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

About American Antique Log Cabin Quilts

Log Cabin antique quilts are one of the most popular patterns in America. Their many variations are created by altering the arrangement of the light and dark fabrics. Log Cabin antique quilts can be cotton, satin, silk, wool, or any combination of these fabrics. We have Log Cabin antique quilts to embellish your wall or display on beds from doll to king size.

American Antique Log Cabin Quilts

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Q9057 Log Cabin Sunshine and Shadows
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Q9057 Log Cabin Sunshine and Shadows
c. 1880
80 x 80 inches
New Hampshire
$1,900

Turkey red centers, machine foundation pieced. The pieces range from 3/4" to 7/8" wide. People used to say that quilters put an obvious flaw in their quilts. I don't know if this is true, but for some reason there is one pink center chimney square. This is a quilt that would nicely fit a queen size bed or become a fabulous graphic art piece for your great room. The binding is put on half by machine. There is very little quilting. This is a summer quilt, which is great for warm climates or to be used all year long over a comforter or blanket. This, as with all cotton quilts, has been hand washed by me.



Q9052 Unusual Log Cabin Courthouse Steps
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Q9052 Unusual Log Cabin Courthouse Steps
c. 1930
78 x 80 inches
Enfield, CT
$1400

This wonderfully graphic Courthouse Steps Quilt comes from Enfield, CT. To me it looks like this graphic design quilter was trying to make a statement. Is it possible that her husband was a lawyer? The outside red strips in each block create an optical illusion. The width of the strip varies from 3/4" to 7/8" with no discernible difference to the eye. I can only find one piece of c. 1930 fabric, and because of this fabric the quilt needs to be dated c. 1930. The quilt has a machine pieced binding and is tied. This quilt would make an amazing piece of art for your wall at home, or a graphic bed quilt. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.



Q9050 Log Cabin Variation with Center Chimney
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Q9050 Log Cabin Variation with Center Chimney
c.1890
66 x 68 inches
New England
$1,400

Strip pieced variation of a log cabin with a center chimney. c. 1890 with most fabrics from the 1870s and 1880s. Most unusual -- great colors and graphically wonderful -- perfect for a bed or for art on your wall.




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F780 Log Cabin with Red Binding fragment
F780 Log Cabin with Red Binding fragment

28 x 28 inches
New Hampshire
$275

Cotton log cabin fragment with red binding.





F779 Log Cabin with Blue Binding fragment
F779 Log Cabin with Blue Binding fragment
c. 1925
17 x 27 inches
New Hampshire
$200

Cotton log cabin fragment with blue binding.





f321 Log Cabin Quilt Fragment
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F321 A and B: Log Cabin Quilt Fragment
c. 1928
A: 17 x 18 inches
B: 17 x 19 inches
New Hampshire
$75 each

Pieced by hand, reverse tied, 1920s fabrics.



f320 Wool Challis Barn Raising Log Cabin Fragment
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F320 Wool Challis Barn Raising Log Cabin Fragment
c. 1865
17 x 34 inches
New England
$450

The backing of this quilt and how it is pieced together is indicative of New England. It is all hand done, with fabulous mid-19th century challis fabrics. The binding is the same date fabric and is applied half by machine.




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f212 Barn Raising Log Cabin Fragment
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F212 A&B Barn Raising Log Cabin Fragment
c. 1880
34 x 43 inches
New Hampshire
$375 each

Fabulous optical illusion art. 3/4" logs, wonderful funky floral backing. Huge array of 1870s and early 1880s calicoes. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.



F205 Wool Challis Barn Raising Log Cabin fragment
F205 Wool Challis Barn Raising Log Cabin fragment
c. 1865
17.5 x 41.5 inches
New England
$425

This fragment is from a quilt that is a mark of affluence, as wool challis was only for the wealthy. This piece of art can be hung in any direction. The method of piecing of the back indicates that the quilt was created in New England. One of the most unusual characteristics of this log cabin are the fuchsia center chimney squares.





f159 Wool Challis Straight Furrows Log Cabin fragment
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f159 Wool Challis Straight Furrows Log Cabin fragment
c. 1855
26 x 33.5 inches
Massachusetts, backing is New England
$575

Hand pieced from a very graphic array of expensive wool challis fabric, The construction of this quilt is indigenous to New England. It is made in block formation and then the blocks are assembled as shown in the picture of the backing, by turning under the edges of each block, then sewing them together. The fuchsia challis centers are indeed rare. This fuchsia is the original color. 8" square blocks, 5/8" wide logs. Hand done from a fabulous array of expensive wool challis. Sociologically this tells us that the quilt came from an affluent family.



f157 Barn Raising Log Cabin fragment
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f157 Barn Raising Log Cabin fragment
c. 1875
35 x 43 inches
New England
$450

Consists of 8" blocks, 3/4" wide logs. Hand pieced, hand quilted. This fragment came from an unused quilt, the fabrics are still crisp. Hanging this quilt in different directions will graphically change its feel. The backing is also a wonderful 1870s calico.



f139 Wool Challis Log Cabin fragment
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f139 Wool Challis Log Cabin fragment
c. 1880
29 x 30 inches
Pennsylvania
$495

It is very rare to find a solid color log cabin, and one that is red and black is the only one I have ever owned. Hand pieced from wonderful wool challis and bound with fabric from the same date. Perfect condition, ready to hang.



AMC1 Folk Art Log Cabin
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AMC1 Folk Art Log Cabin
c.1915
72 x 72 inches
New England
$1,900

This Folk Art Log Cabin, also known as Folk Art Concentric Squares, has 2-3/4" sashing between approx 11" blocks with blue chimneys. Logs are various widths from 3/8" to 1" wide, fabrics are mostly silks and early rayons, It has an1890s floral backing turned over as a binding. Appears to be unused condition. The binding is approx 5/8" wide, embellished with "turkey tracks". Quilting is done in a very muted orange on the diagonal, some places creating a herringbone effect.



f139 Wool Challis Log Cabin fragment
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f139 Wool Challis Log Cabin fragment
c. 1880
29 x 30 inches
Pennsylvania
$495

It is very rare to find a solid color log cabin, and one that is red and black is the only one I have ever owned. Hand pieced from wonderful wool challis and bound with fabric from the same date. Perfect condition, ready to hang.



f159 Wool Challis Straight Furrows Log Cabin fragment
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f159 Wool Challis Straight Furrows Log Cabin fragment
c. 1855
26 x 33.5 inches
Massachusetts, backing is New England
$575

Hand pieced from a very graphic array of expensive wool challis fabric, The construction of this quilt is indigenous to New England. It is made in block formation and then the blocks are assembled as shown in the picture of the backing, by turning under the edges of each block, then sewing them together. The fuchsia challis centers are indeed rare. This fuchsia is the original color. 8" square blocks, 5/8" wide logs. Hand done from a fabulous array of expensive wool challis. Sociologically this tells us that the quilt came from an affluent family.



f157 Barn Raising Log Cabin fragment
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f157 Barn Raising Log Cabin fragment
c. 1875
35 x 43 inches
New England
$450

Consists of 8" blocks, 3/4" wide logs. Hand pieced, hand quilted. This fragment came from an unused quilt, the fabrics are still crisp. Hanging this quilt in different directions will graphically change its feel. The backing is also a wonderful 1870s calico.



Q9022 Log Cabin Maltese Cross
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Q9022 Log Cabin Maltese Cross
c.1880
62 x 68 (157.5 x 172.cm)
Berks County, PA
$3,600

Betsey doesn't come across this particular Log Cabin configuration very often and the color palette in this example is outstanding. Shades of blue, salmon, black and taupe lend sophistication to this quilt and the graphics make it optimal for hanging on the wall as the artwork it is. Blocks measure 6 ¼ inches square with logs 1/2 inch wide. The arrangement of color gives the illusion of Flying Geese as a secondary pattern.

Fabrics are fine wool and wool challis with a backing of cotton sateen in a floral print in brown, taupe, cream and white - see detail pics. The quilt is cross hatch quilted by hand which is not visible from the front. The 1/2 inch applied binding is in blue wool challis that has also been used on the front of the quilt. Although the hues are solid most fabrics have a pattern in the grain adding elegance and dimension.

This is a stunning quilt in both color palette and design and would make a gorgeous statement on a wall. Skillfully executed it is in perfect condition. Ask Betsey to see this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home.

CON SH3 Silk Miniature Log Cabin Courthouse Steps
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CON SH3 Silk Miniature Log Cabin Courthouse Steps
c.1885
64 x 69 (162.6 x 175.3 cm)
MA
$6,900

A breathtaking Log Cabin with miniature blocks executed entirely in silk places this quilt apart from its Log Cabin contemporaries. Silks and silk ribbons of every possible color have been foundation pieced in a miniature Log Cabin Courthouse Steps pattern. Each block is approximately 3 ¾ inches and has been formed from logs measuring a mere ¼ to ½ inch wide. Each tiny hearth square ranges from only ½ to ¾ inch per side, in shades of red and red-brown.

A wide variety of silks in solid, prints, stripes, checks, moire, faille, and ombres have been skillfully placed for maximum graphic impact. The wonder of silk is in the way it reflects light; and with a Courthouse Pattern, this quilt gives the illusion of pulsating color. The huge range of colors insures that whatever the surrounding color in your room, that color will be accentuated in the quilt.

Backed with a luscious wine silk velvet, and turned over from the back to the front to create a ¼ inch binding. Such a large amount of silk velvet yardage would have only been purchased by a family of means, and illustrates the ability of quilts to truly be a study in socioeconomics.

A glorious miniature Log Cabin quilt made entirely of sumptuous silks. Ask Betsey for more information and to see this quilt on approval for viewing in the privacy of your home.

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.

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.

CON SP1 African American Log Cabin Quilt with Provenance
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CON SP1 African American Log Cabin Quilt with Provenance
c.1950
79 x 84 (200.7 x 213.4 cm)
Camden, NC
$3,200

There are traits that distinguish African American quilting in the first half of the 20th century from any other North American quilting style. The use of vertical piecing, enlarged, very graphic piecing, and asymmetry hark back to African cultures and textile style. This wonderful Log Cabin is comprised of a variety of both large and medium scale patterns in a great many colors in cotton, seersucker, velvet and rayon.

The cotton backing is comprised of multiple fabrics pieced together both by hand and machine; two shades of blue with white stripes, a blue and white large scale floral, and a wonderful cotton in lime green and pink depicting a tropical scene at the beach. The backing is turned to the front and is hand stitched down with white string to form the binding. Hand quilted with loosely parallel lines using thin white string.

Purchased out of the maker's home this quilt is on consignment, with provenance to go to the buyer upon sale. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to send to you on approval for private viewing in 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.

Q8859 Log Cabin Straight Furrows
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Q8859 Log Cabin Straight Furrows
c.1885
58 x 64 (147.3 x 162.6 cm)
New England, believed MA
$1,500

The Log Cabin Straight Furrows pattern originated in England and was created to emulate rows of crops in the field. In America we have used and developed this pattern to the extent that most think it originated here. In this piece the feeling of structure and order common to most log cabins is found along with a delightful freshness and vitality with the use of red and blue chimneys.

Cabin blocks measure 8 x 8 inches with the logs ranging from 3/8 to 5/8 inches wide in a variety of wool challis and cotton fabrics in geometrics, florals, solids, calicoes, and some wonderful conversation and mourning prints. Center chimneys measure approximately 2 1/2 inches square in both solid blue and solid red challis and cottons.

This diminutive quilt is backed with a lovely burgundy and white floral sprigs print (see detail image) and has a 3/8 inch applied black wool challis binding. Reverse tied using black cotton floss. The perfect size for a wall hanging, we show it with the furrows leading up and to the left – very good energy! Please ask us about viewing this antique quilt in the privacy of your home on approval.

Q8853 Mennonite Log Cabin Streak of Lightning
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Q8853 Mennonite Log Cabin Streak of Lightning
c.1880
77 x 88 (195.6 x 223.5 cm)
PA or OH
$1,600

What a fabulous Mennonite quilt with absolutely stunning graphics! This cotton Log Cabin in the Streak of Lightning pattern shows a wonderful use of color and movement. The quilt maker chose a specific color palette and took great care with color placement so the graphics would grab and hold the viewer’s eye. All of the 1 3/4 inch center chimneys are a beautiful chrome yellow calico. The logs immediately surrounding the chimneys are done in consistent pairs of sweet calicoes: a dark blue, light blue with white calico and a red, pink with white calico.

Each block is approximately 7 1/4 inches square with all logs approximately 7/8 inch wide. The quilt is foundation pieced by hand and each log is outline quilted by hand on two sides. The cotton backing is strip pieced in lovely cotton prints. Please see the detail image. The applied 3/8” binding is a red, pink and white calico.

This wonderful and carefully designed quilt has been professionally hand washed by Betsey and is in crisp, apparently unused condition. Remember, we are happy to send this quilt to you on approval for private viewing in your home.

Q8505 Wool Challis Log Cabin Straight Furrows
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Q8505 Wool Challis Log Cabin Straight Furrows
c.1890
78 x 80 (198.1 x 203.2 cm)
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
$3,100

What a fabulous quilt! In mint condition, with absolutely stunning graphics, this Straight Furrows quilt has been foundation pieced by hand using wool challis fabrics in the much sought after colors of taupe and grape. The black challis wools in this quilt are most likely from shawls. The 10½ inch border has been formed by diagonally piecing 1 inch wide logs set in to form chevrons. The binding is ½ inch red plaid challis, and the backing is a primarily brown plaid with red and taupe accents. This quilt was reverse tied at the intersection of each block without batting, as was the norm for most foundation pieced wool quilts of this time. A truly beautiful quilt with the ability to transcend all decors, from an antique colonial to a modern glass home!

Q6144 Log Cabin Straight Furrows
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Q6144 Log Cabin Straight Furrows
c.1880
56 x 62 (142.2 x 157.5 cm)
Maine
$1,100
CON LF 26 Log Cabin Barn Raising
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CON LF 26 Log Cabin Barn Raising
c.1880
85 x 88 (215.9 x 223.5 cm)
Pennsylvania
$1,550

Such a pleasing use of color in this striking cotton Log Cabin quilt in the Barn Raising pattern. The terrific solid cheddar, black, green and muted Turkey red logs are set off beautifully by the various small patterned calico logs each with a white ground. All of the 7 ¼ x 7 ¾ inch blocks are made up of sixteen ¾ inch logs, all with Turkey red chimneys.

Hand quilting, which appears to have been done at a later time, is done throughout in a 2 ½ inch crosshatch pattern using black thread including the 4 ¼ inch wide solid black border. A striking red and black small scale floral on a yellow ground cotton is used for the backing with an applied ½ inch binding in Turkey red.

Very well planned and executed this is a very graphically appealing piece that would work equally well as wall art or on a bed. Professionally hand washed by Betsey – ask her for more information on this quilt.

Q8603 Wool Bricks Quilted in Log Cabin Barn Raising Pattern
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Q8603 Old Order Amish Wool Bricks
c.1895
61 x 75 (154.9 x 190.5 cm)
Big Valley, Mifflin County, PA
$1,700

The dual color quilting in a Log Cabin Barn Raising formation over the Wool Bricks pattern places this wonderful Old Order Amish piece in the out-of-the-ordinary category. Using both red pearl cotton and white quilting threads the lines are parallel to each other and approximately 1 1/2 inches apart with just the red going through to the backing.

The hand pieced and quilted Wool Bricks pattern is made up of wool suiting rectangles measuring approximately 2 ¾ x 4 ½ inches in shades of navy, deep green, browns, blue, grey and tan. The quilting with its 3-D, almost pulsating, effect has created an extremely unusual textile that transcends decors and is at home in either a glass and chrome home or an early American colonial. Red cotton backing is turned from back to front to form the ½ inch binding. In unused condition this quilt is ready to use. It can be shipped to you on approval for viewing in the privacy of your home.

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