Q9087 Prince's Feathers Quilt
Signed and Dated 1857
75 x 85 inches
Family moved to Kansas
The creator of this masterpiece began with a known pattern, the
Princes’s Feather, and has artistically taken this design to a new height.
Using appliqué and reverse appliqué, along with a small amount of
embroidery, the maker has created a visual and creatively outstanding
quilt. The main body of the quilt consists of four Prince’s Feathers and
measures apx 66 x 66 inches wide. The Prince’s Feather design, in this
case, is laid out to show a pinwheel design showing motion. The quilter
has enhanced this by quilting flowing wreaths on the side of the
feathers in the same direction as the appliquéd feathers. The entire
quilt shows amazing movement. Any blank area on the quilt has been
filled in with beautiful feather wreaths. The quilting is impeccably
small and even.
The same can be said about the appliqué stitches. The stitches are minuscule. The quilter has added 9-1/2 inch borders to each side of the quilt. The edges of the border are appliquéd with a geometric design, totally in contrast with the flowing feathers. The center of the border has an appliquéd flowing vine with cherries, visually bringing the two sides together. The top and the bottom have a 4-3/4 inch border created from 1/2 of the edged border. This is embellished with holly berries. There is a 1/4 inch turned over and hand stitched binding. The quilt is signed and dated. The family name will be given upon sale. Organically hand washed by Betsey this quilt is now ready for its new home.