, there's so much still to enjoy.
The quilt was found in a hunting cabin on the property of a Dimock, PA estate. That's in Susquehanna County, near Montrose, in the Northern foothills are of the Endless Mountain area. And we can confirm the era thanks to that lovely rare inclusion of a few little pieces of commemorative 1876 Centennial fabric.
The quilt measures about 70 x 72 inches. The blocks are a tiny little 7 inches square with the smaller 9-patches under 2 1/2 inches and the individual patches within both them and the sashing cornerstones just 3/4-inch square, for true sub-postage-stamp dimensions.
The hand-quilting is simple and thorough, with 4-7 little stitches to the inch, counting on the top side of the quilt only. The blocks are quilted over in 3/4-inch square gridding and the sashing inset-outlines along both sides of the seams.
Backing, Binding & Batting
The backing is a gorgeous small-scale calico stripe.
A trace of the narrow little applied blue binding is still attached all the way around but extremely heavily worn with the edge completely worn away along all but a few inches.
The batting is super thin and completely even.
The quilt's condition is strong, sturdy, supple and clean but a close look reveals many small flaws throughout. The quilt seems to have been lovingly used and washed a lot. The blocks have actually held up miraculously well. I count five Double Nine-Patch blocks with a stain or minor spotting, six with very minor fabric thinning and a few with just a short unstitched seam segment. Two lone edge blocks show heavy wear to many small patches.
Aside from the binding, it's actually the solid blue sashing strips that show most of the quilt's wear and weakening. Out of 105 little trios of three sashing strips, I count about 36 sets with some degree of fabric thinning. Most of this is minor, but near the quilt's center you find many more extreme cases of thinning and splitting. I also find a section near one edge with a couple blotches of dye loss to the blue. I count nine of the 49 little nine-patches at the sashing intersections with some minor amount of fabric thinning and one with a tiny unstitched seam.
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