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

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!

American Antique Doll Quilts

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DQ115 Trip Around the World Doll Quilt
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DQ115 Trip Around the World Doll Quilt
16 x 17

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.

DQ191 Silk Velvet Doll's Crazy Quilt
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DQ191 Silk Velvet Doll's Crazy Quilt
6 x 6 1/2 (15.2 x 16.5 cm)

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)
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!

DQ181 Victorian Silk & Silk Velvet Doll Quilt
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DQ181 Victorian Silk & Silk Velvet Doll Quilt
13 1/2 x 13 1/2 (34.3 x 34.3 cm)

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.

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