American Antique Doll Quilts
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About American Antique Doll Quilts
Up until recent times, gender roles were firmly set. It was the duty of every mother to pass on the skills necessary to run a household and raise children. As was often the case, mothers with many children would depend on their oldest daughters to assist them in caring for new babies. Younger girls would begin their training with dolls, which needed all the care that future babies would require.

Among other skills, little girls around the age of four would learn how to stitch clothes and quilts so their dolls would be comfortable. Some of our antique doll quilts have been sewn by a child as a learning tool, while others were made by an adult and given to the child as a gift.

The antique doll quilt category encompasses a huge range of time; from 1825 through to the 1940’s, and an equally wide color spectrum of fabrics. As with full-sized and crib quilts, the fabrics chosen for a doll quilt can reveal much about the quilter’s place in society. An exquisite silk and silk velvet doll quilt could have only come from an affluent family, while an ordinary but sincere scrap bag quilt would have been created by any other family.

No matter what type of quilt you choose, an antique doll quilt is so sweet to display anywhere in your home, or hang as wall art. Remember, more than one makes a fabulous grouping!
 
DQ191 Silk Velvet Doll's Crazy Quilt
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DQ191 Silk Velvet Doll's Crazy Quilt
c.1885
6 x 6 1/2 (15.2 x 16.5 cm)
NY
Was $225 Now $195

Such a little treasure in original condition! A very small, early crazy quilt made of silk velvets. Fifteen small silk velvet patches measuring from the smallest at 3/8 x 1 inch up to 1 1/4 x 2 inches make up this diminutive doll quilt. Lovely and varied silk embellishment stitches done by an experienced hand cover every seam...even the black silk velvet binding has lovely gold silk stitching all around. The front is in perfect condition; the solid red backing is almost all gone except for some fabric still attached by the binding stitches. See detail images. A wonderful circa 1885 silk velvet doll's crazy quilt done to scale. A small metal ring was attached to one corner long ago which we have not touched. A tiny treasure.
DQ194 "Mamma to Nellie" Wool & Cotton Doll Quilt
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DQ194 "Mamma to Nellie" Wool & Cotton Doll Quilt
Dated 1901
19 x 26 (48.3 x 66 cm)
PA
Was $295 Now $250

A wonderful little crazy quilt made by a mother for her child. Foundation pieced using wools, cottons and cotton sateens this lovely little quilt was executed entirely by hand. Embellished on all seams with cotton twists in soft shades of blue, pink, yellow and white with a hand stitched dedication from "Mamma To Nellie" and the year "1901". See detail images. The backing is solid black cotton sateen pillowcase edged to the quilt's top with embellishment stitching all around. There is no bat between the quilt's foundation fabric and the backing. In excellent condition this wonderful little quilt is a very sweet find!
DQ196 Pinwheel with Diamond in a Square Center Block Doll Quilt
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DQ196 Pinwheel with Diamond in a Square Center Block Doll Quilt
c.1940
12 1/2 x 12 1/2 (31.8 x 31.8 cm)
PA
Was $145 Now $130

A sweet 20th century cotton pinwheel doll quilt with a diamond in a square center. In excellent condition this little darling is soft and freshly washed by Betsey. Hand pieced and hand quilted with tulips in the 2 inch wide pink border, with echo outline in the border's four corners. Tulips are stitched in the four corners of the inner block design. A quilted four petal flower motif is centered within the 4 stitched tulips. Blocks measure approximately 2 3/4 inches square with great fabrics consisting of a rose,pink, blue and white floral calico, solid white, and a rose and blue mini print on white. The backing is white and the bat is thin with a nice loft. This little quilt is pillowcase edged with top stitching by hand 1/16th from the edge. A wonderful little quilt once used by a young girl for her doll, ready to be used and loved again.
DQ184 Rob Peter to Pay Paul Doll Quilt
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DQ184 Rob Peter to Pay Paul Doll Quilt
c.1920
15 x 20 (38.1 x 50.8 cm)
Was $175 Now $160

This sweet solid teal and white doll quilt is treadle machine pieced. The backing was folded to the front forming the border and finished with a topstitch all around - one inch wide on the long sides and 1/4 inch top and bottom. Pink cotton floss ties on the front hold the backing to the quilt top with no bat between. Blocks measure 3 1/4" x 3 3/8" with four blocks forming a circle. A sweet and wonderful early 20th century teal and white doll quilt in excellent condition. A small graphic treasure hand washed by Betsey.
DQ185 Log Cabin Doll Quilt with Cheater Cloth Border
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DQ185 Log Cabin Doll Quilt with Cheater Cloth Border
c.1925
15 1/2 x 21 1/2 (39.4 x 54.6 cm)
MD
Was $435 Now $410

Hand pieced and quilted this all original doll quilt has an approximately one inch wide cheater cloth border making it extra special. Log cabin blocks measure 6 x 6 with logs varying in width from 1/2" to 7/8". The hand quilting and possibly the piecing of the blocks look to be done by little hands. The chimneys have one large 'X' hand stitched from corner to corner, and the logs and cheater cloth border all have a center line stitched in white thread in slightly uneven, irregular quilting stitches. There is one very early seam mend in black thread visible on the front which we have not touched. The 3/8" solid green binding was applied half by treadle machine and then stitched down by hand on the back side. A very nice medium weight solid deep blue cotton was used for the backing - see detail pics. This little treasure showcases a nice variety of 1920's fabrics in a multicolored palette within a great cheater cloth border. A very happy little quilt.
DQ181 Victorian Silk & Silk Velvet Doll Quilt
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DQ181 Victorian Silk & Silk Velvet Doll Quilt
c.1885
13 1/2 x 13 1/2 (34.3 x 34.3 cm)
MA
Was $185 Now $175

All original with a red silk backing and a very nice yellow silk ribbon used as a binding which is hand stitched down front and back in tiny, neat stitches. This lovely little doll quilt was probably made by a mother for her child from a left over crazy quilt block. In near perfect condition front and back, the only thing we find amiss is a slight discoloration on one side to the yellow silk ribbon which can be seen in the photo above. The embellishment stitching is executed in silk by an experienced hand and there is no thinning, fraying or tears to the silk and silk velvet patches. There are even some basting stitches remaining from the original construction. Neither quilted nor tied.
DQ182 Cotton Squares Doll Quilt
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DQ182 Cotton Squares Doll Quilt
c.1885
11 x 14 (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Lancaster, PA
$225

A sweet c.1885 doll quilt in original condition. Hand pieced squares measure approximately 1 1/4" with some of the squares made up of two pieces of fabric sewn together. It appears this little girl used the remnants from her mother's sewing basket.

Hand quilting is done in a large cross hatch pattern with no batting between the layers. Backing for this quilt is a petite blue floral on off white cotton. The backing folds to the front and is hand stitched down forming the 1/8" binding. Hand washed by Betsey, this sweet piece retains early stains mostly on the backing fabric. There are a few holes on the front - see detail image. A few early mends, we like to think done by the young quilter or her mother, add to the sweetness of this quilt.
DQ183 Checkerboard Doll Quilt
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DQ183 Checkerboard Doll Quilt
c.1920
19 x 22
Was $225 Now $200

This little cotton quilt is completely hand stitched - we believe by a child as indicated by the stitching on the squares. The squares vary in size and do not line up evenly - small hands learning their way with a pair of fabric shears we imagine. Even the eyelet around the edge is sewn on by hand between the top and backing fabrics. The outer blue, green and white border is made up of 10 or more 'scrap' pieces of the same fabric - probably from a quilt or dress her mother made. The scraps were hand sewn together to form the border. The sweet backing fabric is a pink scroll pattern on off white and it, too, is hand pieced from multiple scraps. This little quilt is not quilted or tied and there is no bat between. A very sweet all hand sewn early 20th century doll quilt.
CON PJ5 Hole in the Barn Door Doll Quilt
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CON PJ5 Hole in the Barn Door Doll Quilt
c.1930
16 1/2 x 17 1/2
$275

In excellent condition this lovely cotton doll quilt is both machine and hand pieced, and entirely hand quilted in outline and cross hatch stitches. Blocks measure 3 1/2 inches square with triangles measuring 1 1/4 inches on the short sides, rectangles 3/4 x 1 1/4, and each center square patch a mere 3/4 inch square. The black, gray and white calico is c.1880 and is a sweet companion to the pink and white stripe. We love the double borders in solid black and a soft pink. The backing is white and the applied binding is another lovely early black, gray and white calico.A little gem of a quilt in all original excellent condition.
DQ115 Trip Around the World Doll Quilt
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DQ115 Trip Around the World Doll Quilt
c.1925
16 x 17
$240

In original condition, this sweet little doll quilt has been created from a variety of circa 1920's calico, floral, plaid and geometric prints in the Trip Around the World pattern. Each block is 7/8 inches square and pieced by hand. The floral cotton backing is a pale lavender mauve with yellowish tan and white small scale flowers. See detail photo. There is no batting or quilting in this miniature beauty with a separately applied 1/4" black binding treadle machine topstitched in white. Small areas of very light staining in two or three blocks are more noticeable in photos than in person. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.
DQ123 Postage Stamp Doll Quilt
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DQ123 Postage Stamp Doll Quilt
c.1880
15 x 15
ME
Was $155 Now $135

This sweet c.1880 doll quilt in original condition is comprised of just two fabrics; a lovely black and white print which has mellowed to brown and white, and a solid off white. Hand pieced squares measure approximately 1 3/8" with some of the squares made up of two or three pieces of fabric sewn together. It appears this little girl used the remnants from one of her mother's quilts!

Hand quilting is slightly uneven and done in a cross hatch pattern with no batting between the layers. The backing folds to the front and is hand stitched down forming the 1/4" binding which shows some wear. Hand washed by Betsey, this sweet piece retains early stains and discoloration. A few early mends, we like to think done by the young quilter or her mother, add to the sweetness of this quilt.
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DQ122 Postage Stamp Doll Quilt, child made
c.1930
approx. 11 x 20
ME
$145

A sweet treasure made by a child for her special doll - possibly a first attempt at quilt making. Postage stamps range in size from 1 x 1 up to 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches. There are a few popped seams which we have left as is. Quite a few postage stamps are pieced from small scraps of fabric to make one postage stamp, making this a true 'scrap bag' quilt. Thin white cotton backing folds to the front in some areas showing the pillowcase edging as well as some ‘fixes’ made along the way. Very sweet, as is.
BTC: Silk Velvet Roman Bars Doll Quilt
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BTC: Silk Velvet Roman Bars Doll Quilt
Mid 19th century top
Late 18th century backing
6 3/8 x 8 1/2
$500

A very lucky little girl had this made – by mother or grandmother - for her favorite doll sometime in the mid 1800’s. A very tiny doll quilt with twelve blocks measuring 2 x 2 inches, each containing five little silk velvet bars. The backing is a late 18th century brown on gold fabric which was pillowcase edged to the top. The original silk fringe that surrounded the entire doll quilt has been loved away. In totally original condition for the true doll quilt collector this piece probably came from a somewhat affluent family given the silk and silk velvets used for a lucky little girl and her doll. Betsey has never had one smaller than this in her 25 years in business and collecting. From her private collection.
Q8518 Tumbling Blocks Doll Quilt
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Q8518 Tumbling Blocks Doll Quilt
c.1940
16 x 19
New York
$300

In excellent condition, this sweet little doll quilt was hand pieced using light green, red, and ecru cotton solids. Hand quilted with diagonal cross hatch stitching designed to accentuate the tumbling block pattern. The light green border is 1¼ inches wide and finished with a pillowcase edging. The backing is a fun circa 1940’s cotton floral; with yellow, red, pink, and light blue flowers on navy background. A very sweet quilt hand made for a special doll long ago. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.
DQ404 Ohio Star with Center Star Medallion Doll Quilt
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DQ404 Ohio Star with Center Star Medallion Doll Quilt
c.1895
20 1/2 x 27 1/2
MA
$290

This miniature quilt is a great find with its wonderful design and palette of red, pink, blue and white solid colored cottons softly muted with age. A center star consists of red, blue and pink diamonds pieced into a large star and then appliqued onto a white ground. Four smaller pieced Ohio Stars in pink and blue are appliqued around the center medallion with larger partial stars appliqued in each corner. The overall effect is striking and graphic.

This wonderful doll quilt is treadle machine quilted with overall diagonal cross hatching spaced 5/8 inch apart. The backing is white cotton and the 1/2 inch applied white binding is treadle machine topstitched. This sweet quilt has been used but lovingly cared for and is in excellent condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey, and ready for your enjoyment!
DQ111 Miniature Ohio Star Doll Quilt
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DQ111 Miniature Ohio Star Doll Quilt
Mid 19th century
20 x 20
Ohio
$550

This little doll’s quilt is a small graphic treasure with its classic palette of red and white. Five hand pieced Ohio Star blocks measuring 5 1/2 inches square have been set with white joining blocks. A red hand embroidered letter ‘D’ resides in one corner – possibly the first initial of the name of the doll to whom this quilt belonged, or her little mother. A 1 3/4 inch white border surrounds the nine inner blocks and this lovely little quilt has a sweet two toned corded binding in the palest of pinks as a final touch. It is treadle machine quilted with diagonal cross hatching spaced 1 inch apart. This sweet quilt has been used but lovingly cared for by small hands. There is a small area of smudging on the binding in one areas that does not detract from the quilt. Professionally hand washed by Betsey, and ready for your enjoyment!
DQ 25 Bowtie Doll Quilt
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DQ 25 Bowtie Doll Quilt
c.1928
18 x 18
Unknown location
$250

In original condition, this sweet little doll quilt has been created from a variety of circa 1928 calicoes, florals, stripes and geometric prints. Each block is just 3 inches square, with every piece outline quilted by hand. The floral cotton backing has navy flowers and leaves outlined with red on a white background. The separately applied white binding is approximately ¼ inches wide. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

DQ Cathedral Window Doll Quilt
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DQ Cathedral Window Doll Quilt
c. 1960
8 1/4 x 12
Maine
Was $120 Now $95

This diminutive quilt has been hand and machine sewn in a Cathedral Window pattern, using a cheerful green, orange, and yellow floral fabric with a white background. In hardly used condition, Betsey originally bought this quilt for her granddaughter, but it was not quite the size for her doll’s bed. So even though this piece is a bit more recent than the others in Betsey’s shop, it is still a wonderful find! A 1/2 inch floral binding nicely frames this little gem, and it is ready and waiting to be displayed in your home or given to a special child! Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

DQ110 Nine-patch/Double Nine-Patch Doll Quilt with Triple Border
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DQ110 Nine-patch/Double Nine-Patch Doll Quilt with Triple Border
c.1880
apx. 19 x 19
Believed to be from Maryland
$500

This lovely little doll quilt is all hand pieced and hand quilted. It has a triple border, with the middle border being made up of triangles. It also has a terrific indigo print backing, which is the same as the two outer borders. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

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