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Kate Adams: Antique Fabric Miniature Quilts

Kate Adams creates miniature quilts that are 1/12 the size of traditional bed-sized quilts (0ne inch=one foot). Her quilts are in many of the finest private collections of folk art in America, Japan, and Europe, and her work has appeared in Early American Life, Quilt Life, Country Home, Victoria, and Colonial Homes. Kate is a former clothing and costume designer who got started making miniature quilts when a friend asked her to make one for a dollhouse many years ago. Since then, she has combined her love of 19th century quilts and her interest in history to develop finely crafted miniatures that are strongly influenced by traditional American quilt styles and designs. She makes both one-of-a-kind original designs and limited-edition adaptations of antique quilts. She works in a studio above her garage, where she makes her amazing little quilts from tiny pieces of cloth from a huge collection of antique fabrics that she has gathered over the years. She sews pieces together by hand and machine and presents her jewel-like work matted and framed, which she feels adds an air of authenticity and uniqueness to her pieces.

Kate's quilts are made from authentic antique fabrics which come from the collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth century quiltmakers and seamstresses in the form of yardage and scraps. In keeping with the traditions of quiltmaking. each scrap is frugally preserved until the perfect combination emerges. Flaws, stains in the fabric, signs of wear, and seam work are apparent. The use of antique fabric provides a revealing window into the quilt making process of the past and produces quilts that are truly reflective of the American woman's cultural heritage.

The quilts offered here were made by Kate between 1990 and 1995 and represent unique or limited edition patterns that cannot be found elsewhere. Each quilt is a unique creation; even in series, each quilt is different.

All the quilts are in immaculate, as-new condition. They are archivally matted using acid free museum board in off white and cream and framed under glass. The frames are handmade with a 1 1/2" reveal on the face and decorative corner blocks. Frames are hand grain painted in a subtle black wash over red. The Double Nine Patch quilt is in a plain narrow black wooden frame.

The quilts are SOLD

Baskets by Kate Adams


Little House by Kate Adams


Double Nine Patch by Kate Adams


Schoolhouse and Gaarden by Kate Adams


Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)

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Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)

Bottom left and right: Toward Barred Island (detail) by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade