Hand Quilting Patterns on Antique Quilts

Which hand-quilted patterns were stitched right into American quilts made in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? 9 common patterns seen by this quilt chronicler are explained here.


1. Clamshell is just one of the earliest patterns. They were sewn all over the top on whole cloth as well as jumble quilts or as the background in between various other needlework patterns.
2. Feathers were most typical on pre-Civil War expensive and fancy quilts which were used on unique occasions or given as a gift. The feather was not shaped like a bird’s long pointed plumes; they were short like a flower petal and rounded at the end. Feathered designs were stitched in a range of motifs such as a garland, wreath, pineapple, and also heart. Feathery layouts were typically made use of on red and also environment-friendly appliqué patchworks made in the center years of the 19th century and also on Colonial Resurgence style appliqué patchworks made in the 20th Century prior to the second World War.

3. Hanging diamonds were squares on point, frequently made use of along with feathered patterns. They could be big or small in dimension. They were sewn around appliquéd items to hold the batting on the location and fill in the background locations of the quilt. After the Civil Battle, the size of the handing ruby boosted as well as it ended up being the single quilting pattern on some patchwork quilts. Bigger dimension diamonds are discovered on classic patchworks.

4. One more common selection for an ubiquitous pattern jumble as well as utilitarian quilts is
a square grid. As the allover pattern, the squares were huge to bigger in dimension. As the history pattern, they were smaller relying on the jumble or appliquéd pattern. Here again, a special patchwork got smaller grids, which loaded the empty areas to hold the batting and also layers together well.

5 & 6. Cords as well as chevrons were sewn into boundaries and sashing strips. Cable televisions were connected bent “S” shapes running vertically down a border or sashing. Chevron’s were straight lines developing “V’s” filling up the width of the border in a zigzag form. One, two, and also three lines reducing in dimension developed the cords and also chevrons. Both century’s quiltmakers used these two patterns.

7. Solitary and Double parallel lines were normally quilted on the angled across the whole quilt or just in the borders. Pre-Civil War quilts can have triple parallel lines, stitched close together in the background locations around appliqués and also in the boundaries. In the late 19th century, females additionally quilted lines across the appliquéd items. Single as well as double lines, spaced further apart than earlier patchworks, were sewn in vintage era quilts.

8. Fan quilting is also called elbow quilting since the quilter utilized the reach from her elbow to her fingers to make the arch or follower form. Methodist Fan as well as Baptist Follower have been popular names for the follower as well since it was the rapid and easy pattern for a group of church ladies to sew around a large quilting framework. In England, the fan is called waves. The pattern prevailed later on in the last quarter of the 19th as well as initial fifty percent of 20th-century patchworks, and also especially popular in the Southern and also southerly Midwestern states. The fan was primarily made use of on daily patchworks.

9. The one-quarter inch inside the joint stitching was often described as “quilting by the piece” or “in the piece” mirroring specifically just how it showed up. This pattern was utilized periodically from the mid-nineteenth century on, never ever being a common pattern till the late 20th century.