Betsey Telford-Goodwin's Rocky Mountain Quilts 130 York Street York, Maine 03909 207-363-6800

The 18th and 19th century category of antique quilts, spans approximately 120 years, and encompasses a large variety of styles and fabrics. The earliest antique quilts available for sale at Rocky Mountain Quilts are from the last quarter of the 18th century.

During this time, and into the first quarter of the 19th century, many American colonists were making whole cloth quilts by sewing together repeat lengths of the same fabric, thus giving the illusion of one “whole cloth”. Many of the colonists used homespun, others used rare and expensive imported Chintz fabrics. After the American Revolutionary War, quilters began to make more pieced quilts, and also developed the appliqué technique of Broderie Perse.

The vegetable dyes available in the 18th and 19th century limited the colors available, but those same rich, deep tones are just the ones many are seeking today. Vegetable dyes were made from flowers, herbs, bark, and roots. As the 19th century progressed, advances in aniline dye manufacturing processes expanded the color palettes available, and beautifully pieced and appliqued quilts continued to be made, using the extra fabric choices available. The close of the 19th century saw the upsurge in popularity of Victorian Crazy Quilts, those wonderfully exuberant creations of silk, velvet, ribbons and all manner of embellishments.

Click on the pictures below to see more views of my 18th & 19th Century Antique Quilts. Shading is due to lighting, not representative of the quilt. Please call for the availability or any questions.

B28 Summer/Winter overshot coverlet
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B28 Summer/Winter overshot coverlet
c.1850
3/4 of original coverlet: 45 x 67 inches
New England
$750

Some of the most well-loved bed coverings in the northeast were overshot coverlets. Some of these coverlets were loomed at home using fibers created or grown on the farm. Many affluent people had servants who would do this weaving with looms on the third floor of their early colonial homes. This width of the loom used for the creation of this overshot coverlet was 36 inches. At some point, part of this coverlet must have been damaged, and the owners removed that section then turned the side under to finish the edge. Looking at this textile is sort of paradoxical. Most of the coverlet is in perfect condition, then you have one part removed and then sections with home darning to mend holes. We have everything from perfect condition to removed parts to holes that have been darned. This textile certainly has a history! The pine tree border is an early New England border pattern. The checkerboard 9 block patterns are taken directly from the early American quilts. Linen and wool are the fibers used here. The indigo and red are wool, and the white is a very wonderful linen. A textile with character and a wonderfully warm cover for the winter.



CONRL2 Victorian Center Medallion silk cigar ribbon miniature Quilt
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CONRL2 Victorian Center Medallion silk cigar ribbon miniature Quilt
c. 1885
27 x 27 inches
Massachusetts
$1,900

What a wonderful piece of textile art, in perfect condition, is this center medallion Victorian silk cigar ribbon quilt. Created in Massachusetts, each ribbon is highlighted with the name of the cigar manufacturer. We have Bostonia, Harvard, the Jefferson, Boston Arion, Winthrop Pony, and many more. This little quilt will appeal to collectors of many genre including Massachusetts memorabilia, cigar memorabilia, Victorian silk memorabilia, and those who want a wonderful miniature quilt as a piece of art. Silk quilts were never made to be used; Victorian women created them as embellishments for their homes. During the 1880s most men smoked cigars. At that time clusters of cigars came wrapped in silk ribbons highlighted with the name of the cigar factory. The primary colors of these ribbons were orange, yellow, and white. As these ribbons were in long strips they were the perfect configuration to create log cabin patterns. This little quilt is a step above for two reasons: one, it is finished with a 3 inch brown velvet border and two, it has as a focal point center medallion design. The backing is an 1870's black and white stripe/calico.
This little quilt is in perfect condition, and ready to be hung in your home or used as a decorative centerpiece for your table. I am happy to send this quilt on approval.



Q6442 Checkerboard Irish Chain Quilt
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Q6442 Checkerboard Irish Chain Quilt
c. 1845
72 x 86 inches
Indiana Quaker Family
$3,200

Stunning! Graphically wonderful! Wow...Yes, I feel like this quilt is one amazing piece of art. Created circa 1845 by a Quaker family, this quilt is completely hand pieced and hand quilted. Chrome yellow, a very early block print indigo dyed calico, and a two color rose and wine red cotton moire are the three fabrics used in the creation of this truly amazing textile. Blocks measuring 2-3/8 inch are hand pieced to create the Irish Chain pattern. These squares alternate between chrome yellow and an early indigo blue with white calico. This quilt was bound later, as there is a different mid-19th century indigo and white calico used for the binding. The individual squares are double cross hatched on the diagonal. The open spaces are diagonally cross hatched in a 1-1/2 inch grid. There is a stunning 2-1/2 inch border created with a half inch zigzag design in chrome yellow, making a stunning border that I have never seen before. The backing, as in most quilts of this age, is linen. The color of the quilting thread can be seen on the back, in two colors, taupe and white.
This quilt has been documented by the Indiana quilt registry project for which I have the archival number. This is a mint quilt, never washed and never used. Rarely do I find a mint quilt that I choose to sell as is, however, this one is impeccably clean and ready to be sent on approval.



BTG78 Log Cabin Flags (named by me as I cannot locate the pattern name)
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BTG78 Log Cabin Flags (named by me as I cannot locate the pattern name)
c.1890
68 x 76 inches
Pennsylvania
$900

Stunning, unusual and graphic...What a wonderful piece of art for your wall. Every other triangle is a black wool or wool Challie...the alternating equilateral triangles contain logs measuring between 1/2" to 3/4" in width. All triangles have 5" sides. The fabrics used to create the "Flag" triangles are wool, wool Challis , cottons and cotton Flannels. This quilt has a pillowcase edging.
The principle colors are black...then red..then blue. The backing is a gorgeous C. 1885 Pansy print in a full size scale...I have never seen the backing reproduced.
When hung, this quilt appears to be in perfect condition. However, on close...very close inspection there are some moth holes and some worn fabrics...Please, note that when hanging, the flaws are not noticeable.
This quilt can be sent for your approval.



Q8737 Log Cabin Straight Furrows Quilt
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Q8737 Log Cabin Straight Furrows Quilt
c.1845
80 x 90 inches
Indiana - Quaker
Family history available upon sale
$3,400

Stunning, sophisticated and graphic. Three words that can be used to describe this amazing circa 1845 wool challis quilt. Studying a quilt is partially a study of sociology. As these fabrics were very expensive, we can freely deduce that this quilt was created by a member of an affluent family. Another clue to the level in society is the fact that there is a whole cloth backing, enough fabric to make an entirely different quilt.
The fabrics used to construct this quilt date from c. 1780 to c. 1845. There is a handwoven twill tape binding that shows the only wear on this quilt. We would be happy to restore this, using original same date fabric. The colors are rich and deep due to the fact that these are all vegetable dyes and therefore earth tones. On a bed, this quilt could be placed in either direction as there is not a top or bottom. It will comfortably fit a queen size bed. As a graphic piece of art for a great room, it will add both visual warmth and design to your room.
The logs vary in width from 1/2" to 3/4". The individual blocks measure 9-1/2 " square. The center chimney is approximately 1-1/2" and is not in the usual red color. It is, naturally, all sewn by hand, as this quilt dates from before the public use of the sewing machine. We have early block prints and many fabrics that I have not seen before. We always send quilts at no charge to your home for your approval.





CONJP Burgoyne Surrounded
CONJP Burgoyne Surrounded
c.1855
78 x 83 (198.1 x 210.8 cm)
East Coast
SOLD

This fabulous Turkey red calico and white quilt was made by a very skilled needlewoman. Entirely hand pieced and precisely hand quilted this beautiful design is effective when seen close up and folded on a quilt rack and has stunning impact when fully open and viewed from a distance. This quilt contains the same Turkey red calico throughout indicating purchased yardage was used rather than scrap fabrics from other sewing projects, and therefore most probably came from an affluent family. The backing is white with a ¼ inch applied turkey red calico binding. Quilting stitches include cross hatch, daisy and freehand leaves.

A wonderful find for any history buff, this quilt was made in the pieced pattern Burgoyne Surrounded. The name comes from the Revolutionary War battle of Saratoga, in which 5,800 British troops under the command of General John Burgoyne were surrounded by the American army and forced to surrender on October 17, 1777. This American victory was the turning point in the war, and during one of the periods of colonial revival in the 1800´s, a quilt pattern showing a large square surrounded by smaller squares was created and named for the unfortunate General Burgoyne.

A stunning red and white quilt for your collection it would be fabulous on a bed or hung as fantastic graphic art on your wall. Professionally hand washed by Betsey you can have this quilt sent to you for review in your home before purchase.



UF100 Odd Fellows Overshot Summer/Winter Carpet
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UF100 Odd Fellows Overshot Summer/Winter Carpet
c.1890
62 x 66 inches
Found in Pennsylvania
$2,200

Created on a 35" loom; finely woven with thick black and red woolen threads. Odd Fellows symbols are the format for the design of this creation. I enjoyed using "Google" to read about the deeper meanings of the many Odd Fellows symbols. An over simplified version of these symbols is the importance in life of love, industriousness, truth, and acceptance of one another.
This c.1890 amazingly graphic piece of art was actually carpet for the floor of a 19th century home or possibly the actual Odd Fellows Lodge. Strips of 35" wide carpet were sewn together to create the needed room size. This carpet, a perfect piece of art for your wall, is not quite two full widths: one full and one apx. 3/4 width, hand sewn together. Please look at the closeup sections by clicking the above photo. Where have you ever seen 19th century art in red and black...a sought after and hard to find color combination.
Betsey has organically washed this carpet so it is clean for your perfect wall space. We can also apply "sleeves" so the "carpet" is ready to easily hang. Please call for more details.





BTG77 Mosaic with a Diamond Path Quilt
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BTG77 Mosaic with a Diamond Path Quilt"
c.1845
70 x 84 inches
Maine
$3,200

This exquisite quilt is the only example that I have ever had with this miniature diamond path. The Mosaic is the original design that later transformed into the 20th century Grandmother's Flower Garden. As with most early designs this pattern came to us from England.
The hexagon has a 3/4" side while the diamonds and the joining triangles all have 3/4" sides. The inside if the border follows the scalloped outline of the quilt design. At the widest part the border measures 8-3/4"...at the narrowest part measuring 7-1/4". The innermost border of the double border is an early double pink. The outer part of the wide border measures 5-1/4" and is an amazingly beautiful early triple pink floral print...possibly French in origin. The 1/4" applied binding is a white linen. The backing is also a white linen.
Quilting is very elaborate, yet different from the quilt pattern, as seen on the closeup of the backing.
This sophisticated piece of quilt art comes from Linneaus, Maine...family name upon purchase.
Organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your at home viewing.



Q8653 Touching Stars Quilt
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Q8653 Touching Stars Quilt"
c.1885
58 x 79 inches
Masschusetts
$2,300

This wonderfully graphic quilt is executed in the much loved Touching Stars pattern. When I purchased this quilt it had never been washed....As I wash organically it takes time. When I went back to check on my quilt my blue and white quilt became a gray calico with the original color white joining blocks! Early aniline dyes were known not to hold their color... Luckily the dye did not attach to the white blocks or I would have had an all over gray quilt! Ironically the color has today become the most sought after color in decorating.
The medium gray, black and white calico in 2 inch diamonds make up the large stars and create a beautiful and very graphic piece of textile art. Each diamond has been hand quilted with outline stitches with the larger joining blocks showcasing a fantastic combination of oak leaves with cross hatch sunburst centers. The smaller white joining blocks are stitched entirely in diagonal 3/4 inch cross hatch.
The 3/8 inch separately applied binding is in the same calico as used throughout the quilt and provides the perfect frame for the stars. The backing is white linen. A fabulous, graphic quilt in a diminutive size with a lovely, positive energy. This quilt appears to be in unused condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey. Remember, our quilts are always sent on approval.



Q8205 Miniature Signature Blocks Quilt
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Q8205 Miniature Signature Blocks Quilt
Double pink fabric: c.1880, finished: c.1930s
72 x 72 inches
Elizabethtown, PA
$1,200

This Miniature Signature Block quilt is a puzzle to me. The double pink fabric is C.1880 while the off white muslin fabrics dates from the first half of the 20th century. The piecing is executed by machine while all quilting is done by hand. Each piece is outline quilted. In addition the double border measures 9". The inner most border is a brick pattern...bricks are apx. 1" X 2 " alternating off white with double pink. The outer off white border has chain quilting executed with nice small wonderful stitching. Unusual is the fact that the signature blocks are pieced on the diagonal.
This was a mint quilt and now called unused as it has been organically washed and is now ready to be sent for your approval.



Q8257 Extended Nine Patch Quilt
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Q8257 Extended Nine Patch Quilt
c.1870
82 x 92 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,400

If you have a passion for plaids and stripes...this maybe the quilt for you. Every single piece of fabric on this quilt is either a stripe or a plaid! Even the backing is a rare sophisticated muted orange and brown stripe. Comprised of 11" Extended Nine Patch blocks, all pieced by machine. The hand quilting is both horizontal and vertical...Not necessarily in any special order...adding to the appeal of this quilt. There is a 3" border of the same plaid as the blocks. This cozy quilt is finished with a 1/4" binding turned over from the back to the front.
The colors are various shades of browns, blues and yellows...all comfortably muted colors...just cozy and warm in feeling and in looks.
To me this is a perfect quilt for that special cabin...The size is what one needs for a queen size bed allowing for a 16" drop on each side...needed for those thick mattresses!
Would you like this quilt shipped to you free of charge, on approval?



Q6487 Irish Chain with Chintz Border
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Q6487 Irish Chain with Chintz Border
Dated 1840
87 x 88 inches
North Carolina
$Call

Irish Chain with Chintz Border. Signed "Melina Gurneys" and dated 1840. The double line quilting is indicative of this era. Chain squares are 2". White areas are quilted within a 1/8" to 1/4" apart. Parts look stippled...Design looks like a pinwheel shaped vine...Exquisite quilting.



Q6059 Signature Block with Brick Border Quilt
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Q6059 Signature Block with Brick Border Quilt
c. 1865
84 x 84 inches
Maine
$1,800

Simplicity in design using very sophisticated designed fabric. This totally unused quilt would perfectly fit a queen size bed with the signature design blocks covering the top of the bed and the brick pattern going over the sides and the foot of the bed.
Shades of rust along with black and white form the colors used for the main fabrics, both calicoes and paisleys. For fun we have the striped squares with the background of white and accented with a variety of unique stripes in red, blue and black. Many of these stripes I have never seen before. The binding is a solid black.
Hand quilting was done on the diagonal using black thread. In this case the quilting is secondary in importance to the fabrics and graphics.
In perfect, unused condition and organically washed. This quilt maybe sent to your home for your viewing.





Q7041 Flying Geese Quilt
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Q7041 Flying Geese Quilt
c.1875
78 x 80 inches
New York
$1,700

Soothing colors in numerous shades of brown accented with various pale pink calicoes and stripes are used to create a graphic quilt that seems to move as the name suggests...geese in a row off and flying. The fabrics used here date from c.1845 to c.1875. This is a perfect pattern to use scraps of fabrics. My question here is where there are so many different fabrics did the quilter trade and share fabrics with others? Wish these quilts could talk! Some of these fabrics are vegetable dyed while others are early aniline dyes.
The little rectangles that hold the triangle representing the geese measure 2-1/2" X 5". All piecing and quilting is executed by hand. The 1/4" binding is the same brown calico fabric as some of the pieces. The backing is an off white homespun linen usually, but as we see not always, indicating the pre-civil war era of quilts. There are dozens of different fabrics for endless hours of gazing and study. Perfect for a fabric junkie!
This quilt would fit a queen size bed or be an amazing piece of art for your great room wall. Now ready to be sent for your at home approval.





Q8166 Star of Bethlehem..in Texas called "Lone Star"
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Q8166 Star of Bethlehem..in Texas called "Lone Star"
c.1880
72 x 72 inches
Pennsylvania
$1,800

WOW..my reaction when seeing this unusual color quilt hanging in my shop ...There is a signature and date embroidered on one corner of this quilt..1917 does not match the fabric or the style of quilting. Double line quilting is indicative of the 1840's and early 1850's...The fabric is 3rd quarter of the 19th century...names and dates were penned on not embroidered during that era. Yes, I am guessing..but, I now believe that this dramatic piece of art was passed down in the family. The date and signature ...did it belong to the receiver or the giver? Lots of unanswered questions...What we do know is that this quilt is a graphic, beautifully pieced and quilted piece of art for your bed or wall. I was the first person to wash this, previously mint (unused and never washed) quilt. A star pattern is very difficult to assemble even though the pieces in the star are straight lined and all the same size. One's eye is drawn to this quilt, which almost pulsates. The assembly is both by hand and machine. The quilting stitches are very tiny and even...just beautifully quilted.
An exquisite puzzling piece of art ready to be sent for your at home approval.





Q8427 Nine Patch / Broken Dishes / Ohio Star Quilt
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Q8427 Nine Patch / Broken Dishes / Ohio Star Quilt
c.1845
84 x 94 inches
Maine
$3,400

As a fabric junkie I never tire of the visual enjoyment of antique fabrics. That was the time when one made everything to the best of one's ability as all projects were to last forever. Most, but not all, design patterns of early fabrics are not only beautiful but complicated in design. Back then we may have used what fabrics we had..nothing was wasted and fine fabrics were very expensive..a true treasure. This c.1845 quilt has fabrics that are older in date. Some squares are perfectly matched..some are not...but all work is perfectly executed!
The joining block must have been purchased fabric due to the yardage. This purchased fabric is a very fine pink and white stripe with an overlay floral and vine motif in at least two shades of pink. Some of my favorite blocks are the Indigo calico blocks. The backing is linen, common to a New England quilt that was created before the 1850's..This quilt from Maine probably was made along the coast where most of the wealthy families lived...Many were families of sea Captains.
I believe the thread used here is also linen. The main blocks have an interesting herringbone pattern quilted apx. 5/8 inch apart. The squares in the pieced blocks are cross hatch quilted on the diagonal while the pieced squares are outline quilted. Amazing for 180 years old..if this quilt was ever used..it was sparingly!! The condition is perfect and now organically hand washed. Shading in this photo is from the lighting not the quilt.
I am happy to send this quilt, at no charge, for your in home viewing or please make an appointment to visit my shop.





Q6101 Triple Irish Chain
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Q6101 Triple Irish Chain
c. 1860
74 x 84 inches
Pennsylvania or Ohio
$1,600

Beautifully constructed and unused...I am the first person to wash this 160 year old quilt! Created from Madder red and an overdyed green calico fabric along with white, this quilt is a stunning addition to your bedroom or as a piece of art for your wall. The limited but unusual colors add to the treasure. The fact that these must have been purchased fabrics tells us that the family was on comfortable means. Was this unused quilt a present and therefore too special to use? Here we are over a century later now given the ability to enjoy this graphically wonderful quilt.
The squares making up the "chain" have 1-1/2" sides..with the squares measuring 7-1/2"... each individual little square is outline quilted inside and the outer row on the outside. The white joining areas are quilted with a floral motif. The binding is 1/4" turned from the back to front and then hand stitched down.
In perfect unused condition, organically washed, now ready to be sent at no charge for your in home approval.





Q8920 Folk Art Sampler Quilt
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Q8920 Folk Art Sampler Quilt
c.1880
75 x 88 inches
Pensylvania, with initials: "H.D."
$3,400

Whimsical, folksy , happy and original. My way of describing this amazing piece of folk art. The designer has even created sampler blocks that are samplers within the sampler. I would not be surprised if her husband was a carpenter or builder. What a wonderful way to show what is important in her life, but also the designs she loved. Completely hand pieced and beautifully hand quilted with many different patterns, this quilt was used lovingly. There are over 50 quilt patterns on this one Folk Art original quilt! Many of these patterns require a sewer of expert ability. The Sunburst and the ball being two of the most difficult to piece.
I see this quilt hung as art on the wall of a great room. However, there is no reason why it should not be used on a bed.
Organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your at home approval





Q9067 Log Cabin Barn Raising
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Q9067 Log Cabin Barn Raising
c. 1885
73 x 75 inches
Buncombe County, NC
$2,900

Wool Challie with mostly silk velvet chimneys.
This graphically exquisite, very sophisticated Log Cabin quilt is constructed from wool challie, some of the best quality fabrics. Even though the pattern is not unusual, each quilt becomes totally unique due to the fabrics chosen. The layout of the color pallet here is unusual and captivating. This quilt adds another layer to its uniqueness...silk velvet chimneys...Was this choice of fabric meant to indicate the wealth of the family, in a very subtle way ?
The unusual triple border may indicate the family of Scottish descent. Notice on the border the beautiful Scottish plaid used on the diagonal. A border design I have never before seen.
My eye is also drawn to the beautiful over dyed green center as well as the silk velvet chimneys that seem to shimmer. The whole cloth backing is a beautiful cotton blue paisley. To finish the quilt the quilter turned over the outer border to the back and finished it by hand. Actually, all of the work was executed by hand.
To my eyes this is a major piece of art...A textile that will be visually captivating on your wall.....will also fit a double bed or over the sides of a queen size bed.
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Always sent, at no charge, for your in home approval.





CONLF24 Ohio Star for Poster Bed
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CONLF24 Ohio Star for Poster Bed
c.1855
78 x 88 inches
New England
$2,600

Stars were and still are one of the most beloved quilt designs. This pattern is an Ohio Star also called a LaMoyne Star. Quilts created for poster beds with "tails" going between the foot posts, were a specific New England creation. Easy to put on and take off the bed ,plus why waste precious fabrics for an area of a quilt that was not needed.
This specific poster quilt will fit a queen size bed even though originally created for a double bed. Some people turn the quilt around a put the tail over the pillows. There variety of fabrics is wonderfully captivating. Colors range from Indigo Blue to dark brown, tans , red and black stripes ,calicoes and stripes...just exquisite !
Each star block measures 7" of which there are 74 . The entire quilt is crosshatched in a 1 1/4 " grid. There is a separate 1/8" applied white binding. Yes, due to the age all work is done by hand. The front fabrics are all cotton..the backing is a very fine linen.
In perfect unused condition , organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your at home approval



conlc4 North Carolina Lily
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CONLC4 North Carolina Lily
c. 1846
92 x 95 inches
New York
$2,900

This wonderful dated 1846 North Carolina Lily Appliqued Quilt is signed and dated by the maker, Melinda Gurney.
There are no signs of its being more than slightly used. Is it possible that this quilt was created to be used as a Sunday best quilt? Or was it made to commemorate a very special occasion?

We know that this quilt was created by a very affluent family, as this Turkey red calico was some of the most expensive fabric to be purchased. The green fabric in this quilt was created using a method called over-dying. Yellow dye was placed over blue dye to create green. The North Carolina Lily blocks are 14 inches square, the sashing between the blocks measures 4-1/2 inches and all the blocks are on point. The border is appliquéd with swags and tassels reminiscent of a formal room setting.

The binding measures 1/4 inch, the sashing is double line quilted, indicative of the 1840’s style. All pieces are outline quilted. This quilt will perfectly fit a queen size bed with either a regular or new very thick mattress or a king size bed with the swags going over the sides. It is completely hand pieced, hand appliquéd and hand quilted. Professionally hand washed by Betsey. Please call for more information.



Q8952 Thistle and Reel Quilt
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Q8952 Thistle and Reel Quilt
c.1865, top quilted c.1928
74 x 76
Lancaster County, PA
$1,600

There are many styles and formats of quilt design. One design, during the middle of the 19th Century, was the 9 Block formation seen here. Meticulously hand appliqued, these nine identical blocks were made from a wonderful unusual double pink with white fabric. The applique stitches are tiny and all the exact same size. The fabric used for this quilt, because of the quantity, had to be purchased yardage. This lets us know that the family was financially safe.
The blocks are approximately 14"...all sashings are 7" in width. Three borders measure 8", while the forth measures 6" in width. The binding is 1/8" turned over from the back to the front. Even though the quilt has been quilted in such superb and extensive quilting, I believe from the quilting designs that the quilting was executed at a later date. Each piece of the "Thistle and Reel" pattern has been outline quilted..The "thistles" are echo quilted inside the motif. The sashings are beautifully quilted with medallion flowers, vines and wreaths. The border has a quadruple chain quilted design.
Now organically washed, this unused quilt is ready to be sent for your in home approval.



Q8103 Barn Raising Log Cabin in Wool Challis Quilt
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Q8103 Barn Raising Log Cabin in Wool Challie Quilt
c.1860
80 x 90
Lancaster, PA
$2,600

I often wonder about the stories of these exquisite quilts that have survived centuries still unused. Could they have been created for someone so special that they have survived unused for a century and a half?
This wool challis Barn Raising Log Cabin is comprised of dozens of different mid and early 19th century challis fabrics. These early wool and silk fabrics were highly prized, purchased and used by families "of means". The original Log Cabin came to America from England. Since that arrival we have added many variations to the original Straight Furrows pattern. The center Medallion seen on this quilt is very unusual...constructed using solid grey and Prussian Blue.....I am sure it had major significance to the artist that created this magnificent quilt. Due to its large size it will very comfortably fit a queen size bed, having undoubtedly been made for an early high bed. I can easily picture this quilt as an astoundingly captivating piece of wall art ...
Used in this quilt we have challis in calicos, solids, plaids, stripes..and even a few very rare and expensive silk velvets. Could the latter have been from a very special and expensive formal gown? The red center, as always, signifies the hearth...the center of the home. The foundation pieced blocks measure 9-1/2 "...the rare paisley wholecloth C.1840's backing is the only place one can see quilting.
This stunning quilt is ready to be sent for your at home approval.



Q9021 Wool and wool Challis Victorian Optical Illusion Crazy Quilt
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Q9021 Wool and wool Challis Victorian Optical Illusion Crazy Quilt
c.1885
84 x 84 inches
New York
$2,600

WOW!...This quilt has to be one of the most graphically exciting wool and wool challis Crazy Quilts that I have ever had. No matter your color scheme I believe the rich color would be found on this quilt..Whatever rich color you surround this quilt with..that color will become the prominent color on this quilt!
Comprised of 16 ..18" blocks each with a center medallion Ohio Star and each piece outline embellished with one of dozens of beautiful crazy quilt stitches. One mark of excellence of a Victorian Crazy quilt is 100 different stitches used on a quilt...this one clearly passes that mark. The angled piano key border is 6-1/4 " wide with each strip measuring between 1 " to 1-3/8" in width....Every piece on this perfect condition, unused quilt is outline embellished. There is a separate applied 3/8" burgundy binding. The backing is an extraordinary c.1880's burgundy, black, and yellow on white picotage.
This extraordinary optical illusion piece of textile art is ready to be sent for your at home approval.





F787 Lone Star or Star of Bethlehem Center Finished Fragment
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F787 Lone Star or Star of Bethlehem Center Finished Fragment
c.1865
38-1/2 x 38-1/2 inches
Pennsylvania
$950

WOW! That is my first comment when seeing this graphically exciting finished fragment. A Lone Star or Star of Bethlehem is really difficult to piece. All diamonds must be sewn exactly or you end up with a mountain in the center :-( Each diamond has 2" sides and are all hand pieced.
This dramatic quilt is executed in all solid color fabrics: chrome orange, cobalt blue and a rich chocolate brown. The wholecloth backing is a wonderful c.1845 brown stripe and paisley pattern. The applied binding on this fragment is the same cobalt blue and the same date as the quilt.
We have added "sleeves" to this fragment for you...now it is ready to hang as an amazing piece of art.
Organically hand washed by Betsey and ready to be sent for your in home approval.



F786 Rose Album Finished Fragment
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F786 Rose Album Finished Fragment
c.1855
32-1/2 x 58-1/2 inches
New England
$825

Created in chrome orange and over-dyed green, this graphic and stunning finished fragment is a Rose Album quilt that will make an amazing wall hanging. Chrome orange is a very hard to find color in a perfect antique quilt.
Dating from c.1855, in perfect condition, this quilt piece measures 58-1/2 x 32-1/2 inches, rather large for a fragment. The blocks measure 13" square and are joined with 4-3/4 " sashing. The applied, restored binding is 1/4" and of the same date fabric.
Curved pieces are the hardest to work with when constructing a quilt top. The person must be very accomplished at both sewing and geometry. All work was executed by hand...both piecing and quilting. This quilt was created before the sewing machine was mass produced.
Organically hand washed by Betsey and ready to be sent, at no charge, for your in home approval.



Q8304 Four Patch Basinette Quilt
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Q8304 Four Patch Basinette Quilt
Dated 1891, with 1860s fabrics
33 x 43 inches (83.8 x 109.2 cm)
Pennsylvania
$1,550

This wonderful red, green and white basinette quilt is comprised of two early madder dyed calicoes (c.1860), an over dyed green calico and white. Hand pieced and beautifully hand quilted with feather wreath medallions in the joining blocks, feather vines in the 3-1/2" white border and adjacent white triangles, and straight line quilting in the 4 patch blocks. The date of 1891 is embroidered in two places. The four-patch blocks on this piece measure 5-1/4” each, and the blocks are set on point.

An exquisite red, white and green quilt made extra special by its diminutive size, it would be perfect as a wall hanging year round or a decorative element for the winter holidays. In excellent condition and professionally hand washed by Betsey this little quilt can be sent to you on approval for viewing in your home.





F789 Split Leaf Philodendron Finished Fragment
F789 Split Leaf Philodendron Finished Fragment
c.1850
17 x 38 inches
Pennsylvania
$725

This Philodendron plant quilt pattern was indeed very difficult to execute. All of the leaf pieces were executed using the reverse applique technique. This quilt was created around the time Americans discovered Hawaii along with all of their wonderfully creative art work. This quilt fragment is reminiscent of the Hawaiian quilts, but is definitely from Pennsylvania.
This was part of a larger quilt and is now a graphically wonderful piece of art. The skill level seen here is some of the best in the world of quilting tops. Reverse applique is a painstaking task which is beautiful when done correctly.
When originally made, all the leaves were the same shade of green. The over dyed green fabric has washed down to a yellowish green...while the beige leaves were tobacco dyed, the color of which dissipates when washed. Ironically, the beige we are left with is one of the much loved of today's colors.
We have bound the fragment with a 1/4" same date fabric matching the background of the quilt.
The size of this fragment is perfect for a wall hanging, in either direction... or as a rare and unusual centerpiece for any of your tables.
Organically hand washed by Betsey and ready to be sent for your at home approval.



F788 Border of Tulips Finished Fragment
F788 Border of Tulips Finished Fragment
c.1850
11-1/2 x 52 inches
Pennsylvania
$675

The center of this wonderful early quilt was badly torn beyond restoring...so we salvaged parts... Here we have part of the border...we moved one short end of the over dyed green to make a complete border.. Then we bound the fragment with 1/4" of the same date fabric....
Now you have an unusual Tulip applique quilt in perfect dimensions for over your couch, bed or any piece of furniture...Pieced and appliqued from Turkey Red and overdyed green, then hand quilted in a diagonal cross grid pattern.
Beautiful and happy :-)...
Organically hand washed by Betsey and ready to be sent for your approval.



Q9237 Folk Art Log Cabin Quilt
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Q9237 Folk Art Log Cabin Quilt
c.1835
78 x 78 inches
Believed to be New York
$4,400

Everyone has favorites...well, this is one of mine...and no surprise that I am an early fabric textile junkie...Here we have a folk art Log Cabin Quilt executed in very expensive early wool challis and other very, very fine wool fabrics. To me this is an oxymoron as affluent families usually created sophisticated quilts, not folk art. There are dozens of different fabric patterns, including early block prints, plaids, stripes, solids and calicoes. huge variety of colors...
It is pieced from strips (called logs) mostly measuring 5/8" in width to create 5" wide blocks. These blocks are foundation pieced. All work is executed by hand as this quilt was made before the public use of the sewing machine. Finishing the quilt is an applied 5/8 " wide plaid fine wool binding.
I am showing you the quilt on one of my beds as my lighting does not seem to work with these fabrics ...another reason to be sent on approval for viewing in your home.
An amazing piece of art for your wall or your bed.
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CONJE14 Strawberries on vines in urns
CONJE14 Strawberries on vines in urns
c.1850
80 x 80 inches
New England
SOLD

This exquisitely sophiticated appliqued red, white and green quilt has some of the most intense and minuscule quilting I have ever seen. The amazing design as crowned with an 11 inch wide border of what appears to be an original design of meandering strawberries and vines. The outer 3/8” is a hand applied binding. Even the applique stitching is minuscule. The double line row quilting is indicative of the 1840s. There is so much quilting that the stippling creates a look as if the quilt has been trapuntoed. However, this massive amount of quilting results in what is called stippling. There is some slight wear on the binding. There are one or two pieces on the turkey red strawberries showing slight wear, that we can happily restore for you. The body of the quilt is perfect. This is the only strawberry and vine quilt I have had in 33 years. The work is just outstanding. The urns that the strawberry arrangements are in are reminiscent of the Greek era. The quilt is composed of 3 fabrics, a turkey red, an over dyed green, and a very fine white linen. Organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your viewing and approval.





Q9107 Victorian Crazy Quilt
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Q9107 Victorian Crazy Quilt
c.1885
30 x 39 inches
Massachusetts
$2,200

This small size masterpiece is a feast for ones eyes. Created for "Mother"....as stitched on this quilt...we have some of the most intricate and unusual embellishments and patterns seen here. The fabrics are a variety of silks ans silk velvets dating from the mid 19th century. We are delighted to see origional pattern designs as well as exquisite ribbon work, silk chenille embroidery, gold metallic thread embroidery, and dozens and dozens of exquisite embroidery outline stitches.





BTG66 Log Cabin Courthouse Steps Quilt
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BTG66 Log Cabin Courthouse Steps Quilt
c.1890s
71 x 80 inches
Pennsylvania
$875

Warm and cuddly as well as beautiful is an apt description of this wool Log Cabin quilt.
There are 90 7-3/4 inch squares that comprise this beautiful quilt. Each square is made up of 1/2 inch logs of various fabrics. There are mostly woolens, but in addition there are flannels and wool challis used in the composition of this quilt. The woolen fabrics are of many different weaves adding to the textile's beauty. The center chimney is a 2" square. Tying is the method used here to hold the three layers in place. This is the method mostly used on woolen quilts where the batting is thicker and therefore almost impossible to quilt.
There is a huge range of colors seen here ...from purples to blacks....some beautiful fabrics....the backing is an unexpected fabric...A beautiful floral on a black background! There are also many fabrics of the sought after grey shades used in decorating today. Edging on the quilt is a pillowcase finishing, then embellished with beautiful stitching.
This is one of a few pieces that I put up for sale that is not perfect....There are moth holes around the edge...we can restore these if desired.
Ready to be sent for your at-home approval.



Q8903 Victorian Crazy Quilt
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Q8903 Victorian Crazy Quilt
c.1895
64 x 78 inches
Central Pennsylvania
$1,600

If you like red, white and blue...here is an unusual cotton Victorian crazy quilt in an organized format. The creative quilt artist designed this quilt using a conventional block format with sashing, a rarity for a Victorian Crazy quilt. Created from 8 inch blocks and joined with 2-1/2 inch sashing, then connected with 2-1/2 inch squares. The fabrics are a treat to behold...with dazzling 1890's wild designs, bold plaids and very 1880's conversation prints....the fabrics in this quilt will captivate the viewer.
Completely created by hand..hand pieced and hand quilted in a 2-1/2 inch diagonal grid. The 1/4 inch binding is turned over from the back to the front. The backing fabric is a very muted tanish pink and white plaid. The batting is what I would call thick, thus producing a cuddly and graphically wonderful quilt. Perfect for warmth and perfect for your wall :-)
Appears to be unused...ready to be sent for your at-home approval.



Q8612 Wool Challis Courthouse Steps Log Cabin Quilt
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Q8612 Wool Challis Courthouse Steps Log Cabin
c.1855
74 x 84 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,900

Affluence and sophistication emanate from this exquisite textile. Wool Challis fabrics are created from silk and fine wool. These were the fabrics of the elite and wealthy. The beautiful detail of the prints is a treat to behold and show the skill and painstaking design work of these early nineteenth century textile artists.
It is created in 12" blocks using the courthouse pattern from logs measuring between 1/2" and 3/4" in width. Could it be possible that the head of the household was a lawyer or Judge? The array of prints in these fabrics is a fabric junkie's dream. The backing is a very early wool challis cheater cloth wide stripe pattern. A binding such as this, being a woven tape, shows the very early date of this quilt and its expensive componants.
The size of this quilt would fit a queen size bed or would be an amazing piece of art for a great room or stairway hall.
In complete original condition (including some basting stitches) this sophisticated textile is now ready to be sent for your in-home app0roval.





Q9235 English Format Center Medallion Design Quilt
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Q9235 English Format Center Medallion Design Quilt
Top: c.1855, finished: c.1880
78 x 78 inches
New England
$1,900

One of the earliest formats of pieced quilts was the Center Medallion design. Originating in England, it was brought to America with late 18th century and early 19th century English women. Once fashions changed and scraps were left from making clothing, creative woman started designing pieced quilts. This graphic quilt is an example of such designs. The fabrics used in the creation of the top date from C.1850 and earlier...however, I believe the top was quilted later. The quilting design is that of clam shells.....a very New England pattern..the backing fabric and the binding tell us that the top was quilted later...probably around 1885......the binding was applied by treadle machine. A treadle machine was a mark of affluence at that time.
The center-most design measures app. 17 x 17 inches and radiates out from there with various designs and various widths. Amazingly graphic, this rare quilt will make a colorful, warm and inviting art piece for your wall.
This quilt is in unused condition...I was the first person to wash it. Now ready to be sent to you for your in-home approval.





Q8999 Victorian Embellished Fans Quilt
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Q8999 Victorian Embellished Fans
c.1890
67 x 79 inches
Pennsylvania
$1,500

A wonderfully executed Victorian Fan quilt in complete original condition. Created from 56 9" blocks and a 3-1/2" border...a perfect size for a couch or bed throw, a double bed or art for your wall.
Used in the creation of this quilt is a large variety of wool and wool challis from the C.1870's to the C 1890's. Standing this quilt apart from a simple fan design is the use of the same beautifully executed embroidery stitch, as a crowning element, on every block. The variety of muted colors seen here allow for the accent use in numerous decors.
The 3-1/2" rust/orange flannel border is a continuation of the flannel backing and results in a very cuddly quilt to wrap onesself up in.
Ready to be sent, at no charge, for your in-home approval.





Q9233 Sampler Quilt Composition
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Q9233 Sampler Quilt Composition
c.1850
85 x 85 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,900

This sampler quilt measures approximately 85 x 85" and was created from 64 blocks, each one approximately 9 inches square and joined with 2 inch sashing. The 4 inch binding is turned over from the back to the front and then hand stitched. All work on this quilt has been executed by hand. The applique stitches are almost invisible...the center of most blocks has a reverse applique cutout circle usually created for a signature.
The applique blocks are not only appliquéd but there is also reverse appliqué. Every alternate quilt block is a La Moyne star or can be called an Ohio star. These blocks are outlined quilted and are pieced not appliquéd. The two bottom corner blocks of this quilt are a mystery...they appear to look like a flame and kind of folksy.
For textile enthusiasts.....The applique blocks are composed of at least six or seven different rare turkey red calico prints. You also have, on this quilt, mattar dyed prints plus a huge array of early fabrics. I am dating the quilt circa 1850.
The sashing and backing are from the 1840s while some of calico's can easily have origionated in c.1825.
This amazingly graphic quilt would make a stunning piece of art for a great room or would perfectly fit a queen-size bed.
As I was the first person to wash this summer quilt we can conjecture that It was unused and saved because it was so special for one of many reasons.
This quilt is graphically stunning and in a few ways, different from anything I have ever seen.
Found in Pennsylvania, this quilt, measuring 85" x 85 ", is now on the market for $2,900.
Organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your in-home approval.





BTG64 Rob Peter to Pay Paul
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BTG64 Rob Peter to Pay Paul
c.1835
75 x 79 inches
New England
$1,900

Shown here is an early quilt that displays what I would call very peaceful and soothing feelings. This quilt is made from a wonderful rare and early overdyed green calico combined with a rare and unusual double pink. The quilt itself has been lovingly used. The front of this quilt, which is a combination of Rob Peter to Pay Paul and Broken Dishes, creates what could be called a Snowball pattern. The backing of the quilt is an early homespun linen. Finishing this quilt is a hand applied binding of different overdyed green calico approximately 3/8 inch in width. The blocks are 7 inch blocks. There is also a tail which measures 7 x 36 inches which would fit a queen size bed today. The quilt measures 75 inches wide by 79 inches long. My feeling is that this quilt was made for a youth bed, maybe a bed for 2 children. The tail and the sides are only 7” in length, leading to my conjecture of its use. The quilt gives an overall feeling of peacefulness, and would be stunning on any queen or full size bed, especially an early bed.... an early 4 post bed.
Created before the sewing machine, all work was lovingly executed by hand.
Organically hand washed and now ready to be sent for your in-home approval. Please ask for more information.



CONMG Silk Pineapple Log Cabin Quilt with a Crazy Quilt Border
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CONMG Pineapple Log Cabin Quilt with a Crazy Quilt Border
c.1880
59 x 60 inches
New Jersey
$2,900

This original design optical illusion Pineapple Log Cabin, with a crazy quilt border, dates from c.1880. A Pineapple or Windmill Log Cabin quilt shows motion and this quilt carries it to an extreme due to the placement of colors. The effect is also due to the huge contrast between the black and deep red in the center of the spokes and the windmill spokes themselves. Normally all of the 10 centers of the Log Cabin blocks would be red chimneys. In this case many of the centers of the pinwheels are actually miniature Crazy Quilts.
The blocks measure 11-3/4 inches square, the border 5-1/4 inches in width. The center chimneys, which in this case are mostly miniature Crazy Quilts, measure 4 inches square. The edge is finished with a black silk binding.
This Quilt is in amazing condition and would make one of the most beautiful artistic wall hangings. Please call or email for more information.



BTG63 H-Block Log Cabin Fragment
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BTG63 H-Block Log Cabin Fragment
c.1845
58 x 61 inches
Maine
$2,300

This wonderful H-Block Log Cabin quilt has been created from very, very fine wool challis, even having a wool challis backing. This quilt fragment is a large size. Where this quilt has been rebound with origional, same mid 19th century wool schallis fabric, one would assume the quilt to be of origional size. There was one end of the quilt that was not good so we removed that end and then rebound the quilt. Now that this quilt is not an origional size it becomes a fragment. This quilt appears to be in perfect condition.
The quilt was executed using( approximately 7-1/2 inch blocks. Naturally, at this age, everything was hand pieced. The fabrics were very, very expensive fabrics. The blue was a very 1840s blue. It's a deep rich cobalt blue, and the green calico is just absolutely gorgeous.
This quilt has been in my collection and is now ready to go up for sale.
Ready to be sent for your in-home approval.



CONAJM Wool and Wool Challis Log Cabin Quilt
CONAJM Wool and Wool Challis Log Cabin Quilt
c.1885
59 x 59 inches
New England
SOLD

Shown here is a very stunning example of a circa 1880s wool and wool challis Log Cabin quilt, measureing 59 x 59" inches, and coming from New England. Each quilt block measures approximately 7 inches square. The logs used for the creation of this quilt are approximately a half inch in width. Crowning this quilt is a border, in a rich burgundy wool, measuring 4-3/4 inches in width. The last quarter inch is actually a silk velvet binding. There is a green cotton backing where you can see the reverse tying in little fancy knots. These knots are a fancy way of finishing a quilt by reverse tying in a way that creates an attractive backing.
This Log Cabin quilt is in absolutely perfect condition. The Straight Furrows pattern originally came to us from England. This pattern did not originate here in America as so many of the Log Cabin Patterns did. This design was meant to emulate the rows of plantings and fields in England.
The quilt is a perfect wall hanging size and probably was originally made for a youth bed. Having two "sleeves", it is all ready to hang. Now you may hang your quilt in a curatorially correct manner. In perfect unused condition, it may be sent for your in-home approval.



Q9013 Amish Concentric Squares Folk Art Quilt, Log Cabin Variation
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Q9013 Amish Concentric Squares Folk Art Quilt, Log Cabin Variation
c.1865
48 x 74 inches
Big Valley, Pennsylvania
$2,700

A quilt very possibly created during the Civil War era.
This is a very rare and unusual Amish piece that is comprised of early wools and wool challis fabrics, some of which appear to be home woven. The backing fabric of this quilt is a grayish tweedy flannel, an early flannel. The squares created here, using a variation of the Log Cabin pattern, measure 11-1/2 inches. Each log measures approximately 1 inch in width. Yes, this a Log Cabin but an oxymoron because it's so very folksy and it's such an early Amish piece.
This quilt is not only a rare piece but would create an artistically amazing wall hanging. There's a lot of other information that I'd like to share. Please call or email.



Q9232 Log Cabin Straight Furrows Eastern Mennonite Quilt
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Q9232 Log Cabin Straight Furrows Eastern Mennonite Quilt
c.1875
60 x 68 inches
New England
$2,500

This Log Cabin Quilt has one of the smallest chimneys I have ever seen, measuring less than 5/8 inch square. The logs on this quilt measure from 1/2 inch in width up to 3/4 inch in width. There is a brown 3 inch border of which 1/4 inch is a hand applied wool challis binding. The quilt is completely comprised of wools and wool challis. It appears never to have been used. It has a yummy warm brown wool backing with a few moth holes in the backing. Some of the fabric on the back appears to have been home dyed.
It is definitely a Mennonite quilt. I know this because the quilt has a strip pieced backing. Mennonites strip pieced their backings as a symbol of their work. It wasn't because they lacked the fabric and had to piece it, it was a symbol of their creativity. Graphically wonderful, the straight furrows cabin is the original log cabin pattern that came to us from England.
These blocks measure roughly 7 inches square. I see fabrics on here back to about 1840, 1850. There is one fabric pattern here that I have never seen before. It is graphically wonderful. This quilt can be used either for your bed, or as a stunning wall hanging. The colors are magnificent, deep and rich.
This quilt is ready to be sent to you for your approval in your home.



Q8681 Wool Challis Log Cabin, Straight Furrows Quilt
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Q8681 Wool Challis Log Cabin, Straight Furrows QuiltQuilt
c.1862
70 x 70 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,800

Presented here is a pre-civil war wool and wool challis Log Cabin Straight Furrows quilt with blue chimneys. The pattern used here originated in England; the blue chimneys are uniquely American. This quilt has it all. It has history, graphics, great colors and condition.
Blue chimneys were a signal for a safe house during the era of the underground railroad. These quilts are very rare, very hard to find, and this one is 100% authentic as is everything that I sell. The fabrics are wools and wool challis, some of these fabrics dating back to the 1830s. Instead of a wool binding there is a pillowcase edging. This quilt is in perfect unused condition. As a bonus there is added warmpth from the addition of a wonderful blue and brown plaid flannel backing.
The quilt displayed here is a historical and visual piece of textile art c.1862. The condition is wonderful, the graphics are wonderful. You can use it on a bed or you can display it on a wall. As a wall hanging piece of textile art it is captivating.
Ready to be sent to you for your in home approval.



Q9231 Pineapple or Windmill Log Cabin Quilt
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Q9231 Pineapple or Windmill Log Cabin Quilt
c.1885
77 x 77 inches
New England
$1,600

If you like an optical illusion quilt, here is one for you. If you are looking for the sought after gray color used in decorating today this quilt is strictly gray, a burgundy brown and white. The windmill and pineapple log cabin pattern shows motion. The blocks are hard to execute, and the resulting effect is to look stunning as this quilt does. There are approximately 12 different log cabin patterns. This pattern is one of them. Joining these blocks together is very intricate work, and if not done properly, the quilt will just look haphazard, but this one is stunning!
The design is made in individual blocks that are sewn together using a New England method. A summer coverlet, which means you can use it in the summer as there is no batting inside, and in the winter you can put it over a blanket for warmth, the bonus being it is stunning. For a great room, or a wall hanging, it would be absolutely gorgeous. This quilt could also be folded in different ways to hang showing a fourth or half of it. Because of the pattern this quilt is easy to display in that manner. Also because it is light in weight, it would be easy to put over a pole and just hang a quarter of it in a small space. So you could use this quilt as art in a small space or a large space or for your queen size bed. A queen size bed measures 60 inches across, providing you with 7 inches over each side. This quilt appears to be in unused condition.
Organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your in home approval.



Q6261 Courthouse Steps Quilt
Q6261 Courthouse Steps Quilt
c.1875
82 x 84 inches
Maine
SOLD

This very sophisticated Sunshine and Shadows Log Cabin Quilt appears to be in unused condition. Very generous in size, measuring 82 x 84 inches, this quilt will completely cover the top of a king size bed or will fit a queen size bed perfectly with 12 inches over the sides. Made around 1875, many of the fabrics date back to the 1840s. This quilt comes from Maine and appears to be in unused condition. The binding is a 3/8 inch hand applied binding. The whole quilt is foundation pieced and made in a method that is indigenous to New England. It's foundation pieced in squares with extra backing fabric, then the squares are sewn together. This is a summer coverlet, a quilt withouit batting. You can use it all year. You can use this quilt in the summer instead of a blanket or use just a sheet with it, and in the winter it's perfect over a down comforter or any other kind of blanket, giving you warmth.
This quilt's design and colors are stunning. It's graphic and would decorate a wall in a great room exquisitely, or would be absolutely gorgeous on your bed. When looking at this quilt the first color I notice is red, turkey red, and then after that there are blues, more red calicoes, and browns. It's basically reds, blues, greens and browns, and it is gorgeous.
This stunning quilt is ready to be viewed in your home.



Q6846 Log Cabin Courthouse Steps Quilt
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Q6846 Log Cabin Courthouse Steps Quilt
c.1865
58 x 58 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,100

Each and every Log Cabin quilt has its own personality. This Log Cabin quilt is called Courthouse Steps and measures 58 x 58 inches. A wonderful size for a wall hanging that can fit many places in your home. It may be an unused child's quilt. Comprised of very, very expensive wool challis, it dates from approximately 1865, and is in fabulous condition. Actually, I only see one tiny moth hole. The backing of this quilt is a very, very early block print brown fabric which can be viewed on the closeup. Each quilt block measures approximately 8 inches square. The logs vary in size, and are approximately 7/8 of an inch in width. The center chimneys are red, symbolizing the hearth of a home, and measure 1-1/4 x 1-1/2 inches. This quilt is a little bit whimsical as all the logs are not perfectly straight and the center squares can be a little different from one another. The quilt definitely has character. The fabrics are absolutely exquisite. We have lots of indigoes and reds and different shades of blues and plaids and stripes. The earliest fabric that I see on this quilt is about 1825. The binding is a hand applied 1/4 inch blue wool. There are already sleeves on this quilt, making it ready to hang in a curatorially correct manner.
Just stunning, in perfect unused condition, and ready to be sent for your in-home approval.



Q9230 Straight Furrows Log Cabin Quilt
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Q9230 Straight Furrows Log Cabin Quilt
c.1875
78 x 80 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,200

This circa 1875 wool challis Straight Furrows Log cabin quilt with a bars border is absolutely stunning. The generous size, 78 x 80, would make a perfect fit for a queen size bed or an amazing piece of art for a great room. English women were the originators of this early Log Cabin pattern. This quilt pattern did not origionate in America as many of the other Log Cabin patterns did.
The backing of this quilt is a gorgeous brown plaid ... there is a half inch applied binding of the same fabric as the plaid in the piano key border. This quilt does have old moth holes. When it's hung or on a bed, you really don't notice them. Because of this fact, I am drastically reducing the price of the quilt, which was originally $3,800, to $2,200. The fabrics comprising the quilt are approximately 95% wool challis and 5% fine wools. I see some fabrics as early as the 1840s. There are some Scottish plaids on here, some lavenders, some browns. It would go with almost any color you can name. On a bed the center part would cover the top of a queen sized bed ... the piano keys border would go over the side. ...captivatingly beautiful...graphically wonderful ...
Happy to send for your in home approval.



Q9220 Center Medallion Victorian Crazy Quilt
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Q9220 Center Medallion Victorian Crazy Quilt
c.1885
52 x 60 inches
New England
$3,200

This rare and exceptional c.1885 Victorian crazy is filled with much of the symbolism of that era. A partial list includes Japanese fans, cranes, a symbol of long life, horseshoes for good luck, owls for wisdom, a staff of wheat for life and a cross for religion. The embroidery and embelishments are outstanding. They include 3D ribbon work, gold metallic thread embellishment around the border and silk chenille work. The Victorian era symbols were so important to Victorian women: flora and fauna and the love of animals. All of these symbols are represented on this quilt. The silk velvet border measures 4” with each corner having a sophisticated 4” block. These corner blocks are usually seen on Amish Quilts, not Victorian Crazy Quilts. Most of the ribbons, chenille and threads are silk. Two sleeves have been hand sewn onto the back short ends making this quilt ready to hang.



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Q9095A Squares on Point Youth Quilt
c.1845
58 x 60 inches
Brewer, ME
$1,600

Simplicity can be so graphic as we see here in this wonderful mid 19th century Youth quilt. This early quilt measures approximately 58 X 60 inches and contains over sixty 4-1/2 inch blocks on point and approximately 25 half blocks surrounding the outer edge of this quilt. There is a 2-1/2 inch border with a 3/8 inch separate binding finishing the quilt. There is a vast array of mid to early 19th century cotton prints creating a wonderful piece of art work. The binding frames this quilt perfectly. The backing is a gorgeous c.1845 print. Completely pieced and quilted by hand in the Brewer, Maine area....a New England textile treasure. In my possession are 2 youth quilts believed to be made by the same woman. The other one was started in 1828 and finished many years later. There is a hand written note on the back of the other quilt.. I would like these two to stay together and will offer a discount for keeping both together. Organically hand washed and ready for your at home viewing. Please ask for more information.



BTG28 Red and White Touching Broken Stars
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BTG28 Red and White Touching Broken Stars
c.1845
74 x 78 inches
Ohio
$2,200

The best way for me to describe the color of this quilt is by calling it orange sherbet. I cannot find any other quilt like it. This entire quilt was pieced and quilted by hand. All blocks are 10” square on point with the sashing between the blocks measuring 6”. The horizontal quilting on the sashing was created in triple lines, an 1840's style. The horizontal sashing angled in the opposite direction is quilted in a rope pattern design.

Every diamond throughout the quilt is outline quilted. The double border of this wonderful quilt measures 4-1/4” which includes the 3/8” binding. The innermost border is a sawtooth pattern border in alternating white and sherbet colors. The outside border is 2-1/2” and created from an orange and white gingham. This section is also quilted in a herringbone pattern. The binding is also an orange calico. The blocks are white with a few varieties of c.1840’s double pinks and various early brown calicos, a black and white gingham, and a brown and white gingham. The creator of this quilt was both an amazing graphic artist and a fabulous quilter. This quilt appears to be unused or hardly used.

Now this quilt is organically washed and ready to be sent for your approval.



Q9053 Victorian Wool Challis Crazy Quilt with over 100 original flora and fauna oil paintings
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Q9053 Victorian Wool Challis Crazy Quilt with over 100 original flora and fauna oil paintings
c. 1890
70 x 82 inches
Cambridge, OH
$3,900

This wool and wool challis crazy quilt is comprised of 42 12”squares. This quilt is one in a million. There are over 100 flora and fauna original oil paintings covering the entire quilt. It’s actually 42 12” square paintings combined to make up one quilt. The embroidery embellishment surrounding the piece is also beautiful. However, the oil paintings superceed the beauty of everything else. Wool challis always was and remains to be a very expensive fabric. It is a combination of wool threads woven with silk threads. It is executed with an artistic and creative vision. The backing is a 19th century pink peony floral on a brown background. Please look at the close-up photos to see some of the amazing paintings.



conch1 Quilt
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CONCH1 Indigo and White Folksy Bay Leaf Design
c.1855
71 x 85 inches
Believed to be from New York
$2,600

Amazing quilting! Graphically wonderful and perfectly executed, this unusual quilt has a folksy feel to it even though executed by a premier sewer and quilter. Completely hand sewn and hand appliquéd, this quilt was made before the sewing machine was in public use. Showing 30 indigo and white pieced Bayleaf blocks, on point, the work has been executed with minuscule stitches. There is double line quilting in the blue, white and yellow calico blocks fabric pieced and appliqued Bay leaf blocks. All the indigo blocks are on point. Joining them are white blocks containing wreath medallions with cross-hatch quilting in the center and completely surrounded by stippling. The massive amount of quilting used in stippling makes these areas of the quilt look stuffed. A client purchased this quilt from me,20 years ago. The owner has had this wonderful quilt hanging on his wall as major art. Since he's now downsizing, his quilt is ready to go to another home. Organically washed and ready for your approval at home.



consh7 Quilt
CONSH7 Black and Gold Silk Mourning Quilt
c.1885
46 x 61 inches
New England
SOLD

This amazing piece of textile art was created around 1885 and is called a mourning quilt. A mourning quilt was literally made to grieve over the loss of a loved one. It is unknown where this was made, but I feel it was probably from New England or New York. This quilt is comprised of 12 16” blocks. It’s very possible that different people created their own blocks. I am surmising this because of the different styles in stitching demonstrated here and the different stylized design elements. The background fabrics used are various black silks and silk velvets. The silk threads used are a color combination of gold, orange and yellow/beige. Each block is an original design. This quilt was stuffed and backed and bound at a later date. There are very few of these quilts that have survived. After 32 years, I have only been able to find four of these 19th century quilts. An amazing piece of art for any collector or designer. Please call for more information. Ready to be sent for your approval.



conas4 Quilt
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CONAS4 Indigo and White Unusual Variation of Rob Peter to Pay Paul with Zig Zag Border
c.1870
72 x 80 inches
New England
$3,200

Believe it is safe to assume that the creator of this quilt was gifted with a mind for geometry. This uniquely designed quilt contains hundreds of blocks each on point and measuring apx 5-1/2”square. The optical illusion is revealed by the juxtaposition of the fabrics in the Rob Peter to Pay Paul design. When I first look at this, I see snowballs in four equal sections. The ”snowball" indigo and white circles are made up of four equal size pie shaped pieces. There are borders on three sides...why do the extra work on the top where it might not be seen? A very New England trait... All piecing for this piece of art has been done by hand. The circular pieces are echo quilted with the rest of the quilting executed in diagonal and horizontal cross-hatching. The unusual 5” zig zag border design is all hand pieced. At first sight, I thought it was appliquéd, but on closer view, it’s not. This quilt is a stunning piece of art for your wall. Organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your approval.



CONCM1 Garden Maze and New York Beauty
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CONCM1 Garden Maze and New York Beauty
c.1860
68 x 86 inches
Origin unknown
$2,900

A beautifully executed combination of the early New England Garden Maze pattern and the New York Beauty pattern. The inside blocks measure 10” square with all applique work pieced onto linen fabric. Joining blocks of the Garden Maze have a 3/4” border with a 3” white linen joining section. The same double raspberry print is used in the outline of the Garden Maze as is used in constructing the 9 patch blocks of the New York Beauty pattern. The triangles that make up the New York Beauty measure 1-3/8 x 1-3/8 x 1/2”. Created around 1860, this exquisite quilt has been completely executed by hand. The joining blocks have wave quilting, a New England and or Eastern style. The New York Beauty blocks are diagonally quilted in 3/8” grids. The backing is linen and the seams are joined by using a minuscule stitch. A 1/4” binding finishes the edge. A spectacular piece of art for your bed or wall. Organically hand washed and now ready to be sent for your viewing and approval.
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Q9108 Harvard University /Massachusetts Miniature Cigar Ribbon Quilt
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Q9108 Harvard University /Massachusetts Miniature Cigar Ribbon Quilt
c.1885
34 x 34 inches
Massachusetts
$4,800

This quilt is currently featured in the exhibition Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage held at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, from June 29 to October 27, 2019. It may be seen on page 21 in their book Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage, published by the National Galleries Scotland.

Many Victorian women were resourceful, creative and loved embellishing. In the homes of today, when we have stopped embellishing, Victorian women have just begun...I like to say that these women embellished the embellishment. However, in addition Victorian women loved to be creative and excelled in needlework of all kinds. As a trendy habit most Victorian men smoked cigars. These cigars, in clusters, were wrapped in beautiful silk ribbons denoting the manufacturer. This advertiser design resulted in exquisite silk ribbons waiting to be creatively assembled in a piece of textile art. This Massachusetts woman, whose husband may have attended Harvard, has taken the silk cigar bands and created a version of the log cabin completely from these ribbons. The reason why I date this mid 1880’s is because of the vibrant colors. Later, the colors (mostly blue, orange and red) faded more easily due to a change in dyeing techniques. These miniature quiltx are rare not only because of their scarcity, but because of the rarity of the colors and the manufacturers, notably Harvard. There are numerous ribbons from Massachusetts companies and over a dozen crimson Harvard University ribbons. One ribbon includes a patriotic golden American eagle holding an arrow. What an amazing piece of textile art for your home or office. In perfect original condition and ready to be sent for your approval.



Q9106 Silk Victorian Patriotic Cigar Ribbon Quilt
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Q9106 Silk Victorian Patriotic Cigar Ribbon Quilt
c.1885
35 x 35 inches
Massachusetts
$4,800

Most Victorian men smoked cigars and as a result Victorian women could collect the cigar ribbons and create decorative quilts in beautifully embellished variations of the log cabin pattern. This miniature quilt has some very rare ribbons, including 4 red, white and blue ribbons used to frame a center square design on point. Also incorporated in this sophisticated collector's quilt are very rare green ribbons, Harvard University crimson ribbons and even red, and red and white stripe ribbons. This Massachusetts quilt is filled with cigar maker manufacturers names along with ribbons showing American flags and other symbols. This is a truly sophisticated collector's piece in perfect condition. This miniature quilt is one of four that I found at the same time. Each has its own unique characteristics. A perfect piece of antique wall art for your home or office. In original condition and ready to be sent for your approval.



q9105 Blue and White Broken Star
Q9105 Blue and White Broken Star
c.1880
81 x 84 inches
New England
SOLD

This graphically sophisticated broken touching stars quilt was created in the 1880’s with older indigo fabric. I’m saying 1880’s because of the white fabric. The indigo blue may even be 1860’s. Pieced and quilted completely by hand, the stars measure apx 22 x 22” with each side of the diamond measuring 2-1/4”. The stars are joined with 13” square blocks. The outside edge of the stars are joined with rectangular blocks measuring apx 6-1/2 x 13”. The quilt is bordered with a 7” white strip and finished with a 3/8” indigo binding. In unused condition and perfect for a queen size bed. Organically hand washed and ready to go.



q9201a Martha Washington
Q9201 Martha Washington
c.1880
70 x 74 inches
Upstate New York
SOLD

The Martha Washington pattern was developed from the Ocean Wave pattern with the center joining square divided into four triangles. The edging is most unusual and is created using a border print which is indicative of the first half of the 19th century. However the style of border prints did return during the 1870's. Did someone take the border strip from an earlier fabric and apply it on this one as I believe may have happened. This border fabric actually pre-dates the other Indigo dyed calico fabric used in the construction of this very graphic quilt. The design construction is comprised of 13” blocks on point with the four sides of this quilt filled in with triangles each measuring 7 x 7 x 10”, one white and one Indigo Calico between each square. Two sides of the quilt have a 3” border fabric edged with a 3/8” hand applied binding. In the quilt world, indigo and white is and has been the most loved color combination in America. Organically hand washed and ready to be sent on your approval.



Martha Washington
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CONET3 Martha Washington
c.1880
68 x 76 inches
Lebanon, Maine
$2,500

Meticulously hand quilted, this pieced quilt is one of my favorites. The small triangles measure apx 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 x 2", the large triangles measure 5 x 5 x 7”. If this quilt did not have a split center...two triangles..one white and one blue..the name of the pattern would be ocean waves, but with the split squares the name changes to Martha Washington. The applied binding appears to be put on by machine and finished by hand. This 19th century blue is a wonderful mid century shade of indigo; sought after by many people. Actually blue is the most popular color in our country. This graphic quilt will fit perfectly on a twin, double or the top of a queen size bed. A beautifully graphic quilt it can also hang as an art piece for your wall. Made in Lebanon, Maine, the family name will be given upon sale.



Q8608 Extended 9 Patch Irish Chain...created for a Four Poster Bed
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Q8608 Extended 9 Patch Irish Chain...created for a Four Poster Bed
c.1780-1810
88 x 89 inches (51 x 19 inch tail length)
Massachusetts
$5,600

This amazing early quilt has as much of an array of early prints as any quilt I’ve ever owned. This stunning and very sophisticated quilt is comprised of an 18th century Toile, 18th and early 19th century block prints and many hand painted prints. All of the early vegetable dye colors are represented here. Hand carving of the block prints requires a high level of skill. When I stand back from the quilt I see another pattern emerging. Its the Irish Chain. Therefore, we call this quilt an Extended 9 Patch Irish Chain. The blocks measure 7” square with 3-1/4” square centers. The smaller corner squares measure 1-3/4". If you don’t have a four post bed for this quilt, you can place the tail under the pillows. Even though we can consider this quilt partially a scrap bag quilt (because of the many fabrics) the high cost of these fabrics tells us that the creator was probably from an affluent family. The fabrics on this quilt are so spectacular that it needs to be seen to be appreciated. It is a masterpiece created from early fabrics.



conlk3 Wool Crazy Quilt
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CONLK3 Wool Crazy Quilt
c.1890
32 x 43 inches
New England
$800

A small Crazy quilt that was purposely made as a nice warm wool lap quilt for the New England winters. Created from blocks that have been pieced with various fabrics.... wool, wool challis and cotton flannel. The sqyuares measure apx. 12 inches square. The backing is a cotton flannel making this a very soft and cozy quilt. It had previously been hung on a wall so pockets have been sewn on and it’s ready to hang. Most of the fabrics are from the 1880’s, but since there are also fabrics dating 1890, we need to date it C.1890.



conlk5 Variable Stars
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CONLK5 Variable Stars
c.1870
76 x 78 inches
New England
$2,900

This mint condition ...perfect unused condition....miniature Variable Star pattern will make a perfect addition to a fabric junkie’s collection. This Variable Star quilt has early mint condition chintz, very early block print Turkey red calicos and wonderful madder dyed prints...all rare and unusual fabrics. Pieced and calico blocks measure 7 inches square and are all hand pieced. Much later the blocks were machine pieced together with a brown calico. There are a very few, very slight spots on this quilt, but it has never been washed. The back is a wonderful large size calico. Started around c.1825 and finished c.1875, it was a work in progress. Ready to hang in your home or to adorn a guest bed.



Q9104 Signature Block Quilt
Q9104 Signature Block Quilt
c.1830
77 x 77 inches
New England
$2,600

This wonderful quilt is comprised of two fabrics...a vegetable dyed calico and an off white. The signature blocks, on point, measure apx 12” square and are then joined with a 2” sashing from the same fabric. All work was completely hand executed, as this was created before the sewing machine was invented. The separate applied binding measures 1/4” in width and is the same fabric as the sashing and the blocks. The backing is a home spun linen indicative of the era. There are various quilting designs executed on this quilt from outline quilting to straight line quilting to V quilting. The colors may be hard to discern on any computer, which is why I like to send all quilts out for approval. The colors are a gold on yellow and a beige, black and white on chocolate calico. Mint condition. This is a perfect size as art on the wall and will also fit a double size bed. A quilt that can also be used as throw for a sofa or queen bed. These two fabrics have created a sophisticated and graphic piece of early New England art. Two early NE vegetable colors.
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BTG31 Flying Geese Four Post Quilt
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BTG31 Flying Geese Four Post Quilt
c.1825
94 x 100 inches
Believed to be from Massachusetts
$2,900

This four post bed quilt was originally made for a bed with a large cannonball post. The quilt will fit a queen size bed today. The geese pattern will cover the top of the bed and the bar border overhang will look like a dust ruffle. On an original early four post bed there could have been a child’s trundle bed under the adults' bed. The three borders are 19-3/4” wide, the rectangles are 9 x 4-1/2” and are comprised of two triangles. The middle triangle is 9 x 6 x 6” and the side triangles are 4 x 4 x 6-1/2”. The borders are a wonderful over-dyed green and yellow calico linen and a cotton red and white squiggly design. The geese are made of two fabrics, an early block print stripe and a black, red and white unusual print. I feel this is a quilt for a bed and not to hang on the wall. The quilt has cross hatch and outline quilting and the bars have 4“ quilted circles. The back is a homespun linen and the thread is linen. Everything is pieced by hand as it was made many years before the sewing machine. The quilt is in perfect condition. Hand washed and ready to be sent on approval. It has been in my private collection for almost 30 years and it’s now time for a new home.





CONIL Bunny and Starburst Quilt
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CONIL Bunny and Starburst Quilt
c.1850
70 x 80 inches
New England
$2,200

Have you ever seen a 19th century quilt with bunnies ? I have not .... The circular starburst blocks have a diameter of 10”. This starburst block is one of the hardest patterns to piece because of the teeny tiny elongated triangle points. There are 20 of these very sophisticated blocks. Changing the sophistication of this entire piece are appliqué bunny rabbits in a basket. This is a combination that I have never seen. One way to know that this was made in New England is the fact that there are two borders instead of three. The mentality was, why do something extra if no one is going to see it. It appears to be a work in progress as someone added two borders to fit a child’s bed. We have done some restoration work on this piece as well. The pre 1850 purple is a very hard color to find, as a result you can see where some are a different print. This is a happy quilt made by premier textile artist.



Q7001 Railroad Crossing with 9 Patch
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Q7001 Railroad Crossing with 9 Patch
c.1865
74 x 76 inches
Erie, Pennsylvania
$800

This graphic Turkey Red and white quilt has been pieced by machine and quilted by hand. Created with c.1865 Turkey red, the most popular fabric for affluent women between 1835 and 1865. A two color quilt is the easiest to become part of ones home....this quilt is simply Turkey Red and white cotton. I believe that this quilt may have been made at a later date because the quilt was machine pieced. Coming from Erie, the symbolism of the quilt may be related to the maker's husband’s work on the railroad. Created with apx 14” square blocks with the blocks joined with a 5-1/2” sashing. The binding was created by turning the back fabric to the front and machine stitching the fabric down. The quilting design indicates to me that this quilt was made later than the fabric which is pre 1865 Also appearing is that this fabric was previously used, which is indicated by the white striations on the red..only caused by wear. This clue added to the fact that the quilt was hardly used.





q8943 Miniature Diamond in a Square
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Q8943 Miniature Diamond in a Square
c. 1878
59 x 72 inches
New England
$2600

All hand pieced hand quilted, amazing array of fabrics, some dating back to 1840, minor restoration, washed professionally by Betsey



Q9020 Double Irish Chain Quilt
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Q9020 Double Irish Chain Quilt
c.1865
72 x 86 inches
Ohio
$1,900

A wonderful example of a classic design and classic American color. Indigo seems to fit everywhere and is the most popular color in the country. Entirely pieced and quilted by hand, this beautiful and sophisticated Irish Chain Quilt is comprised of hundreds of 1-1/2” squares. The back and front are both constructed using fine cotton fabrics. With most two color quilts one can assume that the fabric was purchased and therefore the family was of comfortable means. The entire quilt has been quilted in a 1“ grid and was finished with a 3/8” binding. Organically hand washed and ready for your home. Family name available upon sale.



CONTC5 Cactus Basket Quilt
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CONTC5 Cactus Basket Quilt
c.1870
78 x 78 inches
New York
$2,600

On a scale of 1 to 10, this fabulous Cactus Basket Quilt deserves a 15 in regards to the quilting worked here. The sides of each block measure apx 8” and are on point while the triangles measure 2 x 1-1/2 x 1-1/2". Every other block contains a wreath filled with inside grid quilting 1/4” apart. The corner sections around the wreath are quilted in the same manner. The cactus basket is quilted in 1/2” grids. The entire double border measuring 5” in width is quilted in an apx 1/2” grid. The outside border is finished with a 3/8” binding. All piecing and quilting has been executed by hand. The workmanship on this quilt is exquisite and shows beautifully on a queen size bed with 9” over on each side. The white fabric used on the front and back of this is piece is a fine cotton. The binding, inner border, 1/2" sashing and baskets are the same 19th century pink. Organically hand washed and ready to be seen on approval in the privacy of your home.



conlk6 Signed and Dated Crazy Quilt with Native American Symbols
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CONLK6 Signed and Dated Crazy Quilt with Native American Symbols
Dated February 18, 1894
66 x 82 inches
Found in Maine
$1,600

After looking at and researching dozens of Crazy quilts to the best of my ability, I believe that this Maine quilt has definite Native American influence and symbolism. This original piece of art is comprised of 20 blocks, each measuring apx 16” square. A Victorian crazy quilt that is totally unique. There is Native American symbolism thoughout the quilt. This quilt has embroidered names, auld lang syne, staffs of wheat and ears of corn and planted rows in a field. Wonderful colors with wonderful motion and one of a kind. The front fabrics are wool, wool challis, wool silk and heavy cotton. The backing is all wool. This piece would provide great warmth as a quilt on a bed. As a piece of art,on a wall, this quilt would be artistically wonderful and soothing to the eyes. Ready to be sent for your viewing and approval.



Q6957 Red White and Blue Drunkard's Path
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Q6957 Red White and Blue Drunkard's Path
c.1895
78 x 84 inches
Believed to be from Pennsylvania
$850

A c.1895 very rare and unusual rendition of the Drunkard’s Path pattern. A very popular pattern with quilters who were against consuming liquor. This pristine quilt is comprised of 20 blocks, each measuring 12” square and all joined by strips of white with red dot 3-1/2” sashing. The backing is a very similar whole cloth fabric creating a reversible quilt. Another fabric used in the construction of the block is an indigo calico. The 1/4” binding is turned over from the back and finished by hand. All blocks are pieced by hand then joined to the sashing by machine and finished with hand quilting. This mint condition quilt certainly fits a description of patriotic. Around two sides of the outer edge of there is a 6-1/2” border. The fabric on the other two sides is a red with white polka dots. I am happy to send this mint condition quilt for your viewing and approval.





conclk2 Folk Art Crib Quilt with Embroidered Swan
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CONCLK2 Original Folk Art Embroidered Table Embellishment
c.1890
28 x 38 inches
Found in Maine
$2,900

In complete original condition, this creatively embroidered table embellishment is comprised of 24 7” blocks with wool embroidered motifs on black wool. We have a swan, which to me represents a relationship lasting a lifetime, flowers and leaves representing spring, summer and happiness. There’s a bird with “AM” embroidered on its wing. Created in the 1890s, it appears that the maker was incredibly creative and probably came from a less affluent family. The backing of each block is a much earlier homewoven fabric. There are sleeves or what are called pockets sewn on the back making it ready for hanging. Equally beautiful would be as a center focal point of your dining room table...Ready to be sent for your viewing and approval.



Q9116 Embroidered Candlewick Spread
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Q9116 Embroidered Candlewick Spread
c. 1820
98 x 100 inches (plus 4" netted edging on 3 sides)
New England
$4,600

Do you have either an original or reproduction early American bed? This textile is usually only found in historic books, museums or antique homes that one would tour....maybe even earlier than I am dating it. This extraordinary and rare Candlewick Spread is almost 200 years old. Because of the age, one can understand why there are so few of these in existence. Created with cotton thread on a very fine linen fabric; the handwork is breathtakingly beautiful. The body of the spread is in perfect condition. The fishnet edging needs some restoration, which we can do. At this point I have only hand washed it. The seams are joined with a running back stitch which is so tiny that at first glance it appears to be done on a sewing machine. Early hand work such as this was never meant to come apart...hence the running back stitch that can easily be mistaken for machine work. I needed to use a magnifying glass to verify this stitch. This incredible bed covering was made 30 years prior to the invention of the sewing machine. When quilts and spreads were made from this era, this sturdy stitch was used to join seams. We were not a throw away society back then and things were made to last forever. This stitch holds seams firmly together. I have taken clothing apart to use for restoration and sometimes come across this stitch. This early New England Spread has been organically hand washed and is ready for viewing in your home.



Q9111 Log Cabin Straight Furrows with H Block Border
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Q9111 Log Cabin Straight Furrows with H Block Border
c. 1875 (with fabrics dating as early as c.1855)
76 x 92 inches
Maine
SOLD

This quilt artist has created a log cabin pattern combination that I have never seen put together. The complete outside border measures apx 6” wide and is comprised of dozens of 6” square log cabin “H” blocks and totally different from the inside log cabin blocks which comprise the straight furrows pattern. The inside furrows blocks are half light and half dark fabric. The fabrics are stunning and unusual. This quilt came to me unbound. We bound the quilt with the same red fabric used in the chimneys. Why the creator did not bind the quilt is a mystery. This graphically stunning quilt would fit a queen size bed perfectly, or even a king size bed with 6” hanging over each side. A fabric junkie's dream! This quilt would look fantastic either on a bed or as graphic art hung for a wall. All logs are 3/4” wide with the chimneys measuring 1-1/8” square. In complete, unused condition and ready to be sent for your viewing on approval.



Q9102 Indigo and White Trapunto Touching Feathered Stars
Q9102 Indigo and White Trapunto Touching Feathered Stars
c. 1850
76 x 81 inches
Believed to be from New York
SOLD

This exquisite and very early quilt is comprised of 9 gorgeous feathered touching stars with center sunbursts. An extraordinary quilt, it is an actual piece of art. Ranking above the top of the antique quilt world, not only for its beauty, but also for the amount of work that it took to create. Completely sewn by hand, this mid-nineteenth century quilt was pieced with some of the smallest stitches I’ve ever seen. A trapunto and/or stuffed quilt is a multi step process. First the quilt top must be pieced, second it must be stuffed, then backed and quilted. The third step is the very laborious process of separating fibers in the back and stuffing them with cotton. The back fabric is a more loosely woven linen, making the threads easier to separate. On this quilt, there are 16” squares between the feathered stars joining the 18" squares on point. All diamonds have 2-1/2” sides, triangles 1-3/4 x 1-3/4 x 2-1/2" and the squares have 1-1/2" sides. The cross hatch diagonal quilting is apx 3/4” apart. Organically hand washed and ready for your viewing. Call Betsey for more details.



Q8714 Double Irish Chain Quilt
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Q8714 Double Irish Chain Quilt
c.1860
70 x 80 inches
Washington, PA
$2,600

This woman not only excelled as an amazing creater of a graphic quilt, but she was indeed a quilting expert. She seems to have loved quilting so much that instead of using one pattern throughout the joining sections of the Steeplechase blocks...she used 3 completely different, yet complimentary patterns. I have never before seen this execute on a quilt. Some areas are quilted in a tiny shell pattern, while others are quilted using a c.1840's double row quilting technique in a small grid fashion. The third quilting pattern is an exquisite medallion. There is so much quilting that it looks stippled. A wide 7" triple border surrounds this exquisite quilt. Narrow indigo blue, wide white, narrow indigo blue borders are are heavily quilted 1/2" apart, on the diagonal with opposite sides quilted in the same direction.
The fabrics are wonderful early indigo and white calicoes, a rare unusual red and black very dense print and a very fine white cotton. Linen is seen here for the backing as seen many times on pre 1865 quilts.
One probably notices that I refer to quilters as "she"....the reason being that in 34 years and many hundreds of quilts, I have only been able to document three quilts that were made by a man. Today, we are fortunate that there are many marvelous male quilters!
This quilt appears to have been such a treasure that it was saved for generations. Now organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your approval.



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Q8853 Unusual Log Cabin Streak of Lightning
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Q8853 Unusual Log Cabin Streak of Lightning
c.1880
77 x 78 inches
New England
$1,800

This artistically designed and perfectly constructed Log Cabin Streak of Lightening is made up of 100 blocks each measuring apx 7-1/2” square. The logs used for the construction are apx 1” in width. All logs are outline quilted and there is an 3/8” hand applied binding. This exquisite quilt is completely pieced by hand. Am dating this c.1880 because of one horseshoe conversation fabric that I have found on this quilt. There are many more c.1880’s fabrics used, and also fabrics dating from c.1850 to c.1880. The backing fabrics date from c.1840. When I purchased this it was a mint quilt. Mint meaning never washed, never used. I have organically washed it so now it is an unused quilt. This one quilt can appear to be three different quilts. The streak of lightening design can be used in either direction and the back of this quilt is actually a pieced Bars pattern. Strip pieced backings are a signature of Mennonite quilts. Because of the quality of the fabrics, one can see that this Mennonite family would have been of affluent means. Ready to see at home on approval.





CONJE20 Diamond in a square 4 poster quilt
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CONJE20 Diamond in a Square 4 Poster Quilt
c. 1840
110 x 108 inches
New England
$2,900

Only in New England were quilts made specifically for 4 poster beds...usually with cut outs to go around 2 posts at the foot of the bed. When you see this style, you may not know which state it’s from, but it’s definitely from New England. The main body of this quilt is comprised of an all over pattern consisting of 9” diamond in a square blocks created from fabrics with dates of c.1780s to c.1840. This perfect condition quilt is hand pieced and hand quilted. We are able to assume this because the quilt pre-dates home use of the treadle machine. The center square in each block has 6-1/2” sides with the block on point. The base of the corner triangles measures 6-1/2“ and the sides are 4-3/4". The huge variety of fabrics used in this piecing could lead someone to call it a scrap quilt, a term from later years. In this case, these pieces of fabrics must have come from an affluent family as they are so expensive. The backing used is homespun linen, and the thread is linen. The edge of the quilt has been pillowcase sewn and then outline stitched to give the impression of a separate binding. One of the photos shown here is the quilt on a queen size bed with a 15” mattress. This was originally made for a very high double bed that would have been 54” wide, but today we can easily use this on a 60" wide queen size bed. Ready to see on approval.





Q8620 Turkey Red Calico Unusual Basket Quilt
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Q8620 Turkey Red Calico Unusual Basket Quilt
c.1835 (baskets and backing c.1825)
83 x 86 inches
Rutland, VT
$3,200

This early quilt is a statement of affluence and good taste. These Turkey Red calico fabrics are truly amazing! The front of the quilt is in excellent, excellent condition. The backing was created from an 18th century home dyed linen that may pre-date the front by 40-50 years. Due to the acidic dye from the walnut hulls used in the dyeing process, there are places where the fabric is split on the back. There are also water stains on the back which must have been there before the quilt was made because no staining came through to the front. Naturally, when hung or on a bed you won’t see the backing at all. We can take an early linen and cover up the few areas of the back where there are splits if desired. There is slight wear on the binding, which is unnoticeable, but could be restored if someone desires. The blocks measure apx 11 inches square. The sashing, which joins the blocks, measures 4 inches and the large connecting triangles around the edge of the quilt measure 11 x 11 x 16 inches. When the triangles are combined with the sashing - it appears as a triangle with 17" sides. Naturally, everything on this quilt is hand sewn as it pre-dates the sewing machine. The binding is 3/8 inch hand applied created from the same fabric as the sashing. The triangles in the basket measure 2 x 2 x 3 inches. The overall appearance is pure beauty and sophistication! The quilt has been organically washed by Betsey. The price reflects the area on the back that has some splitting.





conch3 Turkey Red and White Bricks Bassinet Quilt
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CONCH3 Turkey Red and White Bricks Bassinet Quilt
c.1840
22 x 28 inches
New England
$1,700

This wonderful little quilt is made up of 2-3/8 x 1-3/4 inch rectangles. A huge array of c.1825 to c.1840 fabrics qualify this quilt to be a historical study in fabrics. The quilt is finished with a Turkey red binding and all hand pieced and hand quilted. This diminutive quilt has been constructed from white linen fabric and linen thread, and is in unused condition. There are two sleeves on the quilt, ready to hang. Professionally hand washed by Betsey. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



Q8811 Velvet Mohair Lap Robe
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Q8811 Mohair Lap Robe
Late 19th century
63 x 63 (160 X 160 cm)
Found in Massachusetts
$900 (originally $1,700)

A soft and cozy lap robe comprised of wonderful velvet mohair blocks of different sizes. Twenty five richly toned, saturated color blocks of olive, wine, russet, and deep blue mohair measure approximately 9-1/2” square in the center arrangement. An inner border 4-1/4” wide surrounds the center in alternating blocks of color. The outer border consists of 3-1/2” wide solid strips of mohair in deepest russet.

There is some moth damage on one of the blocks. Please see the photo. We have discounted the price substantially.

The backing is solid peach cotton which is attached to the front with a pillowcase edge and no quilting or tying. Treadle machine top stitching one inch in from the edge gives a nice finish. Rich toned mohair that is soft and cuddly makes for a wonderful lap robe and would be perfect as a throw on a sofa or bed to bring a spot of warmth and cheer to a room.

A terrific and unusual piece for us, it is quite luxurious, a great size, and even lovelier in person. It can be sent to you for private viewing in your home before deciding to purchase. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



Q8678 Mennonite Folk Art Fan
Q8678 Mennonite Folk Art Fan
c.1895
60 x 67 (152.4 x 170.2 cm)
Lancaster County, PA
SOLD

Such a unique quilt! This Mennonite maker took a traditional fan pattern and turned it on its head by incorporating the fans into a fabulous crazy quilt in warm hues of brown, russet, palest blue and ivory. Each piece has embellishment stitching on the seams in a multitude of softly hued silk flosses. The fabrics are a combination of solids, stripes, circles and soft plaids in a variety of soft cottons - most with a beautiful soft sheen - with some fine wool challis pieces interspersed. The resulting work of textile art is a beautiful mix of soft elegance and folk art warmth.

The sixteen crazy quilt fan blocks measure 13 x 13 ½ inches and are pieced and embroidered by hand. A 6 inch wide fan border surrounds the inner design on three sides with a narrower striped border at the top. The backing of this quilt is strip pieced in paisley and solid brown cottons - see detail images. Hand quilting is in straight lines following the block shapes. The applied 1/2 inch binding is in solid brown cotton.

This is a unique quilt that would please a variety of tastes; from Folk Art to softly elegant to cozy comfy. The perfect size for wall art or for use as a throw on bed or sofa. In excellent condition it is ready to ship to you on approval for private viewing. Please ask Betsey for more details. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



CONJE15 Tennessee Flying Geese
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CONJE15 Tennessee Flying Geese
c. 1870 with 1800 fabrics
75 x 76 inches
Nashville, TN
$2,600

Hundreds of wool and wool challis triangles measuring 4 x 4 x 6 inches. The quilt is embellished with yarn pom poms every two rows at the top of the triangles. The back of the quilt is a royal blue. The binding is a pillowcase binding with turkey tracks all the way around. I have this quilt on consignment from someone. It is not perfect. There are moth holes and some pieces of wool fabric that are split. However this is not detrimental to an art piece hanging on the wall. Visually it is very folky and graphic. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.





CONJE11 Homespun Linsey Woolsey
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CONJE11 Homespun Linsey Woolsey
c.1780-1820
65 x 84 inches
North Carolina
$5,900

This truly amazing early linsey woolsey quilt has been vegetable dyed in a burgundy wine color not found in the northeast US. The berries used to dye this quilt are indigenous to the south. Quilted with homespun thread in a herringbone pattern, this early quilt would have served a wonderful purpose keeping people warm in winter. The creation of this quilt from start to finish could possibly have taken 2 years. Complete original condition and ready to use.





Q9004 Miniature Blocks: Silk and Silk Velvet Log Cabin Barn Raising Quilt
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Q9004 Miniature Blocks: Silk and Silk Velvet Log Cabin Barn Raising Quilt
c.1870
60 x 65 inches
Maine/New Hampshire
$5,100

This silk velvet log cabin has a specific way to hang because the top of the quilt is without a border. I’m assuming they wanted that to be at the head of the bed. In mint condition, this exquisite quilt has a 4” golden silk velvet border that has been turned back to make a pillowcase edge.

The piecing was done with 1/2" logs and a 1" center chimney. Completely pieced by hand, these diminutive pieces create an exquisite outcome. Created over 150 years ago, it is ironic that these are all today’s colors. The backing is 19th century dress lining. This extraordinary textile will make a perfect focal point for your living room or great room. Silk fabrics will pulsate when properly lit, almost taking on another dimension. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



Q9037 Wool and Wool Challis Victorian Crazy Quilt with Triple Border
Q9037 Wool and Wool Challis Victorian Crazy Quilt with Triple Border
c.1895
64 x 74 inches
Pennsylvania
SOLD

Warm and cuddly and beautifully graphic. This is the perfect description for this wool and wool challis crazy quilt. Created in Pennsylvania with wools of very different weaves adds to the interest of this quilt. The addition of a triple border is unusual for a quilt of this time and actually the only one I have ever owned. The main body of the quilt was created using 12 blocks with 15” sides and then adding a 6” triple border on two sides and a smaller border top and bottom. This quilt is bound with a 3/8” wool fabric and top tied with blue wool yarn. The backing is an exquisite 19th century paisley in blues and browns. The deep rich colors create a very sophisticated quilt. In perfect unused condition and ready for you to either use or hang as an art piece. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



Q9041 Silk Tumbling Blocks
Q9041 Silk Tumbling Blocks
c.1840
68 x 79 inches
Massachusetts
SOLD

This dramatic silk tumbling block quilt is an artistic masterpiece. Picture this quilt hanging in a great room or stairwell. In order for the blocks to be upright, it needs to be hung vertically. If horizontal, the quilt becomes a sea of stars. The sides of the triangles are 1-3/4 inches. An optical illusion, it appears to be stacks of blocks pulsating when put in the proper light. It is comprised of silks dating from 1800 to c.1840 and created in Harvard, MA. The name of the well renowned family will be given at the sale.The name of the well renowned family will be given at the sale. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



Q9085 Linsey-Woolsey Q9085 Linsey-Woolsey
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Q9085 Linsey-Woolsey
c.1780-1810
73 x 81 inches
New England (possibly New Hampshire)
$2,900

This quilt is how we kept warm in New England. There is nothing warmer than sleeping under wool. In this case, two layers of homespun wool. The front of this quilt is a whole cloth, homespun Linsey Woolsey. The front and back are two different colors. The front beautiful red color was achieved using a bath of cochineal. The quilting on this is absolutely amazing. Intricate in detail and a beautiful pattern.

The back mustard color was achieved using a bath of saffron, turmeric or safflower. The backing, also homespun, is more loosely woven, as people thought that the back was not as important as the front. Since the weaving was so time consuming, the back is not as defined as the front.

Normally this quilt is worth at least $8,000, however, when I purchased it I thought I’d be able to get the stains out, but was unsuccessful. This is one of the heaviest quilts I’ve ever washed. Parts of the stains are on both the front and back, thus the lower price. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



btc-27 All White Quilted Bassinet Quilt
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BTC-27 All White Quilted Bassinet Quilt
c. 4th quarter of the 19th century
40 x 42 inches
New England
$675

This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



CONLL2 Amish Center Square
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CONLL2 Amish Center Square
c. 1895
74 x 85 inches
Lancaster County, PA
$4,900

Stunningly simple, this Amish Quilt is called the center square. In this case antique in age while being modern in design. The center square measures 55” in width and encompasses most of the quilt. Surrounding the center square are three borders: the first is 3-1/8” in width, the second 3-1/4, and the outer border or third border measures 9” in width which includes the 3/4” hand closed binding. As with most all Amish quilts, the quilt pieces are machine joined and exquisitely hand quilted. The center of the center square is quilted with a diamond shaped medallion.... one which I have never previously seen. Radiating from there are angular 1-1/2” cross hatch quilting with meandering wreaths throughout this design. The outer most borders are quilted with chains and shells. One chain stitch resembles a nautical chain...and then a shell design...both unusual for Amish quilting designs. The Center Square pattern represents an early stage in Lancaster County quilt design. Afterwards Amish started creating the Diamond in a Square pattern. I have read that few center squares were made after the 19th century. From that information I would put this one at the tail end of the 19th century. Even though named a Center Square, it is not actually square in formation or size.





BTG30 19th Century Amish Father's Quilt
BTG30 19th Century Amish Father's Quilt
Pre-Civil War fabrics
63 x 75 inches
Mifflin County, PA (Nebraska Amish Community)
SOLD

An Amish Father’s quilt is basically unheard of. The reason for the scarcity of these quilts is that they have rarely survived - especially from the 19th century. I purchased this quilt about 15 yrs ago from a private collection where it had been for over 20 years. The collector is a museum curator. I have in my possession a bible from this family that is being sold separately. The provenance for this quilt will be given upon sale. I have decided after all these years that it’s time for this quilt to be a part of someone else’s collection. This piece is too important to hide. An Amish mother would create one quilt for her son to take with him when he married. This is for the son’s use only and is called The Father’s Quilt. The rarity of such a piece and the fact that they were used has led to the fact of basically being unheard of. Much of the fabric which makes up the quilt is home spun,. Most of the homespun fabric is woolen and dates from the Civil War or earlier. It is an unusual pattern and has a 4 block formation inside a apx 6” square with triangular corners. We also have dungaree fabric (not the 19th century term) and some heavy linen fabrics used in the construction of this rare quilt. Just about all of these fabrics are woolen homespun or home woven. There is both hand and machine stitching, a treadle machine would have been available after c.1850. I am dating this quilt apx c. 1880. This fathers quilt is in complete original condition. Yes, there is wear, but not of importance with this rare quilt. Serious collectors please email or call for a price.





Q9088a Woven Blue and White Fringe Coverlet
Q9088a Woven Blue and White Fringe Coverlet
Mid 19th century
76 x 91 inches with 2-1/2 inch fringe on 3 sides (this includes 1 inch applied overshot piece that extends a 2-1/2 inch linen thread from the loom)
New England
SOLD

This large Overshot Coverlet is made from indigo dyed wool and natural color ecru linen. True indigo does not fade. In the past I have had coverlets that are 200 years old, worn to shreds, and the indigo wool color is still as vibrant today as it was the day it was created. This will fit a single, double or queen bed. If you choose to use it on a queen bed, we can move the fringe. In perfect, unused condition and easy to use in any room of your home. This will fit a twin or double, or as a cover for a queen or king bed turned in the 91 inch direction. Hand washed by Betsey and ready for your approval.



DQ301 Early Bars and Postage Stamp Doll Quilt with George Washington Commemorative Fabric Pre-Civil War
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DQ301 Early Bars and Postage Stamp Doll Quilt with George Washington Commemorative Fabric Pre-Civil War
c.1800s
13 x 14 inches
New England
$950

This is one of the most important doll quilts I have ever had in 31 years of collecting! A diminutive quilt, which has been created to replicate an adult quilt, was obviously a learning tool or one of her first quilts of a child. The irregularity of some of the pieces and stitching along with the rough English piecing are the clues to the age of the girl making this quilt. In the late seventeen hundreds and well into the nineteenth century it was very common for a Mother to start a child, as early as four, sewing. The Mother teaching here may have come from England as the piecing method is "English ". This doll quilt has a very rare piece of apx 1-3/8” George Washington Commemorative fabric. I had never seen this fabric before, however I finally located it in a museum reference book. All of the measurements on this piece are approximate and varying because it was made by a child and irregular in nature. What great character this little quilt has! :-) The hand sewn binding measures apx 1/4”. The backing and binding are made from an early 19th century home spun linen. The more I study this piece, the more I love it. A rare and very special doll quilt...





BTG24 Variation of Rising Sun
BTG24 Variation of Rising Sun
c. 1845
74 x 78 inches
Believed to be either New York or Pennsylvania
SOLD

I don’t usually put original pattern quilts online, however, this one is so special that I am hoping there is a collector out there that feels as I do. This spectacular quilt has been in my private collection for years and now it's time for another home. I’ve searched high and low to identify this pattern without any luck. I feel that a very ingenious woman has combined a number of patterns in the creation of this pattern. The quilt is comprised of 20 14-1/2” square blocks surrounded by a triple border. The outside and the inside of the border are 1-1/4” in width with matching size triangles to the inner pattern. The center part of the triple outside border measures 6” in width. The entire quilt is covered with very small hand quilted stitches in a 1/2 inch crosshatched grid. The binding is 1/2” in width and hand applied. All work is completely executed by hand as this quilt was created before the sewing machine was in use. The appliqué stitching is so minuscule one can hardly see it. No, this is not perfect, however, I think it is so spectacular that I’m doing something very unusual and offering it for sale on my web page. The fabrics used to create this quilt are Turkey red, over-dyed green (blue was applied over yellow to create green)...and white linen, then finished with a reddish pink calico binding. The backing used for this quilt is also linen. Professionally hand organically washed by Betsey and ready for approval to a serious collector :-)





DQ300 Unusual Bars 4 Patch Doll Quilt
DQ300 Unusual Bars 4 Patch Doll Quilt
c.1895
12 x 18 inches
New Hampshire
SOLD

This sweet and unusual Bars Quilt is comprised of alternating 1” strips . Postage stamp squares in a 4 patch configuration comprise every other row alternating with a c. 1890's pink fabric with white polka dots...comprise the alternating bars strip. The 1880’s and 1890’s fabrics have created an interesting combination of pink, black, white, polka dots and calicos. This little hand tied doll quilt appears never to have been used therefore is in perfect condition and a happy addition for a collector of dimiative origonal condition quilts. Found in New Hampshire and now professionally hand washed ,using organic products, by Betsey. Ready to be sent on approval.





Q8735 Double Nine Patch Single Irish Chain
Q8735 Double Nine Patch Single Irish Chain
c.1885
73 x 73 inches
Chester County, PA
SOLD

This delightful red and white quilt has been beautifully executed and is comprised of 1” postage stamp size squares. This quilt is both hand pieced and machine pieced and finished with only hand quilting in very small stitches. The mini 9 patch blocks are 3” square made up of 9 1" squares. The extended 9 patch, comprised of 9 of the smaller blocks, is a 9” square. The wide border measures 12-1/2” in width which includes a 1/4” machine applied binding. Each postage stamp has double edged quilting, one on the inside and one on the outside of the outer edge. The outer exceptionally wide border has 2 separate rows of chain quilting. One row of chains measures 4-1/4” in width while the other measures 7-1/2” in width. This sweet quilt appears to be in totally unused condition. Organically hand washed by Betsey and ready to be sent on approval.



Q9095 Early New England Child's Bars Quilt
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Q9095 Early New England Child's Bars Quilt
Signed and dated 1828
42 x 50 inches
Bethel, Maine
$1,600

I found this rare, and what appears to be unused, child's quilt in Maine where it originated from the Bethel area. The fabrics used in making this child’s quilt are from the very early 1800s with one fabric possibly from the 1700s. It contains 4" and 5” alternating strips, 3-1/2” square diamonds. There is a handwritten note on the back where this quilt has been signed and dated 1828. A wonderful, rare child's quilt appearing to be in unused condition. This quilt has fabrics that I have never seen in my 31 years of business. The back is an amazing and rare whole cloth backing of a very early block print calico. The rarity and yardage of these fabrics point to the fact that the creator's family must have been very well off. This special quilt has been organically hand washed by Betsey and is ready to be sent on approval.





DQ299 Postage Stamp Doll Quilt
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DQ299 Postage Stamp Doll Quilt
c.1865
14 x 24 inches
New England, maybe New Hampshire
$265

A wonderful little Postage Stamp Doll Quilt totally comprised of 1-3/4” squares finished with a 3/8” hand applied binding. This diminutive doll's quilt is completely hand sewn. The Turkey Red calico predated the creation of this quilt and dates from around c.1850 while the red calico and the black, white and red calico backing date from later than 1865. It is possible that this little piece is civil war era. Appearing never to have been used and in perfect condition, this piece would be wonderful as art on the wall, as a table runner, and of course, as a doll quilt in a cradle or doll's bed. The perfect piecing would indicate that a Mother or another adult created this little quilt for a child. Why was it never used? Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to be sent on approval.





Q9092
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Q9092 "H" Block Log Cabin Quilt
c.1870
65 x 76 inches
Bethel, ME
$1,600

Mint Condition!
A very hard to find, mint condition, child's quilt. This c.1870 "H" block Log Cabin design is comprised of mint fabrics dating back to c.1840. Upon very close examination one can discern some very early treadle machine stitching along with the tiny hand stitching. The Apx. 10" blocks are comprised of 1" width "logs". The configuration of the colors have created the "H" block pattern...There is a tiny 1/4" applied off white binding finishing this stunning, calming and graphic quilt.
Created in Maine using a method indicative of New England....the way the individual blocks are joined on the back. Because this quilt was foundation pieced the sewer negated the need for quilting and as a result created a summer weight quilt. The colors that seem the most prominent are red, white and blues. There are dozens of different calicoes and prints. This perfectly executed quilt is a perfect wall art size for many homes.....or a great size to use as a summer "throw".
Ready to be sent for your at home approval.



CONJE12 Touching Stars w/ Tulip and Leaf Appliqué Border
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CONJE12 Touching Stars w/ Tulip and Leaf Appliqué Border
c. 1845
85 x 85 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,200

This quilt has a 1/4 inch binding and a 6 inch border. The border is made from appliqué leaves and tulips in a turkey red and over-dyed green calico. The over-dyed green calico used in the border is the same used throughout the quilt. The turkey red in the outer border is a flower calico and the turkey red in the main body is a dot patterned calico (one I have never seen in 30 years). The sides of the diamonds are 2 1/4 inches. Tip to tip, the star measures 26 inches. The large joining blocks are 14 1/2 inch squares with magnificent quilted wreaths surrounded by triple line diagonal quilting. All blocks, large and small, have a similar pattern. This quilt would be great for a queen size bed, the top of a king size bed or on the wall.





Q8969 Wool Challis Log Cabin Barn Raising Diagonal Bar
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Q8969 Wool Challis Log Cabin Barn Raising Diagonal Bar
c.1860
85 x 85 inches
Pennsylvania
$4,600

Many of my very favorite quilts are made from wool challis. This Wool Challis Log Cabin Barn Raising with a Diagonal Bar or piano key border measures 85 x 85 inches and was created prior to 1860. The pattern was constructed from 9-1/2 inch square blocks comprised of logs measuring approximately 1-1/8 inches in width and of various lengths. The 5-3/4 inch border is beautifully executed using a piano key diagonal bar pattern. The outside edge of the border has a 3/8 inch hand-applied binding.

Most unusual for a quilt of this age is the fact that the quilt squares were assembled by machine. The bars overlap on the border and the blocks are used in a design where you don’t see any of the stitching on the front of the quilt, only on the back. The center four patch of each block, also known as a chimney, measures 1-1/2 inches square. The chimneys are comprised of four tiny squares, two red and two blue. Usually when you see a blue center square on a log cabin it signifies that the home is a safe house for runaway slaves. The date of this quilt works for that, however, I can’t definitively attest to that fact. This quilt would fit perfectly on a queen or double sized bed or become a dynamite piece of art for your wall. The color palate is seen in many Pennsylvania quilts. In unused condition, ready for your home.



BTGCOLLECTION13 Crewel Needlework
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BTGCOLLECTION13 Crewel Needlework
Dated and signed 1900
24 x 25 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,400

During the 18th century in England and America many women embellished their bed hangings and bed spreads with woolen crewel embroidery. This amazing woolen piece is embellished with exact replicas of that work. It is signed and dated. This crewel embroidered piece was created with a center medallion format and encompasses much symbolism from the 18th century. Originally made as a pillow cover however never used I have now closed the open seam ( used to insert a pillow ) and sewn two sleeves on for hanging purpose. Enjoyed it in my home for two years, now ready for a new home. Dated 1900 and signed C.S. Stadler. This originated in Pennsylvania, possibly in the Lancaster County area. An amazing piece of art for your wall in original condition, ready to be sent on approval.



Q9035 Chips and Whetstone, variation of Mariner's Compass
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Q9035 Chips and Whetstone, variation of Mariner's Compass
c. 1865
70 x 88 inches
New England
$2,900

This fabulous mid century Chips and Wet Stones variation of a Mariner's Compass was created by a woman who was a master at geometry and a master at sewing. The 12 circles measure 15” around, the inner circles 5-3/4”. The large triangles measure 5 x 5 x 2-1/4” and the small 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 x 2”. Usually this pattern is appliquéd onto a solid background. This pattern is pieced into the quilt. A wonderful dark indigo combined with a beautiful white fabric to create the most common color combination in America. Exquisitely hand pieced and beautifully hand quilted, this would look spectacular on a wall and would also fit a single or a queen bed.

Q9080 Triple Irish Chain
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Q9080 Triple Irish Chain
c.1850
76 x 79 inches
Andover, MA
$1,600

This simple yet sophisticated stunning quilt has been hand pieced and hand quilted. There are 4” borders on three sides, a Yankee tradition - why put on a forth side if that was to be the top of the bed? The border was applied by machine. The entire quilt has been quilted on the diagonal and double line quilted, which is indicative of 1840’s style. However, I feel this quilt was finished in the 1860’s due to the fact that the 4” border was applied by machine.

The woman who created this used a style that she learned at an earlier age. This has an 1/8” turned over edge creating the binding, seen only on the back, which is closed with minuscule stitches. The greens, which appear now as slightly different shades, where probably all one shade when this was made. All green is over dyed, which means putting yellow over blue or blue over yellow. The top of a queen size bed is 60". This would cover a queen bed, or be a wonderful throw at the end of the bed. The quilting stitches are very small and even. This quilt has been beautifully made and appears to be in unused condition.



Q9074 North Carolina Lily
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Q9074 North Carolina Lily
c.1820
84 x 85 inches
North Carolina
$Call

Chevron and diamond border on three sides. Turkey red and over-dyed green fabrics. Probably a wedding present. Unused.



Q9051 Checkerboard and Bars Optical Illusion Quilt
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Q9051 Checkerboard and Bars Optical Illusion Quilt
c. 1880
74 x 84 inches
Columbus, KS
$2,300

This wonderful geometric 19th century blue and white quilt is comprised of a few different indigo fabrics. Indigo dyes develop the depth of color from how many times the fabric is put into an indigo bath. Most of these are medium indigo and some are darker indigo. The bars measure 1-1/4 x 3-3/8", the indigo squares measure 3-1/2 x 3-1/2” and contain a quilted design, and the 16 square blocks measure 5 x 5”. Each small square in the 16 square block measures apx 1 x 1”. The 1/4” binding is half machine sewn and half by hand. This quilt will nicely fit a queen size bed. It is machine pieced and hand quilted. The backing is a white muslin. In unused condition. This is ready for your bed or as art for the wall. It's antique but looks modern.

AMC3 Victorian Crazy Quilt
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AMC3 Victorian Crazy Quilt
c.1885
56 x 66 inches
New England
$3,800

Silks and silk velvets were the fabrics of well to do families prior to the 1890’s. This Victorian crazy quilt, having been made in the 1880’s is comprised of wonderfully made silks and silk velvets. The mark of excellence for a v c q is 100 different stitches This quilt not only reaches this, but surpasses the level of embellishment. These quilts were created using the block formation. Created with apx 10 1/2” blocks, the edge of each block being embellished with various stitches. My feeling is that this quilt was made near the ocean as it was embellished with anchors and fish. Other Victorian symbols used include Japanese fans, as a symbol of the origin of these quilts, owls for their wisdom and of course beautifully painted oil and adorned flowers. The silk velvet border appears to have been used prior to the edging of this quilt. Because of its size, this is a wonderful quilt to hang in the home.



Q7034 Folk Art Broderie Perse Quilt
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Q7034 Folk Art Broderie Perse Quilt
c.1860
68 x 82 (172.7 x 208.3 cm)
Maine
$975

A totally unique folk art rendition of an earlier Broderie Perse style, this quilt has been arranged in block formation with 2 ¼ inch Turkey red sashing and border. Many nineteenth century fabrics have been cut out in various shapes and hand appliquéd with miniscule stitches. The diagonal line hand quilting is spaced approximately 1 inch apart. The border includes a 3/8 inch wide separately applied Turkey red binding and the backing is muslin. Professionally hand washed by Betsey; please ask her for more details.



CONSH4 Embroidered Wool Challis and Silk Fans Quilt
CONSH4 Embroidered Wool Challis and Silk Fans Quilt
c.1885
69 x 79 inches
New England
SOLD

This quilt is comprised of 42 10” blocks, pieced with silks, wool challis and exquisite embroidery. The border is 4” of wool challis all the way around and turned over edge to the back making its binding. Even though this piece isn’t a crazy quilt, I have added it into this category because of the extensive embroidery.



Q6835 Embroidered Wool Challis Fan Quilt
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Q6835 Embroidered Wool Challis Fan Quilt
c.1888
74 x 76 inches
Berk's County, Pennsylvania
$900

Created with 8 1/2” blocks, the fans have a 7” base and 4” segments. The gray wool challis border measures 5 1/4”, has a pillowcase edge and is backed with a wild and beautiful floral fabric. The unusual color combination of gray, indigo blue, tan and forest green create a dynamic graphic. The quilt has developed a few original moth holes over the last century. This lowers the price, but does not impair the quilt visually. Perfect for the wall or your bed.



Q9079 Irish Chain, Miniature 4 Patch and Rob Peter to Pay Paul Quilt
Q9079 Irish Chain, Miniature 4 Patch and Rob Peter to Pay Paul Quilt
c.1885
65 x 78 inches
Pennsylvania
SOLD

I think someone cleverly invented a new pattern. If anyone out there knows the actual name for this, please send me an email. The condition of this quilt is perfect, the graphics outstanding, but it appears that the quilting was done by a beginner. This quilt is all about the graphics. The binding is turned over from the back to the front and hand stitched down. It’s a wonderful size for a wall hanging (which can be hung in any direction), or will fit a queen or twin bed, or as a throw at the bottom of a queen bed as an accent piece. It’s absolutely stunning. This was a mint quilt, meaning it was never used and never washed. Now that Betsey has professionally hand washed it, it is known as unused, which means never used but washed.



Q8966 Garden Maze with Lamoyne Star Centers
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Q8966 Garden Maze with Lamoyne Star Centers
c. 1825
74 x 94 inches
Massachusetts
$3,200

This stunning early garden maze quilt comes from Massachusetts. The story that the fabric is telling us is that it was created by a very affluent family. The turkey red calico fabric dates back to apx 1780-1815 and was one of the most expensive fabrics to purchase. The garden maze pattern is one of the earliest known patterns. Because of the size of this quilt, it can be used on a queen or king size bed. If you choose to hang this amazing textile as an incredible piece of art, it may be hung in either direction because there’s no specific top or bottom. Not only is this quilt stupendous for the holidays, but it would be an amazing focal point on a wall or bed throughout the year.

All of the sewing is by hand due to the fact that the quilt was made apx 20 to 30 years prior to the sewing machine being available for public use. The diamonds in the Lamoyne stars are 2-1/4 inches with 2 inch sides. It has a 2-1/4 in border, 1/4 inch applied binding and the border triangles measure apx 3x2x2. The garden maze strips are 7/8 in wide. Unbelievable quilting with tiny tiny stitches. Strips, stars and triangles are all outline quilted. The white areas have cross hatch quilting in 1/2 inch grids. The Lamoyne stars have an early 19th century madder root dyed calico and early 19th century block print. Professionally hand washed by Betsey. This quilt appears to be in barely used condition.





CONLH3 Turkey Red and White Calico Bassinet Quilt
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CONLH3 Turkey Red and White Calico Bassinet Quilt
c.1840
22 x 28 inches
New England
$1,400

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Q9066_A Courthouse Log Cabin
Q9066_A Courthouse Log Cabin
c. 1880
46 x 68 inches
Maine
SOLD

Foundation pieced in a manner used only in New England. Each square was separately foundation pieced, and the edges were turned under and joined on the back. There is no batting in this child's quilt (youth bed), therefore it can also be called a summer quilt. However it is perfect to use this over a warm blanket in winter. The creation of each block results in the quilting that you see on the back. The turkey red floral binding is much older and can date from the 1850s. The array of fabric used to create this sunshine and shadows quilt dates from 1850 to 1880. Graphically wonderful, this is the perfect size quilt ot use for a wall hanging, on your couch, or s throw on a bed. It was meant for a youth, so is a perfect size for a youth bed. Found in Maine. Professionally hand washed by Betsey. One piece of the binding has been restored with the identical fabric. The rest of the quilt is in original condition.





Q9040 Turkey Red Calico Diamond Bassinet Quilt
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Q9040 Turkey Red Calico Diamond Bassinet Quilt
c.1825
31 x 43 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,200

This amazingly perfect and sophisticated bassinet quilt is hand pieced and hand outline quilted using linen thread. As many pre-1850s quilts, it is backed with linen fabric, the diamonds are also white linen. Comprised of two similar but rare Turkey red calico prints. This very early bassinet quilt is truly a treasure. A perfect size for collecting, to put on a tabletop or to hang on the wall. Truly a rare bird. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.



CQ200 Nine Patch with Miniature Nine Patch Joining Blocks
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CQ200 Nine Patch with Miniature Nine Patch Joining Blocks
c.1865
26 x 32 inches
The South
$750

This bassinet quilt, while made for a child, is an exact copy of an adults quilt. I have known times when you would find a mother's and child's matching quilts. Rare, but it does happen. The larger nine patch blocks have 4-1/2 " sides made up of 1-1/2" squares. The diminutive nine patch joining block measures 1-78" wide with 5/8" squares. The pieces are joined with 1-3/4" sashing. The quilt is pieced and quilted by hand. The applied binding, which we have restored, is from the same date fabric. The diminutive red and white calico seen in the joining sashing is also used for the backing. In fabulous condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey. Probably created in the south, due to the arc quilting design



BTC11 Pinwheel Irish Chain with LaMoyne Star Centers
BTC11 Pinwheel Irish Chain with LaMoyne Star Centers
c.1830
86 x 88 inches
Boston, MA
SOLD

This exquisite early quilt is in perfect unused condition and part of Betsey's private collection.
The 1830's is the time of the creation of the quilt top... It is comprised of rare and early fabrics, many of which are hand painted block prints. There are beautiful vegetable dyed greens, reds and prussian blues. Some of these exquisite fabrics may possibly date back to the late 1700's. The cost at that time of these fabrics indicates that the amazing sewer was the wife or daughter of a wealthy gentleman.
A very Skillful sewer and mathematician turned a four patch design into the pinwheel pattern, then creating an unusual Irish Chain rendition. Each open area has a center focal point of a LaMoyne Star design...an eight pointed star... All quilting is perfectly executed by outline quilting each piece, 1/2 inch diagonial quilted grids and small wreaths.
Organically hand washed and in perfect unused condition. This special quilt has been in Betsey's private collection, is now offered for sale and may be sent for your in-home approval.





Q8746 Red,Green & White Coxcomb Floral Applique
Q8746 Red,Green & White Coxcomb Floral Applique
c. 1845
89 x 89 inches
Pennsylvania
$3,800

Large scale, 4 block coxcomb floral applique



Q1615 Friendship Quilt
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Q1615 Friendship Quilt
Dated 1895
72 x 74 inches
Cotuit, MA
$950

Probably created for a fundraiser for a school, church or library. Faintly written pencil date 1858. Summer weight. Fabrics dating back to 1850. Unused. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.



Q9064 Tumbling Blocks
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Q9064 Tumbling Blocks
c. 1870
81 x 83 inches
New England
$1,900

Huge variety of c.1860s and 1870s fabrics. Graphic and optical iullusion -- mathematically perfect. Each diamond in the tumbling block pattern is outline quilted. The 1/2 inch binding is put on by machine and finished by hand. Art for either a bed or your wall. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.





CONJW Ohio Star On Point
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CONJW Ohio Star On Point
c. 1870 with earlier fabrics
76 x 87 inches
New England
$1,900

Blocks measure apx 8 x 8 inches. The diamonds in the stars have 2 inch sides. 3/8" binding. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.





CONHO4 Tumbling Blocks Quilt
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CONHO4 Tumbling Blocks Quilt"
c.1880
76 x 82 inches
Tennessee or North Carolina
$2,200

Orange is a color that is hard to find as a major part of an antique quilt. This stunning optical illusion quilt is comprised of a rarely seen color combination...orange,red and taupe. There are actually two shades of red...a Turkey red is used in the bricks and a red red is used for the border. The color combination is wonderful. The blocks seem to stand upon one another. The simplicity of the colors, due to the fact that they are all solids and not calicoes, lets this graphic piece of art easily complement other designs that are in your home.
This quilt is all hand pieced and hand quilted. Each diamond has straight line quilting in the longest direction of the diamond. This quilting design adds to the optical illusion effect by accenting the direction of each diamond. The innermost border, in Taupe, has a unique wave design, while the outermost red border is quilted with an arc design. The binding is a dark Taupe woven tape. The backing is a wholecloth in red. This fabric was obviously purchased for this quilt and points to the fact that the family was of comfortable means.
An amazingly graphic quilt which appears to be unused...now organically washed by Betsey and ready to be sent for your in home viewing and approval.



Q9070 Silk Velvet Blazing Star
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Q9070 Silk Velvet Blazing Star
c.1885
15 x 31 inches
New Englaand
$1,200

This wall hanging was created in New England as an ornamental piece for the home and comes complete with the original diminutive hanging hardware. A radiating center star is very difficult to piece. We know a few things about the woman who made this piece. She was affluent, very talented and had a tremendous amount of patience. All hand pieced and hand embellished, this exquisite little quilt can be hung (in either direction) or be placed on a tabletop. All original and in perfect condition.



CONJE4 Linsey Bars and Diamonds
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CONJE4 Linsey Bars and Diamonds
18th century fabrics
88 x 94 inches
Fall River, MA - Quaker Family
$6,500

The quilt came from an 1820 house, but the quilt pre-dates the house. This quilt talks to me. Have you ever seen a quilt that is comprised of numerous other quilts sewn together in order to make a very graphic quilt to keep you warm? The fabric used in this quilt is early New England homespun. I feel that most of this fabric is from the 18th century. Before the Revolutionary War England would not allow us to raise Moreno sheep, which produce soft wool. We could only have sheep for mutton, which produce coarse wool. The majority of the homespun on this quilt is made from such sheep that produced coarse wool. Back in the 18th century and early 19th century in New England we were concerned with staying warm. Such fabrics would achieve this purpose.

One of the strips has blue woolen fabric that appears to be of a finer quality. I am not sure if this was purchased from England or if it was spun by the family. We also took a picture of the back to show you where strips of another quilt were added to make this larger. Creating such fabric often took as much as 2 years from start to finish. This fabric would have been loomed at home, usually on the third floor of old New England colonials. After the fabric was woven the last process before creating a textile was to dye the fabric different colors. All the colors were from vegetable dyes. There were approximately seven different vegetable dye colors available to New Englanders.

This quilt was made in Fall River, MA by a Quaker family. The name is available on the sale of the quilt. The house it came from was built in 1820. I wonder if their previous home burned, which was not unusual in those days, and they salvaged what they could from the quilts that survived, putting them together to create a fabulous early textile. History absolutely jumps out of this quilt. The red and black star, the only pieced part of the quilt, would have been the newest addition. This also goes along with the fact that it is in the row with blue fabric that is from a newer wool fabric. The diamonds on point in this row are also from early homespun linsey. This is a quilt I could study and study and never get tired of looking at it. The fabric used in this quilt is wool and/or a combination of wool and linen, sewn and quilted with linen thread. You will find moth holes on the early piece, and my advice to anyone thinking of buying an early wool quilt is that if it has no moth holes, then it is probably not an early piece.

Looking at the back, one piece 37" wide, two strips to the left, one 22" the other 14" On the left side of the 22" piece they actually left the outside binding on. The right hand side, a 15" piece has been attached. The batting is wool, which you can see through some wear in the quilt. The plaid piece on the bottom was added after this quilt had been put together and re-quilted. This is truly an amazing piece of history. The family name is available on sale.applied binding is 1/4 inch. <\p>

We are not surprised that this is hand sewn since it was created 20 years before the sewing machine. The backing, binding and border surrounding the edge are Prussian blue. In the late 20th century, one would call it cobalt blue. Quilting was a woman’s mark of excellence and this piece surpasses all expectations. The quilt has applied sleeves sewn on by Rocky Mountain Quilts and is ready to hang. Call Betsey for more details.





Q9008 Amish Wool Bars
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Q9008 Amish Wool Bars
c. 1890-1910
71 x 71 inches
Monterey Village, TN
$6,300

This extraordinary mint condition Amish Bars Quilt was created by the Esh family. Once again I see an Amish quilt that has been pieced by machine and then exquisitely quilted. Piecing by machine would definitely make a quilt stronger. This quilt has a 7/8 inch applied binding. The black outer border is 12 inches wide. The corner squares are 12 x 12 inches and have a wreath designed in the shape of a horseshoe. The bars are 5 inches wide and approximately 46 inches long. The backing is a blue chambray fabric which shows off the perfectly executed quilting done using black thread. All fabrics on the front of this quilt are a fine wool challis. I believe this quilt was made for a man because of the wide black borders, the black fabric being men’s clothing. This quilt is in mint condition, meaning it has never been used or washed.





Q9058 Double Nine Patch Steeple Chase
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Q9058 Double Nine Patch Steeple Chase
c. 1880
70 x 78 inches
Pennsylvania
$1,900

This wonderful indigo and white double nine patch steeplechase is comprised of the most sought after color combination in America, blue and white. The 15 inch blocks on point are comprised of nine five inch squares; five of these squares are comprised of 1-3/4 inch squares. When you join nine of the larger blocks turned on point, you have a double nine patch steeplechase. The smaller 5 inch blocks are completely hand pieced. Nine of these blocks are then assembled together by machine. The quilting which is both diagonal and vertical in design is all executed by hand. The quarter inch binding is turned over from the back to the front and then stitched down. The size of this quilt makes it perfect as a wall hanging, or a wonderful throw for a queen or king sized bed. There are borders on three sides of the quilt. Many quilters felt there was no need to put on a fourth border, as that fourth side would be under the pillows.
This artistically arranged indigo and white quilt has been organically washed and is ready to be sent to you for your approval.



Q8770 Red & White Pinwheel and Blocks Crib Quilt
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Q8770 Red & White Pinwheel and Blocks Crib Quilt
c.1865
35 x 36 (88.9 x 91.4 cm)
PA
$825

This diminutive Civil War era quilt is a treasure. Originally made for a bassinet it would be perfect displayed as artwork on your wall. It has a red woven twill tape binding. The only flaw in this completely original quilt is some wear in areas of the twill tape binding, and one corner where an inch and a half of the binding is missing. See detail image. Hand washed by Betsey.

Wonderful early fabrics throughout are hand pieced into blocks just 3¾" square. There are two cotton calico prints in black, red and white used for the top and the backing is a sweet complementary calico in red, brown and ecru - see detail image. A very sweet quilt in all original condition. Ask to see it on approval in the privacy of your home.

BTC-OAK-REEL Oak Leaf and Reel quilt top
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BTC-OAK-REEL Oak Leaf and Reel quilt top
c.1845
77 x 94 inches
New England
$1,600

This oak leaf and reel summer coverlet has been in my private collection for over 20 years. Comprised of wonderful early fabrics that have been beautifully appliqued, this quilt top was finished and used as a summer coverlet. One binding edge has a little wear. You will see a vine border on two sides, and the other 2 sides do not have the border. The reason for this is someone figured that a bed in the corner where you did not see two sides did not need all the extra applique work done.



Q8102 Miniature Silk Victorian Crazy Quilt
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Q8102 Miniature Silk Victorian Crazy Quilt
c.1885
24 x 24 inches
Massachusetts
$950

All silk and silk velvet, this exquisite work includes ribbon work, embroidery, silk chenille and hand paintings. The 2.5" attached hand crocheted lace border can be removed if you choose to do so. This is a complete original miniature quilt, not a fragment.



Q8907 Signature Block child's quilt
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Q8907 Signature Block child's quilt
c.1855
35 x 35 inches
New England
$350

Signature Block child's quilt, rebound over 100 years ago.



Broderie Perse quilt fragments
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Broderie Perse quilt fragments
Dated 1767
Lancaster County, PA
$500 each

These fragments are from an 18th century Broderie Perse quilt. The fragments are mostly perfect. Two of them have sleeves on the back for hanging. The original quilt had the date 1767 stitched into the quilt.



CON JD5 Silk & Silk Velvet Victorian Crazy Quilt
CON JD5 Silk & Silk Velvet Victorian Crazy Quilt
c.1890
64 x 66 (162.6 x 167.6 cm)
York,PA
SOLD

The 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition was a big event in Victorian society. One of the most popular exhibits was the Japanese pavilion with its fascinating crazed ceramics and asymmetrical art. Many historians believe the origin of the Victorian Crazy Quilt was inspired by the majestic Japanese screens seen for the first time at the exposition. During the height of the Victorian era, homes seemingly could never have enough embellishment. Early quilts made in the crazy quilt style were show pieces, often made to decorate the parlor. Silks, silk velvets, wools and chenille fabrics, along with silk, cotton, wool, gold metallic and chenille threads of every color, were used to incorporate names, dates, pictures, and a wide assortment of symbols. Although crazy style quilts may appear haphazard they were carefully planned.

This gorgeous example embodies the best of what emerged from this magnificent era of over-the-top quilts; dense embroidery of every imaginable size, shape and design covers the high quality and rich variety of silks and silk velvets produced in the 1880's before the onset of large scale manufacturing of more affordable silks for the masses starting in the early 1890's.

Chinese fans, horseshoes, large cupids, floral sprays, frogs under mushrooms, owls, butterflies, cats, goldenrod, cattails, egrets and little girls in bonnets are some of the various figures that accompany extraordinary embroidery stitches of every color, size and design. We cannot identify many which points to the skill and creativity of the maker, Sallie S. Bond. Accompanying this magnificent quilt is a professional photographic portrait of Sallie by Pentz Photographers of York, Pennsylvania done c.1891.

A perfect size for hanging, this quilt is bordered on all sides by a 7 1/2 inch wide wine silk velvet border with royal blue silk velvet corner blocks. The backing is a high quality wine cotton with a slight sheen. A pillowcase edging finishes this quilt in pristine condition. Please contact us if you'd like to see this beauty on approval in the privacy of your home.

Q8881 Folk Art Applique Quilt
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Q8881 Folk Art Applique Quilt
c.1895
74 x 74 (188 x 1885 cm)
$1,900

What a whimsical and very graphic Folk Art quilt! Appliqued circles in burgundy, rose and light blue cotton are carefully hand sewn onto a dark navy cotton twill ground. Herringbone embellishment stitching surrounds each circle and seam on the 16 x 16 ½" inch blocks. The circles form a large X pattern overall. A 3 ½" inch border in the same solid navy cotton surrounds the interior pattern.

Hand quilting includes 2 inch cross hatch stitching in the blocks and 2 ¾" inch diagonal cross hatch stitching for the border. The backing on this great piece of folk art is a scrumptious, large scale floral cotton in the same palette as the front of the quilt. See detail image. The applied 3/8 inch binding is black cotton.

In perfect condition this quilt appears unused. Professionally hand washed by Betsey it would be terrific folk art for your wall or a comfy, soft bed covering. A unique design and skillfully made. Please ask to see this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home.

Q9001 Original Center Medallion Bassinet Quilt
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Q9001 Original Center Medallion Bassinet Quilt
c.1850
40 x 41 (101.6 x 104.1 cm)
$1,800

An original design by the maker for this wonderful bassinet quilt. The center medallion has a stylized tree design in blue and white windowpane plaid, and double pink calico. Surrounding the central design are seven borders; multiple sawtooth edges alternating with solid bars. The outermost border is the widest at 5 1/4 inches with the smallest border at 1 3/8 inches wide.

Pieced entirely by hand with outline and echo outline quilting also executed by hand. The maker used another quilt - a cotton broken dishes pattern in soft blue, white and lavender - for the backing of this piece. See detail images. The applied 3/8 inch binding is pieced fabrics in tan stripes and a blue plaid and shows slight wear at the fold on one area of one side. This is a wonderful small quilt that would be fabulous art for the wall. Professionally hand washed by Betsey it is in excellent used and lovingly cared for condition. Ask to see it on approval for private review.

Q8998 1893 Chicago Exposition / World's Fair Quilt
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Q8998 1893 Chicago Exposition / World's Fair Quilt, with Provenance
c.1893
79 x 80 (200.7 x 203.2 cm)
Found in PA
$3,900

An amazing find, this quilt's focus is the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, also known as The World's Columbian Exposition, which was designed to commemorate the landing of Columbus in America. Executed using lengths of printed fabric made specifically for the Exposition for use as bunting, handkerchiefs, and other memorabilia.

The front of the quilt is wholecloth; three vertical lengths of printed fabric hand pieced together to create the quilt's top. The 5 ¼ inch burgundy striped border is also hand pieced and folds to the back forming a 1/2 inch hand stitched binding. The quilt has a puffy batting that is smooth and without any shifting, lumps or bumps. The quilt is top tied using, of all things, thin hemp-like ties that add to the uniqueness and overall design of the quilt. The backing is a great black and red cotton calico-see detail images. Stitched to the back of the quilt is a hand written note on cotton stating the maker's and recipient's names along with the date of the gift: December 25, 1893.

There is an interesting side note regarding the history of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair itself.

, by Erik Larsen, is a nonfiction novel published in 2003 that spans the years surrounding the building of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. One plot line centers on Daniel Burnham, the architect who built the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The other plot line focuses on character H.H. Holmes, the serial killer who exploited the fair to find his victims. Dr. Holmes built a hotel for exposition guests which he named

, and then preyed on his hotel guests, mostly young women. He was convicted of 27 murders, but they expect he had up to 200 victims most of whom were disposed of in the kiln in the basement of the hotel. Good grief.

As mentioned, an interesting side note to the 1893 Exposition and its history! Our lovely quilt remains unmarred by any connection to the more gruesome aspects of a marvelous and historical exposition. We can assume our talented quilt maker, whose name will go to the buyer upon sale, chose other accommodations during her visit to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

This unique quilt has been professionally hand washed by Betsey, is in excellent condition, and can be shipped to you on approval for private viewing. Please ask Betsey for more details. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.

Q9010 Indigo Blue & White Bars Quilt
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Q9010 Indigo Blue & White Bars Quilt
c.1880
80 x 82 (203.2 x 208.3 cm)
PA
$4,200

Simple yet striking graphics in indigo blue and white! Mini white stars on indigo cotton pairs with pristine white cotton in this fabulous quilt. Six 5 ¾ inch wide indigo and white pieced bars alternate with solid white bars across the quilt. Slim indigo strips within the bars measure just 1 ⅛ inches wide. A lovely 8 ¾ inch wide white border surrounds the bars design. Treadle sewing machine pieced and hand quilted.

Quilting consists of feathered twining vines in the outer white border and wide white bars, with single cables and parallel lines stitched in the narrow indigo and white strips. Just lovely - see detail pic.

The front folds to the back and is hand stitched down forming the 1/4 inch binding. The backing is white cotton. This quilt is in excellent condition with areas of the binding showing slight wear. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to ship to you on approval for private viewing.

Q9011 Folk Art Summer Weight Applique Quilt
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Q9011 Folk Art Summer Quilt Floral Bouquets and Vines
c.1840
72 x 80
Dover, DE
$2,600

Both elegant and fun, this gorgeous Folk Art floral applique quilt is in unused condition. The various shades of blue of the vine have occurred naturally. The whimsical floral with twining vine is an original pattern skillfully executed by an accomplished needlewoman. The interpretive and naïve representation of the naturalistic motifs gives this quilt wonderful Folk Art appeal. Floral 'bouquets' are enclosed by a freeform meandering vine of buds and leaves.

The needlework on this quilt is exquisite. The maker used tiny, perfect stitches for both the applique work and hand quilting. The applique tulips and roses in solid cheddar and Turkey red, respectively, have solid blue vegetable dyed stems and leaves. The Turkey red buds between the flowers are reverse appliqued.

Hand quilting is magnificent and consists of additional leaves on branches quilted throughout the fine white linen ground between the appliqued bouquets. The meandering vine has quilted leaves completely filling the space between the appliqued leaves and buds.

The backing is fine white linen as is the 1/4 inch applied binding. The quilt is entirely hand stitched and of original design by its maker. The fine execution and great palette contribute greatly to an already elegant Folk Art piece. This quilt can be shipped to you on approval for private viewing.

Q8748 Nine Patch on Point with Mustard Border
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Q8748 Nine Patch on Point with Mustard Border
c.1840
86 x 96 (218.4 x 243.8 cm)
Connecticut
$4,200

This is a stunning early quilt beautifully executed using fabrics from the late 1700's up to c.1840. The pattern is Nine Patch set on point with lovely 2 inch sashing separating the 9 patch blocks. The seven inch wide border is a gorgeous mustard and ecru stripe with a small brown print. The same fabric is used sparingly in the interior of the quilt which sets off the spectacular border beautifully.

Completely hand pieced with hand quilting executed in parallel lines and herringbone stitching using linen thread. The backing is linen and the 5/16 inch applied binding is constructed using multiple fabrics from the interior of the quilt - lovely. The initials 'LPH' are stitched onto the linen backing. This quilt contains a plethora of beautiful early fabrics in an elegant palette. The flash of mustard was a brilliant artistic choice by the maker and makes for a sophisticated work of art. Professionally hand washed by Betsey, ask her for more details and to have this quilt shipped to you on approval for private viewing.

Q8338 Turkey Red & Teal Blue Floral Applique
Q8338 Turkey Red & Teal Blue Floral Applique
c.1845
82 x 90
Weston, NY
SOLD

A fabulous quilt by an extremely creative and talented needle artist, this piece was completed in the 1840's, using solid Turkey red, a gorgeous solid teal blue, and white cottons. Each of the nine 21 x 26 inch rose sprig blocks has been appliqued and reverse appliqued using the tiniest of fine stitches almost invisible to the naked eye. Teal blue sashing 7/8 inch wide surrounds each block and also defines the beautiful three sided border. This 7 inch wide border contains unique urn and heart rose appliqués of the maker's design, all meticulously hand stitched and quilted.

The finely executed hand quilting includes outline and echo quilting inside the rose sprigs, and double line quilting throughout the body of the quilt. Each juncture of the sashing is also highlighted by a quilted floral medallion. Please click on the photo above to see the detail image. The backing is white cotton as is the separately applied 3/8 inch binding. An original textile masterpiece of unique design completely by hand and in excellent condition.

A fine addition to a collection this very early quilt can be used on a bed or hung on the wall as fine art. It has been professionally hand washed by Betsey and can be sent to you on approval for private viewing in your home. Web images cannot do justice to either the color or exquisite workmanship on this quilt.

Q8303  Silk Broken Dishes with Embroidered Border
Q8303 Silk Broken Dishes with Embroidery Border
c.1885
64 x 64 (162.6 x 162.6 cm)
PA
SOLD

A stunning creation comprised of luscious silks. Jewel tones shine like only high quality silk can and this rainbow of colors is arranged to give maximum effect. Triangles measuring 3 ½ inches on the short sides form the Broken Dishes pattern, with all seams embellished with multi hued silk floss. The 3 ½ inch outer border on this sophisticated silk creation adds a touch of whimsy that sets this quilt apart from other lovely antique silk quilts. Animals and insects, children and toads, flowers and fruits, moons and stars just to name a few, coexist happily on the four sided silk blocks border. Within this border is a 2 inch silk bricks border. These design elements come together to create a unique and visually stunning quilt.

The backing is a lovely silk in a solid saturated melon hue – see detail pictures. The applied 1/4 inch binding is in brown silk and sewn entirely by hand. The batting is very thin and lightweight, reverse tied using silk floss.

This is a very beautiful and visually graphic silk quilt that pleads to be hung on a wall and enjoyed as the artwork it is. Please ask Betsey about having this quilt sent to you on approval for private viewing.

Con AM2 Chintz Ohio Star
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Con AM2 Chintz Ohio Star
c.1835
92 x 92
New England
$2,700

This quilt features two exquisite coordinating glazed chintz fabrics on a white ground. It is all hand pieced and hand quilted in fine, tiny stitches. Quilting designs include medallions and cross-hatch quilting. The Ohio Stars are done in a smaller scale chintz print, while a coordinating larger chintz print is showcased on the 7 ½” border. This quilt is in entirely mint condition—it remains unwashed.

BT Collection Block Print Wholecloth Chintz Four Post Quilt
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BT Collection Block Print Wholecloth Chintz Four Post Quilt
c. 1780
108 x 116 (this measurement includes 30 inch long by 58 inch wide tail)
Massachusetts
$4,600

What a fabulous opportunity for the serious collector to acquire a rare and very early quilt in completely original condition from Betsey´s private collection. This spectacular wholecloth block print chintz quilt still retains its original full glaze. The selvedge to selvedge measurement of this beautiful fabric is 27 inches, and is a floral block print in teal, grayish-taupe, and various shades of rosy reds. Betsey believes that there is a good possibility that this fabric is from France. Originally made for a high four poster bed, this quilt has a 30 inch drop on three sides, and is large enough to fit a modern queen sized four poster bed. The ¼ inch separately applied binding has been created from matching chintz, and the backing is homespun linen. Hand quilted in an overall clamshell pattern. The photographs show a diffuse area of darkening fabric in the center of the quilt, which is inconspicuous when viewed on a bed. A few small oxidation spots further point to the age of this spectacular textile.

Q6805 Broderie Perse Fragment
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Q6805 Broderie Perse Fragment
c.1800
33 x 35
New England
$1,800

What an opportunity to acquire a very early quilt fragment in excellent condition! From an actual Broderie Perse quilt created around 1780-1800, this piece contains a large center block of an early block print taupe floral glazed chintz set on point. This block is surrounded by chintz birds and butterflies meticulously cut out and appliqued onto off-white homespun linen.

The hand appliqué stitching is phenomenally dense, and the entire piece has been hand quilted in chevrons set 1 inch apart. The same chintz used in the center block was used for the ¼ inch separately applied binding, and the backing is the same off-white homespun linen as was used on the front. The size of this fragment was as Betsey found it, and she believes this piece was originally the center medallion of a large Broderie Perse or early pieced quilt. What a find in a perfect size for wall art in a small space! Professionally hand washed by Betsey, please ask her for more details.

BT Collection Early Four Post Center Medallion Mosaic
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BT Collection Early Four Post Center Medallion Mosaic
c.1825
84 wide x 89 long (including the 17½ inch tail)
New England
$4,800

A quilt for lovers of early fabrics, this lovely piece contains many block prints and copper plates from circa 1800, along with a wide variety of early prints, plaids, stripes and calicoes. The 10 inch outer border was created from a beautiful block print in rose and brown tones on an ecru background, and the inner border is comprised of pieced Variable Stars showcasing more of this quilt´s wonderful wealth of fabrics. Hexagons measuring 1 inch per side make up the body of the quilt, and have been arranged in a center medallion format. Entirely hand pieced and hand quilted with chevrons in the outer border, diagonal lines in the inner border, and outlining in the hexagons. Much of the outlining has been lost in time, but does not interfere with the graphics or function of this quilt. Four ties have been applied to secure the quilt in place around the bedposts, and the quilt was finished with a ¼ inch separately applied binding on the top and bottom and pillowcase edging on the sides. The backing is a homespun ecru linen.

Four post quilts are indigenous to New England, and this particular quilt was made to fit a high four post double bed measuring 51 inches wide. If you are fortunate to have an antique bed from this era, then the addition of this quilt would definitely make your bed the focal point of your room! In used condition, and professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q8360 Orange Peel/Robbing Peter to Pay Paul
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Q8360 Orange Peel/Robbing Peter to Pay Paul
c. 1835
65 x 70 (including a 7¾ tail for a four poster bed)
possibly southern Maine, most likely Massachusetts
$1,900

Truly a collector´s quilt, this fabulous piece tells of its early New England history through its orange peel pattern and poster bed cut-outs. This quilt was originally made for a low poster bed. The fabrics are wonderful; with very early double pinks on the front and a homespun linen backing. Created before the sewing machine was commercially available to the public, this quilt is entirely hand pieced and diagonally quilted. The quilting lines alternate direction from row to row, creating a zig-zag pattern over the entire piece. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q7000 Wool Fans, Hired Man's Bed Quilt
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Q7000 Wool Fans, Hired Man's Bed Quilt
c.1880
42 x 64 (106.7 x 162.6 cm)
PA
$1,400

In excellent condition and in its original hired man's bed size, this soft wool challis quilt is both snuggly warm and graphically wonderful - perfect for use as a sophisticated crib quilt or as wall art. Arranged as a 4 x 7 array of fans this wool challis quilt has a 4 inch solid blackish green border and 28 fans made up of alternating red and green blades and finished with grayish brown fan handles. A small and very even outline track stitch is used as the embroidery embellishment throughout. The backing is a solid red challis with a 3/8 inch applied black green binding the same fabric as the border.

A beautiful, warm and sophisticated piece for your child's room...or for any room in your home. Use as either a small bed cover, throw or it would be stunning as graphic art on your wall. Ask us about sleeves for hanging, and to see this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home.

Q8796 Dated Folk Art Crazy Quilt 'Think of Me'
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Q8796 Dated Folk Art Crazy Quilt 'Think of Me'
Dated 1900
62 x 71 (157.5 x 180.3 cm)
PA
$2,900

A fabulous folk art crazy quilt comprised of a combination of wool, wool challis and velvet crazy pieces with whimsical wool embroidery. A wonderful palette of reds, blues, russet, greens, browns, and ecru forms the ground of this great folk art piece. The artist used this as a canvas onto which she embroidered large scale whimsical and traditional designs using a variety of stitch patterns and colors of wool yarns in bright, warm hues.

Multiple cats along with birds, large bugs and a terrific barn with fence are included with a sentimental 'Think of Me'. In the center of the quilt is the embroidered date of 1900. The name of 'Hatt' as well as initials 'G.D.R.' are hand stitched with wool yarn. The backing is a fabulous and early black, pink and white cotton print - see detail images. Reverse tied with cream wool yarn this quilt also has a pillowcase edging. Multi-hued wool embellishment stitching provides the perfect finish for the outside edges.

Charm and a certain 'joie de vivre' combine to make this quilt a great choice as a focal point for that special room. Folk art whimsy at its best, this is a wonderful and unique quilt that can be sent to you on approval for private review. Please ask Betsey for more details.

Q8893 Turkey Red Gothic Applique Bassinet Quilt
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Q8893 Turkey Red Gothic Applique Bassinet Quilt
c.1850
40 x 40 (101.6 x 101.6 cm)
VA
$2,375

What a spectacular Turkey red and white cotton applique bassinet quilt. This early quilt has a very graphic and gothic star papercut applique measuring 20 1/2 inches in diameter as its central focus. Within the large star is a smaller 5 inch in diameter white star hand appliqued in tiny stitches. The red center of this star is reverse appliqued. Lovely 3/4 inch wide borders surround the inner design in solid Turkey red and white strips. Miniature 5/8 inch split squares form the corner blocks joining the triple border. The fourth and outermost border is white and is a generous 7 inches wide. A beautifully scaled design.

Hand quilting in this diminutive beauty includes herringbone stitching for the outsideborder; outline stitching in the triple inner border; and 5/8 inch diagonal cross hatch in the center white ground. Echo outline hand quilting accentuates the central gothic star shape. The backing is white cotton, and the front folds to the back to form the 1/4 inch wide hand stitched binding.

A wonderful work of textile art made for a special child's bassinet. It was carefully used and is in lovingly cared for perfect condition. This softly muted Turkey red and white beauty would be a spectacular piece of art on your wall, or a very special crib quilt for that special baby. Professionally hand washed by Betsey it is ready to send to you on approval for private viewing in your home.

Q8972 Silk Velvet Roman Bars Quilt with Triangular Edge
Q8972 Silk Velvet Roman Bars Quilt with Triangular Edge
c.1895
72 x 72 (182.9 x 182.9 cm)
Lancaster, PA
SOLD

A sumptuous silk velvet Roman Bars quilt in perfect condition. Jewel toned silk velvet bars comprise each approximately 5 ¾ x 5 ¾ inch block set on point. Bars range in width from ½ inch to 1 ¼ inches and consist of mostly solid hues with some dotted, striped and checked silk velvets adding a touch of whimsy. The overall design has a lattice effect which is accentuated by a lovely triangular edging.

The whimsical feel continues to the back side of the quilt with the artist's use of an exuberant large scale floral pattern in bright blue, yellow, rose, black and orange. Reverse ties are in salmon wool yarn. The applied ⅜ binding is solid black silk velvet.

This quite elegant piece of textile art would add a touch of warmth and vitality to any room in your home and is appropriate as either a sophisticated bed covering or graphic art for the wall. This beautiful quilt appears unused. Ask to see it on approval in the privacy of your home.

Q8605 Red & White Garden Maze
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Q8605 Red & White Garden Maze
c.1865
81 x 81 (205.7 x 205.7 cm)
Pennsylvania
$2,400

The Garden Maze is a very early pattern originating in New England during the 1830's which then migrated to Pennsylvania. This wonderful example is comprised of just two fabrics; solid Turkey red and white. Organized and geometric this bold and graphic quilt is pieced and quilted by hand.

All latticework strips in solid Turkey red fabric measure 1 ½ inches wide. The backing is turned to the front and hand stitched down to form the ¼ inch white binding. In excellent condition this crisp and beautiful quilt also has lovely quilting with outline stitching in the Turkey red, 1 ½ inch cross hatching in the white squares and diagonal parallel lines in the oblongs.

Red and white is always a favorite and can fit into any decor from modern to traditional. It would be perfect for use on a bed or as art for your wall. Professionally hand washed by Betsey this quilt can be sent to you on approval for private viewing.

Q8890 Courthouse Steps Log Cabin
Q8890 Courthouse Steps Log Cabin
c.1855
60 x 71 (152.4 x 180.3 cm)
Lancaster County, PA
SOLD

A stunning pre Civil War quilt in mint condition from the Lancaster County area of Pennsylvania. This wonderful piece showcases the maker's unique artistic perspective and advanced skill. She took a traditional foundation pieced Log Cabin Courthouse Steps pattern and, using stunning early wool challis fabrics, made it her own. A personal achievement using a fabulous color palette accented with a gorgeous 5 inch wide c.1850 paisley border in wool challis, and an applied brown silk grosgrain ribbon for the binding.

A feast of rich colors and patterns is found in the elegant array of deep earth tones set against lavender, blue, green, and red found in each 5 x 5 inch log cabin block containing 20 logs plus a center chimney. Logs measure 5/16" to 3/8" wide and at each cabin's center is a 1" square wool challis solid red chimney. The backing is a red, brown and cream large scale cotton paisley. See detail images.

This antique quilt with incredible visual impact absolutely refuses to sit quietly in the corner. Its size makes it ideal for stunning graphic art on a wall. Please ask to see this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home.

Q8930 Linsey Woolsey Roman Bar Pyramids
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Q8930 Linsey Woolsey Roman Bar Pyramids
c.1855 pieced top c.1885 backing
67 x 78 (170.2 x 198.1 cm)
found in Lancaster County, PA
$3,100

A wonderful piece of textile art in excellent condition this quilt's top is comprised of homespun linsey-woolseys and wool challis from circa 1855. Wonderful solid colors are hand pieced in a combination of the Roman Bars and Pyramids patterns to make a glorious example of the finest in textile graphic art.

Pyramids measure approximately 6" per side with 7/8" wide bars in alternating solid colors of brown, ecru and red homespun linsey-woolseys and wool challis. Solid pyramids are homespun brown linsey-woolsey woven using two colors - brown and gold. Gorgeous.

Hand quilting in outline and diagonal lines is executed in brown and black threads. The backing is a c.1885 large scale floral challis in soft mauve, palest blue and ecru on solid brown. See detail image. The hand applied solid red binding is the same wool used in the pieced top. One of Betsey's personal favorites this wonderful quilt can be sent to you on approval for private viewing in your home. Ask her for more details.

Q8734 Touching Feathered Star with Applique Border
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Q8734 Touching Feathered Star with Applique Border
c.1850
81 x 87 (205.7 x 221 cm)
Lancaster County, PA
$4,400

A beautiful early cotton quilt in excellent condition in the much loved and sought after Feathered Star pattern. The addition of an appliqued border on three sides gives it a folk art flair and brings this already magnificent quilt to the next level. Entirely hand stitched with 'feathers' made up of mini 3/4 inch triangles as part of large feathered stars measuring approximately 15 inches across. Hand pieced stars are comprised of a lovely light Prussian blue and white mini calico, over dyed green calico and white. Madder dyed calico diamonds and 4 patch blocks in chrome yellow and over dyed green calicoes join the lovely stars together and make a stunning graphic statement.

The three sided border is executed in chrome yellow and over dyed green calicoes for the undulating vine and leaves hand appliqued onto a solid brown ground measuring 5 3/4" wide. The hand applied 3/8" binding is the same chrome yellow calico cotton. The backing is a lovely 'bricks' print in brown, taupe and white on a brown and white speckled ground. See detail image.

A beautiful color palette and a wonderful pattern that became the maker's own with her addition of a folk art border. This quilt would be magnificent graphic art hung on the wall or a spectacular quilt used on your queen sized bed. Professionally hand washed by Betsey this gorgeous quilt has some hard to detect shadowing in a few blocks which does not detract from its beauty. Please ask Betsey for more details and to see this piece on approval in the privacy of your home.

Q8892 Log Cabin Sunshine & Shadow Bassinet Quilt
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Q8892 Log Cabin Sunshine & Shadow Bassinet Quilt
c.1860
40 x 40 (101.6 x 101.6 cm)
Ephrata, PA
$1,550

This wonderful pre Civil War bassinet quilt is in mint condition. The Sunshine & Shadow Log Cabin pattern is beautifully rendered in madder dye, over dyed green, chrome yellow and double pink calico cottons. Logs are one inch wide with cabin blocks measuring approximately 11 inches square. The 3 1/2" outer border in an over dyed green calico has corner blocks in a great madder dyed plaid. The fabrics on the front are from 1850 to 1860.

Hand quilting on this little gem includes outline stitching in all logs with Herringbone in the green borders and a large cross hatch stitched in each corner block. The backing is a c.1840 beige and white chain pattern with a miniature floral overlay in brown, taupe, black and red - lovely. Please see detail image.

What a beautiful work of art in mint condition and the perfect size for hanging on your wall or a spectacular and special quilt for your baby's crib. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to ship to you on approval for private viewing in your home.

Log Cabin Barn Raising with Triple Border
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Q8763 Log Cabin Barn Raising with Triple Border
c.1870
88 x 88
Chester County, PA
$5,900

A stunning 19th century quilt in unused condition from the Chester County area of Pennsylvania showcases this quilter´s unique artistic perspective and advanced skill. She took a traditional foundation pieced Log Cabin Barn Raising pattern and, using stunning c.1870 and earlier wool challis fabrics, made it her own. An exceptional personal achievement using a striking color palette accented with an unusual triple border and scalloped edging.

A veritable feast of colors and patterns is displayed in the wide array of blues, fuschia, green, red, browns and blacks in solids, plaids, and prints. Each log cabin measures approximately 9 1/4" x 9 1/2" with logs measuring 1/2" to 3/4" wide. At each cabin´s center is a 1 1/4" square solid fuschia chimney. The unusual triple border treatment further sets this Log Cabin apart from its more traditional sisters. An inner 2" border of deep purple frames the barn raising design. It is flanked by a solid green 1 ¾” border and a scalloped red border 2 1/2" at its widest points. The outer scalloped edge is finished with a ¼” black wool tape binding applied by hand. The backing is a beautiful wool challis plaid c.1870 indicating this quilt's maker was from an affluent family. Such an expensive fabric would only be used as a backing by a family of some means.

This amazing antique quilt has incredible visual impact. Its large size makes it ideal for a contemporary sized bed or it would be stunning hung as graphic art on the wall. Please ask to see this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home.

Q8913 Teal & Red Baskets with Triple Border
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Q8913 Teal & Red Baskets with Triple Border
c.1880 or earlier
66 x 84
New York
$1,800

This gorgeous baskets quilt has an unusual color palette of teal green with red and white. All solid colored cotton fabrics were used in this completely hand pieced and hand quilted textile. Variations in the teals due to the early dyes make it interesting as well as beautiful. See detail image. Pieced basket blocks, with hand appliqued handles on the baskets, measure 10" x 9-3/4". Lovely wide borders frame the baskets; 2-1/8" for the inner red border, 3-1/4" for the white, and 3" for the outer red border.

12 blocks have the inside and outside of the handles stippled. 5 are cross hatched. Different quilters or less energy? I also think 2 different quilters.

Hand quilting consists of tiny, even stitches in a 3/4" x 1" diagonal cross hatch pattern throughout with outline quilting in the baskets. The backing is the same white cotton used on the front with a 3/8" applied binding in solid teal green.

Professionally hand washed by Betsey, this is a beautiful and very graphic baskets quilt that would be perfect on a bed or as art on your wall. Ask us to see this lovely antique on approval in the privacy of your home.

Q6482 Signature Block with Flying Geese Bassinet Quilt
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Q6482 Signature Block with Flying Geese Bassinet Quilt
c.1880
34 x 40 (86.4 x 101.6 cm)
Ohio
$1,150

A very striking bassinet/crib quilt in an original design. This wonderful piece of art with high graphic appeal draws your eye despite its diminutive size. It is in excellent condition and is comprised of twelve 5 ¾ inch pieced blocks each with a 1 ¼ inch double pink center square surrounded by radiating solid white bars and four indigo blue and white patterned triangles. The bright, 5 ¾ inch orange joining blocks pop out at the viewer and the 3 ½ inch flying geese border adds constant movement to this mini masterpiece. Hand quilting was used throughout with 1 inch cross hatch in the joining blocks, outlining and cross hatch in the pieced blocks and parallel lines in the border.

The varied white on indigo blue fabric patterns add yet another dimension to this quilt. The quilt maker used one patterned fabric within each pieced block but chose to alternate the patterns used in the blocks in the flying geese border which include: moons, stars, daisy-like flowers, fans with swirls, flowers with rings and clover. The separately applied ½ inch binding is in a tiny chambray blue dot on white. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to send to you on approval for private viewing in your home.

Q6310 Cat & Sailor Cheater Cloth Crib Quilt
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Q6310 Cat & Sailor Cheater Cloth Crib Quilt
c.1880
35 x 41 (89 x 104 cm)
Maine
$750

A wonderful little quilt using two terrific cheater cloth fabrics from c.1880. The center red, ecru and ivory fabric has images of sailors and their sweethearts on the decks of ships within each four pointed star. Although it looks pieced, it is wholecloth fabric giving the illusion of pieced work, thus the name 'cheater' cloth.

Borders measuring 8 inches wide on each side are in another cheater cloth design - whimsical cats framed by 'pieced' borders. A unique and rare piece in original condition this little quilt is backed in off white linen and has some 'original' weaves in the backing fabric done long ago. The 3/8 inch binding is in a pale gray, red and white calico and is topstitched by treadle machine. There are a few areas where the backing has come away from the stitching which we haven't touched

Original cotton ties are knotted on the front side. Used but lovingly cared for and in wonderful original condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey, it can be sent on approval for private viewing in your home.

Q8245 Miniature Double Nine Patch Steeplechase Quilt
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Q8245 Miniature Double Nine patch Steeplechase Quilt
c.1860
64 x 74 (162.6 x 188 cm)
OH
$1,900

This eye pleasing indigo and white quilt is pieced in a miniature double nine-patch configuration. The tiny indigo squares on this piece measure just 7/8 of an inch. Nine patch blocks 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches. The larger nine patch blocks contain five of the small nine patch blocks plus 4 solid white blocks. Wide triple borders in both indigo and white showcase a very slightly larger white dot on the indigo print than the print used in the steeplechase design...very nice. Total width of the borders is a generous 7 inches and contains lovely diagonal parallel double line quilting done by hand. The double nine patch blocks are parallel line quilted by hand with just a 1/4 inch between. Large white joining blocks have 3/8 inch cross hatch quilting by hand.

This is a gorgeous antique quilt that has so much going for it - a classic indigo and white palette, triple borders, tiny pieces and lovely hand quilting. A wonderful, warm and cozy antique quilt that has been used but lovingly cared for and is in excellent condition. The backing is white cotton as is the scant 1/4 inch applied white binding. It would be marvelous as art on your wall or equally as charming on a bed or used as a design accent in any room. Professionally hand washed by Betsey it can be sent to you on approval for viewing in the privacy of your home.

Q8859 Log Cabin Straight Furrows
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Q8859 Log Cabin Straight Furrows
c.1885
58 x 64 (147.3 x 162.6 cm)
New England, believed MA
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The Log Cabin Straight Furrows pattern originated in England and was created to emulate rows of crops in the field. In America we have used and developed this pattern to the extent that most think it originated here. In this piece the feeling of structure and order common to most log cabins is found along with a delightful freshness and vitality with the use of red and blue chimneys.

Cabin blocks measure 8 x 8 inches with the logs ranging from 3/8 to 5/8 inches wide in a variety of wool challis and cotton fabrics in geometrics, florals, solids, calicoes, and some wonderful conversation and mourning prints. Center chimneys measure approximately 2 1/2 inches square in both solid blue and solid red challis and cottons.

This diminutive quilt is backed with a lovely burgundy and white floral sprigs print (see detail image) and has a 3/8 inch applied black wool challis binding. Reverse tied using black cotton floss. The perfect size for a wall hanging, we show it with the furrows leading up and to the left – very good energy! Please ask us about viewing this antique quilt in the privacy of your home on approval.

Q8860 Early Nine Patch with 3 Sided Border
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Q8860 Early Nine Patch with 3 Sided Border
c.1840 top, backed and quilted c.1870
80 x 88 (203.2 x 223.5 cm)
New England or New York
$2,500

A fabulous 9 Patch antique quilt in pristine, unused condition with wonderful early fabrics. This fine example of one of the earliest pieced patterns contains fabrics dating from 1780 through 1840 in the pieced top. Vegetable dyed fabrics make up the many different calicoes and small patterned fabrics which include madders, indigo, early violets in a variety of patterns and a number of red, pink and white calicoes placed strategically in the nine patch configurations. This strategic placement gives a visual pop for the viewer and an overall energy to the design.

Nine patch blocks measure approximately 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches and are set on point with joining blocks in a gorgeous deep brown miniature vining print on russet. The extraordinary 7 3/4 inch border fabric dates to c.1780-1815 and is a very small scale brown, white and red floral vine pattern. The backing is a c.1870 floral striped cotton in brown and white. Hand quilting, executed c.1870, includes four cable stitching in the border; herringbone in the triangle joining blocks and 9 patch blocks; and floral wreaths in the square joining blocks. An early over dyed green calico is used for the 1/4 inch applied binding which has been treadle machine top stitched.

This is a wonderful example of one of the earliest pieced patterns containing gorgeous early fabrics in pristine condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to send to you on approval for private viewing in your home.

Q8797 Silk Crazy Quilt with Brick Border
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Q8797 Silk Crazy Quilt with Brick Border
c.1885
60 x 76 (152.4 x 193 cm)
NY
$2,900

A fabulous concoction in jewel toned silks, this antique Crazy Quilt shimmers beautifully in the light. A myriad of silks, mostly solids with some intriguing stripes added for special interest, vary in size from 2 inches to 12 in a variety of geometric shapes. The viewer´s eye is truly focused on the gorgeous array of color and form due to the use of herringbone seam embellishment only. The expanse of solid and striped silks becomes, like pieces in a stained glass window, the focal point of this lovely work of art.

Surrounding the inner design is a 1 1/2 inch wide brick border comprised of various silks used in the interior design forming a lovely frame. The inner seam is embellished with embroidered silk stars. A 1/4 inch hand applied wine silk binding finishes the edge. The backing on this quilt is a medium blue cotton twill.

A lovely silk Crazy Quilt in a perfect size for a wall hanging in that special room. Please ask Betsey for more details and to see this quilt on approval in your home.

CON LC 1 Folky Center Medallion with Rare Cheater Cloth
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CON LC 1 Center Medallion with Rare Cheater Cloth
c.1890
72 x 72 (182.9 x 182.9 cm)
PA
$3,600

This spectacular unused quilt in mint condition is from the late 19th century, but is executed in the early 19th century center medallion format. The center medallion measures 21 inches square and is appliquéd, reverse appliquéd, and pieced in an oak leaf pattern. The oak leaf is created from a pristine over dyed green calico and appliquéd using tiny, precise stitches onto a solid orange ground. Deep red cotton with mini white dots is used for half of the appliquéd wave border, with a gorgeous sea coral and star patterned fabric in greens, black and white for the other half.

There are eight rows of various pieced patterns extending out from the center medallion, and these rows are both hand and machine pieced. The fabrics on this piece are unusual! There are three “cheater cloth” fabrics: the fourth and seventh rows from the center are of cheater cloth, and the backing is another cheater cloth in an abstract pattern. Please see detail images. All three are companion fabrics in the same colorway. Additionally, the fabrics on the quilt date from the c.1860´s-90´s. Two rows of 2 inch triangles surround the center medallion in a medley of plaids and prints in colors ranging from deep greens and browns to wines, ecru and black. Two additional 3 1/2 inch wide rows of triangles in chrome yellow and large black on white dots surround the inner cheater cloth border. The outer cheater cloth border is surrounded by 3 1/2 inch wide blocks in multiple prints and hues in strip formation.

This unique quilt is hand quilted using dark thread in cross-hatch stitching across the entire quilt. It has a separately applied binding in a gorgeous print of brown, teal, gold and ecru. This quilt is in mint condition, and is an incredible graphic piece of art for wall or bed. Please contact us if you´d like to see this quilt in your home on approval. We´re happy to ship it to you.

Q8707 Maple Leaf Variation with Double Borders
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Q8707 Maple Leaf Variation with Double Borders
c.1855
69 x 84 (175.3 x 213.4 cm)
Washington County, MD
$3,100

A gorgeous pre-Civil War era quilt in madder dyed red, over dyed green, and chrome yellow calicoes. This antique textile is also completely hand pieced and quilted which adds another dimension of excellence to a beautifully executed quilt. Graphic over dyed green maple leaves on yellow dominate the central design and alternate with double madder dyed red calico joining blocks. Each block measures approximately 5 1/2 inches square. The inner 1 1/2 inch sawtooth border is in the same over dyed green and yellow calicoes with the outer 5 1/2 inch border in a madder dyed red calico. Four blocks executed in the Maid´s Puzzle pattern with 3/4 inch borders of their own accent the corners of the outer border. Wonderful!

Beautiful quilting in brown, white and green threads showcase double parallel line quilting, double line cross hatch and intersecting double line circles. A circa 1840 madder dyed geometric and brown floral stripe fabric provides a gorgeous backing for this amazing piece. This quilt is also beautifully framed by a 3/8” hand applied chrome yellow and red calico binding.

A stunning early quilt by an expert quilt maker, this would be an excellent addition to an early American quilt collection and a joy to display in any room. In excellent condition it has been professionally hand washed by Betsey and is ready to be sent to your home for review on approval. Please ask Betsey for more details.

Q8749 Indigo Blue & White Lemon Peel
Q8749 Indigo Blue & White Lemon Peel
c.1860
72 x 85 (182.9 x 215.9 cm)
PA
SOLD

This classic Lemon Peel in the two color combination of indigo blue and white is just fabulous. It is comprised of three different indigo prints which are paired with black and white mourning prints. The blocks measure 5 1/2 inches square and are skillfully pieced to form the early and sought after Lemon Peel, also called Rob Peter to Pay Paul, pattern. Double borders measure 1 ¼ inches wide for the outer indigo border, and 1 3/4 inches wide for the inner black and white mourning print border. The addition of a four patch block in each corner of the quilt adds a special touch to the borders framing the inner design.

Hand quilting on this piece includes outline quilting for the body of the quilt and a single cable in the double border. The backing is white and the indigo outer border folds over to the back and is hand stitched down to form the ¼” binding.

This would be a wonderful addition to any quilt collection or a wonderful first quilt in excellent condition. We are happy to ship this quilt to you for viewing in your home on approval before a purchase decision is made. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.

Q7071 North Carolina Lily
Q7071 North Carolina Lily
c.1880
78 x 94 (198.1 x 238.8 cm)
Maryland or Virginia
SOLD

What a graphically wonderful quilt! The color impact of the deeply dyed indigo with tiny white stars combined with vibrant vegetable dyed chrome orange is just stunning! The blocks are 11 inches square, with 5 3/8 inch indigo sashing and chrome joining blocks. Interestingly, the lilies in just one of the blocks have had a double pink fabric substituted for the chrome. The triple border is comprised of approximately 2 ¾ inch strips of chrome, indigo, and blue striped shirting fabrics, and finished with a 5/8 inch chrome binding. The wholecloth backing is the same blue striped shirting. Entirely hand pieced and hand quilted in outlines, diagonal lines and daisy medallions. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q8778 Miniature Nine Patch with Double Border
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Q8778 Miniature Nine Patch with Double Border
c.1895
71 x 74 (180.3 x 188 cm)
PA
$1,500

This sweet, miniature Nine Patch cotton quilt captures the heart with 9 patch blocks a mere 2 3/4” square (that´s less than 1 inch for each small patch), and white on red polka dots for the joining blocks and outer border. The overdyed green inner border is 1 3/8 inches wide with the outer white on red polka dot border a lovely 4 1/2 inches wide. Such nice proportions, making this quilt both sweet and pleasing to the eye.

Entirely hand quilted with four strand cables in the borders, parallel lines in the 9 patch blocks and chevrons in the joining squares. The backing is a terrific medium scale olive-brown and white homewoven plaid. The 3/8 inch applied binding uses multiple fabrics from the top of the quilt – charming.

A wonderful antique quilt that has been used but lovingly cared for and in excellent condition. A wonderful quilt for a bed, a throw or to hang on the wall for a graphic statement. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to ship to you on approval for review in your home before purchase.

Q8738 Feather Applique with Sawtooth Border
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Q8738 Feather Applique with Sawtooth Border
c.1865
82 x 82 (208.3 x 208.3 cm)
Chester County, PA
$3,200

A gorgeous Civil War era quilt in solid brown and green! This antique textile is also exquisitely hand quilted which adds another dimension of excellence to a beautifully designed and executed quilt. Large and graphic feather appliques dominate the center of the design. Each appliqued block measures approximately 20 inches square and is done in a combination of brown and green on white. Tiny, even stitches were used to attach each feather applique. The inner 2” sawtooth border is hand pieced and echoes the strong brown and green theme.

Beautiful quilting by an experienced hand showcases an undulating feather vine in the 8" outer white border, double parallel lines in the sawtooth border, feathered wreaths in the white areas between the two-color feathers, and double line quilting in all appliques. Backed in the same white as used on the front, this quilt is also beautifully framed by a 3/8” applied solid brown binding.

A stunning early quilt by an expert quilt maker, this would be an excellent addition to an early American quilt collection and a joy to display in any room. In excellent condition it has been professionally hand washed by Betsey and is ready to be sent to you on approval.

Q8788 Wool Double Fan
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Q8788 Wool Double Fan
c.1895
55 x 56 (139.7 x 142.2 cm)
PA
$2,200

What a wonderful variation on the traditional Fan quilt design! Special care was taken by the maker evidenced by the added touches to her fanciful and rather lively quilt. Lovely and varied wools and wool challis in a multi-hued palette make up the fans which are each hand embellished with a combination of gold and ecru silk floss in the featherstitch pattern. Fans are arranged in an almost ‘snail trail´ pattern which adds movement for the eye and injects a sense of fun to an already beautiful quilt. Each fan block measures 6 ¾ inches with the spokes a mere 3 inches long. A fancy pattern of long and short blanket stitches in gold and ecru silk floss is an added decoration for the pillowcase edging.

The backing on this piece is a soft and lovely confederate blue with amusing and very puffy pom-pom reverse ties in white wool yarn. A few original moth holes here and there on the backing attest to it being all wool.

This is a fantastic fan quilt just filled with positive energy. It´s a great size to use as art on that special wall or use it as a throw on the couch for those cool evenings. One of Betsey´s favorite finds. Remember, it can be sent to you on approval.

Q8771 Victorian Silk Crazy Quilt with Burgundy Velvet Border
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Q8771 Victorian Silk Crazy Quilt with Burgundy Velvet Border
c.1885
63 x 64 (160 x 162.6 cm)
PA
$1,500

A lovely example of the Victorian Silk Crazy Quilt whose design is reminiscent of a stained glass window. Each block, or window pane, measures approximately 9 ¼” x 9 ¼” and is filled with solid and patterned silks and silk velvets in clear, bright colors. Finely executed embellishment stitching in various hues of silk floss cover every seam in every possible variation of stitch design. Interior embellishment designs include rings, floral patterns, chains, fruits, and the initial “L” - we presume for the maker.

This lovely quilt is designed in a 6 x 6 array of window panes which gives a nice sense of order within the crazy cutting of the silks. Framing the interior design is a lush, burgundy silk velvet border 3 ½” wide. The backing is a stunning quilted burgundy silk which is pillowcase edged by hand to the front design for an elegant finish. A beautiful, silk velvet creation that would be gorgeous as artwork on a wall or as an accent piece in any room. Remember, our quilts are always sent on approval.

Q8759 Victorian Silk Velvet Crazy Quilt
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Q8759 Victorian Silk Velvet Crazy Quilt
c.1885
74 x 74 (188 x 188 cm)
Chester County, PA
$2,900

A gorgeous silk velvet crazy quilt in excellent condition! Both soft and warm, with an amazingly sophisticated feel, this Victorian quilt has a wonderful mix of jewel toned silk velvets which are completely hand embellished in a variation of the double coral stitch using silk floss, and top tied with multi colored silk and cotton flosses. Four main blocks filled with pieces ranging from a tiny ½ x 1 to 13 x 3 inches fill the center of the quilt. Surrounding this is a crazy pieced border approximately 7 inches wide.

The backing is a cozy flannel windowpane plaid in brown, green, blue and yellow. The applied 3/8” binding is a soft blue with red stripes cotton flannel. This beautiful and very elegant piece of textile art would add a touch of warmth and vitality to any room in your home. Remember, our quilts are always sent on approval. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.

Q8792 Folk Art Wool Crazy Quilt
Q8792 Folk Art Wool Crazy Quilt
c.1890
66 x 76 (167.6 x 193 cm)
Gouverneur, NY
SOLD

A fabulous wool folk art crazy quilt with a myriad of interesting and unique symbols and embellishments straight out of this quilter's imagination. Various solid and patterned worsted wools, challis and wool suiting fabrics combine in a muted palette of olives, browns, wine, black and ecru to form the subtle background. The artist used this as a canvas onto which she embroidered both whimsical and traditional designs using solid and variegated wool yarns in bright, warm hues. Appliques of crocheted wool and bright wool challis in amorphous shapes and geometrics add even more charm.

Central to the quilt's design is a block of uniform bricks around which the other fantastical shapes and elements flow. The backing of this quilt is a tan and ecru plaid and is the foundation onto which each piece is stitched. The 3/8" binding is an applied olive green wool challis.

Wonderful warmth and movement make this quilt a great choice to use as the focal point in any room. Folk art sophistication and whimsy at its best, this is a wonderful and unique quilt that can be sent to you on approval.

Q8715 Folk Art Flower and Basket
Q8715 Folk Art Flower and Basket
c.1850
74 x 82 (188 x 208.3 cm)
Pennsylvania
SOLD

All hand pieced, appliqued and quilted, this quilt is a unique and skillfully made piece of textile folk art. Comprised entirely of solid hues of cotton in Turkey red, over dyed green, and mustard on a white ground.

Pieced baskets comprised of green and mustard triangles are 3 ½" high and 7 ¼" wide and hold funky appliqued flower stems with buds of red and green. Precise appliqué stitches are so small they are hard to detect. Framing the quilt are six one inch borders in alternating colors of green, mustard, red and white. The combination of precise piecing with the completely original folk art design gives this quilt a whimsical yet sophisticated feel.

Wonderful triple line quilting in ¼" parallel lines is skillfully stitched by hand throughout. The backing is a fine white cotton and the separately applied hand stitched ¼" binding is in Turkey red. The excellent condition and stunning graphics of this mid 19th century folk art quilt make it equally wonderful art for either bed or wall. Professionally hand washed by Betsey this quilt is ready to be sent to you on approval. Please ask Betsey for more details.

Q8656 Turkey Red & White Baskets
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Q8656 Turkey Red & White Baskets
c.1875
74 x 66 (188 x 167.6 cm)
ME
$1,450

This cheerful and pristine Basket Quilt executed in solid Turkey red and white is ready to brighten your home. Each 7 ¾ hand pieced and hand appliqued block alternates with a solid white joining block. Hand quilting features outline stitching in the basket blocks and ¾ inch crosshatching in the white joining blocks.

The backing is the same white cotton fabric used on the front with a separately applied hand sewn 3/8” white binding. Clean, soft, bright and in excellent condition this sweet basket quilt will light up any room in your home! Two color quilts are always a joy to find and easy to incorporate into any home´s decor.

Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to send on approval.

Q8649 Red & White Lemon Peel / Rob Peter to Pay Paul
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Q8649 Red & White Lemon Peel / Rob Peter to Pay Paul
c. 1870
73 x 88 (185.5 x 223.5 cm)
Maine
$2,400

A wonderful early pattern is showcased on this very graphic red and white quilt. Just two fabrics were used: a red and dark pink pattern, and solid white. This indicates the maker was probably from an affluent family as enough of this fabric was purchased to create this quilt rather than making use of “scrap” fabrics on hand.

Blocks measure 6 ½” square and are both hand and machine pieced. Curved pieces are more difficult to execute well so the creator of this quilt was an experienced seamstress. Quilting is stitched entirely by hand in echo outline and parallel lines throughout. The backing is white and the ½” binding is treadle machine topstitched in the same red fabric as used on the front. The end result is a harmonious and graphic piece of textile art.

This is a wonderful quilt for use on a bed or would be equally as beautiful hung on a wall. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and in excellent condition. Quilts are always sent on approval.

Q8324 Blue & White Goose and Goslings
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Q8324 Blue & White Goose and Goslings
c.1875
70 x 82 (177.8 x 208.3 cm)
Indiana
$1,300

A perfect quilt for a lover of blue calicoes! Various indigo calicoes were used in the formation of the hand pieced blocks in this terrific Goose and Goslings patterned quilt. An indigo with small white stars is used to join the 7 ½” blocks and also forms the outer 3” wide border joined by machine. Various indigo calicoes form the geese and goslings and include miniature patterns of white stripes with flowers, mustard dots and blossoms, and white speckled hearts.

Finely executed hand quilting on this piece include diagonal cross hatch and parallel lines done in the tiniest of stitches. The backing is white linen and the ¼” indigo binding was applied by machine. A soft and cuddly quilt in excellent condition that has been used but lovingly cared for. Professionally washed by Betsey. Quilts are always sent on approval

Q6144 Log Cabin Straight Furrows
Q6144 Log Cabin Straight Furrows
c.1880
56 x 62 (142.2 x 157.5 cm)
Maine
SOLD

What a feast for fabric lovers! An incredible array of fabrics dating from 1870 - 80 make this antique hand made quilt special. The Log Cabin Straight Furrows pattern originated in England and was created to emulate rows of crops in the field. In America we have used and developed this pattern to the extent that most think it originated here.

Cabin blocks measure 5 x 5 inches with the logs a tiny 5/8 inch wide. Made from cotton and reversed tied this quilt is backed with a lovely black, gray and white cotton calico and has a ¼ inch applied binding in the same maroon calico as used in the chimneys – lovely!

In this piece the feeling of structure and order common to most log cabins is found along with a delightful freshness and vitality from the amazing variety of colors and patterns in the fabrics the quilter chose.

CONLF26 Log Cabin Barn Raising
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CONLF26 Log Cabin Barn Raising
c.1880
85 x 88 (215.9 x 223.5 cm)
Pennsylvania
$1,550

Such a pleasing use of color in this striking cotton Log Cabin quilt in the Barn Raising pattern. The terrific solid cheddar, black, green and muted Turkey red logs are set off beautifully by the various small patterned calico logs each with a white ground. All of the 7 ¼ x 7 ¾ inch blocks are made up of sixteen ¾ inch logs, all with Turkey red chimneys.

Hand quilting, which appears to have been done at a later time, is done throughout in a 2 ½ inch crosshatch pattern using black thread including the 4 ¼ inch wide solid black border. A striking red and black small scale floral on a yellow ground cotton is used for the backing with an applied ½ inch binding in Turkey red.

Very well planned and executed this is a very graphically appealing piece that would work equally well as wall art or on a bed. Professionally hand washed by Betsey – ask her for more information on this quilt.

CON LC Carolina Lily
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CON LC Carolina Lily
c.1860
87 x 90 (221 x 228.6 cm)
NY
$2,400

Festoon your home this holiday season with the perfect antique hand appliqued quilt for art on your wall, bed or decorating in general. In gorgeous solid Turkey red and overdyed green you just can´t get any more festive. 16 hand appliqued lilies dance among flower buds on a pristine white ground. Solid Turkey red jabots and bows circle the white border measuring 12 3/4 inches on the side borders and 10 inches top and bottom (quilt shown horizontally in photo). Finely done hand quilting consists of outline on each appliqué, 6, 7 and 8 petaled floral motifs in differing sizes and leaf filled trailing vines in the white background. The quilt has a white backing and is finished with a ¼ inch hand applied white binding.

This piece is extremely ordered and well planned but gives the impression of free spirited gaity, emphasized by the “scattering” of appliqued buds and the various sizes of the hand quilted multi-petaled flowers and free flowing leafy vines.

This lovely quilt would be the focal point of your holiday decorating or any time of year. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q8568 Birds in the Air Quilt
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Q8568 Birds in the Air Quilt
c.1885
72 x 76
Maine
$1,900

A captivating quilt in unused condition.Comprised of 5" split square blocks with a 4" border of 4" diamond in a square blocks. The binding is a 1/4" red and white plaid. All work is done by hand..Quilting is 1" straight line vertical quilting in some areas, diagonal quilting in other areas, while horizontal quilting in yet other areas. Backing is a taupe on beige Crocus design...probably darker as early aniline dyes did not always hold. This is the era for conversation prints...we have early baseball players..one running, an umpire, ..then horses, anchors, race horse with jockey, coins...pennies and nickles and a sailboat...maybe more...a virtual treasure hunt of conversation prints.
The diamond in a square border, today associated with the Amish, creates a wonderfully intriguing border. There are so many red, white and blue fabrics along with the baseball conversation prints, that we have decided to add this quilt to the Patriotic section.
A quilt that one can not tire of looking at..always discovering new prints..What a wonderful piece of art for your wall.
Organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your in home viewing.

Q6832 Silk Center Medallion Mosaic
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Q6832 Silk Center Medallion Mosaic
c.1855
66 x 80 (167.6 x 203.2 cm)
Pennsylvania
$2,400

Nothing sparkles light like silk, and this beautiful quilt would be a truly stunning piece of art for your wall or bed. In unused condition, a wide variety of silks in blues, fuschia, browns and black stripes, checks, plaids, solids, and solid failles have been hand pieced into a center medallion mosaic configuration. Each hexagon measures 1 ¾ inches across, and has been hand outline quilted. The 3 ¾ inch border is a rich green and black plaid reminiscent of a Scottish Black Watch tartan, and has been quilted with a diagonal basket weave motif. The separately applied black wool challis binding is a ½ inch wide, and the backing is a lovely olive brown and rose leaf print silk. A quilt such as this one was a mark of excellence for a woman of affluence, as only a very prosperous family could afford such fabrics. What an amazing piece of art! Please ask Betsey for more information.

Q8333 Double Irish Chain with Inner Streak of Lightning Border
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Q8333 Double Irish Chain with Inner Streak of Lightning Border
c. 1860
84 x 96 (213.4 x 243.8 cm)
Lancaster Co., PA
$2,600

What a stunningly graphic quilt! This hand pieced, hand quilted creation contains fabrics dating from 1815 to 1865. It gives the impression of a double border, with the use of the wide, overdyed green calico binding followed by a section heavily quilted in a wave pattern and finished with a matching overdyed green calico inner Streak of Lightning. The Double Irish Chain interior is quilted in outlines and crosshatching. The border measures 12", allowing this quilt to fit a queen size bed with borders on each side and the foot. The double line quilting was a signature of the 1840's and carried on afterwards by some quilters. There are dozens of different early calicoes along with this wonderful early overdyed green calico.
Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q8425 Nine Patch on Point Bar Quilt
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Q8425 Nine Patch on Point Bar Quilt
c.1870
78 x 90 ( 198.1 x 228.6 cm)
New Oxford, Pennsylvania
$2,300

A gorgeous quilt with absolutely wonderful fabrics from 1850-1870, the color palette of this piece is predominantly browns, reds, madder dyes and a few pops of indigo. The wholecloth backing fabric is a lovely geometric print of brown ovals floating above a two toned green stripe. The bars alternate between a 7 1/4 inch brown and burgundy geometric stripe and oval print, and the 9 1/2 inch Nine Patch bars set on point. All hand pieced and quilted with undulating lines 3/4 of an inch apart. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q8189 Silk Velvet Bars
Q8189 Silk Velvet Bars
1885
44 x 60 (111.8 x 152.4 cm)
Illinois
1885

SOLD

This is a very sumptuous quilt; created from plush, deep toned mauve, pink, green, blue, gold and black silk velvets. The way light plays across the surface of antique silk velvet is truly amazing, and next to impossible to convey through two dimensional photographs. In unused condition, this quilt has been foundation pieced by hand and reverse tied. The binding is gray silk velvet, and the backing is a lovely 1880´s mauve print. What a beautiful piece of art!

Q8440 Heavily Quilted Star of Bethlehem
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Q8440 Heavily Quilted Star of Bethlehem
c.1865
82 x 83 (208.3 x 210.8 cm)
Pennsylvania
$2,400

What a perfectly exquisite piece of art for your wall! The huge star dominates the quilt, radiating outward with 2 inch diamonds of yellow calico, solid brown, madder geometric print, double pink, and overdyed green. A triple border of matching yellow calico, madder, and white contain the star, and the white background matches the backing and 3/8 inch separately applied binding.

This beautiful quilt has been densely quilted with medallions, outline, cross-hatching, and meandering feathers by a very skillful needlewoman with a confident eye for graphics. A fabulous find in that desirable Pennsylvania combination of yellow and browns. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q8437 Love Apple
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Q8437 Love Apple
c.1895
64 ½ x 65 ½ (163.8 x 166.4 cm)
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
$1,500

What a prime example of the Pennsylvania color palette! The overdyed green, double pink, yellow calico, and unusual blue print cottons give this very sophisticated pattern a decidedly folky interpretation. Pieced and appliqued by hand and machine, the four block formation is indicative of earlier quilts, and is another unique characteristic of this creative piece. All hand quilted with chevrons, crosshatching, and diagonal lines, with some pencil marks still showing. This crisp and unused quilt has a 9 ½ inch quadruple border and a 3/8 inch binding turned over from the front to the back. The wholecloth backing is a wonderful blue, white, and pink woven plaid cotton. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q6855 Rob Peter to Pay Paul
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Q6855 Rob Peter to Pay Paul
c.1850
74 x 92 + 17 inch tail (188 x 233.7 cm + 43.2 cm tail)
Massachusetts
$1,900

This quilt is comprised of just two fabrics: a natural ground calico with madder-dyed leaves and a madder ground calico with black and white circles. The backing is a stripe in madder, beige and natural; the backing is turned to the front to form the binding. All work on this quilt is by hand. The quilting is diagonal quilting in the opposite direction of the connecting blocks. This quilt has terrific graphics! This quilt has been professionally hand washed by Betsey.

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