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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DQ110 Double 9 Patch Doll Quilt
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DQ110 Double 9 Patch Doll Quilt
c.1880
19 x 19
believed MD
$490

This all original doll quilt in perfect condition is completely hand pieced and hand quilted. The indigo blue fabric in the triple borders is also used on the backing making this little quilt a true treasure. Nine patch blocks measure 3 1/2 inches square with the smaller 9 patch blocks containing 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 inch squares. Solid black, solid white, black plaid and a terrific double pink calico were used in the Double 9 Patch design. The inner 5/8 inch indigo print border has tiny plaid corner blocks that match the joining blocks used in the double nine patch interior. The middle 1 1/4 inch wide border is made up of pieced triangles in black and white plaid, the same indigo print, white, and a very sweet mini print in red on white. The outer border is 1 1/2 inches wide in the indigo print and is pillowcase stitched by hand to the backing also in the indigo print. A truly wonderful little antique doll quilt. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

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 with 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 is a wonderful little quilt that has been used but lovingly cared for by small hands. There is a small area of smudging on the binding (seen in photo) that does not detract from the quilt. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

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
$295

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!

DQ 25 Bowtie Doll Quilt
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DQ 25 Bowtie Doll Quilt
c.1928
18 x 18
$330

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

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
$145

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.

DQ Cathedral Windows Doll Quilt
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DQ Cathedral Windows Doll Quilt
c.1960
8 1/4 x 12
Maine
$150

This wonderful diminutive quilt has been hand and machine sewn in a Cathedral Windows pattern, using a happy green, orange, and yellow floral cotton with a white background. A 1/2 inch binding in the same floral cotton nicely frames this little gem, and it is ready and waiting to be displayed in your home as miniature art or given to a special child. In hardly used condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

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
$700

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 each measuring 2 x 2 inches, with 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.

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1-207-363-6800
Email - betsey@rockymountainquilts.com
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130 York Street
York Village, Maine 03909

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