American Antique Wool Quilts
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About American Antique Wool Quilts
Fine wools have been used for hundreds of years both as regulators of temperature and as marks of affluence.

Before and after the Revolutionary War, Americans created wool whole cloth quilts from linsey-woolsey fabric. 19th century wools were created from different weaves, textures, and composition of fibers. This variation in texture creates a wonderful dimensional effect when a wool antique quilt is hug as textile art. In addition to being terrific graphic wall art, wool antique quilts are also a perfect way to keep warm on a cold winter’s night in bed or in your favorite chair. Some of these antique wool quilts even have the added benefit of warm and cozy flannel backing!
 
Q8506 Wool Challis Windmill Log Cabin Quilt
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Q8506 Wool Challis Windmill Log Cabin Quilt
c.1875
72 x 86 (182.9 x 218.4 cm)
PA
$3,900

A wonderful piece of textile art in excellent condition, this antique Log Cabin quilt in the Windmill pattern has powerful graphics accentuated by its two color palette. Made from solid burgundy and tan wool and wool challis with a 4½ inch burgundy wool challis border framing the whole. Log Cabin quilts are traditionally both pleasingly graphic and sophisticated in design. The limited color palette used here, as well as the choice and scale of pattern, make for an even stronger statement.

Blocks measuring 16 x 16 inches contain 3/4 to 1 inch wide logs. Burgundy chimneys measure 2 x 2 inches and are set on point within burgundy corners. One 'mistake' can be seen in the top right log cabin block with the use of tan instead of burgundy for the corners. A nod to superstition? or simply the maker's mark. The border folds to the back and is hand stitched down forming the 3/8 inch binding. The backing is a solid burgundy cotton - see detail images. Hand quilting in the border in diagonal parallel line stitching set one inch apart, with outline stitching used in the log cabins.

A wonderful c.1875 Log Cabin quilt in excellent condition that would be beautiful hung as art on the wall or stunning used on a bed. There were a few moth holes that we have hand woven (just as the quilt's maker would have done) using fabric threads pulled from the quilt's seam allowances . Ask us about seeing this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home.
Q8796 Dated Folk Art Crazy Quilt 'Think of Me'
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Q8796 Dated Folk Art Crazy Quilt 'Think of Me'
Dated 1900
62 x 71 (157.5 x 180.3 cm)
PA
$3,400

A fabulous folk art crazy quilt comprised of a combination of wool, wool challis and velvet crazy pieces with whimsical wool embroidery. A wonderful palette of reds, blues, russet, greens, browns, and ecru forms the ground of this great folk art piece. The artist used this as a canvas onto which she embroidered large scale whimsical and traditional designs using a variety of stitch patterns and colors of wool yarns in bright, warm hues.

Multiple cats along with birds, large bugs and a terrific barn with fence are included with a sentimental 'Think of Me'. In the center of the quilt is the embroidered date of 1900. The name of 'Hatt' as well as initials 'G.D.R.' are hand stitched with wool yarn. The backing is a fabulous and early black, pink and white cotton print - see detail images. Reverse tied with cream wool yarn this quilt also has a pillowcase edging. Multi-hued wool embellishment stitching provides the perfect finish for the outside edges.

Charm and a certain 'joie de vivre' combine to make this quilt a great choice as a focal point for that special room. Folk art whimsy at its best, this is a wonderful and unique quilt that can be sent to you on approval for private review. Please ask Betsey for more details.
Q8945 Wool Folk Art Applique Quilt
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Q8945 Wool Folk Art Applique Quilt
1900-1920
64 x 77 (162.6 x 195.6 cm)
OH
Was $4,600 Now $4,200

This is a fabulous early 20th century folk art creation using men's lightweight wools for the blocks and original appliques. A unique piece showcasing animal silhouettes embellished with wool embroidery. Both domestic and wild animals (the most domestic being the little human!) include horses, deer, pigs, chickens, a lamb, bears, an elephant, a cow, a camel, a duck, and more. One of our favorites is the snowman.

Columns of different sized wool blocks surround a center larger block featuring a bear among other small appliqued creatures. Remaining blocks each feature one applique. Wool embroidery stitching accents the figures and covers every seam. A warm palette of browns, grays, blacks, blues and mustard in mostly solid hued wools with some fun windowpane and soft hued plaids used to great effect.

The backing is pieced lightweight wool suiting in various patterns and the quilt is top tied in wool yarn - see detail image. The pillowcase edge makes for a nice, clean finish. This unique and wonderful folk art piece is in perfect condition. Ask to see it on approval in the privacy of your home.

Q8758 Wool Crazy Quilt with Felted Red Wool Top Ties
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Q8758 Wool Crazy Quilt with Felted Red Wool Top Ties
c.1895
72 x 75 (182.9 x 190.5 cm)
Chester County, PA
$2,500

A vibrant Crazy Quilt in glorious rich hues of deep greens, multiple shades of burgundy and wine, various blues from deep to vibrant, taupes, mustard and peach. Comprised of mostly solid colored wools and wool challis there are also some wonderful checks, plaids and textured solids adding movement to the design and interest for the eye. Seams are embellished with both cotton and silk flosses with some embroidered interior motifs giving this beauty folk art flair. Adding to the folk art theme are felted red wool circles with crimped edges at the base of each cotton floss top tie - thus turning the utilitarian aspect of quilt ties into a wonderful design element. See detail images.

The backing is a very fine olive green wool challis with darker green specks that has a russet shimmer in the light. The backing folds to the front and is sewn down to form a ΒΌ inch binding. Lovely daisy chain embellishment stitching in peach floss covers the binding seam all around. Another wonderful detail in this well thought out quilt.

This is a warm and vibrant example of a skillfully made wool and wool challis Victorian Crazy Quilt. In perfect condition, this quilt can be sent to you on approval for private viewing in your home.

Q8904 Hole in the Barn Door / House Top Variation
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Q8904 Hole in the Barn Door / House Top Variation
c.1915
78 x 78 (198.1 x 198.1 cm)
NY or PA
Was $1,900 Now $1,400

Such a fun and graphic wool quilt in a variation of the Hole in the Barn Door, or House Top, pattern. A lovely combination of both wool and cotton fabrics in bold and graphic patterns and colors. Blocks measure 8 1/2 inches square and are pieced both by hand and treadle machine. With such a variety of color in the octagon shapes the maker chose charcoal gray and black wools for each center hole and all four corners of each block. The color just leaps off the resulting black/charcoal gray ground for a stunning effect.

Entirely hand quilted with black thread in outline stitches throughout and a large 'X' stitched in each 'hole'. Backing fabric is a lovely rose/mauve cotton flannel - see detail image - with an applied 3/8 inch binding in the same fabric. This quilt is in unused condition with a few original, very small moth holes attesting to it being made mostly from wool. We have not touched them as they do not detract from the beauty of the quilt.

A wonderful piece of graphic art for either warmth and beauty on your bed, or for use as a stunning focal point in any room. Please ask us to see this quilt on approval 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
Was $2,900 Now $2,500

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. Each block contains 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. Gorgeous!

This amazing 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.

CON GG1 Amish Bars
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CON GG1 Amish Bars
c.1915 top, assembled and quilted c.1950
80 x 85 (203.2 x 215.9 cm)
Lancaster County, PA
SOLD

A wonderful Amish wool Bars quilt in a striking palette of eggplant, reddish rust, gray and forest green. The use of red for the corner blocks on both borders as well as the interior bars continually draws the eye out toward the corners. The gorgeous wool top was created circa 1915, with the quilt assembled and hand quilted by an Amish woman circa 1950.

Beautiful hand quilting in black thread is executed in traditional Lancaster Amish motifs which include fruit baskets in the eggplant border, herringbone stitching in the gray border, and diagonal cross hatch in the bars. A solid fabric suddenly becomes something subtly but elegantly patterned and is a trademark of the Lancaster Amish quilts.

The cotton backing on this quilt is a brown, blue and white plaid cotton, and the 5/8 inch applied binding is a solid black wool. In excellent condition we found a few pinhead size moth holes we have left as is. Please ask Betsey for more details, and to see this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home.
Q8930 Linsey Woolsey Roman Bar Pyramids
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Q8930 Linsey Woolsey Roman Bar Pyramids
c.1855 pieced top c.1885 backing
67 x 78 (170.2 x 198.1 cm)
found in Lancaster County, PA
$3,100

A wonderful piece of textile art in excellent condition this quilt's top is comprised of homespun linsey-woolseys and wool challis from circa 1855. Wonderful solid colors are hand pieced in a combination of the Roman Bars and Pyramids patterns to make a glorious example of the finest in textile graphic art.

Pyramids measure approximately 6" per side with 7/8" wide bars in alternating solid colors of brown, ecru and red homespun linsey-woolseys and wool challis. Solid pyramids are homespun brown linsey-woolsey woven using two colors - brown and gold. Gorgeous.

Hand quilting in outline and diagonal lines is executed in brown and black threads. The backing is a c.1885 large scale floral challis in soft mauve, palest blue and ecru on solid brown. See detail image. The hand applied solid red binding is the same wool used in the pieced top. One of Betsey's personal favorites this wonderful quilt can be sent to you on approval for private viewing in your home. Ask her for more details.
Log Cabin Barn Raising with Bars Border
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Q8237 Log Cabin Barn Raising with Bars Border
c.1865
66 x 66 (167.6 x 167.6 cm)
PA
SOLD

Log Cabins are traditionally both pleasingly graphic and sophisticated. Here is a fabulous Civil War era quilt full of high energy as well! This quilter took the classic Barn Raising pattern and raised it to another level with the clever arrangement of fabric color and pattern and the addition of multiple borders. Constructed in wool and wool challis in a multitude of hues in solids, plaids and prints the artist has successfully used numerous design elements to create a lively yet cohesive whole.

As the first focal point of this piece the center four log cabins are executed in a very deliberate palette of red and white. Center red chimneys unify the remaining log cabins, set in the barn raising pattern, with their extraordinary variety of colors and fabric designs. An outer frame consisting of a 3 inch bars border flanked by an interior 2 inch border of tan and red and an outside 1 ½ inch border in a warm brown brings the last unexpected and totally unique design element to this work of art. These elements combined bring a sense of energy and vitality, very carefully restrained – possibly a reflection of the artist in her time? The backing is an 1870’s fabric in brown and red with reverse ties throughout and an applied binding in ¼ inch black wool challis.

Warm, graphic and vibrant this piece of textile art in excellent condition is the perfect size for a magnificent wall display or would work equally well as a bed covering. Please ask Betsey for more details and to see this quilt on approval in the privacy of 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.
Q8787 Wool Challis & Silk Log Cabin Courthouse Steps
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Q8787 Wool Challis & Silk Log Cabin Courthouse Steps
c.1860
66 x 76 (167.6 x 193 cm)
Philadelphia, PA
SOLD

A wonderful piece of textile art in excellent condition, this pre Civil War Log Cabin quilt arranged in the classic Courthouse Steps pattern is a feast for the eyes. Made from a wide variety of wool challis and silk fabrics from c.1840 - 1860, this hand made quilt’s color palette is gorgeous. Its mix of solids, plaids, stripes and geometrics gives it a contemporary feel while color and pattern arrangement showcases the artistic talent of its maker.

Blocks measuring 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches each contain twenty 5/8 inch wide logs. Alternating red and blue chimneys add a whimsical touch and bring a sense of movement to the overall design. The blocks were each foundation pieced by hand onto a beautiful c.1840 brown and madder striped cotton. Please see detail image. Blocks were then assembled; foundation fabric edges were carefully turned under and the blocks meticulously stitched together. This method of foundation piecing is uniquely New England. The result is the foundation fabric also serves as the backing of the quilt with no filler between. This quilter either moved from New England to Pennsylvania bringing her quilt with her, or created it after the move using the skills she learned growing up in New England. A 3/8 inch applied solid brown wool binding frames the inner log cabin design simply and beautifully.

This is an elegant Log Cabin quilt rich with color and pattern that would be beautiful hung as art on the wall or used as a design accent in any room. Ask us about seeing this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home.
Q8850 Mennonite Pineapple Log Cabin Crib Quilt with Bars Border
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Q8850 Mennonite Pineapple Log Cabin Crib Quilt with Bars Border
c.1870
34 x 34 (86.4 x 86.4 cm)
Lancaster County, PA
Was $2,150 Now $1,900

This is a fabulous Mennonite wool challis quilt that some lucky child had in their small bed so long ago. Nine log cabin blocks set in the pineapple configuration make for stunning graphics – add the diagonal bar border and you have a magnificent diminutive work of art. Wool challis log cabin blocks measure approximately 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches with red wool center chimneys 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches. Executed mostly in solid wool challis in browns, taupes, blues, grays and reds there are some interesting stripes, plaids and polka dots that add visual texture and interest to this fascinating piece. Diagonal bars use the same fabrics found in the log cabins and create a 4 1/4 inch wide border.

In completely original condition there are some moth holes that we haven’t touched, preferring to leave this gem in its excellent, original condition. The backing is of typical Mennonite construction. Wide strips of various early cotton fabrics are sewn together for a beautiful effect on the back side of this quilt. Please see detail images for a view of the back. Straight line quilting stitches in brown thread hold the top and the backing together and are mostly hidden. A 3/8 inch hand applied solid taupe wool challis is used for the binding.

This is a wonderful early Mennonite crib quilt executed with lovely wool challis fabrics in a fabulous pineapple log cabin design with diagonal bars. A treasure for any antique quilt collector or for lovers of graphic textile art. Please call if you’d like to see this small beauty in your home on approval.
Q8788 Wool Double Fan
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Q8788 Wool Double Fan
c.1895
55 x 56 (139.7 x 142.2 cm)
PA
$2,300

What a wonderful variation on the traditional Fan quilt design! Special care was taken by the maker evidenced by the added touches to her fanciful and rather lively quilt. Lovely and varied wools and wool challis in a multi-hued palette make up the fans which are each hand embellished with a combination of gold and ecru silk floss in the featherstitch pattern. Fans are arranged in an almost ‘snail trail’ pattern which adds movement for the eye and injects a sense of fun to an already beautiful quilt. Each fan block measures 6 ¾ inches with the spokes a mere 3 inches long. A fancy pattern of long and short blanket stitches in gold and ecru silk floss is an added decoration for the pillowcase edging.

The backing on this piece is a soft and lovely confederate blue with amusing and very puffy pom-pom reverse ties in white wool yarn. A few original moth holes here and there on the backing attest to it being all wool.

This is a fantastic fan quilt just filled with positive energy. It’s a great size to use as art on that special wall or use it as a throw on the couch for those cool evenings. One of Betsey’s favorite finds. Remember, it can be sent to you on approval.
Q8792 Folk Art Wool Crazy Quilt
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Q8792 Folk Art Wool Crazy Quilt
c.1890
66 x 76 (167.6 x 193 cm)
Gouverneur, NY
$1,950

A fabulous wool folk art crazy quilt with a myriad of interesting and unique symbols and embellishments straight out of this quilter's imagination. Various solid and patterned worsted wools, challis and wool suiting fabrics combine in a muted palette of olives, browns, wine, black and ecru to form the subtle background. The artist used this as a canvas onto which she embroidered both whimsical and traditional designs using solid and variegated wool yarns in bright, warm hues. Appliques of crocheted wool and bright wool challis in amorphous shapes and geometrics add even more charm.

Central to the quilt's design is a block of uniform bricks around which the other fantastical shapes and elements flow. The backing of this quilt is a tan and ecru plaid and is the foundation onto which each piece is stitched. The 3/8" binding is an applied olive green wool challis.

Wonderful warmth and movement make this quilt a great choice to use as the focal point in any room. Folk art sophistication and whimsy at its best, this is a wonderful and unique quilt that can be sent to you on approval.
Q8761 Amish Wool Stumpwork Starflowers with Triple Border
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Q8761 Amish Wool Stumpwork Starflowers with Triple Border
1900-1915
65 x 70
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
SOLD

A fabulous opportunity to acquire a great piece of Amish folk art! In excellent condition, this quilt was constructed from approximately 6 x 6 inch blocks of wool. Bright, thickly tufted stumpwork starflowers are 4 1/2 inches across and made from assorted multicolored and variegated yarns. The quilt is surrounded by a triple border of red and black fine wools, and all seams have been herringbone embellished with variegated and solid yarns in a variety of colors.

This beautiful quilt has been hand quilted rather than tied, with herringbone stitching in the triple border, and large cross hatch stitching around the stumpwork starflowers. The binding is formed by the outermost red wool border fabric folding over to the back side and being hand stitched down. The backing is a lovely blue clover weave over olive brown wool.

A beautiful and very graphic piece of Amish folk art for your wall. Remember, all of our quilts are sent on approval.
Q8740 Mummers Crazy Quilt
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Q8740 Mummers Crazy Quilt
c.1890
91 x 92 (231.1 x 233.7 cm)
Philadelphia, PA
$4,200

Some of the earliest mummers date back to early Egypt, pagan Rome and Greece, England, Germany, and France. Historically, Mummery has influenced customs and perpetuated many interesting traditions. The use of masks and different costumes were carried over from the Greek celebrations of King Momus, the Italian-feast of saturnalia, and the British Mummery Play. All of these cultures passed along their traditions from generation to generation, and eventually these traditions were brought to America by immigrants. The tradition of Philadelphia Mummery started in the late 17th century as a continuation of the Old World customs of ushering in the New Year. Mummery in America is as unique to Philadelphia as Mardi Gras is to New Orleans.

The symbols of the Philadelphia Mummers include musical instruments, moons, hearts, diamonds, stars, weaponry, as well as silhouetted faces. Many of these symbols have been incorporated into this circa 1890 folk art Mummer's quilt. Beautifully pieced wool and wool challis fabrics in solids, plaids and floral prints comprise this large, very decorative piece of Philadelphia history. The symbols themselves are cut from solid felted wool and the fine wool embroidery used throughout is both precise and exuberant in color and style.

A 4 ½" double border in two shades of tan wool challis frames the inner design and has intricate embellishment along the entire border seam on four sides. The backing is a brown, red and yellow small scale plaid cotton with a 5/8" applied brown wool challis binding. In excellent condition this quilt is a rare find. Our quilts are always sent on approval.
Q8700 Wool Mosaic
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Q8700 Wool Mosaic
c.1885
60 x 84 (152.4 x 213.4 cm)
Pennsylvania
$2,900

A wonderful example of an early quilt pattern using wool and wool challis fabrics. This quilt is executed in a warm and vibrant color palette in shades of blue, brown, black and green with splashes of red and pink. Each of the hundreds of hexagons measure 1 7/8”. Central to each hexagon pattern is an embroidered three leaf clover.

Double borders, one in black and the other in deep olive black wool challis grace the outer edge of the quilt design. The backing is a beautiful black and deep fuchsia check. A very fine black wool challis is used for the applied 3/8” binding. Hand quilting is executed in dark thread in diagonal crosses and outline stitching enhancing the geometric design in this quilt. The creator of this piece had a wonderful sense of design which she employed using vibrant plaids placed strategically, adding interest and spark to her creation.

In unused condition, this quilt is a wonderful rendition of the 19th century mosaic pattern and a sophisticated example of antique textile art perfect for a bed or displayed as art on the wall. Remember, our quilts are always sent on approval.
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Q8710 Amish Wool 16 Patch
c.1928
76 x 78
Lancaster County, PA
Was $2,000 Now $1,650

This wool Amish quilt, created mostly from Amish children’s clothing, has wonderful graphics and exquisite detail! Sixteen patch blocks are each created in a variety of solid color wool fabrics and measure 10 ½” square. Blue 4” sashing and a 2 ½” border in the same fabric complement the variety of hues. Embellishment stitching around each element in the quilt adds the perfect detail and accents the checkerboard pattern.

Amish quilts are known for their solid colors, strong graphics, geometric designs and exquisite quilting. The fabrics used are the same as for sewing their clothing. The backing might be the only exception, when fabric given as a gift specifically for use on a quilt may be in a bright floral or pattern. Such is the case with this quilt –a lovely pink, blue and cream large scale floral cotton print is used on the back. The backing folds over to the front and is hand stitched down to form the 3/8” binding.

Lovely hand quilting using dark thread is used throughout, with 1 ¼” diagonal cross hatch stitching in the sashing, herringbone stitching in the border and diagonal crosses in the 16 patch blocks. This is a beautiful and vibrant quilt perfect for either a bed or used as art on the wall. It really must be seen in person to appreciate – remember, all our quilts can be sent on approval!
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!
Q6468 Log Cabin Courthouse Steps
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Q6468 Funky Log Cabin Courthouse Steps
c.1850
72 x 80 (182.9 x 203.2 cm)
Found in PA, made in New England
Was $2,200 Now $1,800

A wonderful piece of abstract art in excellent condition, this log cabin quilt arranged in the Courthouse Steps pattern has a personality all its own. Made from wool and silk challis, this hand made antique quilt’s striking colors make it unusual, its surprising bits of plaid, striped and floral fabric just add to its uniqueness. Each 11 x 11 ½ inch block is made up of 1 – 1 ¼ inch width logs with varying hues used for the chimneys – including fuschia! Foundation pieced and hand quilted along each seam.

The ½ inch binding on two sides is an applied burgundy wool challis, and the wholecloth c.1860 cotton backing is a brown, burgundy and ecru small scale squares and dots pattern which folds over to the front on opposite sides to form the other two bindings. There are a few “original” moth holes - ask Betsey for more details on this one.

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
Was $1,950 Now $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.

Q6842 Log Cabin—Barn Raising
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Q6842 Log Cabin—Barn Raising
c.1865
74 x 84 (188 x 213.4 cm)
PA
$1,800

This wonderful Log Cabin Quilt is all hand pieced and hand quilted. It is comprised of phenomenal wools and wool challis, including a very early turkey red wool challis. The quilt has a double border and a fabulous olive green dot and floral backing. While the quilt dates to c.1865, the fabrics in it date from 1840-1865. There is minimal quilting on this piece, but usually log cabin quilts are not quilted at all. This is a terrific artistic piece, and will be absolutely wonderful as a hanging piece of artwork. There are a few original moth holes in various places on this piece, but they are very minor.
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