American Antique Crib Quilts
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About American Antique Crib Quilts
Antique crib quilts from the 18th and 19th centuries should actually be called bassinet or cradle quilts, as these were the beds primarily used for babies at that time. Therefore, most of the quilts in this time frame will be smaller than our 20th century crib quilts, which were created for the size cribs we still use today. The design scale on a crib quilt should match its size; that is, a true crib quilt was originally made for that purpose, not cut down from a larger quilt. Every quilt in this category is at its original size.

Antique crib quilts are fabulous pieces of textile art, perfect for those who might not have the wall space necessary for a full sized quilt. Whether used to adorn furniture, or on a wall in your foyer, hall, or any room, crib quilts can warm up living spaces in a way that paintings can never do.

Although they would be wonderful on a wall in a child’s room, we do not recommend using crib quilts for children. Children need bed coverings that can withstand the rigors of frequent machine washing, and antique quilts should NEVER see the inside of a washing machine!

Use your antique crib quilt as a small bit of warmth and color in your home, and enjoy knowing someone made this small quilt long ago out of love for a child.
 
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.
Q9006 Cotton Log Patch Bassinet Quilt
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Q9006 Cotton Log Patch Bassinet Quilt
c.1930
35 x 35 (88.9 x 88.9 cm)
Bowmansville, PA
$2,200

An exquisite and very graphic cotton bassinet quilt executed in one inch strips of solid, saturated color. Red, blue, green, purple and yellow bars radiate out from the center square with solid red one inch blocks in each corner. The red border framing the vibrant bars is 3 ¾ inches wide.

Hand quilting is nicely done with outline and diagonal stitching in the bars and small blocks and double chain stitching in the red border. The backing is a lovely red cotton calico – see detail image.

This perfect little quilt appears unused and is in excellent condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey it is perfectly suited to be used as stunning artwork for your wall. This quilt may 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.

DQ121 Red & White Bassinette Quilt Top
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DQ121 Red & White Bassinette Quilt Top
c.1900
26 x 30
ME
$165

This little bassinette quilt top is a small graphic treasure in its classic palette of solid red and white. Postage stamps ranging in size from 1 1/8 inches to 1 1/2 inches per side form the checkerboard pattern in this quilt top. There are also interesting longer pieces measuring approximately 3 1/2 inches long, forming crosses here and there. Solid red triangles form the edge of this miniature quilt top attesting to its original intent to be a bassinette quilt. With your backing, filler and a binding it will make your child's crib complete. It would also be a fabulous bit of graphic art hung on the wall. This quilt top was made by hand and put away to be finished into a miniature quilt later – by you, don’t you think? It is in excellent, unused condition.
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 outside border; 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.

CON PJ7 Amish Grandmother's Flower Garden Crib Quilt
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CON PJ7 Amish Grandmother's Flower Garden Crib Quilt
c.1930
37 x 47 (94 x 119.4 cm)
Ohio
$1,600

This classic quilt in the Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern contains a lovely color palette of solid hues. Each hexagon measures 1 1/4 inches across, 3/4 of an inch per side. Created from clear pastel cottons in saturated color this beautiful Amish textile is in excellent condition. It has been lovingly hand and machine pieced and hand quilted in outline stitching for the hexagons, diamond cable in the 1 3/4" purple inner border and triple cable for the 4 7/8" turquoise outer border. The artistic use of color placement adds to the visual impact and is a testament to the care taken while creating this piece.

A lovely soft yellow is used for all flower centers, with a solid turquoise the same shade as the outer border used for the paths between the flowers. The scalloped edging is framed with an applied 3/8" purple binding. The backing is a pale lavender cotton.

This is a lovely diminutive example of the Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern and would be a wonderful addition to any collection. For use in that special crib or as art for your wall. This quilt has been professionally hand washed by Betsey and is ready to send to you on approval for review in the privacy of your home.
Q8929 Amish 9 Patch on Point Crib Quilt
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Q8929 Amish 9 Patch on Point Crib Quilt
c.1945
44 x 57 (111.8 x 144.8 cm)
Lancaster County, PA
$1,200

A wonderful mid 20th century Amish cotton crib quilt in excellent condition. This lovely and very happy quilt is treadle machine pieced and hand quilted. Solid yellow and white nine patch blocks measure 4 1/4" x 4 1/2" and are set on point with joining blocks in solid, soft medium green. Double borders in 3" green and 2" yellow make a beautiful frame for the inner design.

Hand quilting consists of cross hatch for the 9 patch blocks, Fleur de Lis and circle-in-diamond patterns for the green triangles, diamond chain in the yellow border, with double cables quilted in the outer green border. There are some faint pencil lines used for the hand quilting still visible. The applied solid yellow binding is 1/2" wide and uses the same yellow cotton as the interior. The backing is white.

A sweet and lovely crib quilt in a happy palette of solid hues and in excellent condition. Perfect for that new baby's room in either crib or hung as graphic art on the wall. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to ship to you on approval for private viewing in 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.
Q8876 Amish Concentric Square Crib Quilt
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Q8876 Amish Concentric Square Crib Quilt
c.1930
39 x 40 (99 x 102 cm)
Colona or Mana, Iowa
$2,300

This sophisticated and graphic crib quilt is made entirely of cotton in wonderful solid shades of red, rose, deep green, blue, greenish gray, eggplant and off white, and backed with a solid medium gray cotton. Concentric squares in varying widths ranging from a mere 3/16" up to 4 1/2" surround a central two color bars pattern in blue and greenish gray. Bars measure 1/2" x 2 3/8". The gray backing folds to the front forming the 3/8" hand stitched binding. Hand quilting in brown thread includes outline stitching for the concentric squares with clam shell stitching in the outer gray border.

This is a wonderful find for Amish and crib quilt lovers and in excellent condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey this small quilt is perfectly suited as a graphic piece of textile art for your wall. This quilt can be sent to you on approval for viewing 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
$1,350

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.
CON G1 Triangles Crib Quilt
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CON G1 Triangles Crib Quilt
c.1895
27 x 30
$495

A wonderful little quilt in original condition, this piece is the perfect size for wall art. Each 2 inch block contains two triangles in a wide variety of blue, indigo, black, madder red, and brown fabrics. Surrounding the triangles are borders approximately 1 1/4 inches wide of triangles turned to the side. The bottom of the quilt has four border rows, remaining sides have one row each. The 3/8 inch separately hand applied binding is white and shows some wear in areas. The unusual backing fabric is a wonderful medium scale black floral with stripes - see detail image. Entirely hand pieced and hand quilted in straight lines with a very thin batting. A sweet diminutive quilt in original condition that has been used and lovingly cared for. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.
Q8718 “Clouds” Unusual Variation of Rob Peter to Pay Paul Youth Quilt
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Q8718 “Clouds” Unusual Variation of Rob Peter to Pay Paul Youth Quilt
c.1930
50 x 58
Maryland
$850

A fabulous and very sweet quilt in excellent, crisp condition…created in a youth bed size. Skillfully hand pieced blocks form a lovely pattern of white clouds in a solid pink sky. “Clouds” measure 5 inches in diameter. A 5 inch wide double border in pink and white forms a nice frame in beautiful proportion to the inner clouds design.

Entirely hand quilted with diagonal parallel lines for the double border, outline stitching for the clouds with echo circular stitches for the interior of the clouds in the pink ‘sky’. The same solid pink cotton is used for the backing – a nice touch - as well as the separately applied 3/8 inch pink binding.

A wonderful quilt in a perfect size for use as art on the wall. It would also be beautiful in a crib or on a youth sized bed. This quilt is clean and crisp with a two color palette that works beautifully in any décor. Professionally hand washed by Betsey this diminutive sweetheart can be sent to you on approval for private viewing in the privacy of your home.
Q8848 Old Order Amish Center Square Crib Quilt
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Q8848 Old Order Amish Center Square Crib Quilt
c.1920 top
26 x 32
Big Valley, Mifflin County, PA
$900

The Nebraska Amish are the most conservative among the different Amish communities. They are known as the "Nebraska Amish" as, in the late 1880's, several leaders and their families came from Nebraska to Mifflin County, PA at the Reedsville end of the valley to help a dissatisfied group within the Big Valley Amish community. The group split from the larger faction and became known as the Nebraska Amish or "Nebraskas". If you visit the Big Valley today you will find this Amish community is distinguished from other Amish groups by their white topped buggies with brown carriage boxes - their nickname is "White-Toppers".

This Nebraska Amish crib quilt in the center square pattern is in unused condition. While the top is c.1920 Betsey believes that backing and quilting were done c.1950, however the quilting thread is early (using non-mercerized cotton thread for the quilting). Hand quilting in dark thread consists of the traditional Nebraska Amish motifs of fans in the center square, half chains in the outer border and double line parallel lines in the inner blue border making up a zigzag design. A solid blue 3/8” wide applied binding finishes the crib quilt beautifully.

A wonderful diminutive piece that has been hand washed by Betsey and is ready to be sent to you on approval for viewing in the privacy of your home.
Q8304 Four Patch Basinette Quilt
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Q8304 Four Patch Basinette Quilt
Dated 1891, with 1860's fabrics
33 x 43 (83.8 x 109.2 cm)
PA
$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 ¼” 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.
Q8819 Old Order Amish Bear Paw Crib Quilt
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Q8819 Old Order Amish Bear Paw Crib Quilt
c. 1915
39 x 51
Ohio
$4,200

Old Order Amish are distinguished by their nonconformist attitudes and resistance to social change, and are characterized by a strictly rural way of life, a horse-and-buggy culture, the use of a dialect of the German language, and "plain" dress resembling that of European peoples two centuries ago. They have no meetinghouses and some communities oppose the use of tractors for farming. These more conservative views distinguish them from other Amish groups. This wonderful little Old Order treasure is a great find for Betsey’s clients who love Old Order Amish quilts – and its size is a special bonus.

This petite and perfectly scaled example of the Bear Paw pattern is made from cotton fabrics in lovely, muted shades of black, grayish brown, cream and green, and backed with a solid gray-brown cotton. Each Bear Paw block is set on point and measures approximately 6 x 6 inches. Small triangles within the blocks measure one inch per short side, larger triangles 2 1/4 inches per short side. The interior square of each ‘paw’ is approximately 3 1/4 square. Double borders include an inner 1 5/8 inch green border with the outer black border measuring 5 inches in width.

The 3/8 inch binding is formed when the backing was turned to the front and treadle machine stitched down. Lovely hand quilting using black thread includes double parallel line stitching in the double border, and 7/8 inch cross hatch stitching in the bear paws and joining blocks. In excellent condition this small quilt is a wonderful find for Amish and crib quilt lovers. Perfectly suited as a graphic piece of textile art to add a bit of sophistication and elegance to your home or office. This quilt can be sent to you for viewing in your home on approval prior to purchase. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.
Q8636 Broken Dishes Crib Quilt
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Q8636 Broken Dishes Crib Quilt
c.1928
27 x 33
New Hampshire
$250

A delightful, diminutive and completely original quilt in the broken dishes pattern. This pleasing little crib quilt is comprised of various soft hues in plaids, stripes, and checks with a few florals and solids added in for fun. Each block has been hand pieced and hand quilted in diagonal lines and measures 2 ¾ inches. The backing is a white muslin which folds over to the front forming the ½ inch hand stitched binding.

A small treasure to use or display on your wall as the perfect piece of graphic art for that small space! Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

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