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

About Civil War Era Quilts

We often receive inquiries regarding quilts that were made during the era of the Civil War. This category includes quilts created in the five or so years leading up to the advent of war, as well as five years after the cessation of fighting.

Hostilities began on April 12, 1861, with the Confederate force's bombardment of the U.S. military installation at Fort Sumter, in Charleston Harbor, SC. The Civil War ended on April 9th, 1865 when Robert E. Lee surrendered his troops to Ulysses Grant at the Appomattox court house, located in Virginia.

Civil War Era Quilts

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Q8993 Tumbling Blocks Bassinet Quilt
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Q8993 Tumbling Blocks Bassinet Quilt
c.1860
26 x 33 (66 x 83.8 cm)
$1,200

A wonderful Civil War era bassinet quilt in perfect condition. The diamonds that form the tumbling blocks measure 1 3/4 inches per side. The color palette is warm and consists of two brown, tan and ecru calicoes, a sweet brown on tan polka dot, a blue, white and brown cotton plaid, and a solid tan cotton. The fabric patterns were carefully arranged by the maker to form a center medallion - a very nice touch that adds even more graphic appeal to the wonderful Tumbling Blocks pattern. Completely hand pieced using very tiny stitches, and outline hand quilted throughout.

The backing of the quilt is a great rust and brown on tan small scale floral cotton which is also used for the applied 3/8 inch all hand binding that follows the shape of the tumbling blocks. This perfect little quilt appears unused and has been professionally hand washed by Betsey. It can be sent to you on approval for private review.

Q9011 Folk Art Applique Quilt
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Q9011 Folk Art Applique Quilt
c.1870
73 x 81 (185.4 x 205.7 cm)
Dover, DE
$2,900

Both elegant and fun, this gorgeous Folk Art floral applique quilt is in perfect condition. 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.

Q8689 Nine Patch Irish Chain Quilt
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Q8689 Nine Patch Irish Chain with Triple Border
c.1860
78 x 80 (198.1 x 203.2 cm)
New York
$2,600

A beautiful Civil War era indigo blue and white cotton quilt in excellent condition. Nine patch blocks measure 3 ½ inches square and are comprised of an indigo blue with white dots print paired with pure white cotton. Large joining blocks are approximately 10 ¾ x 11 inches. A 4 ½ inch wide triple border frames the design.

Quilting on this beautiful piece is skillfully executed using parallel lines set ⅝ of an inch apart for the 9 patch blocks, with ½ inch diagonal cross hatch stitching in all white joining blocks. The triple border contains double parallel lines stitched ½ inch apart. The backing is fine white cotton with an applied 3/8 inch binding in a c.1860 indigo with tiny white dots and lines.

This is a beautiful early indigo and white quilt in the lovely 9 patch Irish Chain pattern. The triple border sets it apart from the rest. In excellent condition it would be gorgeous on a bed! Professionally hand washed by Betsey it can be sent to you on approval. Ask her for more details on this quilt.

CON JP Burgoyne Surrounded
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CON JP Burgoyne Surrounded
c.1855
78 x 83 (198.1 x 210.8 cm)
Unknown origin
$6,050

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.

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.

Q8682 Cactus Basket
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Q8682 Cactus Basket
c.1860
78 x 80 (198.1 x 203.2 cm)
Chester County, Pennsylvania
$3,900

This stunningly graphic pre-Civil War quilt in amazing condition is comprised of four intriguing cotton fabrics. These fabrics include a three color print in rose, sherbet and pink, an over dyed green on green print, a russet calico with a ladybug-like design, and a cheddar calico with black dots and white dashes. All four fabrics are used in each of the 6 ¼" meticulously hand pieced cactus basket blocks. Triangles within these blocks measure 1 ½" at the base with 1 ¼" sides.

Two borders frame the quilt: a 1 3/8" inner border in the pink print with echo outline hand quilting, and an 11 inch over dyed green border hand quilted in a flowing double line feathered vine design surrounded by ½" diagonal cross hatch stitching. Over dyed green joining blocks display an 8 point star quilted in the center with quilted hearts forming a ring around the star. Hearts are also quilted in the base of every basket. The presence of hearts is an indication this was a wedding gift or a gift between an affianced couple.

The entire backing is a gorgeous Turkey red, black and white geometric pattern. The outer green border turns over to the back and forms the scant ¼" hand stitched binding. This is a crisp, beautifully quilted piece created in lovely, bold colors. A vivid statement for bed or wall, this quilt has been professionally hand washed by Betsey. Quilts are always sent on approval.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Q6444 Unusual Triple Irish Chain
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Q6444 Unusual Triple Irish Chain
c.1870
72 x 88 (182.9 x 223.5 cm)
Indiana
$1,200

The warm tones of this quilt are very comforting, with the majority of fabrics in shades of green, blue, and rose. At first glance, this quilt has the look of an Ocean Wave pattern using squares instead of the more typical triangles. However, it appears to be a Triple Irish Chain with an unusual joining block setting. The quilter also concentrated her deepest colors at the top and bottom of the quilt, creating a unique visual effect. All hand pieced, the deep overdyed green calico joining blocks are 5 inch square, and the separately applied 3/8 inch binding is from that same overdyed green. The backing is linen homespun and the corners of this quilt have been softly rounded. The hand quilted crosshatching alternates between a 1 ¼ inch grid in the squares to a smaller ¾ inch grid in the green joining blocks. An assortment of brown, cream, mauve, and navy quilting thread was used to match the fabrics on front. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q8890 Courthouse Steps Log Cabin
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Q8890 Courthouse Steps Log Cabin
c.1855
60 x 71 (152.4 x 180.3 cm)
Lancaster County, PA
$2,900

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, the addition of red silk ribbon ties at each block's four corners, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Q8558 LeMoyne Star with Turkey Red Joining Blocks
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Q8558 LeMoyne Star with Turkey Red Joining Blocks
c.1870
63 x 74 (160 x 188 cm)
Connecticut
$1,400

The warm and cheerful colors of this graphic quilt make it perfect for wall art or use on a twin bed. The blocks are approximately 4 ½ inches square, with LeMoyne stars alternating with solid Turkey red blocks. Entirely hand pieced and hand quilted using a combination of white and brown cotton threads. Most likely, the brown thread was originally a tobacco dyed green. An overall 1 inch crosshatch quilting pattern was used, with a concentric circle motif used in the stars. The ¼ inch separately applied binding uses a circa 1860 fabric and the backing is off white cotton. Professionally hand washed by Betsey, please ask her for more details.

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
$3,600

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.

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.

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.

Q7034 Broderie Perse in Block Formation
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Q7034 Broderie Perse in Block Formation
c.1860
68 x 82 (172.7 x 208.3 cm)
Maine
$1,550

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.

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