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

18th & 19th Century American Antique Quilts

The 18th and 19th century category of antique quilts, spans approximately 120 years, and encompasses a large variety of styles and fabrics. The earliest antique quilts available for sale at Rocky Mountain Quilts are from the last quarter of the 18th century.

During this time, and into the first quarter of the 19th century, many American colonists were making whole cloth quilts by sewing together repeat lengths of the same fabric, thus giving the illusion of one “whole cloth”. Many of the colonists used homespun, others used rare and expensive imported Chintz fabrics. After the American Revolutionary War, quilters began to make more pieced quilts, and also developed the appliqué technique of Broderie Perse.

The vegetable dyes available in the 18th and 19th century limited the colors available, but those same rich, deep tones are just the ones many are seeking today. Vegetable dyes were made from flowers, herbs, bark, and roots. As the 19th century progressed, advances in aniline dye manufacturing processes expanded the color palettes available, and beautifully pieced and appliqued quilts continued to be made, using the extra fabric choices available. The close of the 19th century saw the upsurge in popularity of Victorian Crazy Quilts, those wonderfully exuberant creations of silk, velvet, ribbons and all manner of embellishments.

18th & 19th Century American Antique Quilts

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CONCM1 Garden Maze and New York Beauty
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CONCM1 Garden Maze and New York Beauty
c.1860
68 x 86 inches
Origin unknown
$2,900

A beautifully executed combination of the early New England Garden Maze pattern and the New York Beauty pattern. The inside blocks measure 10” square with all applique work pieced onto linen fabric. Joining blocks of the Garden Maze have a 3/4” border with a 3” white linen joining section. The same double raspberry print is used in the outline of the Garden Maze as is used in constructing the 9 patch blocks of the New York Beauty pattern. The triangles that make up the New York Beauty measure 1-3/8 x 1-3/8 x 1/2”. Created around 1860, this exquisite quilt has been completely executed by hand. The joining blocks have wave quilting, a New England and or Eastern style. The New York Beauty blocks are diagonally quilted in 3/8” grids. The backing is linen and the seams are joined by using a minuscule stitch. A 1/4” binding finishes the edge. A spectacular piece of art for your bed or wall. Organically hand washed and now ready to be sent for your viewing and approval.
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Q9108 Harvard University /Massachusetts Miniature Cigar Ribbon Quilt
Q9108 Harvard University /Massachusetts Miniature Cigar Ribbon Quilt
c.1885
34 x 34 inches
Massachusetts
SOLD

Many Victorian women were resourceful, creative and loved embellishing. In the homes of today, when we have stopped embellishing, Victorian women have just begun...I like to say that these women embellished the embellishment. However, in addition Victorian women loved to be creative and excelled in needlework of all kinds. As a trendy habit most Victorian men smoked cigars. These cigars, in clusters, were wrapped in beautiful silk ribbons denoting the manufacturer. This advertiser design resulted in exquisite silk ribbons waiting to be creatively assembled in a piece of textile art. This Massachusetts woman, whose husband may have attended Harvard, has taken the silk cigar bands and created a version of the log cabin completely from these ribbons. The reason why I date this mid 1880’s is because of the vibrant colors. Later, the colors (mostly blue, orange and red) faded more easily due to a change in dyeing techniques. These miniature quiltx are rare not only because of their scarcity, but because of the rarity of the colors and the manufacturers, notably Harvard. There are numerous ribbons from Massachusetts companies and over a dozen crimson Harvard University ribbons. One ribbon includes a patriotic golden American eagle holding an arrow. What an amazing piece of textile art for your home or office. In perfect original condition and ready to be sent for your approval.



Q9106 Silk Victorian Patriotic Cigar Ribbon Quilt
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Q9106 Silk Victorian Patriotic Cigar Ribbon Quilt
c.1885
35 x 35 inches
Massachusetts
$4,800

Most Victorian men smoked cigars and as a result Victorian women could collect the cigar ribbons and create decorative quilts in beautifully embellished variations of the log cabin pattern. This miniature quilt has some very rare ribbons, including 4 red, white and blue ribbons used to frame a center square design on point. Also incorporated in this sophisticated collector's quilt are very rare green ribbons, Harvard University crimson ribbons and even red, and red and white stripe ribbons. This Massachusetts quilt is filled with cigar maker manufacturers names along with ribbons showing American flags and other symbols. This is a truly sophisticated collector's piece in perfect condition. This miniature quilt is one of four that I found at the same time. Each has its own unique characteristics. A perfect piece of antique wall art for your home or office. In original condition and ready to be sent for your approval.



q9105 Blue and White Broken Star
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Q9105 Blue and White Broken Star
c.1880
81 x 84 inches
New England
$2,200

This graphically sophisticated broken touching stars quilt was created in the 1880’s with older indigo fabric. I’m saying 1880’s because of the white fabric. The indigo blue may even be 1860’s. Pieced and quilted completely by hand, the stars measure apx 22 x 22” with each side of the diamond measuring 2-1/4”. The stars are joined with 13” square blocks. The outside edge of the stars are joined with rectangular blocks measuring apx 6-1/2 x 13”. The quilt is bordered with a 7” white strip and finished with a 3/8” indigo binding. In unused condition and perfect for a queen size bed. Organically hand washed and ready to go.



q9201a Martha Washington
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Q9201 Martha Washington
c.1880
70 x 74 inches
Upstate New York
$2,600

The Martha Washington pattern was developed from the Ocean Wave pattern with the center joining square divided into four triangles. The edging is most unusual and is created using a border print which is indicative of the first half of the 19th century. However the style of border prints did return during the 1870's. Did someone take the border strip from an earlier fabric and apply it on this one as I believe may have happened. This border fabric actually pre-dates the other Indigo dyed calico fabric used in the construction of this very graphic quilt. The design construction is comprised of 13” blocks on point with the four sides of this quilt filled in with triangles each measuring 7 x 7 x 10”, one white and one Indigo Calico between each square. Two sides of the quilt have a 3” border fabric edged with a 3/8” hand applied binding. In the quilt world, indigo and white is and has been the most loved color combination in America. Organically hand washed and ready to be sent on your approval.



CONAS1 Mariner's Compass Quilt
c.1850
78 x 82 inches
New York
SOLD

This exquisite mariner’s compass quilt was created around 1850. Not only amazingly colorful and graphic but executed with meticulous workmanship exhibited both in the piece work and the quilting. A circular pieced pattern is one of the most difficult sewing challenges one can attempt. On this quilt we have each compass surrounded by a 7/8” over-dyed green circle. The blocks on this quilt are approximately 18” square and are joined with 4-1/2” triple sashing. The miniature blocks used here to join each section are a diminutive 4” square executed using a star pattern in Turkey Red and green with a chrome center. The entire border, which varies in width from 3-3/4” on opposite two sides to 5” on the other opposite two sides. The free hand drawn meandering green ribbon border takes twists and turns embellished with turkey red dangling diamonds. The colors of this quilt include: Turkey red, over-dyed green, chrome orange, c.1845 double pink with white stripe fabric and of course, white. The separate hand applied binding measures 1/4”. All work is hand pieced, hand quilted and hand appliquéd. Stunning! A treasured quilt for your bed or as an amazing piece of art for your wall. When hanging it takes my breath away. Organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your approval. Please ask for more details.



conclk3 Wool Crazy Quilt
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CONCLK3 Wool Crazy Quilt
c.1890
32 x 43 inches
New England
$700

Wool crazy quilts were made to be used, unlike silk crazy quilts that were made a for artistic embellishment. Here we have a woolen Crazy quilt that was made as a lap quilt. This diminutive quilt is comprised of 12 10-1/2" blocks that are wool, wool challis and some cotton flannel. The backing is a cotton flannel making this a very cozy lap quilt. It had previously been hung on a wall so pockets are sewn on and it’s ready to hang. Most of the fabrics are from the 1880s, but since there are also fabrics dating 1890, we need to date it c.1890. Ready to be sent for your viewing and approval.



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Q9120 Mennonite Reversible Double Irish Chain
c.1880
78 x 78 inches
Pennsylvania
$1,900

This perfect condition Mennonite Irish Chain quilt's design is comprised of 1-3/4” squares. The outside edge is an 8" wide triple border with each strip being apx 2-3/4” wide and finished with a 3/8” separately applied binding. This is the design for the front of the quilt and is comprised from three fabrics; an over-dyed green calico, a double pink calico and a mustard calico with a red and white minuscule print. The "signature" of a Mennonite quilt is that they always strip pieced the backings of their quilts. In this case, the strips are so perfectly laid out that we have a completely reversible quilt. It’s a Bars quilt, comprised of a different green calico than used on the front alternating with a chrome yellow calico with a small red flower and thin vine design. Each strip measures apx 7-1/2” in width. On the back, it’s easier to see the quilting design that’s been executed on the front. Each square is outline quilted. The joining blocks are cross hatched diagonal quilted. The border is quilted in a herringbone pattern. In mint condition, this quilt will fit a queen size bed or make for a very dramatic wall hanging. Ready to be sent for your approval.



q9202 Wool Square in a Diamond Variation
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Q9202 Square in a Diamond Variation
c.1880
74 x 78 inches
New England
$2,200

This unusual design quilt has been executed using various 1870’s and 1880’s black and gray calico fabrics. There are 50...6-1/4" blocks joined by white 6-1/4” blocks. Each block was pieced by hand and connected to the joining blocks by hand. There is a 4-1/2” border around the sides of this quilt. 1/4” is covered with a hand applied black and white plaid variation binding. The border is made up of 4 rows. The first is 1 wide, the second 1-1/4” wide, the third 1-1/4” wide, and the last 1-1/2” wide. The border and the piece blocks are quilted using an 1840’s design of 2 parallel rows 1/4” apart then 1” space between the double rows and then repeated. The plain white blocks are cross hatch quilted in a 7/8” parallel grid. In my 32 years of business I’ve only had one other black and white quilt. It is difficult to photograph. There are a dozen different designs of prints on this quilt. It’s sophisticated yet fun and happy. This quilt is in unused condition and now organically hand washed ready to be sent on approval. The shadows from lighting are not on the quilt.....the quilt is all evenly colored.



q9113 Four Patch Irish Chain
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Q9113 Four Patch Irish Chain
c.1855
65 x 78 inches
Pennsylvania
$650

This very graphic red and white quilt has wonderful piecing and unsophisticated quilting. This quilt was finished with a turned over binding found frequently in Pennsylvania. Meticulously machine pieced creating fantastic graphics. Quilting stitches uneven. It was not unusual to find women who enjoyed piecing and not quilting, and visa versa. I think this quilt may have been made by two people or one person with special talents.... Organically hand washed and ready for your approval at home.



q9110 Wool Challis Log Cabin with Dimunitive Chimneys
Q9110 Wool Challis Log Cabin with Dimunitive Chimneys
Mid 19th Century
72 x 80 inches
Found in New England
SOLD

Yes, I too have my favorites....this is one such quilt ..Unfortunately pictures, as with many quilts, do not show its true beauty and sophistication. This mid-century straight furrows quilt was found in New England. The pattern is the log pattern and the one that came originally from England. From that original pattern we developed our own variations of the log cabin, patterns becoming the quintessential American quilt patterns. The construction of this quilt is made up of 10” blocks: each block made up of 1/4 to 1/2” width logs with a minuscule 1/2" center chimney. The cotton backing used for this quilt is c.1840 design. The hand applied twill tape binding measures 1/2” and is applied by hand ...the entire quilt is pieced and quilted by hand as this piece was made before the sewing machine was in public use. The fabrics used for the "logs" are a variety of wool challis, an indication that this woman was a member of a family of affluence. The muted colors have created a very sophisticated and rich looking quilt: a major piece of art. I am happy to send this quilt for viewing and approval in your home.



Martha Washington
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CONET3 Martha Washington
c.1880
68 x 76 inches
Lebanon, Maine
$2,500

Meticulously hand quilted, this pieced quilt is one of my favorites. The small triangles measure apx 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 x 2", the large triangles measure 5 x 5 x 7”. If this quilt did not have a split center...two triangles..one white and one blue..the name of the pattern would be ocean waves, but with the split squares the name changes to Martha Washington. The applied binding appears to be put on by machine and finished by hand. This 19th century blue is a wonderful mid century shade of indigo; sought after by many people. Actually blue is the most popular color in our country. This graphic quilt will fit perfectly on a twin, double or the top of a queen size bed. A beautifully graphic quilt it can also hang as an art piece for your wall. Made in Lebanon, Maine, the family name will be given upon sale.



Q8608 Extended 9 Patch Irish Chain...created for a Four Poster Bed
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Q8608 Extended 9 Patch Irish Chain...created for a Four Poster Bed
c.1780-1810
88 x 89 inches (51 x 19 inch tail length)
Massachusetts
$5,600

This amazing early quilt has as much of an array of early prints as any quilt I’ve ever owned. This stunning and very sophisticated quilt is comprised of an 18th century Toile, 18th and early 19th century block prints and many hand painted prints. All of the early vegetable dye colors are represented here. Hand carving of the block prints requires a high level of skill. When I stand back from the quilt I see another pattern emerging. Its the Irish Chain. Therefore, we call this quilt an Extended 9 Patch Irish Chain. The blocks measure 7” square with 3-1/4” square centers. The smaller corner squares measure 1-3/4". If you don’t have a four post bed for this quilt, you can place the tail under the pillows. Even though we can consider this quilt partially a scrap bag quilt (because of the many fabrics) the high cost of these fabrics tells us that the creator was probably from an affluent family. The fabrics on this quilt are so spectacular that it needs to be seen to be appreciated. It is a masterpiece created from early fabrics.



conlk3 Wool Crazy Quilt
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CONLK3 Wool Crazy Quilt
c.1890
32 x 43 inches
New England
$800

A small Crazy quilt that was purposely made as a nice warm wool lap quilt for the New England winters. Created from blocks that have been pieced with various fabrics.... wool, wool challis and cotton flannel. The sqyuares measure apx. 12 inches square. The backing is a cotton flannel making this a very soft and cozy quilt. It had previously been hung on a wall so pockets have been sewn on and it’s ready to hang. Most of the fabrics are from the 1880’s, but since there are also fabrics dating 1890, we need to date it C.1890.



conlk5 Variable Stars
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CONLK5 Variable Stars
c.1870
76 x 78 inches
New England
$2,900

This mint condition ...perfect unused condition....miniature Variable Star pattern will make a perfect addition to a fabric junkie’s collection. This Variable Star quilt has early mint condition chintz, very early block print Turkey red calicos and wonderful madder dyed prints...all rare and unusual fabrics. Pieced and calico blocks measure 7 inches square and are all hand pieced. Much later the blocks were machine pieced together with a brown calico. There are a very few, very slight spots on this quilt, but it has never been washed. The back is a wonderful large size calico. Started around c.1825 and finished c.1875, it was a work in progress. Ready to hang in your home or to adorn a guest bed.



Q9104 Signature Block Quilt
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Q9104 Signature Block Quilt
c.1830
77 x 77 inches
New England
$2,600

This wonderful quilt is comprised of two fabrics...a vegetable dyed calico and an off white. The signature blocks, on point, measure apx 12” square and are then joined with a 2” sashing from the same fabric. All work was completely hand executed, as this was created before the sewing machine was invented. The separate applied binding measures 1/4” in width and is the same fabric as the sashing and the blocks. The backing is a home spun linen indicative of the era. There are various quilting designs executed on this quilt from outline quilting to straight line quilting to V quilting. The colors may be hard to discern on any computer, which is why I like to send all quilts out for approval. The colors are a gold on yellow and a beige, black and white on chocolate calico. Mint condition. This is a perfect size as art on the wall and will also fit a double size bed. A quilt that can also be used as throw for a sofa or queen bed. These two fabrics have created a sophisticated and graphic piece of early New England art. Two early NE vegetable colors.
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CONJF1 Center Medallion Quilt
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CONJF1 Center Medallion Quilt
c.1845
80 x 88 inches
New England
$1,900

This c.1845 graphic quilt has the format of a Center Medallion quilt pattern which originated in England. This particular quilt, however, is an original design. We can call this a Nine patch Windmill Sampler. The creator of this quilt was most likely from an affluent family because the fabric would have been expensive to purchase. The center medallion nine patch windmill measures 14” square. Adding the border comes to 20 inches. The corner blocks measure 14" square, all individual blocks measure 7-1/2 inches square. All blocks are joined with a 2-1/2” sashing while the quilt is bordered with the same fabric. Most of the fabrics on this quilt are from the 1840’s. The backing is a very fine linen. All the borders are zigzag quilted and the blocks are x quilted. This quilt is more about the graphics and design, not the quilting, which is not unusual in an early quilt. The visual feeling emanating from this quilt seems to be of a very modern design - I can picture this quilt on an early New England bed or in a glass and chrome home. It is a wonderful piece of textile art for your wall. Organically hand washed and ready to go to your home for approval.



BTG31 Flying Geese Four Post Quilt
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BTG31 Flying Geese Four Post Quilt
c.1825
94 x 100 inches
Believed to be from Massachusetts
$2,900

This four post bed quilt was originally made for a bed with a large cannonball post. The quilt will fit a queen size bed today. The geese pattern will cover the top of the bed and the bar border overhang will look like a dust ruffle. On an original early four post bed there could have been a child’s trundle bed under the adults' bed. The three borders are 19-3/4” wide, the rectangles are 9 x 4-1/2” and are comprised of two triangles. The middle triangle is 9 x 6 x 6” and the side triangles are 4 x 4 x 6-1/2”. The borders are a wonderful over-dyed green and yellow calico linen and a cotton red and white squiggly design. The geese are made of two fabrics, an early block print stripe and a black, red and white unusual print. I feel this is a quilt for a bed and not to hang on the wall. The quilt has cross hatch and outline quilting and the bars have 4“ quilted circles. The back is a homespun linen and the thread is linen. Everything is pieced by hand as it was made many years before the sewing machine. The quilt is in perfect condition. Hand washed and ready to be sent on approval. It has been in my private collection for almost 30 years and it’s now time for a new home.





Q9090 Quilt
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Q9090 Unknown Pattern
c.1825
86 x 87 inches
New Hampshire
$3,800

I always find it challenging to find a quilt with a pattern that I’ve never seen before. This is one of those quilts. As a fabric junky, I love this piece. This has a whole cloth linen calico backing from the early 18th century with fabrics on the front including hand painted block prints. Naturally, this quilt was completely constructed by hand as it was made before the sewing machine was invented. The three borders used here are a trait of the New England quilt. Why make a border on an edge if its not going to be seen? In this case, the side without a border would be the side under your pillows. The blocks measure apx 7 x 9”, the sashing measures 2-1/4” with 3-1/4” borders on three sides and hand finished with a 1/4" turned over binding. There is a wonderful square on point border created from a very early hand painted block print. The rich colors are very visually soothing. This quilt will actually fit today’s queen size bed. Please call if you have any questions. Organically hand washed by Betsey and ready to be sent on approval to your home.



CONIL Bunny and Starburst Quilt
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CONIL Bunny and Starburst Quilt
c.1850
70 x 80 inches
New England
$2,200

Have you ever seen a 19th century quilt with bunnies ? I have not .... The circular starburst blocks have a diameter of 10”. This starburst block is one of the hardest patterns to piece because of the teeny tiny elongated triangle points. There are 20 of these very sophisticated blocks. Changing the sophistication of this entire piece are appliqué bunny rabbits in a basket. This is a combination that I have never seen. One way to know that this was made in New England is the fact that there are two borders instead of three. The mentality was, why do something extra if no one is going to see it. It appears to be a work in progress as someone added two borders to fit a child’s bed. We have done some restoration work on this piece as well. The pre 1850 purple is a very hard color to find, as a result you can see where some are a different print. This is a happy quilt made by premier textile artist.



Q7001 Railroad Crossing with 9 Patch
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Q7001 Railroad Crossing with 9 Patch
c.1865
74 x 76 inches
Erie, Pennsylvania
$800

This graphic Turkey Red and white quilt has been pieced by machine and quilted by hand. Created with c.1865 Turkey red, the most popular fabric for affluent women between 1835 and 1865. A two color quilt is the easiest to become part of ones home....this quilt is simply Turkey Red and white cotton. I believe that this quilt may have been made at a later date because the quilt was machine pieced. Coming from Erie, the symbolism of the quilt may be related to the maker's husband’s work on the railroad. Created with apx 14” square blocks with the blocks joined with a 5-1/2” sashing. The binding was created by turning the back fabric to the front and machine stitching the fabric down. The quilting design indicates to me that this quilt was made later than the fabric which is pre 1865 Also appearing is that this fabric was previously used, which is indicated by the white striations on the red..only caused by wear. This clue added to the fact that the quilt was hardly used.





q8943 Miniature Diamond in a Square
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Q8943 Miniature Diamond in a Square
c. 1878
59 x 72 inches
New England
$2600

All hand pieced hand quilted, amazing array of fabrics, some dating back to 1840, minor restoration, washed professionally by Betsey



consn2 Postage Stamp Sunshine and Shadow
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CONSN2 Postage Stamp Sunshine and Shadow
c.1880 (with fabrics dating back to c.1850)
80 x 80 inches
Kent, Ohio
$2,400

This graphically exciting and wonderfully executed Postage Stamp Sunshine and Shadow quilt will fit perfectly in an antique home as well as a contemporary one. Thousands of 1-1/8” squares from c.1845 to c.1880 are masterfully executed here completely pieced and quilted by hand. The quilter finished her quilt using a quilting horizontal grid pattern with rows apx 1-1/4” apart. Finishing this piece if textile art is a minuscule... less than 1/4” hand applied binding in a solid Turkey Red fabric. This quilt will fit today’s queen size bed, however, this would also be a major piece of art in most rooms of ones home. This quilt was created in the Kent, OH area. The family names and photograph of the quilters are available upon sale.



CONGG11 Quilt
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CONGG11 Wool Amish Bars with Corner Squares Quilt
c.1895
69 x 84 inches
Lancaster, PA
$12,000

The quintessential Lancaster County Amish Bars Quilt is represented here. All wool fabrics date to c.1895 and have been used in the creation of this amazing quilt measuring 69 x 84”. Typically Amish quilts are comprised of few colors. The Amish quilt shown here is comprised of 4 colors. The outside border measures 11-1/2” and is finished with a typical Amish binding of 1-1/8” in width. The corner squares, the signature of the Lancaster Amish, measures 12” square. The inner border measures 3-1/4” in width. Inside this border there are 7 bars each measuring 5-1/2” in width. The colors are alternating Prussian blue and olive brown. The outside border is beautifully quilted with meandering vines and leaves. The inner border is quilted a meandering wreath and vine design with a four leaf clover in the middle of the square of the pattern. The bars are quilted on the diagonal in a 1” grid. All Amish quilts are machine pieced and hand quilted. All the quilting stitches are perfectly executed. The backing is a minuscule black and white gingham check. I am happy to send this out on approval.



Q9020 Double Irish Chain Quilt
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Q9020 Double Irish Chain Quilt
c.1865
72 x 86 inches
Ohio
$1,900

A wonderful example of a classic design and classic American color. Indigo seems to fit everywhere and is the most popular color in the country. Entirely pieced and quilted by hand, this beautiful and sophisticated Irish Chain Quilt is comprised of hundreds of 1-1/2” squares. The back and front are both constructed using fine cotton fabrics. With most two color quilts one can assume that the fabric was purchased and therefore the family was of comfortable means. The entire quilt has been quilted in a 1“ grid and was finished with a 3/8” binding. Organically hand washed and ready for your home. Family name available upon sale.



CONTC5 Cactus Basket Quilt
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CONTC5 Cactus Basket Quilt
c.1870
78 x 78 inches
New York
$2,600

On a scale of 1 to 10, this fabulous Cactus Basket Quilt deserves a 15 in regards to the quilting worked here. The sides of each block measure apx 8” and are on point while the triangles measure 2 x 1-1/2 x 1-1/2". Every other block contains a wreath filled with inside grid quilting 1/4” apart. The corner sections around the wreath are quilted in the same manner. The cactus basket is quilted in 1/2” grids. The entire double border measuring 5” in width is quilted in an apx 1/2” grid. The outside border is finished with a 3/8” binding. All piecing and quilting has been executed by hand. The workmanship on this quilt is exquisite and shows beautifully on a queen size bed with 9” over on each side. The white fabric used on the front and back of this is piece is a fine cotton. The binding, inner border, 1/2" sashing and baskets are the same 19th century pink. Organically hand washed and ready to be seen on approval in the privacy of your home.



conlk6 Signed and Dated Crazy Quilt with Native American Symbols
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CONLK6 Signed and Dated Crazy Quilt with Native American Symbols
Dated February 18, 1894
66 x 82 inches
Found in Maine
$1,600

After looking at and researching dozens of Crazy quilts to the best of my ability, I believe that this Maine quilt has definite Native American influence and symbolism. This original piece of art is comprised of 20 blocks, each measuring apx 16” square. A Victorian crazy quilt that is totally unique. There is Native American symbolism thoughout the quilt. This quilt has embroidered names, auld lang syne, staffs of wheat and ears of corn and planted rows in a field. Wonderful colors with wonderful motion and one of a kind. The front fabrics are wool, wool challis, wool silk and heavy cotton. The backing is all wool. This piece would provide great warmth as a quilt on a bed. As a piece of art,on a wall, this quilt would be artistically wonderful and soothing to the eyes. Ready to be sent for your viewing and approval.



Q6957 Red White and Blue Drunkard's Path
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Q6957 Red White and Blue Drunkard's Path
c.1895
78 x 84 inches
Believed to be from Pennsylvania
$850

A c.1895 very rare and unusual rendition of the Drunkard’s Path pattern. A very popular pattern with quilters who were against consuming liquor. This pristine quilt is comprised of 20 blocks, each measuring 12” square and all joined by strips of white with red dot 3-1/2” sashing. The backing is a very similar whole cloth fabric creating a reversible quilt. Another fabric used in the construction of the block is an indigo calico. The 1/4” binding is turned over from the back and finished by hand. All blocks are pieced by hand then joined to the sashing by machine and finished with hand quilting. This mint condition quilt certainly fits a description of patriotic. Around two sides of the outer edge of there is a 6-1/2” border. The fabric on the other two sides is a red with white polka dots. I am happy to send this mint condition quilt for your viewing and approval.





conclk2 Folk Art Crib Quilt with Embroidered Swan
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CONCLK2 Folk Art Crib Quilt with Embroidered Swan
c.1890
28 x 38 inches
Found in Maine
$2,900

In complete original condition, this creatively embellished and embroidered crib quilt is comprised of 24 7” blocks with wool embroidered motifs on black wool. We have a swan, which to me represents a relationship lasting a lifetime, flowers and leaves representing spring, summer and happiness. There’s a bird with “AM” embroidered on its wing. Created in the 1890s, it appears that the maker was incredibly creative and probably came from a less affluent family. The backing of each block is a much earlier homewoven fabric. There are sleeves or what are called pockets sewn on the back making it ready for hanging. Equally beautiful would be as a center focal point of your dining room table...Ready to be sent for your viewing and approval.



consn1 Nine Patch on Point
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CONSN1 Nine Patch on Point
c.1890 (fabrics date back to c.1860)
74 x 88 inches
Vermont
$2,500

This Postage Stamp Trip Around the World quilt has been created using over 4,200.... 1” squares and is absolutely mind boggling for the amount of precise and graphically perfect piecing in this quilt :-) There are over 40 different fabrics, solids and calicos, all pieced and quilted meticulously by hand. The border is wonderfully finished with prairie points and pillowcase edged. The quilting is wonderfully executed. Because of the 80" size this amazing quilt will fit a queen size bed or completely cover the top of a king size bed. As you can see, this quilt is also a major piece of art for a wall in your home. Where there is not an actual top or bottom, you can hang it either way. The direction it’s shown here, vertically, adds height to the room. If you want to add width to a room, you’d hang it the other way. In perfect, unused condition. Organically washed by Betsey and ready for your viewing. I’m happy to send it on approval.



Q9116 Embroidered Candlewick Spread
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Q9116 Embroidered Candlewick Spread
c. 1820
98 x 100 inches (plus 4" netted edging on 3 sides)
New England
$4,600

Do you have either an original or reproduction early American bed? This textile is usually only found in historic books, museums or antique homes that one would tour....maybe even earlier than I am dating it. This extraordinary and rare Candlewick Spread is almost 200 years old. Because of the age, one can understand why there are so few of these in existence. Created with cotton thread on a very fine linen fabric; the handwork is breathtakingly beautiful. The body of the spread is in perfect condition. The fishnet edging needs some restoration, which we can do. At this point I have only hand washed it. The seams are joined with a running back stitch which is so tiny that at first glance it appears to be done on a sewing machine. Early hand work such as this was never meant to come apart...hence the running back stitch that can easily be mistaken for machine work. I needed to use a magnifying glass to verify this stitch. This incredible bed covering was made 30 years prior to the invention of the sewing machine. When quilts and spreads were made from this era, this sturdy stitch was used to join seams. We were not a throw away society back then and things were made to last forever. This stitch holds seams firmly together. I have taken clothing apart to use for restoration and sometimes come across this stitch. This early New England Spread has been organically hand washed and is ready for viewing in your home.



Q9115 Stained Glass Silk Velvet with Piano Key Border
Q9115 Stained Glass Silk Velvet with Piano Key Border
c. 1880
60 x 74 inches
Maine
$2,400

This amazing piece of textile art, a.k.a a quilt, looks just like modern stained glass work. Found in Maine, this quilt has an outer 5" border of 2-1/2 x 5” piano keys. The silk velvet fabrics are an array of gorgeous muted colors; cranberry, brown and rust...to name just a few. On part of the border there is a 3/8” applied binding in a variety of colors. Joining the border to the next row is a 2” sashing then 7 x 4-1/2” rectangles, followed by 2” sashing. Next row of brick size rectangles 9 x 4” in alternating directions. It is a visually stunning piece of art. The whole cloth backing is an exquisite drapery fabric. In amazing wonderful condition and completely original. Picture this piece of art hung on one of your walls. :-) I am happy to send on approval.



Q9111 Log Cabin Straight Furrows with H Block Border
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Q9111 Log Cabin Straight Furrows with H Block Border
c. 1875 (with fabrics dating as early as c.1855)
76 x 92 inches
Maine
$2,600

This quilt artist has created a log cabin pattern combination that I have never seen put together. The complete outside border measures apx 6” wide and is comprised of dozens of 6” square log cabin “H” blocks and totally different from the inside log cabin blocks which comprise the straight furrows pattern. The inside furrows blocks are half light and half dark fabric. The fabrics are stunning and unusual. This quilt came to me unbound. We bound the quilt with the same red fabric used in the chimneys. Why the creator did not bind the quilt is a mystery. This graphically stunning quilt would fit a queen size bed perfectly, or even a king size bed with 6” hanging over each side. A fabric junkie's dream! This quilt would look fantastic either on a bed or as graphic art hung for a wall. All logs are 3/4” wide with the chimneys measuring 1-1/8” square. In complete, unused condition and ready to be sent for your viewing on approval.



Q9102 Indigo and White Trapunto Touching Feathered Stars
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Q9102 Indigo and White Trapunto Touching Feathered Stars
c. 1850
76 x 81 inches
Believed to be from New York
$4,600

This exquisite and very early quilt is comprised of 9 gorgeous feathered touching stars with center sunbursts. An extraordinary quilt, it is an actual piece of art. Ranking above the top of the antique quilt world, not only for its beauty, but also for the amount of work that it took to create. Completely sewn by hand, this mid-nineteenth century quilt was pieced with some of the smallest stitches I’ve ever seen. A trapunto and/or stuffed quilt is a multi step process. First the quilt top must be pieced, second it must be stuffed, then backed and quilted. The third step is the very laborious process of separating fibers in the back and stuffing them with cotton. The back fabric is a more loosely woven linen, making the threads easier to separate. On this quilt, there are 16” squares between the feathered stars joining the 18" squares on point. All diamonds have 2-1/2” sides, triangles 1-3/4 x 1-3/4 x 2-1/2" and the squares have 1-1/2" sides. The cross hatch diagonal quilting is apx 3/4” apart. Organically hand washed and ready for your viewing. Call Betsey for more details.



Q9112 Sunburst with Flying Geese Border Quilt
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Q9112 Sunburst with Flying Geese Border Quilt
c. 1835
83 x 99 inches
New England
$3,200

One of my favorite quilts in my shop is this early 1800’s Sunburst Quilt with Flying Geese Border, seemingly comprised of simple 12” square blocks. When one first looks at this quilt, one doesn’t realize how difficult this exquisite textile is to make. The sunburst pattern itself measures 9-1/2” in diameter, however there is a circular piece inserted into the center of the square. The circular quilting around each center sunburst is reminiscent of a Hawaiian quilt of a much later date. The width of the quilting rows vary from 1/4 to 3/8”. The quilt is surrounded by a 4-1/2” border and finished with a 1/4” all hand applied binding. The entire quilt was created by hand and predates the public use of a sewing machine. All sides of the diamonds in the sunburst measure 1-3/4”, the diameter of the center piece is 4”, and the flying geese triangles measure 3 x 3 x 4”.

There is a three dimensional feel to these blocks with each diamond outline quilted. The flying geese border brings this quilt to another level. Each triangle is echo quilted. When you look at this quilt from the back, it’s unbelievable how much quilting has been done. Fabric on the back is linen while the front fabric is a finer linen along with the faded purple. Before 1850 in America, we were unable to set the color purple, as a result the fabric faded down to these beautiful colors. These shades of purple help us date this quilt to c.1835. Completely executed by hand, organically washed by Betsey and ready for your viewing.



Q9090 Quilt
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Q9090 Unknown Pattern
c.1825
86 x 87 inches
New Hampshire
$3,800

I always find it challenging to find a quilt with a pattern that I’ve never seen before. This is one of those quilts. As a fabric junky, I love this piece. This has a whole cloth linen calico backing from the early 18th century with fabrics on the front including hand painted block prints. Naturally, this quilt was completely constructed by hand as it was made before the sewing machine was invented. The three borders used here are a trait of the New England quilt. Why make a border on an edge if its not going to be seen? In this case, the side without a border would be the side under your pillows. The blocks measure apx 7 x 9”, the sashing measures 2-1/4” with 3-1/4” borders on three sides and hand finished with a 1/4" turned over binding. There is a wonderful square on point border created from a very early hand painted block print. The rich colors are very visually soothing. This quilt will actually fit today’s queen size bed. Please call if you have any questions. Organically hand washed by Betsey and ready to be sent on approval to your home.



Q9100 Early 19th Century Four Patch Quilt
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Q9100 Early 19th Century Four Patch Quilt
Dated and Signed 1875
80 x 86 inches
Maine
$2,600

This wonderful 19th century conversation print quilt is meant for a fabric junkie. Comprising a huge array of expensive calicos and paisleys dating from apx 1825 to 1870. There’s a patch sewn on the whole cloth backing that is signed and dated. The quilt was started in 1870 and finished in 1875. Documented by the quilter. Quilter's name will be given upon purchase of this textile. Created in the Brewer, Maine area. One can tell, because of the fabrics and yardage used, that this family was of affluent means. The whole cloth backing is a wonderful geometric plaid of gray, white and muted red. The quilt has been pieced in the English piecing method. We don’t know if the quitter came from England or if this was the method taught to her. This method of piecing is the most secure method, preventing the fabrics from coming apart. This quilt is quilted with the herringbone pattern of stitching. Much of the quilting is difficult to see because of the depth of color in the fabrics. This wonderful piece of history tells us more about the fabrics than the quilting. Three of the 4 squares in the four patch blocks have a 4” square of a Ulysses Grant and Henry Wilson’s presidential campaign with folk art American flags. Ask Betsey for more information. Organically hand washed and ready for your approval.



Q9098 Wool Challis Tumbling Blocks
Q9098 Wool Challis Tumbling Blocks
c.1835
63 x 69 inches
New England
SOLD

We have here one of my favorite quilts! My reasons are...I am a fabric junkie...I love optical illusion... I love wool challis fabrics, and I love all of these colors. Art is very personal...colors are very personal...I am just sharing why I am nuts about this graphic piece of art....:-) Comprised of thousands of diamonds with apx 1-3/4” sides, this graphic optical illusion tumbling blocks quilt is stunning. This textile is a beautiful piece of art and could easily be the focal point of your room. Completely hand pieced, created before the sewing machine, each diamond is outline quilted. It’s finished with a solid narrow border finished with a 3/8” early block print wool challis fabric. Ask for more information. Ready to be seen on approval.



Q8775 Red, Ecru and Green Overshot Coverlet
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Q8775 Red, Ecru and Green Overshot Coverlet
Mid 19th Century
70 x 84 inches (plus 5" fringe on three sides)
Pennsylvania
$1,200

A very rare and unusual color combination...Woven in the mid 19th century ironically created using colors that are very much today's palate. This intricate overshot coverlet looks to be in hardly used condition. The ecru threads are linen, the green and red threads are wool... possibly home spun. I can’t imagine how long it took to loom this piece. It was definitely created for warmth by a master weaver. The fringe is sewn on separately so it can be removed if desired or leaving the top of the bed without fringe to tickle you. Will fit a twin, double or queen size bed, a throw for a king size bed or a cuddly throw on your couch.......A stunning piece! I have organically hand washed this coverlet and it is now ready for your inspection,



Q8714 Red White Blue Double Irish Chain w/ Triple Border
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Q8714 Red White Blue Double Irish Chain w/ Triple Border
c.1865
70 x 80 inches
Washington, PA
$2,100

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CONLF36 Variable Star Mennonite
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CONLF36 Variable Star Mennonite
c.1880
92 x 93 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,900

This huge Variable Star Mennonite Quilt is in mint condition and all hand quilted. Typical of Amish and Mennonite quilts this quilt has been machine pieced. The blocks measure 9 inches with sashing measuring 3-3/4 inches in width and extremely wide borders measures 12 inches. The entire quilt is covered in a 1 inch grid diagonal quilting pattern. There is a 3/8 inch separately applied binding executed half by hand. Each ring in the star in the block has identical calico fabric. There are different over dyed green calicos used for the blocks. This gives us a wonderful study of these early calicos. The size of this quilt will fit a full or queen size bed with a double size mattress, or king with a 7 in overhang. Because of the pattern this quilt may be turned in any direction. The orange or cheddar color is great for today’s style.
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Q8853 Unusual Log Cabin Streak of Lightning
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Q8853 Unusual Log Cabin Streak of Lightning
c.1880
77 x 78 inches
New England
$1,800

This artistically designed and perfectly constructed Log Cabin Streak of Lightening is made up of 100 blocks each measuring apx 7-1/2” square. The logs used for the construction are apx 1” in width. All logs are outline quilted and there is an 3/8” hand applied binding. This exquisite quilt is completely pieced by hand. Am dating this c.1880 because of one horseshoe conversation fabric that I have found on this quilt. There are many more c.1880’s fabrics used, and also fabrics dating from c.1850 to c.1880. The backing fabrics date from c.1840. When I purchased this it was a mint quilt. Mint meaning never washed, never used. I have organically washed it so now it is an unused quilt. This one quilt can appear to be three different quilts. The streak of lightening design can be used in either direction and the back of this quilt is actually a pieced Bars pattern. Strip pieced backings are a signature of Mennonite quilts. Because of the quality of the fabrics, one can see that this Mennonite family would have been of affluent means. Ready to see at home on approval.





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CONSW2 Turkey Red Center Medallion Applique Coverlet
Dated 1838 and signed by Mary Ann Wilhelm
74 x 102 inches

SOLD

Truly amazing is this center medallion folk art appliqued and reverse appliqued summer coverlet created by a 15 year old young lady named Mary Ann Wilhelm in 1838. Each block appears to be an original design from her artistic eye. Her love of animals and the universe is seen through her eyes. We have the American Eagle, the symbol of our country, what appears to be St. Nicholas, hearts and birds similar to those seen on Chester County, Pennsylvania quilts. All the work on this incredible textile is appliqued and reverse appliqued on linen from a variety of early turkey red calicoes dating from the late 18th century up until the time this coverlet was created.

From a sociological point of view we know that this young lady was part of a very affluent family, because of the unbelievably high cost of these fabrics. I do not know the exact location of the creation of this piece of art, but I lean towards the Chester Co, PA area.

The format of this coverlet is reminiscent of the early English quilts, with its center medallion and surrounding design. This coverlet is in amazing condition.



CONJE20 Diamond in a square 4 poster quilt
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CONJE20 Diamond in a Square 4 Poster Quilt
c. 1840
110 x 108 inches
New England
$2,900

Only in New England were quilts made specifically for 4 poster beds...usually with cut outs to go around 2 posts at the foot of the bed. When you see this style, you may not know which state it’s from, but it’s definitely from New England. The main body of this quilt is comprised of an all over pattern consisting of 9” diamond in a square blocks created from fabrics with dates of c.1780s to c.1840. This perfect condition quilt is hand pieced and hand quilted. We are able to assume this because the quilt pre-dates home use of the treadle machine. The center square in each block has 6-1/2” sides with the block on point. The base of the corner triangles measures 6-1/2“ and the sides are 4-3/4". The huge variety of fabrics used in this piecing could lead someone to call it a scrap quilt, a term from later years. In this case, these pieces of fabrics must have come from an affluent family as they are so expensive. The backing used is homespun linen, and the thread is linen. The edge of the quilt has been pillowcase sewn and then outline stitched to give the impression of a separate binding. One of the photos shown here is the quilt on a queen size bed with a 15” mattress. This was originally made for a very high double bed that would have been 54” wide, but today we can easily use this on a 60" wide queen size bed. Ready to see on approval.





Q9093 Touching Stars
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Q9093 Touching Stars
c. 1840
71 x 71 inches
Connecticut
$2,900

When this quilt is hung on a wall, the stars appear to pulsate in front of you. One can look at this quilt and immediately see the white blocks, the negative space, with the exquisite, over-the-top quilting. The diamonds have apx 1-1/2 inch sides, tip to tip the stars are apx 24 inches and the applied binding is 1/4 inch wide. All diamonds are outline quilted and all open areas of white are sewn in miniature triple line wave quilting. Triple line quilting is a style indicative of the 1840s. Also indicative of the 1840s is the nine block formation, as we have here. Completely created by hand, and made at least 10 years before the sewing machine was in public use, this is a true masterpiece for the wall or bed. Ask Betsey for more information.





Q8620 Turkey Red Calico Unusual Basket Quilt
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Q8620 Turkey Red Calico Unusual Basket Quilt
c.1835 (baskets and backing c.1825)
83 x 86 inches
Rutland, VT
$3,200

This early quilt is a statement of affluence and good taste. These Turkey Red calico fabrics are truly amazing! The front of the quilt is in excellent, excellent condition. The backing was created from an 18th century home dyed linen that may pre-date the front by 40-50 years. Due to the acidic dye from the walnut hulls used in the dyeing process, there are places where the fabric is split on the back. There are also water stains on the back which must have been there before the quilt was made because no staining came through to the front. Naturally, when hung or on a bed you won’t see the backing at all. We can take an early linen and cover up the few areas of the back where there are splits if desired. There is slight wear on the binding, which is unnoticeable, but could be restored if someone desires. The blocks measure apx 11 inches square. The sashing, which joins the blocks, measures 4 inches and the large connecting triangles around the edge of the quilt measure 11 x 11 x 16 inches. When the triangles are combined with the sashing - it appears as a triangle with 17" sides. Naturally, everything on this quilt is hand sewn as it pre-dates the sewing machine. The binding is 3/8 inch hand applied created from the same fabric as the sashing. The triangles in the basket measure 2 x 2 x 3 inches. The overall appearance is pure beauty and sophistication! The quilt has been organically washed by Betsey. The price reflects the area on the back that has some splitting.





Q9091 Log Cabin Courthouse Steps Twin Bed Sized Quilt
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Q9091 Log Cabin Courthouse Steps Twin Bed Sized Quilt
c.1880
65 x 76 inches
Bethel, ME area
$1,800

This pristine mint summer quilt has been foundation pieced. The blocks have been joined together using a method original to New England. This twin bed sized quilt was foundation machine pieced onto an ecru muslin fabric with the blocks measuring 10-1/2”. The logs used in the formation of this pattern are 1” in width, the turkey red center piece measures 2-1/2” square. All of the fabrics on this quilt are unused and date from c.1850 - c.1880. The binding is slightly wider than 1/8” and is made of cotton sateen, usually found used for the lining of women's clothing. The size and graphics of this quilt make it perfect as art for a wall. Because of the repeat pattern, this quilt could be hung completely open, half open or placed over a pole with four blocks showing. Because of the huge array of fabrics, this quilt is a delightful piece for a 19th century fabric junkie. :-) Happy to send on approval...



conch3 Turkey Red and White Bricks Bassinet Quilt
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CONCH3 Turkey Red and White Bricks Bassinet Quilt
c.1840
22 x 28 inches
New England
$1,700

This wonderful little quilt is made up of 2-3/8 x 1-3/4 inch rectangles. A huge array of c.1825 to c.1840 fabrics qualify this quilt to be a historical study in fabrics. The quilt is finished with a Turkey red binding and all hand pieced and hand quilted. This diminutive quilt has been constructed from white linen fabric and linen thread, and is in unused condition. There are two sleeves on the quilt, ready to hang. Professionally hand washed by Betsey. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



Q8811 Velvet Mohair Lap Robe
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Q8811 Mohair Lap Robe
Late 19th century
63 x 63 (160 X 160 cm)
Found in Massachusetts
$900 (originally $1,700)

A soft and cozy lap robe comprised of wonderful velvet mohair blocks of different sizes. Twenty five richly toned, saturated color blocks of olive, wine, russet, and deep blue mohair measure approximately 9-1/2” square in the center arrangement. An inner border 4-1/4” wide surrounds the center in alternating blocks of color. The outer border consists of 3-1/2” wide solid strips of mohair in deepest russet.

There is some moth damage on one of the blocks. Please see the photo. We have discounted the price substantially.

The backing is solid peach cotton which is attached to the front with a pillowcase edge and no quilting or tying. Treadle machine top stitching one inch in from the edge gives a nice finish. Rich toned mohair that is soft and cuddly makes for a wonderful lap robe and would be perfect as a throw on a sofa or bed to bring a spot of warmth and cheer to a room.

A terrific and unusual piece for us, it is quite luxurious, a great size, and even lovelier in person. It can be sent to you for private viewing in your home before deciding to purchase. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



Q8678 Mennonite Folk Art Fan
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Q8678 Mennonite Folk Art Fan
c.1895
60 x 67 (152.4 x 170.2 cm)
Lancaster County, PA
$2,900

Such a unique quilt! This Mennonite maker took a traditional fan pattern and turned it on its head by incorporating the fans into a fabulous crazy quilt in warm hues of brown, russet, palest blue and ivory. Each piece has embellishment stitching on the seams in a multitude of softly hued silk flosses. The fabrics are a combination of solids, stripes, circles and soft plaids in a variety of soft cottons - most with a beautiful soft sheen - with some fine wool challis pieces interspersed. The resulting work of textile art is a beautiful mix of soft elegance and folk art warmth.

The sixteen crazy quilt fan blocks measure 13 x 13 ½ inches and are pieced and embroidered by hand. A 6 inch wide fan border surrounds the inner design on three sides with a narrower striped border at the top. The backing of this quilt is strip pieced in paisley and solid brown cottons - see detail images. Hand quilting is in straight lines following the block shapes. The applied 1/2 inch binding is in solid brown cotton.

This is a unique quilt that would please a variety of tastes; from Folk Art to softly elegant to cozy comfy. The perfect size for wall art or for use as a throw on bed or sofa. In excellent condition it is ready to ship to you on approval for private viewing. Please ask Betsey for more details. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



CONJE15 Tennessee Flying Geese
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CONJE15 Tennessee Flying Geese
c. 1870 with 1800 fabrics
75 x 76 inches
Nashville, TN
$2,600

Hundreds of wool and wool challis triangles measuring 4 x 4 x 6 inches. The quilt is embellished with yarn pom poms every two rows at the top of the triangles. The back of the quilt is a royal blue. The binding is a pillowcase binding with turkey tracks all the way around. I have this quilt on consignment from someone. It is not perfect. There are moth holes and some pieces of wool fabric that are split. However this is not detrimental to an art piece hanging on the wall. Visually it is very folky and graphic. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.





CONJE11 Homespun Linsey Woolsey
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CONJE11 Homespun Linsey Woolsey
c.1780-1820
65 x 84 inches
North Carolina
$5,900

This truly amazing early linsey woolsey quilt has been vegetable dyed in a burgundy wine color not found in the northeast US. The berries used to dye this quilt are indigenous to the south. Quilted with homespun thread in a herringbone pattern, this early quilt would have served a wonderful purpose keeping people warm in winter. The creation of this quilt from start to finish could possibly have taken 2 years. Complete original condition and ready to use.





Q9004 Miniature Blocks: Silk and Silk Velvet Log Cabin Barn Raising Quilt
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Q9004 Miniature Blocks: Silk and Silk Velvet Log Cabin Barn Raising Quilt
c.1870
60 x 65 inches
Maine/New Hampshire
$5,100

This silk velvet log cabin has a specific way to hang because the top of the quilt is without a border. I’m assuming they wanted that to be at the head of the bed. In mint condition, this exquisite quilt has a 4” golden silk velvet border that has been turned back to make a pillowcase edge.

The piecing was done with 1/2" logs and a 1" center chimney. Completely pieced by hand, these diminutive pieces create an exquisite outcome. Created over 150 years ago, it is ironic that these are all today’s colors. The backing is 19th century dress lining. This extraordinary textile will make a perfect focal point for your living room or great room. Silk fabrics will pulsate when properly lit, almost taking on another dimension. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



Q9037 Wool and Wool Challis Victorian Crazy Quilt with Triple Border
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Q9037 Wool and Wool Challis Victorian Crazy Quilt with Triple Border
c.1895
64 x 74 inches
Pennsylvania
$1,400

Warm and cuddly and beautifully graphic. This is the perfect description for this wool and wool challis crazy quilt. Created in Pennsylvania with wools of very different weaves adds to the interest of this quilt. The addition of a triple border is unusual for a quilt of this time and actually the only one I have ever owned. The main body of the quilt was created using 12 blocks with 15” sides and then adding a 6” triple border on two sides and a smaller border top and bottom. This quilt is bound with a 3/8” wool fabric and top tied with blue wool yarn. The backing is an exquisite 19th century paisley in blues and browns. The deep rich colors create a very sophisticated quilt. In perfect unused condition and ready for you to either use or hang as an art piece. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



Q9041 Silk Tumbling Blocks
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Q9041 Silk Tumbling Blocks
c.1840
68 x 79 inches
Massachusetts
$5,800

This dramatic silk tumbling block quilt is an artistic masterpiece. Picture this quilt hanging in a great room or stairwell. In order for the blocks to be upright, it needs to be hung vertically. If horizontal, the quilt becomes a sea of stars. The sides of the triangles are 1-3/4 inches. An optical illusion, it appears to be stacks of blocks pulsating when put in the proper light. It is comprised of silks dating from 1800 to c.1840 and created in Harvard, MA. The name of the well renowned family will be given at the sale.The name of the well renowned family will be given at the sale. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



Q9068 Optical Illusion Silk and Silk Velvet Pineapple and Windmill Log Cabin
Q9068 Optical Illusion Silk and Silk Velvet Pineapple and Windmill Log Cabin
c.1875 with older date calico backing fabric
64 x 73 inches
Found in Philadelphia
SOLD

Wow! An optical illusion silk quilt. When I look at the black I see windmills. When I look at the colors I see pineapples. The joining blocks are created from silk velvet. Some fabrics date back to the 1850s. The quilt has a 3/8 inch machine applied orange binding. It has 8-1/4 inch blocks with 2-1/4 inch joining blocks. The width of the logs varies from 1/2 to 3/4 inch and is created from very expensive silks and silk velvets. This quilt must have been created by a woman in an affluent family. The back is a rust/brown whole cloth cotton flannel sometimes used to line men’s clothing. They say a picture is worth 1000 words. This is the perfect example. Can you imagine this quilt hung on a great wall? There must be a dozen different colors on this quilt, 98% of which are solids. Therefore it would work with almost any color. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



Q9085 Linsey-Woolsey Q9085 Linsey-Woolsey
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Q9085 Linsey-Woolsey
c.1780-1810
73 x 81 inches
New England (possibly New Hampshire)
$2,900

This quilt is how we kept warm in New England. There is nothing warmer than sleeping under wool. In this case, two layers of homespun wool. The front of this quilt is a whole cloth, homespun Linsey Woolsey. The front and back are two different colors. The front beautiful red color was achieved using a bath of cochineal. The quilting on this is absolutely amazing. Intricate in detail and a beautiful pattern.

The back mustard color was achieved using a bath of saffron, turmeric or safflower. The backing, also homespun, is more loosely woven, as people thought that the back was not as important as the front. Since the weaving was so time consuming, the back is not as defined as the front.

Normally this quilt is worth at least $8,000, however, when I purchased it I thought I’d be able to get the stains out, but was unsuccessful. This is one of the heaviest quilts I’ve ever washed. Parts of the stains are on both the front and back, thus the lower price. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



Q8807 Silk & Silk Velvet Victorian Crazy Quilt with Dresden Plate Center Medallion
Q8807 Silk & Silk Velvet Victorian Crazy Quilt with Dresden Plate Center Medallion
Dated 1886
66 x 66
MA
SOLD

What a truly spectacular example of Victorian Crazy Quilt! This quilt certainly has it all; beautiful silks and silk velvets outlined with a multitude of Victorian Crazy quilt stitches, with a variety of gorgeous embellishments including raised embroidery, crewel and oil paintings. There are numerous flowers, butterflies, owls, fruits, grapes, a girl with a bonnet, sheaves of wheat, the elaborate initial ‘S´ presumably for the maker, and more. A large floral spray is hand painted on wine colored silk, while another piece is executed with raised embroidery using silk chenille.

The inclusion of the Dresden Plate block in the middle surrounded by four corner fans creates a center medallion focus, giving the whole quilt a unique visual balance. The beautiful russet silk velvet border has been pillowcase edged. To a lovely, sophisticated russet and green paisley floral cotton backing. The entire quilt was then reverse tied. A stunning piece of Victorian textile art meant to display the maker´s artistic and embroidery accomplishments. A perfect quilt for display as art on your wall becoming the focal point of any room. You may see this quilt on approval for viewing in the privacy of your home. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



btc-27 All White Quilted Bassinet Quilt
BTC-27 All White Quilted Bassinet Quilt
c. 4th quarter of the 19th century
40 x 42 inches
New England
$675

This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.



Q9096 Tennessee Wool Center Medallion
Q9096 Tennessee Wool Ceenter Medallion
c. 1895
78 x 78 inches
Tennessee
SOLD

How modern the graphic art work seen here is on this quilt. Hard to imagine that this quilt is over 100 years old. The center medallion,of this quilt measures 32 inches square. The design for the first center medallion quilts came to America from England in the 18th century. Radiating borders are always seen on a quilt of this design. Here the borders from center to the outside edge measure 3”, 2-1/2", 3", 4-1/4”, 2", 4-3/4” and 3-1/4". The edging of this quilt is pillow cased and then topped with a blanket stitch. I believe the center medallion was made from a woman’s woolen shawl. The style is called Center Medallion, however originally they were very sophisticated and created by affluent women. This quilt is the antithesis ...being the quilt of a rural, country quilt maker...who never knew that she was creating amazing art for the 21st century! In complete original condition, this amazingly warm quilt can become a beautiful piece of art for your wall. An amazing piece for bed, couch or wall and ready to be seen on approval.





CONLL2 Amish Center Square
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CONLL2 Amish Center Square
c. 1895
74 x 85 inches
Lancaster County, PA
$4,900

Stunningly simple, this Amish Quilt is called the center square. In this case antique in age while being modern in design. The center square measures 55” in width and encompasses most of the quilt. Surrounding the center square are three borders: the first is 3-1/8” in width, the second 3-1/4, and the outer border or third border measures 9” in width which includes the 3/4” hand closed binding. As with most all Amish quilts, the quilt pieces are machine joined and exquisitely hand quilted. The center of the center square is quilted with a diamond shaped medallion.... one which I have never previously seen. Radiating from there are angular 1-1/2” cross hatch quilting with meandering wreaths throughout this design. The outer most borders are quilted with chains and shells. One chain stitch resembles a nautical chain...and then a shell design...both unusual for Amish quilting designs. The Center Square pattern represents an early stage in Lancaster County quilt design. Afterwards Amish started creating the Diamond in a Square pattern. I have read that few center squares were made after the 19th century. From that information I would put this one at the tail end of the 19th century. Even though named a Center Square, it is not actually square in formation or size.





BTG30 19th Century Amish Father's Quilt
BTG30 19th Century Amish Father's Quilt
Pre-Civil War fabrics
63 x 75 inches
Mifflin County, PA (Nebraska Amish Community)
SOLD

An Amish Father’s quilt is basically unheard of. The reason for the scarcity of these quilts is that they have rarely survived - especially from the 19th century. I purchased this quilt about 15 yrs ago from a private collection where it had been for over 20 years. The collector is a museum curator. I have in my possession a bible from this family that is being sold separately. The provenance for this quilt will be given upon sale. I have decided after all these years that it’s time for this quilt to be a part of someone else’s collection. This piece is too important to hide. An Amish mother would create one quilt for her son to take with him when he married. This is for the son’s use only and is called The Father’s Quilt. The rarity of such a piece and the fact that they were used has led to the fact of basically being unheard of. Much of the fabric which makes up the quilt is home spun,. Most of the homespun fabric is woolen and dates from the Civil War or earlier. It is an unusual pattern and has a 4 block formation inside a apx 6” square with triangular corners. We also have dungaree fabric (not the 19th century term) and some heavy linen fabrics used in the construction of this rare quilt. Just about all of these fabrics are woolen homespun or home woven. There is both hand and machine stitching, a treadle machine would have been available after c.1850. I am dating this quilt apx c. 1880. This fathers quilt is in complete original condition. Yes, there is wear, but not of importance with this rare quilt. Serious collectors please email or call for a price.





Q9088a Woven Blue and White Fringe Coverlet
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Q9088a Woven Blue and White Fringe Coverlet
Mid 19th century
76 x 91 inches with 2-1/2 inch fringe on 3 sides (this includes 1 inch applied overshot piece that extends a 2-1/2 inch linen thread from the loom)
New England
$950

This large Overshot Coverlet is made from indigo dyed wool and natural color ecru linen. True indigo does not fade. In the past I have had coverlets that are 200 years old, worn to shreds, and the indigo wool color is still as vibrant today as it was the day it was created. This will fit a single, double or queen bed. If you choose to use it on a queen bed, we can move the fringe. In perfect, unused condition and easy to use in any room of your home. This will fit a twin or double, or as a cover for a queen or king bed turned in the 91 inch direction. Hand washed by Betsey and ready for your approval.



DQ301 Early Bars and Postage Stamp Doll Quilt with George Washington Commemorative Fabric Pre-Civil War
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DQ301 Early Bars and Postage Stamp Doll Quilt with George Washington Commemorative Fabric Pre-Civil War
c.1800s
13 x 14 inches
New England
$950

This is one of the most important doll quilts I have ever had in 31 years of collecting! A diminutive quilt, which has been created to replicate an adult quilt, was obviously a learning tool or one of her first quilts of a child. The irregularity of some of the pieces and stitching along with the rough English piecing are the clues to the age of the girl making this quilt. In the late seventeen hundreds and well into the nineteenth century it was very common for a Mother to start a child, as early as four, sewing. The Mother teaching here may have come from England as the piecing method is "English ". This doll quilt has a very rare piece of apx 1-3/8” George Washington Commemorative fabric. I had never seen this fabric before, however I finally located it in a museum reference book. All of the measurements on this piece are approximate and varying because it was made by a child and irregular in nature. What great character this little quilt has! :-) The hand sewn binding measures apx 1/4”. The backing and binding are made from an early 19th century home spun linen. The more I study this piece, the more I love it. A rare and very special doll quilt...





BTG24 Variation of Rising Sun
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BTG24 Variation of Rising Sun
c. 1845
75 x 75 inches
Believed to be either New York or Pennsylvania
$1,800

I don’t usually put original pattern quilts online, however, this one is so special that I am hoping there is a collector out there that feels as I do. This spectacular quilt has been in my private collection for years and now it's time for another home. I’ve searched high and low to identify this pattern without any luck. I feel that a very ingenious woman has combined a number of patterns in the creation of this pattern. The quilt is comprised of 20 14-1/2” square blocks surrounded by a triple border. The outside and the inside of the border are 1-1/4” in width with matching size triangles to the inner pattern. The center part of the triple outside border measures 6” in width. The entire quilt is covered with very small hand quilted stitches in a 1/2 inch crosshatched grid. The binding is 1/2” in width and hand applied. All work is completely executed by hand as this quilt was created before the sewing machine was in use. The appliqué stitching is so minuscule one can hardly see it. No, this is not perfect, however, I think it is so spectacular that I’m doing something very unusual and offering it for sale on my web page. The fabrics used to create this quilt are Turkey red, over-dyed green (blue was applied over yellow to create green)...and white linen, then finished with a reddish pink calico binding. The backing used for this quilt is also linen. Professionally hand organically washed by Betsey and ready for approval to a serious collector :-)





DQ300 Unusual Bars 4 Patch Doll Quilt
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DQ300 Unusual Bars 4 Patch Doll Quilt
c.1895
12 x 18 inches
New Hampshire
$375

This sweet and unusual Bars Quilt is comprised of alternating 1” strips . Postage stamp squares in a 4 patch configuration comprise every other row alternating with a c. 1890's pink fabric with white polka dots...comprise the alternating bars strip. The 1880’s and 1890’s fabrics have created an interesting combination of pink, black, white, polka dots and calicos. This little hand tied doll quilt appears never to have been used therefore is in perfect condition and a happy addition for a collector of dimiative origonal condition quilts. Found in New Hampshire and now professionally hand washed ,using organic products, by Betsey. Ready to be sent on approval.





Q8735 Double Nine Patch Single Irish Chain
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Q8735 Double Nine Patch Single Irish Chain
c.1885
73 x 73 inches
Chester County, PA
$1,200

This delightful red and white quilt has been beautifully executed and is comprised of 1” postage stamp size squares. This quilt is both hand pieced and machine pieced and finished with only hand quilting in very small stitches. The mini 9 patch blocks are 3” square made up of 9 1" squares. The extended 9 patch, comprised of 9 of the smaller blocks, is a 9” square. The wide border measures 12-1/2” in width which includes a 1/4” machine applied binding. Each postage stamp has double edged quilting, one on the inside and one on the outside of the outer edge. The outer exceptionally wide border has 2 separate rows of chain quilting. One row of chains measures 4-1/4” in width while the other measures 7-1/2” in width. This sweet quilt appears to be in totally unused condition. Organically hand washed by Betsey and ready to be sent on approval.



Q9095 Early New England Child's Bars Quilt
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Q9095 Early New England Child's Bars Quilt
c. 1828
42 x 50 inches
Maine
$1,600

I found this rare, and what appears to be unused, child's quilt in Maine where it originated from the Bethel area. The fabrics used in making this child’s quilt are from the very early 1800s with one fabric possibly from the 1700s. It contains 4" and 5” alternating strips, 3-1/2” square diamonds. There is a handwritten note on the back where this quilt has been signed and dated 1828. A wonderful, rare child's quilt appearing to be in unused condition. This quilt has fabrics that I have never seen in my 31 years of business. The back is an amazing and rare whole cloth backing of a very early block print calico. The rarity and yardage of these fabrics point to the fact that the creator's family must have been very well off. This special quilt has been organically hand washed by Betsey and is ready to be sent on approval.





DQ299 Postage Stamp Doll Quilt
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DQ299 Postage Stamp Doll Quilt
c.1865
14 x 24 inches
New England, maybe New Hampshire
$495

A wonderful little Postage Stamp Doll Quilt totally comprised of 1-3/4” squares finished with a 3/8” hand applied binding. This diminutive doll's quilt is completely hand sewn. The Turkey Red calico predated the creation of this quilt and dates from around c.1850 while the red calico and the black, white and red calico backing date from later than 1865. It is possible that this little piece is civil war era. Appearing never to have been used and in perfect condition, this piece would be wonderful as art on the wall, as a table runner, and of course, as a doll quilt in a cradle or doll's bed. The perfect piecing would indicate that a Mother or another adult created this little quilt for a child. Why was it never used? Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to be sent on approval.





Q9084 Child's Sunshine and Shadow Log Cabin
Q9084 Child's Sunshine and Shadow Log Cabin
c. 1875
45 x 68 inches
New England
SOLD

This special child’s quilt has been created in the Sunshine and Shadows Log Cabin pattern. It is comprised of 56 blocks, each measuring apx 7-1/2” square. The logs average 1/2” in width, some less and some more - giving the quilt a folky character. The center square is 1-1/4” and is comprised of a few various turkey red calicos. This fact alone is rare, most chimneys are a solid color. The huge array of fabrics date from c.1850 to c.1865. This quilt's format was only made in New England, where each block is individually made with excess fabric on the most outside strips. The strips are then turned under and stitched together to form the quilt. This makes for a nice summer quilt or a quilt used over a comforter in cooler weather. The binding is an early wonderful Turkey red calico. The backing has some dark staining on it due to having been stored folded side out and stored against wood. Professionally washed by Betsey.



Q9092 Log Cabin Courthouse Steps Child's Quilt
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Q9092 Log Cabin Courthouse Steps Child's Quilt
c.1880
65 x 76 inches
Bethel, ME area
$1,800

This pristine mint child's summer quilt has been foundation pieced. The blocks have been joined together using a method original to New England. This little quilt was foundation machine pieced onto an ecru muslin fabric with the blocks measuring 10-1/2”. The logs used in the formation of this pattern are 1” in width, the turkey red center piece measures 2-1/2” square. All of the fabrics on this quilt are unused and date from c.1850 - c.1880. The binding is slightly wider than 1/8” and is made of cotton sateen, usually found used for the lining of women's clothing. The size and graphics of this quilt make it perfect as art for a wall. Because of the repeat pattern, this quilt could be hung completely open, half open or placed over a pole with four blocks showing. Because of the huge array of fabrics, this quilt is a delightful piece for a 19th century fabric junkie. :-) Happy to send on approval...



CONJE12 Touching Stars w/ Tulip and Leaf Appliqué Border
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CONJE12 Touching Stars w/ Tulip and Leaf Appliqué Border
c. 1845
85 x 85 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,200

This quilt has a 1/4 inch binding and a 6 inch border. The border is made from appliqué leaves and tulips in a turkey red and over-dyed green calico. The over-dyed green calico used in the border is the same used throughout the quilt. The turkey red in the outer border is a flower calico and the turkey red in the main body is a dot patterned calico (one I have never seen in 30 years). The sides of the diamonds are 2 1/4 inches. Tip to tip, the star measures 26 inches. The large joining blocks are 14 1/2 inch squares with magnificent quilted wreaths surrounded by triple line diagonal quilting. All blocks, large and small, have a similar pattern. This quilt would be great for a queen size bed, the top of a king size bed or on the wall.





Q8969 Wool Challis Log Cabin Barn Raising Diagonal Bar
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Q8969 Wool Challis Log Cabin Barn Raising Diagonal Bar
c.1860
85 x 85 inches
Pennsylvania
$5,600

Many of my very favorite quilts are made from wool challis. This Wool Challis Log Cabin Barn Raising with a Diagonal Bar or piano key border measures 85 x 85 inches and was created prior to 1860. The pattern was constructed from 9-1/2 inch square blocks comprised of logs measuring approximately 1-1/8 inches in width and of various lengths. The 5-3/4 inch border is beautifully executed using a piano key diagonal bar pattern. The outside edge of the border has a 3/8 inch hand-applied binding.

Most unusual for a quilt of this age is the fact that the quilt squares were assembled by machine. The bars overlap on the border and the blocks are used in a design where you don’t see any of the stitching on the front of the quilt, only on the back. The center four patch of each block, also known as a chimney, measures 1-1/2 inches square. The chimneys are comprised of four tiny squares, two red and two blue. Usually when you see a blue center square on a log cabin it signifies that the home is a safe house for runaway slaves. The date of this quilt works for that, however, I can’t definitively attest to that fact. This quilt would fit perfectly on a queen or double sized bed or become a dynamite piece of art for your wall. The color palate is seen in many Pennsylvania quilts. In unused condition, ready for your home.



Q9087 Prince's Feathers Quilt
Q9087 Prince's Feathers Quilt
Signed and Dated 1857
75 x 85 inches
Family moved to Kansas
SOLD

The creator of this masterpiece began with a known pattern, the Princes’s Feather, and has artistically taken this design to a new height. Using appliqué and reverse appliqué, along with a small amount of embroidery, the maker has created a visual and creatively outstanding quilt. The main body of the quilt consists of four Prince’s Feathers and measures apx 66 x 66 inches wide. The Prince’s Feather design, in this case, is laid out to show a pinwheel design showing motion. The quilter has enhanced this by quilting flowing wreaths on the side of the feathers in the same direction as the appliquéd feathers. The entire quilt shows amazing movement. Any blank area on the quilt has been filled in with beautiful feather wreaths. The quilting is impeccably small and even.
The same can be said about the appliqué stitches. The stitches are minuscule. The quilter has added 9-1/2 inch borders to each side of the quilt. The edges of the border are appliquéd with a geometric design, totally in contrast with the flowing feathers. The center of the border has an appliquéd flowing vine with cherries, visually bringing the two sides together. The top and the bottom have a 4-3/4 inch border created from 1/2 of the edged border. This is embellished with holly berries. There is a 1/4 inch turned over and hand stitched binding. The quilt is signed and dated. The family name will be given upon sale. Organically hand washed by Betsey this quilt is now ready for its new home.



BTGCOLLECTION13 Crewel Needlework
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BTGCOLLECTION13 Crewel Needlework
Dated and signed 1900
24 x 25 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,400

During the 18th century in England and America many women embellished their bed hangings and bed spreads with woolen crewel embroidery. This amazing woolen piece is embellished with exact replicas of that work. It is signed and dated. This crewel embroidered piece was created with a center medallion format and encompasses much symbolism from the 18th century. Originally made as a pillow cover however never used I have now closed the open seam ( used to insert a pillow ) and sewn two sleeves on for hanging purpose. Enjoyed it in my home for two years, now ready for a new home. Dated 1900 and signed C.S. Stadler. This originated in Pennsylvania, possibly in the Lancaster County area. An amazing piece of art for your wall in original condition, ready to be sent on approval.



Q9035 Chips and Whetstone, variation of Mariner's Compass
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Q9035 Chips and Whetstone, variation of Mariner's Compass
c. 1865
70 x 88 inches
New England
$2,900

This fabulous mid century Chips and Wet Stones variation of a Mariner's Compass was created by a woman who was a master at geometry and a master at sewing. The 12 circles measure 15” around, the inner circles 5-3/4”. The large triangles measure 5 x 5 x 2-1/4” and the small 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 x 2”. Usually this pattern is appliquéd onto a solid background. This pattern is pieced into the quilt. A wonderful dark indigo combined with a beautiful white fabric to create the most common color combination in America. Exquisitely hand pieced and beautifully hand quilted, this would look spectacular on a wall and would also fit a single or a queen bed.

Q9080 Double Irish Chain
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Q9080 Double Irish Chain
c.1855
74 x 77 inches
Andover, MA
$1100

This simple yet sophisticated stunning quilt has been hand pieced and hand quilted. There are 4” borders on three sides, a Yankee tradition - why put on a forth side if that was to be the top of the bed? The border was applied by machine. The entire quilt has been quilted on the diagonal and double line quilted, which is indicative of 1840’s style. However, I feel this quilt was finished in the 1860’s due to the fact that the 4” border was applied by machine.

The woman who created this used a style that she learned at an earlier age. This has an 1/8” turned over edge creating the binding, seen only on the back, which is closed with minuscule stitches. The greens, which appear now as slightly different shades, where probably all one shade when this was made. All green is over dyed, which means putting yellow over blue or blue over yellow. The top of a queen size bed is 60". This would cover a queen bed, or be a wonderful throw at the end of the bed. The quilting stitches are very small and even. This quilt has been beautifully made and appears to be in unused condition.



Q9074 North Carolina Lily
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Q9074 North Carolina Lily
c.1820
84 x 85 inches
North Carolina
$Call

Chevron and diamond border on three sides. Turkey red and over-dyed green fabrics. Probably a wedding present. Unused.



Q9051 Checkerboard and Bars Optical Illusion Quilt
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Q9051 Checkerboard and Bars Optical Illusion Quilt
c. 1880
74 x 84 inches
Columbus, KS
$2,300

This wonderful geometric 19th century blue and white quilt is comprised of a few different indigo fabrics. Indigo dyes develop the depth of color from how many times the fabric is put into an indigo bath. Most of these are medium indigo and some are darker indigo. The bars measure 1-1/4 x 3-3/8", the indigo squares measure 3-1/2 x 3-1/2” and contain a quilted design, and the 16 square blocks measure 5 x 5”. Each small square in the 16 square block measures apx 1 x 1”. The 1/4” binding is half machine sewn and half by hand. This quilt will nicely fit a queen size bed. It is machine pieced and hand quilted. The backing is a white muslin. In unused condition. This is ready for your bed or as art for the wall. It's antique but looks modern.

AMC3 Victorian Crazy Quilt
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AMC3 Victorian Crazy Quilt
c.1885
56 x 66 inches
New England
$3,800

Silks and silk velvets were the fabrics of well to do families prior to the 1890’s. This Victorian crazy quilt, having been made in the 1880’s is comprised of wonderfully made silks and silk velvets. The mark of excellence for a v c q is 100 different stitches This quilt not only reaches this, but surpasses the level of embellishment. These quilts were created using the block formation. Created with apx 10 1/2” blocks, the edge of each block being embellished with various stitches. My feeling is that this quilt was made near the ocean as it was embellished with anchors and fish. Other Victorian symbols used include Japanese fans, as a symbol of the origin of these quilts, owls for their wisdom and of course beautifully painted oil and adorned flowers. The silk velvet border appears to have been used prior to the edging of this quilt. Because of its size, this is a wonderful quilt to hang in the home.



Q7034 Broderie Perse in Block Formation
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Q7034 Broderie Perse in Block Formation
c.1860
68 x 82 (172.7 x 208.3 cm)
Maine
$1,550

A totally unique folk art rendition of an earlier Broderie Perse style, this quilt has been arranged in block formation with 2 ¼ inch Turkey red sashing and border. Many nineteenth century fabrics have been cut out in various shapes and hand appliquéd with miniscule stitches. The diagonal line hand quilting is spaced approximately 1 inch apart. The border includes a 3/8 inch wide separately applied Turkey red binding and the backing is muslin. Professionally hand washed by Betsey; please ask her for more details.



CONSH4 Embroidered Wool Challis and Silk Fans Quilt
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CONSH4 Embroidered Wool Challis and Silk Fans Quilt
c.1885
69 x 79 inches
New England
$4,900

This quilt is comprised of 42 10” blocks, pieced with silks, wool challis and exquisite embroidery. The border is 4” of wool challis all the way around and turned over edge to the back making its binding. Even though this piece isn’t a crazy quilt, I have added it into this category because of the extensive embroidery.



Q6835 Embroidered Wool Challis Fan Quilt
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Q6835 Embroidered Wool Challis Fan Quilt
c.1890
74 x 76 inches
Berk's County, Pennsylvania
$900

Created with 8 1/2” blocks, the fans have a 7” base and 4” segments. The gray wool challis border measures 5 1/4”, has a pillowcase edge and is backed with a wild and beautiful floral fabric. The unusual color combination of gray, indigo blue, tan and forest green create a dynamic graphic. The quilt has developed a few original moth holes over the last century. This lowers the price, but does not impair the quilt visually. Perfect for the wall or your bed.



Q8593 Folk Art Embroidered Wool Quilt
Q8593 Folk Art Embroidered Wool Quilt
c.1890
60 x 66 inches
Lehigh, PA
SOLD

This c.1890 embroidered and crewel worked brick pattern wool quilt is from Lehigh, PA. The Victorian era women loved floral work. The embellishment on the very happy wool quilt is mostly of flowers augmented with some funky abstract embroidery. I have sleeves already on this quilt because it's hanging in my home. A wonderful piece of art in my library, this wool quilt can be for your couch, your bed or your wall, any area where you just wish to evoke a happy feeling. In unused condition.



Q9079 Irish Chain, Miniature 4 Patch and Rob Peter to Pay Paul Quilt
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Q9079 Irish Chain, Miniature 4 Patch and Rob Peter to Pay Paul Quilt
c.1885
65 x 78 inches
Pennsylvania
$950

I think someone cleverly invented a new pattern. If anyone out there knows the actual name for this, please send me an email. The condition of this quilt is perfect, the graphics outstanding, but it appears that the quilting was done by a beginner. This quilt is all about the graphics. The binding is turned over from the back to the front and hand stitched down. It’s a wonderful size for a wall hanging (which can be hung in any direction), or will fit a queen or twin bed, or as a throw at the bottom of a queen bed as an accent piece. It’s absolutely stunning. This was a mint quilt, meaning it was never used and never washed. Now that Betsey has professionally hand washed it, it is known as unused, which means never used but washed.



Q8966 Garden Maze with Lamoyne Star Centers
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Q8966 Garden Maze with Lamoyne Star Centers
c. 1825
74 x 94 inches
Massachusetts
$3,200

This stunning early garden maze quilt comes from Massachusetts. The story that the fabric is telling us is that it was created by a very affluent family. The turkey red calico fabric dates back to apx 1780-1815 and was one of the most expensive fabrics to purchase. The garden maze pattern is one of the earliest known patterns. Because of the size of this quilt, it can be used on a queen or king size bed. If you choose to hang this amazing textile as an incredible piece of art, it may be hung in either direction because there’s no specific top or bottom. Not only is this quilt stupendous for the holidays, but it would be an amazing focal point on a wall or bed throughout the year.

All of the sewing is by hand due to the fact that the quilt was made apx 20 to 30 years prior to the sewing machine being available for public use. The diamonds in the Lamoyne stars are 2-1/4 inches with 2 inch sides. It has a 2-1/4 in border, 1/4 inch applied binding and the border triangles measure apx 3x2x2. The garden maze strips are 7/8 in wide. Unbelievable quilting with tiny tiny stitches. Strips, stars and triangles are all outline quilted. The white areas have cross hatch quilting in 1/2 inch grids. The Lamoyne stars have an early 19th century madder root dyed calico and early 19th century block print. Professionally hand washed by Betsey. This quilt appears to be in barely used condition.





Q8270 Oak Leaf and Reel with Vine Border
Q8270 Oak Leaf and Reel with Vine Border
c. 1845
90 x 102 inches
New England, maybe New York
SOLD

Tiny all over cross hatching for quilting. Minuscule applique stitches. Beautifully restored with weaves. This amazing piece of artwork features an entirely original variation of the applique pattern leaf and reel. The floral vine border features tulips and coxcombs. the solid turkey red on white appliqued blocks measure 17 inches and are set on point. The vine border measures 10 inches and is comprised of solid overdyed green and solid turkey red fabrics on white. The applique work on this is just absolutely incredible. One must look closely to see any applique stitches at all. All work on this piece is by hand, and the quilting is outline quilting and cross hatch quilting in 1/2 inch grids. Please ask Betsey for more information on this quilt. Professionally washed by Betsey.





Q9069 Double Irish Chain in Indigo and White
Q9069 Double Irish Chain in Indigo and White
c. 1865
86 x 86 inches
Zebulon, NC
SOLD

This exquisite Double Irish Chain is pieced both by hand and by machine. Some of the most diminutive quilting stitches I have ever seen cover the entire quilt. A contrasting border quilting is on the diagonal, in a 3/8 inch parallel line. The border brings this quilt to a higher level of sophistication.

The indigo squares measure approx. 1-3/4 inches. The double border measures 10-1/4 inches. The same fabric is used to create a 1/4" binding all executed by hand. Quilting executed in the white squares varies from diagonal, horizontal and/or cross hatching. How wonderful to have a quilt that will easily fit today's queen size bed. In apparently unused condition and professionally hand washed by Betsey.





petticoat
Mid to early 19th century Petticoat
c. 1830
Connecticut
SOLD

This exquisite piece of art was meant never to be seen but to be worn under our dresses to keep us warm in our own homes where the only heat was from fireplaces. Exquisitely quilted by hand with the same quilting designs that would have been used on a full size bed quilt. The 1-1/2 inch edging is knit with a 0 needle. We have wreath quilting, cross hatching, some of the most beautiful and minuscule quilting stitches I have ever seen. Today this white quilted underskirt could be worn as a skirt. The waist band at the moment is 29 inches but there is plenty of room in the pleats to expand. The length is 37-1/2 inches. I believe his piece was made pre-1835, but I cannot prove it. From the looks of this petticoat it was hardly used. All original condition.





CONLH3 Turkey Red and White Calico Bassinet Quilt
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CONLH3 Turkey Red and White Calico Bassinet Quilt
c.1840
22 x 28 inches
New England
$1,400

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Q9066_A Courthouse Log Cabin
c. 1880
46 x 68 inches
Maine
SOLD

Foundation pieced in a manner used only in New England. Each square was separately foundation pieced, and the edges were turned under and joined on the back. There is no batting in this child's quilt (youth bed), therefore it can also be called a summer quilt. However it is perfect to use this over a warm blanket in winter. The creation of each block results in the quilting that you see on the back. The turkey red floral binding is much older and can date from the 1850s. The array of fabric used to create this sunshine and shadows quilt dates from 1850 to 1880. Graphically wonderful, this is the perfect size quilt ot use for a wall hanging, on your couch, or s throw on a bed. It was meant for a youth, so is a perfect size for a youth bed. Found in Maine. Professionally hand washed by Betsey. One piece of the binding has been restored with the identical fabric. The rest of the quilt is in original condition.





Q9040 Turkey Red Calico Diamond Bassinet Quilt
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Q9040 Turkey Red Calico Diamond Bassinet Quilt
c.1825
31 x 43 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,200

This amazingly perfect and sophisticated bassinet quilt is hand pieced and hand outline quilted using linen thread. As many pre-1850s quilts, it is backed with linen fabric, the diamonds are also white linen. Comprised of two similar but rare Turkey red calico prints. This very early bassinet quilt is truly a treasure. A perfect size for collecting, to put on a tabletop or to hang on the wall. Truly a rare bird. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.



CQ200 Nine Patch with Miniature Nine Patch Joining Blocks
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CQ200 Nine Patch with Miniature Nine Patch Joining Blocks
c.1865
26 x 32 inches
The South
$750

This bassinet quilt, while made for a child, is an exact copy of an adults quilt. I have known times when you would find a mother's and child's matching quilts. Rare, but it does happen. The larger nine patch blocks have 4-1/2 " sides made up of 1-1/2" squares. The diminutive nine patch joining block measures 1-78" wide with 5/8" squares. The pieces are joined with 1-3/4" sashing. The quilt is pieced and quilted by hand. The applied binding, which we have restored, is from the same date fabric. The diminutive red and white calico seen in the joining sashing is also used for the backing. In fabulous condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey. Probably created in the south, due to the arc quilting design



convk1 Tulip Applique
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CONVK1 Tulip Applique
c. 1846
92 x 95 inches
North Carolina
$3,200

This wonderful dated 1846 North Carolina Lily Appliqued Quilt is signed and dated by the maker, Melinda Gurney. There are no signs of its being more than slightly used. Is it possible that this quilt was created to be used as a Sunday best quilt? Or was it made to commemorate a very special occasion?

We know that this quilt was created by a very affluent family, as this Turkey red calico was some of the most expensive fabric to be purchased. The green fabric in this quilt was created using a method called over-dying. Yellow dye was placed over blue dye to create green. The North Carolina Lily blocks are 14 inches square, the sashing between the blocks measures 4-1/2 inches and all the blocks are on point. The border is appliquéd with swags and tassels reminiscent of a formal room setting.

The binding measures 1/4 inch, the sashing is double line quilted, indicative of the 1840’s style. All pieces are outline quilted. This quilt will perfectly fit a queen size bed with either a regular or new very thick mattress or a king size bed with the swags going over the sides. It is completely hand pieced, hand appliquéd and hand quilted. Professionally hand washed by Betsey. Please call for more information.



BTC11 Pinwheel Irish Chain 9 Patch with 8 Point Stars
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BTC11 Pinwheel Irish Chain 9 Patch with 8 Point Stars
c.1830
70 x 88 inches
Boston, MA
$3,400

This gorgeous quilt in excellent condition is part of Betsey’s personal collection. The c.1830 quilt top contains some exquisite fabrics in early green, Prussian blue, and madder reds showcased in extremely detailed florals and wonderful plaids. Skillfully stitched, all by hand of course, using patchwork for the pinwheel Irish Chain pattern, and applique for the eight point stars. The design is laid out beautifully on a pristine white ground. Pinwheel blocks measure 5 inches, and 7-1/2 inch diameter stars are appliqued to 15 inch white blocks.

The wonderful and very early quilt top was quilted later by RMQ using a same date very fine homespun linen for the backing, c.1830 1/4 inch hand applied fabric in russet red, ecru and black for the binding, and quilted using linen thread. Beautiful hand quilting patterns include outline and 8 petal flowers in the pinwheel and joining blocks and 1/2 inch diagonal cross hatch behind the outline quilted stars. Professionally hand washed by Betsey, ask her to see this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home. The fabrics are incredible.





Q6487 Irish Chain with Chintz Border
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Q6487 Irish Chain with Chintz Border
c.1820
84 x 85 inches
North Carolina
$Call

Irish Chain with Chintz Border



Q8746 Red,Green & White Coxcomb Floral Applique
Q8746 Red,Green & White Coxcomb Floral Applique
c. 1845
89 x 89 inches
Pennsylvania
$3,800

Large scale, 4 block coxcomb floral applique



Q1615 Friendship Quilt
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Q1615 Friendship Quilt
Dated 1895
72 x 74 inches
Cotuit, MA
$950

Probably created for a fundraiser for a school, church or library. Faintly written pencil date 1858. Summer weight. Fabrics dating back to 1850. Unused. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.



Q9065 Ohio Star and Gothic Applique
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Q9065 Ohio Star and Gothic Applique
c. 1870, with 1800 fabrics
85 x 85 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,800

This is a perfect display of Turkey red fabrics that date from c.1810 to c.1865. A truly amazing piece of art. A treasure for a person who likes graphics created with early fabrics. It would perfectly fit a queen size bed, however my choice would be to display it as a hanging art piece.

It has 9 inch blocks, 2 inch sashing and a 1/4 inch border. The diamonds in the stars have 2-3/4 inch sides. The entire quilt is cross hatched. The quilting does not stand out at all. The stitches used for the applique are some of the tiniest I have ever seen. It is all pieced, quilted, and appliqued by hand. The binding is turned over from the back to the front and hand stitched. the whole cloth backing fabric is absolutely beautiful. This tells us that the creator was of comfortable means because she could have used that fabric for another entire quilt. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.





Q9064 Tumbling Blocks
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Q9064 Tumbling Blocks
c. 1870
81 x 83 inches
New England
$1,900

Huge variety of c.1860s and 1870s fabrics. Graphic and optical iullusion -- mathematically perfect. Each diamond in the tumbling block pattern is outline quilted. The 1/2 inch binding is put on by machine and finished by hand. Art for either a bed or your wall. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.





CONJW Ohio Star On Point
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CONJW Ohio Star On Point
c. 1870 with earlier fabrics
76 x 87 inches
New England
$1,900

Blocks measure apx 8 x 8 inches. The diamonds in the stars have 2 inch sides. 3/8" binding. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.





CONHO4 Red and Orange Tumbling Blocks
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CONHO4 Red and Orange Tumbling Blocks
c. 1865
77 x 83 inches
New England
$1,900

This is a quilt that we love for its graphics. It is entirely pieced and quilted by hand. It has a 1/4 inch tape binding and a 6-1/4 inch turkey red outer border with arch quilting. . The inner border has wave quilting. The diamonds making up the tumbling blocks have apx 2-3/4 inch sides and almost primitive straight line quilting through them. The backing is pre-1860s or earlier solid turkey red fabric. The diamonds in the tumbling blocks are purple red white. The border is blue red. Amazing graphic quilt for your wall. Clean and ready to use. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.





Q9070 Silk Velvet Blazing Star
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Q9070 Silk Velvet Blazing Star
c.1885
15 x 31 inches
New Englaand
$1,200

This wall hanging was created in New England as an ornamental piece for the home and comes complete with the original diminutive hanging hardware. A radiating center star is very difficult to piece. We know a few things about the woman who made this piece. She was affluent, very talented and had a tremendous amount of patience. All hand pieced and hand embellished, this exquisite little quilt can be hung (in either direction) or be placed on a tabletop. All original and in perfect condition.



CONJE4 Linsey Bars and Diamonds
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CONJE4 Linsey Bars and Diamonds
18th century fabrics
88 x 94 inches
Fall River, MA - Quaker Family
$6,500

The quilt came from an 1820 house, but the quilt pre-dates the house. This quilt talks to me. Have you ever seen a quilt that is comprised of numerous other quilts sewn together in order to make a very graphic quilt to keep you warm? The fabric used in this quilt is early New England homespun. I feel that most of this fabric is from the 18th century. Before the Revolutionary War England would not allow us to raise Moreno sheep, which produce soft wool. We could only have sheep for mutton, which produce coarse wool. The majority of the homespun on this quilt is made from such sheep that produced coarse wool. Back in the 18th century and early 19th century in New England we were concerned with staying warm. Such fabrics would achieve this purpose.

One of the strips has blue woolen fabric that appears to be of a finer quality. I am not sure if this was purchased from England or if it was spun by the family. We also took a picture of the back to show you where strips of another quilt were added to make this larger. Creating such fabric often took as much as 2 years from start to finish. This fabric would have been loomed at home, usually on the third floor of old New England colonials. After the fabric was woven the last process before creating a textile was to dye the fabric different colors. All the colors were from vegetable dyes. There were approximately seven different vegetable dye colors available to New Englanders.

This quilt was made in Fall River, MA by a Quaker family. The name is available on the sale of the quilt. The house it came from was built in 1820. I wonder if their previous home burned, which was not unusual in those days, and they salvaged what they could from the quilts that survived, putting them together to create a fabulous early textile. History absolutely jumps out of this quilt. The red and black star, the only pieced part of the quilt, would have been the newest addition. This also goes along with the fact that it is in the row with blue fabric that is from a newer wool fabric. The diamonds on point in this row are also from early homespun linsey. This is a quilt I could study and study and never get tired of looking at it. The fabric used in this quilt is wool and/or a combination of wool and linen, sewn and quilted with linen thread. You will find moth holes on the early piece, and my advice to anyone thinking of buying an early wool quilt is that if it has no moth holes, then it is probably not an early piece.

Looking at the back, one piece 37" wide, two strips to the left, one 22" the other 14" On the left side of the 22" piece they actually left the outside binding on. The right hand side, a 15" piece has been attached. The batting is wool, which you can see through some wear in the quilt. The plaid piece on the bottom was added after this quilt had been put together and re-quilted. This is truly an amazing piece of history. The family name is available on sale.applied binding is 1/4 inch. <\p>

We are not surprised that this is hand sewn since it was created 20 years before the sewing machine. The backing, binding and border surrounding the edge are Prussian blue. In the late 20th century, one would call it cobalt blue. Quilting was a woman’s mark of excellence and this piece surpasses all expectations. The quilt has applied sleeves sewn on by Rocky Mountain Quilts and is ready to hang. Call Betsey for more details.





Q9008 Amish Wool Bars
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Q9008 Amish Wool Bars
c. 1890-1910
71 x 71 inches
Monterey Village, TN
$6,300

This extraordinary mint condition Amish Bars Quilt was created by the Esh family. Once again I see an Amish quilt that has been pieced by machine and then exquisitely quilted. Piecing by machine would definitely make a quilt stronger. This quilt has a 7/8 inch applied binding. The black outer border is 12 inches wide. The corner squares are 12 x 12 inches and have a wreath designed in the shape of a horseshoe. The bars are 5 inches wide and approximately 46 inches long. The backing is a blue chambray fabric which shows off the perfectly executed quilting done using black thread. All fabrics on the front of this quilt are a fine wool challis. I believe this quilt was made for a man because of the wide black borders, the black fabric being men’s clothing. This quilt is in mint condition, meaning it has never been used or washed.





CONMN1 Rose Wreath Applique
CONMN1 Rose Wreath Applique
c. 1850
92 x 93 inches
New England
SOLD

Very unusual over-dyed green calico fabric combined with turkey red, chrome orange and red miniature calico. The red miniature calico gives the impression of a double pink, however it's not. 10-1/4" border on three sides. The top does not have a border. (Old Yankee tradition: If you don't need it, you don't do it). Fabulous continuous vine border, all appliqued.

In each vine section there is one leaf with a reversed appliqued bud inside. The border has a diagonal quilting with all the leaves and stems outline quilted, which is something I have never seen inn 30 years. In each center applique there is a circle 3/8" in diameter with a flower stamped in the center. The stamp would have been made using India ink. The body is quilted in a circular motion emulating the movements of the vines. This quilting is apx 1/2" apart. There is a 1/4" binding all by hand using the same over-dyed green calico with a miniature yellow tulip as its print. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.



Q9058 Nine Patch Steeple Chase
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Q9058 Nine Patch Steeple Chase
c. 1880
68 x 76 inches
Pennsylvania
$1,900

Hand pieced and hand quilted. The 1/4" binding is turned over from the back to the front, and stitched down by machine. Two borders are 6" wide and two are 1-1/2" wide and are applied by machine. Quilting is cross hatched and diagonal and all by hand. Unused condition. As always, the cotton quilt is hand washed by Betsey.



Q8770 Red & White Pinwheel and Blocks Crib Quilt
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Q8770 Red & White Pinwheel and Blocks Crib Quilt
c.1865
35 x 36 (88.9 x 91.4 cm)
PA
$825

This diminutive Civil War era quilt is a treasure. Originally made for a bassinet it would be perfect displayed as artwork on your wall. It has a red woven twill tape binding. The only flaw in this completely original quilt is some wear in areas of the twill tape binding, and one corner where an inch and a half of the binding is missing. See detail image. Hand washed by Betsey.

Wonderful early fabrics throughout are hand pieced into blocks just 3¾" square. There are two cotton calico prints in black, red and white used for the top and the backing is a sweet complementary calico in red, brown and ecru - see detail image. A very sweet quilt in all original condition. Ask to see it on approval in the privacy of your home.

Q9053 Victorian Wool Challis Crazy Quilt with over 100 original flora and fauna oil paintings
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Q9053 Victorian Wool Challis Crazy Quilt with over 100 original flora and fauna oil paintings
c. 1890
70 x 82 inches
Cambridge, OH
$3,900

This wool and wool challis crazy quilt is comprised of 42 12”squares. This quilt is one in a million. There are over 100 flora and fauna original oil paintings covering the entire quilt. It’s actually 42 12” square paintings combined to make up one quilt. The embroidery embellishment surrounding the piece is also beautiful. However, the oil paintings superceed the beauty of everything else. Wool challis always was and remains to be a very expensive fabric. It is a combination of wool threads woven with silk threads. It is executed with an artistic and creative vision. The backing is a 19th century pink peony floral on a brown background. Please look at the close-up photos to see some of the amazing paintings.



BTC-OAK-REEL Oak Leaf and Reel quilt top
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BTC-OAK-REEL Oak Leaf and Reel quilt top
c.1845
77 x 94 inches
New England
$1,600

This oak leaf and reel summer coverlet has been in my private collection for over 20 years. Comprised of wonderful early fabrics that have been beautifully appliqued, this quilt top was finished and used as a summer coverlet. One binding edge has a little wear. You will see a vine border on two sides, and the other 2 sides do not have the border. The reason for this is someone figured that a bed in the corner where you did not see two sides did not need all the extra applique work done.



Q8102 Miniature Silk Victorian Crazy Quilt
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Q8102 Miniature Silk Victorian Crazy Quilt
c.1885
24 x 24 inches
Massachusetts
$950

All silk and silk velvet, this exquisite work includes ribbon work, embroidery, silk chenille and hand paintings. The 2.5" attached hand crocheted lace border can be removed if you choose to do so. This is a complete original miniature quilt, not a fragment.



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.



Q8993 Tumbling Blocks Bassinet Quilt
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Q8993 Tumbling Blocks Bassinet Quilt
c.1860
26 x 33 (66 x 83.8 cm)
$1,200

A wonderful Civil War era bassinet quilt in perfect condition. The diamonds that form the tumbling blocks measure 1 3/4 inches per side. The color palette is warm and consists of two brown, tan and ecru calicoes, a sweet brown on tan polka dot, a blue, white and brown cotton plaid, and a solid tan cotton. The fabric patterns were carefully arranged by the maker to form a center medallion - a very nice touch that adds even more graphic appeal to the wonderful Tumbling Blocks pattern. Completely hand pieced using very tiny stitches, and outline hand quilted throughout.

The backing of the quilt is a great rust and brown on tan small scale floral cotton which is also used for the applied 3/8 inch all hand binding that follows the shape of the tumbling blocks. This perfect little quilt appears unused and has been professionally hand washed by Betsey. It can be sent to you on approval for private review.



Q8907 Signature Block child's quilt
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Q8907 Signature Block child's quilt
c.1855
35 x 35 inches
New England
$350

Signature Block child's quilt, rebound over 100 years ago.



CONET1 Four Post Broken Dishes Lemoyne/Ohio Star on Point
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CONET1 Four Post Broken Dishes Lemoyne/Ohio Star on Point
c. 1825
103 x 113 inches
New England
$8,900

Unbelievable copperplate roller prints and many other earlier fabrics in pristine condition with wonderful provenance. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.



Broderie Perse quilt fragments
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Broderie Perse quilt fragments
Dated 1767
Lancaster County, PA
$500 each

These fragments are from an 18th century Broderie Perse quilt. The fragments are mostly perfect. Two of them have sleeves on the back for hanging. The original quilt had the date 1767 stitched into the quilt.



CON JD5 Silk & Silk Velvet Victorian Crazy Quilt
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CON JD5 Silk & Silk Velvet Victorian Crazy Quilt
c.1890
64 x 66 (162.6 x 167.6 cm)
York,PA
$5,200

The 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition was a big event in Victorian society. One of the most popular exhibits was the Japanese pavilion with its fascinating crazed ceramics and asymmetrical art. Many historians believe the origin of the Victorian Crazy Quilt was inspired by the majestic Japanese screens seen for the first time at the exposition. During the height of the Victorian era, homes seemingly could never have enough embellishment. Early quilts made in the crazy quilt style were show pieces, often made to decorate the parlor. Silks, silk velvets, wools and chenille fabrics, along with silk, cotton, wool, gold metallic and chenille threads of every color, were used to incorporate names, dates, pictures, and a wide assortment of symbols. Although crazy style quilts may appear haphazard they were carefully planned.

This gorgeous example embodies the best of what emerged from this magnificent era of over-the-top quilts; dense embroidery of every imaginable size, shape and design covers the high quality and rich variety of silks and silk velvets produced in the 1880's before the onset of large scale manufacturing of more affordable silks for the masses starting in the early 1890's.

Chinese fans, horseshoes, large cupids, floral sprays, frogs under mushrooms, owls, butterflies, cats, goldenrod, cattails, egrets and little girls in bonnets are some of the various figures that accompany extraordinary embroidery stitches of every color, size and design. We cannot identify many which points to the skill and creativity of the maker, Sallie S. Bond. Accompanying this magnificent quilt is a professional photographic portrait of Sallie by Pentz Photographers of York, Pennsylvania done c.1891.

A perfect size for hanging, this quilt is bordered on all sides by a 7 1/2 inch wide wine silk velvet border with royal blue silk velvet corner blocks. The backing is a high quality wine cotton with a slight sheen. A pillowcase edging finishes this quilt in pristine condition. Please contact us if you'd like to see this beauty on approval in the privacy of your home.

Q9001 Original Center Medallion Bassinet Quilt
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Q9001 Original Center Medallion Bassinet Quilt
c.1850
40 x 41 (101.6 x 104.1 cm)
$1,800

An original design by the maker for this wonderful bassinet quilt. The center medallion has a stylized tree design in blue and white windowpane plaid, and double pink calico. Surrounding the central design are seven borders; multiple sawtooth edges alternating with solid bars. The outermost border is the widest at 5 1/4 inches with the smallest border at 1 3/8 inches wide.

Pieced entirely by hand with outline and echo outline quilting also executed by hand. The maker used another quilt - a cotton broken dishes pattern in soft blue, white and lavender - for the backing of this piece. See detail images. The applied 3/8 inch binding is pieced fabrics in tan stripes and a blue plaid and shows slight wear at the fold on one area of one side. This is a wonderful small quilt that would be fabulous art for the wall. Professionally hand washed by Betsey it is in excellent used and lovingly cared for condition. Ask to see it on approval for private review.

Q8998 1893 Chicago Exposition / World's Fair Quilt
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Q8998 1893 Chicago Exposition / World's Fair Quilt, with Provenance
c.1893
79 x 80 (200.7 x 203.2 cm)
Found in PA
$3,900

An amazing find, this quilt's focus is the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, also known as The World's Columbian Exposition, which was designed to commemorate the landing of Columbus in America. Executed using lengths of printed fabric made specifically for the Exposition for use as bunting, handkerchiefs, and other memorabilia.

The front of the quilt is wholecloth; three vertical lengths of printed fabric hand pieced together to create the quilt's top. The 5 ¼ inch burgundy striped border is also hand pieced and folds to the back forming a 1/2 inch hand stitched binding. The quilt has a puffy batting that is smooth and without any shifting, lumps or bumps. The quilt is top tied using, of all things, thin hemp-like ties that add to the uniqueness and overall design of the quilt. The backing is a great black and red cotton calico-see detail images. Stitched to the back of the quilt is a hand written note on cotton stating the maker's and recipient's names along with the date of the gift: December 25, 1893.

There is an interesting side note regarding the history of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair itself.

, by Erik Larsen, is a nonfiction novel published in 2003 that spans the years surrounding the building of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. One plot line centers on Daniel Burnham, the architect who built the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The other plot line focuses on character H.H. Holmes, the serial killer who exploited the fair to find his victims. Dr. Holmes built a hotel for exposition guests which he named

, and then preyed on his hotel guests, mostly young women. He was convicted of 27 murders, but they expect he had up to 200 victims most of whom were disposed of in the kiln in the basement of the hotel. Good grief.

As mentioned, an interesting side note to the 1893 Exposition and its history! Our lovely quilt remains unmarred by any connection to the more gruesome aspects of a marvelous and historical exposition. We can assume our talented quilt maker, whose name will go to the buyer upon sale, chose other accommodations during her visit to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

This unique quilt has been professionally hand washed by Betsey, is in excellent condition, and can be shipped to you on approval for private viewing. Please ask Betsey for more details. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.

Q9010 Indigo Blue & White Bars Quilt
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Q9010 Indigo Blue & White Bars Quilt
c.1880
80 x 82 (203.2 x 208.3 cm)
PA
$4,200

Simple yet striking graphics in indigo blue and white! Mini white stars on indigo cotton pairs with pristine white cotton in this fabulous quilt. Six 5 ¾ inch wide indigo and white pieced bars alternate with solid white bars across the quilt. Slim indigo strips within the bars measure just 1 ⅛ inches wide. A lovely 8 ¾ inch wide white border surrounds the bars design. Treadle sewing machine pieced and hand quilted.

Quilting consists of feathered twining vines in the outer white border and wide white bars, with single cables and parallel lines stitched in the narrow indigo and white strips. Just lovely - see detail pic.

The front folds to the back and is hand stitched down forming the 1/4 inch binding. The backing is white cotton. This quilt is in excellent condition with areas of the binding showing slight wear. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to ship to you on approval for private viewing.

Q9011 Folk Art Summer Weight Applique Quilt
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Q9011 Folk Art Summer Weight Applique Quilt
c.1870
73 x 81 (185.4 x 205.7 cm)
Dover, DE
$2,300

Both elegant and fun, this gorgeous Folk Art floral applique quilt is in unused condition. The various shades of blue of the vine have occurred naturally. The whimsical floral with twining vine is an original pattern skillfully executed by an accomplished needlewoman. The interpretive and naïve representation of the naturalistic motifs gives this quilt wonderful Folk Art appeal. Floral 'bouquets' are enclosed by a freeform meandering vine of buds and leaves.

The needlework on this quilt is exquisite. The maker used tiny, perfect stitches for both the applique work and hand quilting. The applique tulips and roses in solid cheddar and Turkey red, respectively, have solid blue vegetable dyed stems and leaves. The Turkey red buds between the flowers are reverse appliqued.

Hand quilting is magnificent and consists of additional leaves on branches quilted throughout the fine white linen ground between the appliqued bouquets. The meandering vine has quilted leaves completely filling the space between the appliqued leaves and buds.

The backing is fine white linen as is the 1/4 inch applied binding. The quilt is entirely hand stitched and of original design by its maker. The fine execution and great palette contribute greatly to an already elegant Folk Art piece. This quilt can be shipped to you on approval for private viewing.

Q8748 Nine Patch on Point with Orange Border
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Q8748 Nine Patch on Point with Orange Border
c.1840
86 x 96 (218.4 x 243.8 cm)
NY
$4,200

This is a stunning early quilt beautifully executed using fabrics from the late 1700's up to c.1840. The pattern is Nine Patch set on point with lovely 2 inch sashing separating the 9 patch blocks. The seven inch wide border is a gorgeous orange and ecru stripe with a small brown print. The same fabric is used sparingly in the interior of the quilt which sets off the spectacular border beautifully.

Completely hand pieced with hand quilting executed in parallel lines and herringbone stitching using linen thread. The backing is linen and the 5/16 inch applied binding is constructed using multiple fabrics from the interior of the quilt - lovely. The initials 'LPH' are stitched onto the linen backing. This quilt contains a plethora of beautiful early fabrics in an elegant palette. The flash of orange was a brilliant artistic choice by the maker and makes for a sophisticated work of art. Professionally hand washed by Betsey, ask her for more details and to have this quilt shipped to you on approval for private viewing.

Q8338 Turkey Red & Teal Blue Floral Applique
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Q8338 Turkey Red & Teal Blue Floral Applique
c.1845
82 x 90
Weston, NY
$2,900

A fabulous quilt by an extremely creative and talented needle artist, this piece was completed in the 1840's, using solid Turkey red, a gorgeous solid teal blue, and white cottons. Each of the nine 21 x 26 inch rose sprig blocks has been appliqued and reverse appliqued using the tiniest of fine stitches almost invisible to the naked eye. Teal blue sashing 7/8 inch wide surrounds each block and also defines the beautiful three sided border. This 7 inch wide border contains unique urn and heart rose appliqués of the maker's design, all meticulously hand stitched and quilted.

The finely executed hand quilting includes outline and echo quilting inside the rose sprigs, and double line quilting throughout the body of the quilt. Each juncture of the sashing is also highlighted by a quilted floral medallion. Please click on the photo above to see the detail image. The backing is white cotton as is the separately applied 3/8 inch binding. An original textile masterpiece of unique design completely by hand and in excellent condition.

A fine addition to a collection this very early quilt can be used on a bed or hung on the wall as fine art. It has been professionally hand washed by Betsey and can be sent to you on approval for private viewing in your home. Web images cannot do justice to either the color or exquisite workmanship on this quilt.

Q8303  Silk Broken Dishes with Embroidered Border
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Q8303 Silk Broken Dishes with Embroidery Border
c.1885
64 x 64 (162.6 x 162.6 cm)
PA
$2,600

A stunning creation comprised of luscious silks. Jewel tones shine like only high quality silk can and this rainbow of colors is arranged to give maximum effect. Triangles measuring 3 ½ inches on the short sides form the Broken Dishes pattern, with all seams embellished with multi hued silk floss. The 3 ½ inch outer border on this sophisticated silk creation adds a touch of whimsy that sets this quilt apart from other lovely antique silk quilts. Animals and insects, children and toads, flowers and fruits, moons and stars just to name a few, coexist happily on the four sided silk blocks border. Within this border is a 2 inch silk bricks border. These design elements come together to create a unique and visually stunning quilt.

The backing is a lovely silk in a solid saturated melon hue – see detail pictures. The applied 1/4 inch binding is in brown silk and sewn entirely by hand. The batting is very thin and lightweight, reverse tied using silk floss.

This is a very beautiful and visually graphic silk quilt that pleads to be hung on a wall and enjoyed as the artwork it is. Please ask Betsey about having this quilt sent to you on approval for private viewing.

Con AM2 Chintz Ohio Star
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Con AM2 Chintz Ohio Star
c.1835
92 x 92
New England
$2,700

This quilt features two exquisite coordinating glazed chintz fabrics on a white ground. It is all hand pieced and hand quilted in fine, tiny stitches. Quilting designs include medallions and cross-hatch quilting. The Ohio Stars are done in a smaller scale chintz print, while a coordinating larger chintz print is showcased on the 7 ½” border. This quilt is in entirely mint condition—it remains unwashed.

BT Collection Block Print Wholecloth Chintz Four Post Quilt
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BT Collection Block Print Wholecloth Chintz Four Post Quilt
c. 1780
108 x 116 (this measurement includes 30 inch long by 58 inch wide tail)
Massachusetts
$4,600

What a fabulous opportunity for the serious collector to acquire a rare and very early quilt in completely original condition from Betsey´s private collection. This spectacular wholecloth block print chintz quilt still retains its original full glaze. The selvedge to selvedge measurement of this beautiful fabric is 27 inches, and is a floral block print in teal, grayish-taupe, and various shades of rosy reds. Betsey believes that there is a good possibility that this fabric is from France. Originally made for a high four poster bed, this quilt has a 30 inch drop on three sides, and is large enough to fit a modern queen sized four poster bed. The ¼ inch separately applied binding has been created from matching chintz, and the backing is homespun linen. Hand quilted in an overall clamshell pattern. The photographs show a diffuse area of darkening fabric in the center of the quilt, which is inconspicuous when viewed on a bed. A few small oxidation spots further point to the age of this spectacular textile.

Q6805 Broderie Perse Fragment
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Q6805 Broderie Perse Fragment
c.1800
33 x 35
New England
$1,800

What an opportunity to acquire a very early quilt fragment in excellent condition! From an actual Broderie Perse quilt created around 1780-1800, this piece contains a large center block of an early block print taupe floral glazed chintz set on point. This block is surrounded by chintz birds and butterflies meticulously cut out and appliqued onto off-white homespun linen.

The hand appliqué stitching is phenomenally dense, and the entire piece has been hand quilted in chevrons set 1 inch apart. The same chintz used in the center block was used for the ¼ inch separately applied binding, and the backing is the same off-white homespun linen as was used on the front. The size of this fragment was as Betsey found it, and she believes this piece was originally the center medallion of a large Broderie Perse or early pieced quilt. What a find in a perfect size for wall art in a small space! Professionally hand washed by Betsey, please ask her for more details.

BT Collection Early Four Post Center Medallion Mosaic
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BT Collection Early Four Post Center Medallion Mosaic
c.1825
84 wide x 89 long (including the 17½ inch tail)
New England
$4,800

A quilt for lovers of early fabrics, this lovely piece contains many block prints and copper plates from circa 1800, along with a wide variety of early prints, plaids, stripes and calicoes. The 10 inch outer border was created from a beautiful block print in rose and brown tones on an ecru background, and the inner border is comprised of pieced Variable Stars showcasing more of this quilt´s wonderful wealth of fabrics. Hexagons measuring 1 inch per side make up the body of the quilt, and have been arranged in a center medallion format. Entirely hand pieced and hand quilted with chevrons in the outer border, diagonal lines in the inner border, and outlining in the hexagons. Much of the outlining has been lost in time, but does not interfere with the graphics or function of this quilt. Four ties have been applied to secure the quilt in place around the bedposts, and the quilt was finished with a ¼ inch separately applied binding on the top and bottom and pillowcase edging on the sides. The backing is a homespun ecru linen.

Four post quilts are indigenous to New England, and this particular quilt was made to fit a high four post double bed measuring 51 inches wide. If you are fortunate to have an antique bed from this era, then the addition of this quilt would definitely make your bed the focal point of your room! In used condition, and professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q8360 Orange Peel/Robbing Peter to Pay Paul
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Q8360 Orange Peel/Robbing Peter to Pay Paul
c. 1835
65 x 70 (including a 7¾ tail for a four poster bed)
possibly southern Maine, most likely Massachusetts
$1,900

Truly a collector´s quilt, this fabulous piece tells of its early New England history through its orange peel pattern and poster bed cut-outs. This quilt was originally made for a low poster bed. The fabrics are wonderful; with very early double pinks on the front and a homespun linen backing. Created before the sewing machine was commercially available to the public, this quilt is entirely hand pieced and diagonally quilted. The quilting lines alternate direction from row to row, creating a zig-zag pattern over the entire piece. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q8558 LeMoyne Star Checkerboard
Q8558 LeMoyne Star Checkerboard
c.1870
63 x 74 (160 x 188 cm)
CT
SOLD

One of our favorite patterns - the LeMoyne Star - is paired with solid Turkey Red squares in a checkerboard pattern in this c.1870 quilt. Containing a wonderful collection of Civil War era cottons this quilt is a great choice for fabric lovers. Beautiful early cottons using madder dye, double pink, cheddar orange, Turkey red and more are displayed in the wonderful tumbling stars set on white. Each block is approximately 4 ¼ inches square, with LeMoyne stars alternating with solid Turkey red blocks.

Entirely hand pieced and hand quilted using a combination of white and brown cotton threads. Most likely her brown thread was originally a tobacco dyed green which has oxidized over time. Some of the maker's quilting threads were knotted on top, not hidden in the batting, and can be seen if you look closely. The maker used an overall one inch crosshatch quilting pattern, with a concentric circle motif quilted in the stars. The ¼ inch separately applied binding is a circa 1860 fabric and the backing is off white cotton.

A beautiful and cozy LeMoyne Star quilt which has been used and lovingly cared for and in excellent, clean condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey, please ask her for more details and to see this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home.

Q7000 Wool Fans, Hired Man's Bed Quilt
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Q7000 Wool Fans, Hired Man's Bed Quilt
c.1880
42 x 64 (106.7 x 162.6 cm)
PA
$1,400

In excellent condition and in its original hired man's bed size, this soft wool challis quilt is both snuggly warm and graphically wonderful - perfect for use as a sophisticated crib quilt or as wall art. Arranged as a 4 x 7 array of fans this wool challis quilt has a 4 inch solid blackish green border and 28 fans made up of alternating red and green blades and finished with grayish brown fan handles. A small and very even outline track stitch is used as the embroidery embellishment throughout. The backing is a solid red challis with a 3/8 inch applied black green binding the same fabric as the border.

A beautiful, warm and sophisticated piece for your child's room...or for any room in your home. Use as either a small bed cover, throw or it would be stunning as graphic art on your wall. Ask us about sleeves for hanging, and to see 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
$2,900

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.

Q8977 Bethlehem Star
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Q8977 Bethlehem Star
c.1875
88 x 88 (223.5 x 223.5 cm)
Elizabeth, PA
$2,950

This cotton Bethlehem Star quilt makes a fantastic graphic statement with its wonderful color palette and the addition of original hand appliqued leaves and hearts around the central star. Gorgeous solid cheddar, blue and chocolate brown fabrics are offset by a solid brown ground. Each diamond contained in the large star measures 2 inches per side. The largest appliqued leaves are 9 inches long with 2 1/2 inch wide appliqued hearts. Smaller leaves measure 5 1/2 inches long with 2 inch wide hearts.

The backing is a gorgeous brown, madder, blue and ecru paisley stripe - see detail image. A 3/8 inch applied solid cheddar binding provides a simple and perfect frame for this high energy quilt. Completely hand quilted in outline stitching for the diamonds and 1 1/8 inch diagonal crosshatching in the appliques and brown ground.

This amazing quilt would be perfect for a bed or as a stunning piece of wall art in your classic or contemporary decor. In excellent condition it has been professionally hand washed by Betsey and can be shipped to you on approval for private viewing. Ask Betsey for more details.

CON LF 15 Rolling Stars
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CONLF15 Rolling Stars
c.1850
88 x 90 (223.5 x 228.6 cm)
New York
$2,400

What a stunning quilt in rich shades of chocolate brown and cheddar yellow, with a delightful pop of early double pink! All hand pieced; the miniature scale Stars of Bethlehem are approximately 12 inches across from tip to tip, and set in a Rolling Star formation. The 5 ¼ inch border includes the ¼ separately applied madder dyed paisley binding, and the backing is ecru linen.

The stars and border have been outline quilted by hand, and the brown joining blocks hand quilted with various leaf shapes. Originally quilted with coordinating thread colors, the brown thread has faded to light tan on the front, allowing the quilted leaves to be more easilyseen against their chocolate background.

This quilt has been registered with the New York Quilt Project, and bears a fabric tag stating “12 – WWV, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, NY. The New York Quilt Project, 5/13/89”. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready for your enjoyment on a queen sized bed, or as a fabulous piece of art for the wall. Ask to see this quilt on approval for private viewing.

Q8893 Turkey Red Gothic Applique Bassinet Quilt
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Q8893 Turkey Red Gothic Applique Bassinet Quilt
c.1850
40 x 40 (101.6 x 101.6 cm)
VA
$2,375

What a spectacular Turkey red and white cotton applique bassinet quilt. This early quilt has a very graphic and gothic star papercut applique measuring 20 1/2 inches in diameter as its central focus. Within the large star is a smaller 5 inch in diameter white star hand appliqued in tiny stitches. The red center of this star is reverse appliqued. Lovely 3/4 inch wide borders surround the inner design in solid Turkey red and white strips. Miniature 5/8 inch split squares form the corner blocks joining the triple border. The fourth and outermost border is white and is a generous 7 inches wide. A beautifully scaled design.

Hand quilting in this diminutive beauty includes herringbone stitching for the outsideborder; outline stitching in the triple inner border; and 5/8 inch diagonal cross hatch in the center white ground. Echo outline hand quilting accentuates the central gothic star shape. The backing is white cotton, and the front folds to the back to form the 1/4 inch wide hand stitched binding.

A wonderful work of textile art made for a special child's bassinet. It was carefully used and is in lovingly cared for perfect condition. This softly muted Turkey red and white beauty would be a spectacular piece of art on your wall, or a very special crib quilt for that special baby. Professionally hand washed by Betsey it is ready to send to you on approval for private viewing in your home.

Q8972 Silk Velvet Roman Bars Quilt with Triangular Edge
Q8972 Silk Velvet Roman Bars Quilt with Triangular Edge
c.1895
72 x 72 (182.9 x 182.9 cm)
Lancaster, PA
SOLD

A sumptuous silk velvet Roman Bars quilt in perfect condition. Jewel toned silk velvet bars comprise each approximately 5 ¾ x 5 ¾ inch block set on point. Bars range in width from ½ inch to 1 ¼ inches and consist of mostly solid hues with some dotted, striped and checked silk velvets adding a touch of whimsy. The overall design has a lattice effect which is accentuated by a lovely triangular edging.

The whimsical feel continues to the back side of the quilt with the artist's use of an exuberant large scale floral pattern in bright blue, yellow, rose, black and orange. Reverse ties are in salmon wool yarn. The applied ⅜ binding is solid black silk velvet.

This quite elegant piece of textile art would add a touch of warmth and vitality to any room in your home and is appropriate as either a sophisticated bed covering or graphic art for the wall. This beautiful quilt appears unused. Ask to see it on approval in the privacy of your home.

Q8605 Red & White Garden Maze
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Q8605 Red & White Garden Maze
c.1865
81 x 81 (205.7 x 205.7 cm)
Pennsylvania
$2,400

The Garden Maze is a very early pattern originating in New England during the 1830's which then migrated to Pennsylvania. This wonderful example is comprised of just two fabrics; solid Turkey red and white. Organized and geometric this bold and graphic quilt is pieced and quilted by hand.

All latticework strips in solid Turkey red fabric measure 1 ½ inches wide. The backing is turned to the front and hand stitched down to form the ¼ inch white binding. In excellent condition this crisp and beautiful quilt also has lovely quilting with outline stitching in the Turkey red, 1 ½ inch cross hatching in the white squares and diagonal parallel lines in the oblongs.

Red and white is always a favorite and can fit into any decor from modern to traditional. It would be perfect for use on a bed or as art for your wall. Professionally hand washed by Betsey this quilt can be sent to you on approval for private viewing.

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.

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.

Q8734 Touching Feathered Star with Applique Border
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Q8734 Touching Feathered Star with Applique Border
c.1850
81 x 87 (205.7 x 221 cm)
Lancaster County, PA
$4,400

A beautiful early cotton quilt in excellent condition in the much loved and sought after Feathered Star pattern. The addition of an appliqued border on three sides gives it a folk art flair and brings this already magnificent quilt to the next level. Entirely hand stitched with 'feathers' made up of mini 3/4 inch triangles as part of large feathered stars measuring approximately 15 inches across. Hand pieced stars are comprised of a lovely light Prussian blue and white mini calico, over dyed green calico and white. Madder dyed calico diamonds and 4 patch blocks in chrome yellow and over dyed green calicoes join the lovely stars together and make a stunning graphic statement.

The three sided border is executed in chrome yellow and over dyed green calicoes for the undulating vine and leaves hand appliqued onto a solid brown ground measuring 5 3/4" wide. The hand applied 3/8" binding is the same chrome yellow calico cotton. The backing is a lovely 'bricks' print in brown, taupe and white on a brown and white speckled ground. See detail image.

A beautiful color palette and a wonderful pattern that became the maker's own with her addition of a folk art border. This quilt would be magnificent graphic art hung on the wall or a spectacular quilt used on your queen sized bed. Professionally hand washed by Betsey this gorgeous quilt has some hard to detect shadowing in a few blocks which does not detract from its beauty. Please ask Betsey for more details and to see this piece 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.

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.

Q8913 Teal & Red Baskets with Triple Border
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Q8913 Teal & Red Baskets with Triple Border
c.1880
69 x 94 (175.3 x 238.8 cm)
NY
$1,600

This gorgeous baskets quilt has an unusual color palette of teal green with red and white. All solid colored cotton fabrics were used in this completely hand pieced and hand quilted textile. Variations in the teals due to the early dyes make it interesting as well as beautiful. See detail image. Pieced basket blocks, with hand appliqued handles on the baskets, measure 10" x 9 3/4". Lovely wide borders frame the baskets; 2 1/8" for the inner red border, 3 1/4" for the white, and 3" for the outer red border.

Hand quilting consists of tiny, even stitches in a 3/4" x 1" diagonal cross hatch pattern throughout with outline quilting in the baskets. The backing is the same white cotton used on the front with a 3/8" applied binding in solid teal green.

Professionally hand washed by Betsey this is a beautiful and very graphic baskets quilt that would be perfect on a bed or as art on your wall. Ask us to see this lovely antique on approval in the privacy of your home.

Q6482 Signature Block with Flying Geese Bassinet Quilt
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Q6482 Signature Block with Flying Geese Bassinet Quilt
c.1880
34 x 40 (86.4 x 101.6 cm)
Ohio
$1,150

A very striking bassinet/crib quilt in an original design. This wonderful piece of art with high graphic appeal draws your eye despite its diminutive size. It is in excellent condition and is comprised of twelve 5 ¾ inch pieced blocks each with a 1 ¼ inch double pink center square surrounded by radiating solid white bars and four indigo blue and white patterned triangles. The bright, 5 ¾ inch orange joining blocks pop out at the viewer and the 3 ½ inch flying geese border adds constant movement to this mini masterpiece. Hand quilting was used throughout with 1 inch cross hatch in the joining blocks, outlining and cross hatch in the pieced blocks and parallel lines in the border.

The varied white on indigo blue fabric patterns add yet another dimension to this quilt. The quilt maker used one patterned fabric within each pieced block but chose to alternate the patterns used in the blocks in the flying geese border which include: moons, stars, daisy-like flowers, fans with swirls, flowers with rings and clover. The separately applied ½ inch binding is in a tiny chambray blue dot on white. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to send to you on approval for private viewing in your home.

Q6310 Cat & Sailor Cheater Cloth Crib Quilt
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Q6310 Cat & Sailor Cheater Cloth Crib Quilt
c.1880
35 x 41 (89 x 104 cm)
Maine
$750

A wonderful little quilt using two terrific cheater cloth fabrics from c.1880. The center red, ecru and ivory fabric has images of sailors and their sweethearts on the decks of ships within each four pointed star. Although it looks pieced, it is wholecloth fabric giving the illusion of pieced work, thus the name 'cheater' cloth.

Borders measuring 8 inches wide on each side are in another cheater cloth design - whimsical cats framed by 'pieced' borders. A unique and rare piece in original condition this little quilt is backed in off white linen and has some 'original' weaves in the backing fabric done long ago. The 3/8 inch binding is in a pale gray, red and white calico and is topstitched by treadle machine. There are a few areas where the backing has come away from the stitching which we haven't touched

Original cotton ties are knotted on the front side. Used but lovingly cared for and in wonderful original condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey, it can be sent on approval for private viewing in your home.

Q8245 Indigo & White Steeplechase with Triple Border
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Q8245 Indigo & White Steeplechase with Triple Border
c.1880
64 x 74 (162.6 x 188 cm)
OH
$1,900

This eye pleasing indigo and white quilt is pieced in a miniature double nine-patch configuration. The tiny indigo squares on this piece measure just 7/8 of an inch. Nine patch blocks 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches. The larger nine patch blocks contain five of the small nine patch blocks plus 4 solid white blocks. Wide triple borders in both indigo and white showcase a very slightly larger white dot on the indigo print than the print used in the steeplechase design...very nice. Total width of the borders is a generous 7 inches and contains lovely diagonal parallel double line quilting done by hand. The double nine patch blocks are parallel line quilted by hand with just a 1/4 inch between. Large white joining blocks have 3/8 inch cross hatch quilting by hand.

This is a gorgeous antique quilt that has so much going for it - a classic indigo and white palette, triple borders, tiny pieces and lovely hand quilting. A wonderful, warm and cozy antique quilt that has been used but lovingly cared for and is in excellent condition. The backing is white cotton as is the scant 1/4 inch applied white binding. It would be marvelous as art on your wall or equally as charming on a bed or used as a design accent in any room. Professionally hand washed by Betsey it can be sent to you on approval for viewing in the privacy of your home.

Q8860 Early Nine Patch with 3 Sided Border
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Q8860 Early Nine Patch with 3 Sided Border
c.1840 top, backed and quilted c.1870
80 x 88 (203.2 x 223.5 cm)
New England or New York
$2,650

A fabulous 9 Patch antique quilt in pristine, unused condition with wonderful early fabrics. This fine example of one of the earliest pieced patterns contains fabrics dating from 1780 through 1840 in the pieced top. Vegetable dyed fabrics make up the many different calicoes and small patterned fabrics which include madders, indigo, early violets in a variety of patterns and a number of red, pink and white calicoes placed strategically in the nine patch configurations. This strategic placement gives a visual pop for the viewer and an overall energy to the design.

Nine patch blocks measure approximately 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches and are set on point with joining blocks in a gorgeous deep brown miniature vining print on russet. The extraordinary 7 3/4 inch border fabric dates to c.1780-1815 and is a very small scale brown, white and red floral vine pattern. The backing is a c.1870 floral striped cotton in brown and white. Hand quilting, executed c.1870, includes four cable stitching in the border; herringbone in the triangle joining blocks and 9 patch blocks; and floral wreaths in the square joining blocks. An early over dyed green calico is used for the 1/4 inch applied binding which has been treadle machine top stitched.

This is a wonderful example of one of the earliest pieced patterns containing gorgeous early fabrics in pristine condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to send to you on approval for private viewing in your home.

Q8797 Silk Crazy Quilt with Brick Border
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Q8797 Silk Crazy Quilt with Brick Border
c.1885
60 x 76 (152.4 x 193 cm)
NY
$2,900

A fabulous concoction in jewel toned silks, this antique Crazy Quilt shimmers beautifully in the light. A myriad of silks, mostly solids with some intriguing stripes added for special interest, vary in size from 2 inches to 12 in a variety of geometric shapes. The viewer´s eye is truly focused on the gorgeous array of color and form due to the use of herringbone seam embellishment only. The expanse of solid and striped silks becomes, like pieces in a stained glass window, the focal point of this lovely work of art.

Surrounding the inner design is a 1 1/2 inch wide brick border comprised of various silks used in the interior design forming a lovely frame. The inner seam is embellished with embroidered silk stars. A 1/4 inch hand applied wine silk binding finishes the edge. The backing on this quilt is a medium blue cotton twill.

A lovely silk Crazy Quilt in a perfect size for a wall hanging in that special room. Please ask Betsey for more details and to see this quilt on approval in your home.

Q8304 Four Patch Basinette Quilt
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Q8304 Four Patch Basinette Quilt
Dated 1891, with 1860's fabrics
33 x 43 (83.8 x 109.2 cm)
PA
$1,550

This wonderful red, green and white basinette quilt is comprised of two early madder dyed calicoes (c.1860), an over dyed green calico and white. Hand pieced and beautifully hand quilted with feather wreath medallions in the joining blocks, feather vines in the 3 1/2" white border and adjacent white triangles, and straight line quilting in the 4 patch blocks. The date of 1891 is embroidered in two places. The four-patch blocks on this piece measure 5 ¼” each, and the blocks are set on point.

An exquisite red, white and green quilt made extra special by its diminutive size it would be perfect as a wall hanging year round or a decorative element for the winter holidays. In excellent condition and professionally hand washed by Betsey this little quilt can be sent to you on approval for viewing in your home.

CON LC 1 Folky Center Medallion with Rare Cheater Cloth
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CON LC 1 Center Medallion with Rare Cheater Cloth
c.1890
72 x 72 (182.9 x 182.9 cm)
PA
$3,600

This spectacular unused quilt in mint condition is from the late 19th century, but is executed in the early 19th century center medallion format. The center medallion measures 21 inches square and is appliquéd, reverse appliquéd, and pieced in an oak leaf pattern. The oak leaf is created from a pristine over dyed green calico and appliquéd using tiny, precise stitches onto a solid orange ground. Deep red cotton with mini white dots is used for half of the appliquéd wave border, with a gorgeous sea coral and star patterned fabric in greens, black and white for the other half.

There are eight rows of various pieced patterns extending out from the center medallion, and these rows are both hand and machine pieced. The fabrics on this piece are unusual! There are three “cheater cloth” fabrics: the fourth and seventh rows from the center are of cheater cloth, and the backing is another cheater cloth in an abstract pattern. Please see detail images. All three are companion fabrics in the same colorway. Additionally, the fabrics on the quilt date from the c.1860´s-90´s. Two rows of 2 inch triangles surround the center medallion in a medley of plaids and prints in colors ranging from deep greens and browns to wines, ecru and black. Two additional 3 1/2 inch wide rows of triangles in chrome yellow and large black on white dots surround the inner cheater cloth border. The outer cheater cloth border is surrounded by 3 1/2 inch wide blocks in multiple prints and hues in strip formation.

This unique quilt is hand quilted using dark thread in cross-hatch stitching across the entire quilt. It has a separately applied binding in a gorgeous print of brown, teal, gold and ecru. This quilt is in mint condition, and is an incredible graphic piece of art for wall or bed. Please contact us if you´d like to see this quilt in your home on approval. We´re happy to ship it to you.

Q8707 Maple Leaf Variation with Double Borders
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Q8707 Maple Leaf Variation with Double Borders
c.1855
69 x 84 (175.3 x 213.4 cm)
Washington County, MD
$3,100

A gorgeous pre-Civil War era quilt in madder dyed red, over dyed green, and chrome yellow calicoes. This antique textile is also completely hand pieced and quilted which adds another dimension of excellence to a beautifully executed quilt. Graphic over dyed green maple leaves on yellow dominate the central design and alternate with double madder dyed red calico joining blocks. Each block measures approximately 5 1/2 inches square. The inner 1 1/2 inch sawtooth border is in the same over dyed green and yellow calicoes with the outer 5 1/2 inch border in a madder dyed red calico. Four blocks executed in the Maid´s Puzzle pattern with 3/4 inch borders of their own accent the corners of the outer border. Wonderful!

Beautiful quilting in brown, white and green threads showcase double parallel line quilting, double line cross hatch and intersecting double line circles. A circa 1840 madder dyed geometric and brown floral stripe fabric provides a gorgeous backing for this amazing piece. This quilt is also beautifully framed by a 3/8” hand applied chrome yellow and red calico binding.

A stunning early quilt by an expert quilt maker, this would be an excellent addition to an early American quilt collection and a joy to display in any room. In excellent condition it has been professionally hand washed by Betsey and is ready to be sent to your home for review on approval. Please ask Betsey for more details.

Q8749 Indigo Blue & White Lemon Peel
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Q8749 Indigo Blue & White Lemon Peel
c.1860
72 x 85 (182.9 x 215.9 cm)
PA
$2,400

This classic Lemon Peel in the two color combination of indigo blue and white is just fabulous. It is comprised of three different indigo prints which are paired with black and white mourning prints. The blocks measure 5 1/2 inches square and are skillfully pieced to form the early and sought after Lemon Peel, also called Rob Peter to Pay Paul, pattern. Double borders measure 1 ¼ inches wide for the outer indigo border, and 1 3/4 inches wide for the inner black and white mourning print border. The addition of a four patch block in each corner of the quilt adds a special touch to the borders framing the inner design.

Hand quilting on this piece includes outline quilting for the body of the quilt and a single cable in the double border. The backing is white and the indigo outer border folds over to the back and is hand stitched down to form the ¼” binding.

This would be a wonderful addition to any quilt collection or a wonderful first quilt in excellent condition. We are happy to ship this quilt to you for viewing in your home on approval before a purchase decision is made. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.

Q7071 North Carolina Lily
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Q7071 North Carolina Lily
c.1880
78 x 94 (198.1 x 238.8 cm)
Maryland or Virginia
$1,400

What a graphically wonderful quilt! The color impact of the deeply dyed indigo with tiny white stars combined with vibrant vegetable dyed chrome orange is just stunning! The blocks are 11 inches square, with 5 3/8 inch indigo sashing and chrome joining blocks. Interestingly, the lilies in just one of the blocks have had a double pink fabric substituted for the chrome. The triple border is comprised of approximately 2 ¾ inch strips of chrome, indigo, and blue striped shirting fabrics, and finished with a 5/8 inch chrome binding. The wholecloth backing is the same blue striped shirting. Entirely hand pieced and hand quilted in outlines, diagonal lines and daisy medallions. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q8778 Miniature Nine Patch with Double Border
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Q8778 Miniature Nine Patch with Double Border
c.1895
71 x 74 (180.3 x 188 cm)
PA
$1,150

This sweet, miniature Nine Patch cotton quilt captures the heart with 9 patch blocks a mere 2 3/4” square (that´s less than 1 inch for each small patch), and white on red polka dots for the joining blocks and outer border. The overdyed green inner border is 1 3/8 inches wide with the outer white on red polka dot border a lovely 4 1/2 inches wide. Such nice proportions, making this quilt both sweet and pleasing to the eye.

Entirely hand quilted with four strand cables in the borders, parallel lines in the 9 patch blocks and chevrons in the joining squares. The backing is a terrific medium scale olive-brown and white homewoven plaid. The 3/8 inch applied binding uses multiple fabrics from the top of the quilt – charming.

A wonderful antique quilt that has been used but lovingly cared for and in excellent condition. A wonderful quilt for a bed, a throw or to hang on the wall for a graphic statement. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to ship to you on approval for review in your home before purchase.

CON JP Burgoyne Surrounded
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CON JP Burgoyne Surrounded
c.1855
78 x 83 (198.1 x 210.8 cm)
Unknown origin
$6,050

This fabulous Turkey red calico and white quilt was made by a very skilled needlewoman. Entirely hand pieced and precisely hand quilted this beautiful design is effective when seen close up and folded on a quilt rack and has stunning impact when fully open and viewed from a distance. This quilt contains the same Turkey red calico throughout indicating purchased yardage was used rather than scrap fabrics from other sewing projects, and therefore most probably came from an affluent family. The backing is white with a ¼ inch applied turkey red calico binding. Quilting stitches include cross hatch, daisy and freehand leaves.

A wonderful find for any history buff, this quilt was made in the pieced pattern Burgoyne Surrounded. The name comes from the Revolutionary War battle of Saratoga, in which 5,800 British troops under the command of General John Burgoyne were surrounded by the American army and forced to surrender on October 17, 1777. This American victory was the turning point in the war, and during one of the periods of colonial revival in the 1800´s, a quilt pattern showing a large square surrounded by smaller squares was created and named for the unfortunate General Burgoyne.

A stunning red and white quilt for your collection it would be fabulous on a bed or hung as fantastic graphic art on your wall. Professionally hand washed by Betsey you can have this quilt sent to you for review in your home before purchase.

Q8738 Feather Applique with Sawtooth Border
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Q8738 Feather Applique with Sawtooth Border
c.1865
82 x 82 (208.3 x 208.3 cm)
Chester County, PA
$3,200

A gorgeous Civil War era quilt in solid brown and green! This antique textile is also exquisitely hand quilted which adds another dimension of excellence to a beautifully designed and executed quilt. Large and graphic feather appliques dominate the center of the design. Each appliqued block measures approximately 20 inches square and is done in a combination of brown and green on white. Tiny, even stitches were used to attach each feather applique. The inner 2” sawtooth border is hand pieced and echoes the strong brown and green theme.

Beautiful quilting by an experienced hand showcases an undulating feather vine in the 8" outer white border, double parallel lines in the sawtooth border, feathered wreaths in the white areas between the two-color feathers, and double line quilting in all appliques. Backed in the same white as used on the front, this quilt is also beautifully framed by a 3/8” applied solid brown binding.

A stunning early quilt by an expert quilt maker, this would be an excellent addition to an early American quilt collection and a joy to display in any room. In excellent condition it has been professionally hand washed by Betsey and is ready to be sent to you 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
$2,200

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.

Q8771 Victorian Silk Crazy Quilt with Burgundy Velvet Border
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Q8771 Victorian Silk Crazy Quilt with Burgundy Velvet Border
c.1885
63 x 64 (160 x 162.6 cm)
PA
$1,500

A lovely example of the Victorian Silk Crazy Quilt whose design is reminiscent of a stained glass window. Each block, or window pane, measures approximately 9 ¼” x 9 ¼” and is filled with solid and patterned silks and silk velvets in clear, bright colors. Finely executed embellishment stitching in various hues of silk floss cover every seam in every possible variation of stitch design. Interior embellishment designs include rings, floral patterns, chains, fruits, and the initial “L” - we presume for the maker.

This lovely quilt is designed in a 6 x 6 array of window panes which gives a nice sense of order within the crazy cutting of the silks. Framing the interior design is a lush, burgundy silk velvet border 3 ½” wide. The backing is a stunning quilted burgundy silk which is pillowcase edged by hand to the front design for an elegant finish. A beautiful, silk velvet creation that would be gorgeous as artwork on a wall or as an accent piece in any room. Remember, our quilts are always sent on approval.

Q8759 Victorian Silk Velvet Crazy Quilt
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Q8759 Victorian Silk Velvet Crazy Quilt
c.1885
74 x 74 (188 x 188 cm)
Chester County, PA
$2,900

A gorgeous silk velvet crazy quilt in excellent condition! Both soft and warm, with an amazingly sophisticated feel, this Victorian quilt has a wonderful mix of jewel toned silk velvets which are completely hand embellished in a variation of the double coral stitch using silk floss, and top tied with multi colored silk and cotton flosses. Four main blocks filled with pieces ranging from a tiny ½ x 1 to 13 x 3 inches fill the center of the quilt. Surrounding this is a crazy pieced border approximately 7 inches wide.

The backing is a cozy flannel windowpane plaid in brown, green, blue and yellow. The applied 3/8” binding is a soft blue with red stripes cotton flannel. This beautiful and very elegant piece of textile art would add a touch of warmth and vitality to any room in your home. Remember, our quilts are always sent on approval. This quilt already has sleeves sewn on the back in case you would like to hang it as art on a wall.

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.

Q8682 Cactus Basket
Q8682 Cactus Basket
c.1860
78 x 80 (198.1 x 203.2 cm)
Chester County, Pennsylvania
SOLD

This stunningly graphic pre-Civil War quilt in amazing condition is comprised of four intriguing cotton fabrics. These fabrics include a three color print in rose, sherbet and pink, an over dyed green on green print, a russet calico with a ladybug-like design, and a cheddar calico with black dots and white dashes. All four fabrics are used in each of the 6 ¼" meticulously hand pieced cactus basket blocks. Triangles within these blocks measure 1 ½" at the base with 1 ¼" sides.

Two borders frame the quilt: a 1 3/8" inner border in the pink print with echo outline hand quilting, and an 11 inch over dyed green border hand quilted in a flowing double line feathered vine design surrounded by ½" diagonal cross hatch stitching. Over dyed green joining blocks display an 8 point star quilted in the center with quilted hearts forming a ring around the star. Hearts are also quilted in the base of every basket. The presence of hearts is an indication this was a wedding gift or a gift between an affianced couple.

The entire backing is a gorgeous Turkey red, black and white geometric pattern. The outer green border turns over to the back and forms the scant ¼" hand stitched binding. This is a crisp, beautifully quilted piece created in lovely, bold colors. A vivid statement for bed or wall, this quilt has been professionally hand washed by Betsey. Quilts are always sent on approval.

Q8715 Folk Art Flower and Basket
Q8715 Folk Art Flower and Basket
c.1850
74 x 82 (188 x 208.3 cm)
Pennsylvania
SOLD

All hand pieced, appliqued and quilted, this quilt is a unique and skillfully made piece of textile folk art. Comprised entirely of solid hues of cotton in Turkey red, over dyed green, and mustard on a white ground.

Pieced baskets comprised of green and mustard triangles are 3 ½" high and 7 ¼" wide and hold funky appliqued flower stems with buds of red and green. Precise appliqué stitches are so small they are hard to detect. Framing the quilt are six one inch borders in alternating colors of green, mustard, red and white. The combination of precise piecing with the completely original folk art design gives this quilt a whimsical yet sophisticated feel.

Wonderful triple line quilting in ¼" parallel lines is skillfully stitched by hand throughout. The backing is a fine white cotton and the separately applied hand stitched ¼" binding is in Turkey red. The excellent condition and stunning graphics of this mid 19th century folk art quilt make it equally wonderful art for either bed or wall. Professionally hand washed by Betsey this quilt is ready to be sent to you on approval. Please ask Betsey for more details.

Q8656 Turkey Red & White Baskets
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Q8656 Turkey Red & White Baskets
c.1875
74 x 66 (188 x 167.6 cm)
ME
$1,450

This cheerful and pristine Basket Quilt executed in solid Turkey red and white is ready to brighten your home. Each 7 ¾ hand pieced and hand appliqued block alternates with a solid white joining block. Hand quilting features outline stitching in the basket blocks and ¾ inch crosshatching in the white joining blocks.

The backing is the same white cotton fabric used on the front with a separately applied hand sewn 3/8” white binding. Clean, soft, bright and in excellent condition this sweet basket quilt will light up any room in your home! Two color quilts are always a joy to find and easy to incorporate into any home´s decor.

Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to send on approval.

Q8653 Touching Stars
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Q8653 Touching Stars
c.1885
58 x 79 (147.3 x 200.7 cm)
MA
$1,500

In wonderful condition, this early quilt has been created in the Touching Stars pattern. The colors of the fabric used in this quilt are hard to find and sought after for today´s decorator palette. The medium gray, black and white calico in 2 inch diamonds make up the large stars and create a beautiful and very graphic piece of textile art. Each diamond has been hand quilted with outline stitches with the larger joining blocks showcasing a fantastic combination of oak leaves with cross hatch sunburst centers. The smaller white joining blocks are stitched entirely in diagonal ¾ inch cross hatch.

The 3/8 inch separately applied binding is in the same calico as used throughout the quilt and provides the perfect frame for the stars. The backing is white linen. A fabulous, graphic quilt in a diminutive size with a lovely, positive energy. This quilt was seldom used and very well cared for. Professionally hand washed by Betsey. Remember, our quilts are always sent on approval.

Q8649 Red & White Lemon Peel / Rob Peter to Pay Paul
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Q8649 Red & White Lemon Peel / Rob Peter to Pay Paul
c. 1870
73 x 88 (185.5 x 223.5 cm)
Maine
$2,400

A wonderful early pattern is showcased on this very graphic red and white quilt. Just two fabrics were used: a red and dark pink pattern, and solid white. This indicates the maker was probably from an affluent family as enough of this fabric was purchased to create this quilt rather than making use of “scrap” fabrics on hand.

Blocks measure 6 ½” square and are both hand and machine pieced. Curved pieces are more difficult to execute well so the creator of this quilt was an experienced seamstress. Quilting is stitched entirely by hand in echo outline and parallel lines throughout. The backing is white and the ½” binding is treadle machine topstitched in the same red fabric as used on the front. The end result is a harmonious and graphic piece of textile art.

This is a wonderful quilt for use on a bed or would be equally as beautiful hung on a wall. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and in excellent condition. Quilts are always sent on approval.

Q8324 Blue & White Goose and Goslings
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Q8324 Blue & White Goose and Goslings
c.1875
70 x 82 (177.8 x 208.3 cm)
Indiana
$1,300
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
CONLF26 Log Cabin Barn Raising
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CONLF26 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.

CON LC Carolina Lily
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CON LC Carolina Lily
c.1860
87 x 90 (221 x 228.6 cm)
NY
$2,400

Festoon your home this holiday season with the perfect antique hand appliqued quilt for art on your wall, bed or decorating in general. In gorgeous solid Turkey red and overdyed green you just can´t get any more festive. 16 hand appliqued lilies dance among flower buds on a pristine white ground. Solid Turkey red jabots and bows circle the white border measuring 12 3/4 inches on the side borders and 10 inches top and bottom (quilt shown horizontally in photo). Finely done hand quilting consists of outline on each appliqué, 6, 7 and 8 petaled floral motifs in differing sizes and leaf filled trailing vines in the white background. The quilt has a white backing and is finished with a ¼ inch hand applied white binding.

This piece is extremely ordered and well planned but gives the impression of free spirited gaity, emphasized by the “scattering” of appliqued buds and the various sizes of the hand quilted multi-petaled flowers and free flowing leafy vines.

This lovely quilt would be the focal point of your holiday decorating or any time of year. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q8568 Geese in the Pond Variation
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Q8568 Geese in the Pond Variation
c.1885
73 x 76 (185.4 x 193 cm)
New England, possibly Maine
$1,800

This wonderful quilt in excellent condition is a major piece of art! A fabulous added bonus is the very unusual baseball conversation print fabrics included among the indigoes, shirtings, reds, browns and double pinks. Tiny baseball players in early uniforms run, jump and throw in a few different prints across the quilt. The Geese in the Pond blocks are approximately 5 inches square, and the Diamond in a Square border is about 4 ½ inches wide. Functionally hand quilted with straight lines spaced approximately 1 inch apart. A tiny red and white check cotton was used for the 3/8 inch separately applied binding, and the wholecloth backing is a muted light taupe on beige leaf print cotton. Spring is here, and a new season of baseball beckons! Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q6832 Silk Center Medallion Mosaic
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Q6832 Silk Center Medallion Mosaic
c.1855
66 x 80 (167.6 x 203.2 cm)
Pennsylvania
$2,400

Nothing sparkles light like silk, and this beautiful quilt would be a truly stunning piece of art for your wall or bed. In unused condition, a wide variety of silks in blues, fuschia, browns and black stripes, checks, plaids, solids, and solid failles have been hand pieced into a center medallion mosaic configuration. Each hexagon measures 1 ¾ inches across, and has been hand outline quilted. The 3 ¾ inch border is a rich green and black plaid reminiscent of a Scottish Black Watch tartan, and has been quilted with a diagonal basket weave motif. The separately applied black wool challis binding is a ½ inch wide, and the backing is a lovely olive brown and rose leaf print silk. A quilt such as this one was a mark of excellence for a woman of affluence, as only a very prosperous family could afford such fabrics. What an amazing piece of art! Please ask Betsey for more information.

Q8333 Double Irish Chain with Inner Streak of Lightning Border
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Q8333 Double Irish Chain with Inner Streak of Lightning Border
c. 1885
84 x 96 (213.4 x 243.8 cm)
Lancaster Co., PA
$2,800

What a stunningly graphic quilt! This hand pieced, hand quilted creation contains fabrics dating from 1815 to 1865. It gives the impression of a double border, with the use of the wide, overdyed green calico binding followed by a section heavily quilted in a wave pattern and finished with a matching overdyed green calico inner Streak of Lightning. The Double Irish Chain interior is quilted in outlines and crosshatching. Professionally hand washed by Betsey. *Please note that the full image of this quilt was shot from a slight side angle, causing the quilt to incorrectly appear shorter on the right side.

Q8425 Nine Patch on Point Bar Quilt
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Q8425 Nine Patch on Point Bar Quilt
c.1870
78 x 90 ( 198.1 x 228.6 cm)
New Oxford, Pennsylvania
$2,300

A gorgeous quilt with absolutely wonderful fabrics from 1850-1870, the color palette of this piece is predominantly browns, reds, madder dyes and a few pops of indigo. The wholecloth backing fabric is a lovely geometric print of brown ovals floating above a two toned green stripe. The bars alternate between a 7 1/4 inch brown and burgundy geometric stripe and oval print, and the 9 1/2 inch Nine Patch bars set on point. All hand pieced and quilted with undulating lines 3/4 of an inch apart. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q8189 Silk Velvet Bars
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Q8189 Silk Velvet Bars
1885
44 x 60 (111.8 x 152.4 cm)
Illinois
1885

$1,900

This is a very sumptuous quilt; created from plush, deep toned mauve, pink, green, blue, gold and black silk velvets. The way light plays across the surface of antique silk velvet is truly amazing, and next to impossible to convey through two dimensional photographs. In unused condition, this quilt has been foundation pieced by hand and reverse tied. The binding is gray silk velvet, and the backing is a lovely 1880´s mauve print. What a beautiful piece of art!

Q8453 Double Irish Chain with Double Border
Q8453 Double Irish Chain with Double Border
c.1885
79 x 80 (200.7 x 203.2 cm)
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
SOLD

A bold color palette of black, lemon yellow and red make this quilt equally perfect for modern as well as traditional homes. In unused condition, this quilt was hand pieced in a Double Irish Chain pattern and finished with an unusual double border comprised of large black and yellow triangles followed by a 3 ½ inch red border. The black binding was only applied to the back of the quilt, giving the front the appearance of pillowcase edging. The backing is a beautiful circa 1885 wholecloth taupe and brown pinstripe with a muted pinkish taupe polka dot overlay. All hand quilted with cables in the red outer border, a funky organic leaf/flower shape in inner border, crosshatching in the Irish chain, and daisy medallions in the joining blocks. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q8440 Heavily Quilted Star of Bethlehem
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Q8440 Heavily Quilted Star of Bethlehem
c.1865
82 x 83 (208.3 x 210.8 cm)
Pennsylvania
$2,400

What a perfectly exquisite piece of art for your wall! The huge star dominates the quilt, radiating outward with 2 inch diamonds of yellow calico, solid brown, madder geometric print, double pink, and overdyed green. A triple border of matching yellow calico, madder, and white contain the star, and the white background matches the backing and 3/8 inch separately applied binding.

This beautiful quilt has been densely quilted with medallions, outline, cross-hatching, and meandering feathers by a very skillful needlewoman with a confident eye for graphics. A fabulous find in that desirable Pennsylvania combination of yellow and browns. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q8437 Love Apple
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Q8437 Love Apple
c.1895
64 ½ x 65 ½ (163.8 x 166.4 cm)
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
$1,450

What a prime example of the Pennsylvania color palette! The overdyed green, double pink, yellow calico, and unusual blue print cottons give this very sophisticated pattern a decidedly folky interpretation. Pieced and appliqued by hand and machine, the four block formation is indicative of earlier quilts, and is another unique characteristic of this creative piece. All hand quilted with chevrons, crosshatching, and diagonal lines, with some pencil marks still showing. This crisp and unused quilt has a 9 ½ inch quadruple border and a 3/8 inch binding turned over from the front to the back. The wholecloth backing is a wonderful blue, white, and pink woven plaid cotton. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q6855 Rob Peter to Pay Paul
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Q6855 Rob Peter to Pay Paul
c.1850
74 x 92 + 17 inch tail (188 x 233.7 cm + 43.2 cm tail)
Massachusetts
$1,900

This quilt is comprised of just two fabrics: a natural ground calico with madder-dyed leaves and a madder ground calico with black and white circles. The backing is a stripe in madder, beige and natural; the backing is turned to the front to form the binding. All work on this quilt is by hand. The quilting is diagonal quilting in the opposite direction of the connecting blocks. This quilt has terrific graphics! This quilt has been professionally hand washed by Betsey.

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