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

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

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Q9250 Miniature Log Cabin Silk Quilt
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Q9250 Miniature Log Cabin Silk Quilt
c.1888
21 x 21 inches
New England
$825

This log cabin variation silk miniature quilt is a diminutive size of 21 X 21 inches plus sides of 1 inch prairie points. Originally made for a pillow, luckily this was never used. We have a wonderfully graphic little quilt, a perfect size for a small space. Created c.1888 and made up of twenty five 4 inch blocks. The colors are bold and graphic and enjoyable to look at. The construction of the quilt is completely original. The only thing we have done is to add cotton batting inside to give it the substance needed to become a wall hanging.
This miniature silk piece is ready to be sent for your approval.





BTG78 Log Cabin Flags (named by me as I cannot locate the pattern name)
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BTG78 Log Cabin Flags (named by me as I cannot locate the pattern name)
c.1890
68 x 76 inches
Pennsylvania
$900

Stunning, unusual and graphic...What a wonderful piece of art for your wall. Every other triangle is a black wool or wool Challie...the alternating equilateral triangles contain logs measuring between 1/2" to 3/4" in width. All triangles have 5" sides. The fabrics used to create the "Flag" triangles are wool, wool Challis , cottons and cotton Flannels. This quilt has a pillowcase edging.
The principle colors are black...then red..then blue. The backing is a gorgeous C. 1885 Pansy print in a full size scale...I have never seen the backing reproduced.
When hung, this quilt appears to be in perfect condition. However, on close...very close inspection there are some moth holes and some worn fabrics...Please, note that when hanging, the flaws are not noticeable.
This quilt can be sent for your approval.



Q9067 Log Cabin Barn Raising
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Q9067 Log Cabin Barn Raising
c. 1885
73 x 75 inches
Buncombe County, NC
$2,900

Wool Challie with mostly silk velvet chimneys.
This graphically exquisite, very sophisticated Log Cabin quilt is constructed from wool challie, some of the best quality fabrics. Even though the pattern is not unusual, each quilt becomes totally unique due to the fabrics chosen. The layout of the color pallet here is unusual and captivating. This quilt adds another layer to its uniqueness...silk velvet chimneys...Was this choice of fabric meant to indicate the wealth of the family, in a very subtle way ?
The unusual triple border may indicate the family of Scottish descent. Notice on the border the beautiful Scottish plaid used on the diagonal. A border design I have never before seen.
My eye is also drawn to the beautiful over dyed green center as well as the silk velvet chimneys that seem to shimmer. The whole cloth backing is a beautiful cotton blue paisley. To finish the quilt the quilter turned over the outer border to the back and finished it by hand. Actually, all of the work was executed by hand.
To my eyes this is a major piece of art...A textile that will be visually captivating on your wall.....will also fit a double bed or over the sides of a queen size bed.
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Q8737 Log Cabin Straight Furrows Quilt
Q8737 Log Cabin Straight Furrows Quilt
c.1845
80 x 90 inches
Indiana - Quaker
Family history available upon sale
SOLD

Stunning, sophisticated and graphic. Three words that can be used to describe this amazing circa 1845 wool challis quilt. Studying a quilt is partially a study of sociology. As these fabrics were very expensive, we can freely deduce that this quilt was created by a member of an affluent family. Another clue to the level in society is the fact that there is a whole cloth backing, enough fabric to make an entirely different quilt.
The fabrics used to construct this quilt date from c. 1780 to c. 1845. There is a handwoven twill tape binding that shows the only wear on this quilt. We would be happy to restore this, using original same date fabric. The colors are rich and deep due to the fact that these are all vegetable dyes and therefore earth tones. On a bed, this quilt could be placed in either direction as there is not a top or bottom. It will comfortably fit a queen size bed. As a graphic piece of art for a great room, it will add both visual warmth and design to your room.
The logs vary in width from 1/2" to 3/4". The individual blocks measure 9-1/2 " square. The center chimney is approximately 1-1/2" and is not in the usual red color. It is, naturally, all sewn by hand, as this quilt dates from before the public use of the sewing machine. We have early block prints and many fabrics that I have not seen before. We always send quilts at no charge to your home for your approval.





Q9016 Log Cabin Barn Raising...Amish?
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Q9016 Log Cabin Barn Raising...Amish?
c. 1928
78 x 78 inches
Lancaster, PA
$2,800

Rayon is the natural fiber, yet man made rendition of silk. A less expensive version and sometimes more substantial than expensive silk. All of these attributes made it more readily affordable to the majority of families. These colors are the colors the Amish use and the Amish were known to use Rayon fabric. I cannot prove that this quilt is Amish, but I do believe it is. All fabrics on the front are solid colors as were used by the Amish. The backing, also Rayon, is a calico of a green print on black. The Amish were allowed to use prints on the backs of their quilts as the backs were not readily seen and therefore not pretentious.
The contrast between the light rows and the dark rows, to my eyes, causes visually an optical illusion effect which in turn causes the quilt to almost pulsate. This quilt is stunning!
Every color the Amish used is in this quilt...all the adults colors and all the children's colors...We seem to have an entire color range from black to white used in the creation of this piece of art.
A quilt such as this probably was created for Sunday and not to be used. Today we have a captivating piece of art for your wall.
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Q8103 Barn Raising Log Cabin in Wool Challis Quilt
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Q8103 Barn Raising Log Cabin in Wool Challie Quilt
c.1860
80 x 90
Lancaster, PA
$2,600

I often wonder about the stories of these exquisite quilts that have survived centuries still unused. Could they have been created for someone so special that they have survived unused for a century and a half?
This wool challis Barn Raising Log Cabin is comprised of dozens of different mid and early 19th century challis fabrics. These early wool and silk fabrics were highly prized, purchased and used by families "of means". The original Log Cabin came to America from England. Since that arrival we have added many variations to the original Straight Furrows pattern. The center Medallion seen on this quilt is very unusual...constructed using solid grey and Prussian Blue.....I am sure it had major significance to the artist that created this magnificent quilt. Due to its large size it will very comfortably fit a queen size bed, having undoubtedly been made for an early high bed. I can easily picture this quilt as an astoundingly captivating piece of wall art ...
Used in this quilt we have challis in calicos, solids, plaids, stripes..and even a few very rare and expensive silk velvets. Could the latter have been from a very special and expensive formal gown? The red center, as always, signifies the hearth...the center of the home. The foundation pieced blocks measure 9-1/2 "...the rare paisley wholecloth C.1840's backing is the only place one can see quilting.
This stunning quilt is ready to be sent for your at home approval.



Q9237 Folk Art Log Cabin Quilt
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Q9237 Folk Art Log Cabin Quilt
c.1835
78 x 78 inches
Believed to be New York
$4,400

Everyone has favorites...well, this is one of mine...and no surprise that I am an early fabric textile junkie...Here we have a folk art Log Cabin Quilt executed in very expensive early wool challis and other very, very fine wool fabrics. To me this is an oxymoron as affluent families usually created sophisticated quilts, not folk art. There are dozens of different fabric patterns, including early block prints, plaids, stripes, solids and calicoes. huge variety of colors...
It is pieced from strips (called logs) mostly measuring 5/8" in width to create 5" wide blocks. These blocks are foundation pieced. All work is executed by hand as this quilt was made before the public use of the sewing machine. Finishing the quilt is an applied 5/8 " wide plaid fine wool binding.
I am showing you the quilt on one of my beds as my lighting does not seem to work with these fabrics ...another reason to be sent on approval for viewing in your home.
An amazing piece of art for your wall or your bed.
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BTG66 Log Cabin Courthouse Steps Quilt
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BTG66 Log Cabin Courthouse Steps Quilt
c.1890s
71 x 80 inches
Pennsylvania
$875

Warm and cuddly as well as beautiful is an apt description of this wool Log Cabin quilt.
There are 90 7-3/4 inch squares that comprise this beautiful quilt. Each square is made up of 1/2 inch logs of various fabrics. There are mostly woolens, but in addition there are flannels and wool challis used in the composition of this quilt. The woolen fabrics are of many different weaves adding to the textile's beauty. The center chimney is a 2" square. Tying is the method used here to hold the three layers in place. This is the method mostly used on woolen quilts where the batting is thicker and therefore almost impossible to quilt.
There is a huge range of colors seen here ...from purples to blacks....some beautiful fabrics....the backing is an unexpected fabric...A beautiful floral on a black background! There are also many fabrics of the sought after grey shades used in decorating today. Edging on the quilt is a pillowcase finishing, then embellished with beautiful stitching.
This is one of a few pieces that I put up for sale that is not perfect....There are moth holes around the edge...we can restore these if desired.
Ready to be sent for your at-home approval.



BTG65 Unusual Log Cabin Quilt
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BTG65 Unusual Log Cabin Quilt
c.1920s
70 x 84 inches
Maine
$900

An unusual Log Cabin design. Sounds like an oxymoron to me.... There are many, many different Log Cabin patterns that have been created using every imaginable fabric that can be stitched in strips. Most are variations of commonly known patterns. Here is one that is very unusual....Created all by hand in 7-1/2" blocks..80 of them in total ...and made up from 1" logs using cotton fabrics dating from the 1860's to the 1920's. The 5/8" binding is turned over from the front to the back, a continuation of the 6-5/8" turkey Red border. This binding technique is unusual for New England. The quilt is a summer weight, meaning that there is no batting. The backing is a khaki color dress lining fabric. Could this woman have been a dressmaker and these are left over scraps? If so why the huge range in fabric dates? The center red chimneys are quilted using red thread. Condition of this quilt appears to be unused and would adorn the top of a king size bed or drape over the sides of a queen size bed. Yes, this quilt would also be a wonderful piece of art for your wall and can easily be folded in half or quarters for a smaller space.
Organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your at-home approval.



Q8612 Wool Challis Courthouse Steps Log Cabin Quilt
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Q8612 Wool Challis Courthouse Steps Log Cabin
c.1855
74 x 84 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,900

Affluence and sophistication emanate from this exquisite textile. Wool Challis fabrics are created from silk and fine wool. These were the fabrics of the elite and wealthy. The beautiful detail of the prints is a treat to behold and show the skill and painstaking design work of these early nineteenth century textile artists.
It is created in 12" blocks using the courthouse pattern from logs measuring between 1/2" and 3/4" in width. Could it be possible that the head of the household was a lawyer or Judge? The array of prints in these fabrics is a fabric junkie's dream. The backing is a very early wool challis cheater cloth wide stripe pattern. A binding such as this, being a woven tape, shows the very early date of this quilt and its expensive componants.
The size of this quilt would fit a queen size bed or would be an amazing piece of art for a great room or stairway hall.
In complete original condition (including some basting stitches) this sophisticated textile is now ready to be sent for your in-home app0roval.





BTG63 H-Block Log Cabin Fragment
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BTG63 H-Block Log Cabin Fragment
c.1845
58 x 61 inches
Maine
$2,300

This wonderful H-Block Log Cabin quilt has been created from very, very fine wool challis, even having a wool challis backing. This quilt fragment is a large size. Where this quilt has been rebound with origional, same mid 19th century wool schallis fabric, one would assume the quilt to be of origional size. There was one end of the quilt that was not good so we removed that end and then rebound the quilt. Now that this quilt is not an origional size it becomes a fragment. This quilt appears to be in perfect condition.
The quilt was executed using( approximately 7-1/2 inch blocks. Naturally, at this age, everything was hand pieced. The fabrics were very, very expensive fabrics. The blue was a very 1840s blue. It's a deep rich cobalt blue, and the green calico is just absolutely gorgeous.
This quilt has been in my collection and is now ready to go up for sale.
Ready to be sent for your in-home approval.



CONAJM Wool and Wool Challis Log Cabin Quilt
CONAJM Wool and Wool Challis Log Cabin Quilt
c.1885
59 x 59 inches
New England
SOLD

Shown here is a very stunning example of a circa 1880s wool and wool challis Log Cabin quilt, measureing 59 x 59" inches, and coming from New England. Each quilt block measures approximately 7 inches square. The logs used for the creation of this quilt are approximately a half inch in width. Crowning this quilt is a border, in a rich burgundy wool, measuring 4-3/4 inches in width. The last quarter inch is actually a silk velvet binding. There is a green cotton backing where you can see the reverse tying in little fancy knots. These knots are a fancy way of finishing a quilt by reverse tying in a way that creates an attractive backing.
This Log Cabin quilt is in absolutely perfect condition. The Straight Furrows pattern originally came to us from England. This pattern did not originate here in America as so many of the Log Cabin Patterns did. This design was meant to emulate the rows of plantings and fields in England.
The quilt is a perfect wall hanging size and probably was originally made for a youth bed. Having two "sleeves", it is all ready to hang. Now you may hang your quilt in a curatorially correct manner. In perfect unused condition, it may be sent for your in-home approval.



CONMG Silk Pineapple Log Cabin Quilt with a Crazy Quilt Border
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CONMG Pineapple Log Cabin Quilt with a Crazy Quilt Border
c.1880
59 x 60 inches
New Jersey
$2,900

This original design optical illusion Pineapple Log Cabin, with a crazy quilt border, dates from c.1880. A Pineapple or Windmill Log Cabin quilt shows motion and this quilt carries it to an extreme due to the placement of colors. The effect is also due to the huge contrast between the black and deep red in the center of the spokes and the windmill spokes themselves. Normally all of the 10 centers of the Log Cabin blocks would be red chimneys. In this case many of the centers of the pinwheels are actually miniature Crazy Quilts.
The blocks measure 11-3/4 inches square, the border 5-1/4 inches in width. The center chimneys, which in this case are mostly miniature Crazy Quilts, measure 4 inches square. The edge is finished with a black silk binding.
This Quilt is in amazing condition and would make one of the most beautiful artistic wall hangings. Please call or email for more information.



Q9232 Log Cabin Straight Furrows Eastern Mennonite Quilt
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Q9232 Log Cabin Straight Furrows Eastern Mennonite Quilt
c.1875
60 x 68 inches
New England
$2,500

This Log Cabin Quilt has one of the smallest chimneys I have ever seen, measuring less than 5/8 inch square. The logs on this quilt measure from 1/2 inch in width up to 3/4 inch in width. There is a brown 3 inch border of which 1/4 inch is a hand applied wool challis binding. The quilt is completely comprised of wools and wool challis. It appears never to have been used. It has a yummy warm brown wool backing with a few moth holes in the backing. Some of the fabric on the back appears to have been home dyed.
It is definitely a Mennonite quilt. I know this because the quilt has a strip pieced backing. Mennonites strip pieced their backings as a symbol of their work. It wasn't because they lacked the fabric and had to piece it, it was a symbol of their creativity. Graphically wonderful, the straight furrows cabin is the original log cabin pattern that came to us from England.
These blocks measure roughly 7 inches square. I see fabrics on here back to about 1840, 1850. There is one fabric pattern here that I have never seen before. It is graphically wonderful. This quilt can be used either for your bed, or as a stunning wall hanging. The colors are magnificent, deep and rich.
This quilt is ready to be sent to you for your approval in your home.



Q8681 Wool Challis Log Cabin, Straight Furrows Quilt
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Q8681 Wool Challis Log Cabin, Straight Furrows Quilt
c.1862
70 x 70 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,800

Presented here is a pre-civil war wool and wool challis Log Cabin Straight Furrows quilt with blue chimneys. The pattern used here originated in England; the blue chimneys are uniquely American. This quilt has it all. It has history, graphics, great colors and condition.
Blue chimneys were a signal for a safe house during the era of the underground railroad. These quilts are very rare, very hard to find, and this one is 100% authentic as is everything that I sell. The fabrics are wools and wool challis, some of these fabrics dating back to the 1830s. Instead of a wool binding there is a pillowcase edging. This quilt is in perfect unused condition. As a bonus there is added warmpth from the addition of a wonderful blue and brown plaid flannel backing.
The quilt displayed here is a historical and visual piece of textile art c.1862. The condition is wonderful, the graphics are wonderful. You can use it on a bed or you can display it on a wall. As a wall hanging piece of textile art it is captivating.
Ready to be sent to you for your in home approval.



Q9231 Pineapple or Windmill Log Cabin Quilt
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Q9231 Pineapple or Windmill Log Cabin Quilt
c.1885
77 x 77 inches
New England
$1,600

If you like an optical illusion quilt, here is one for you. If you are looking for the sought after gray color used in decorating today this quilt is strictly gray, a burgundy brown and white. The windmill and pineapple log cabin pattern shows motion. The blocks are hard to execute, and the resulting effect is to look stunning as this quilt does. There are approximately 12 different log cabin patterns. This pattern is one of them. Joining these blocks together is very intricate work, and if not done properly, the quilt will just look haphazard, but this one is stunning!
The design is made in individual blocks that are sewn together using a New England method. A summer coverlet, which means you can use it in the summer as there is no batting inside, and in the winter you can put it over a blanket for warmth, the bonus being it is stunning. For a great room, or a wall hanging, it would be absolutely gorgeous. This quilt could also be folded in different ways to hang showing a fourth or half of it. Because of the pattern this quilt is easy to display in that manner. Also because it is light in weight, it would be easy to put over a pole and just hang a quarter of it in a small space. So you could use this quilt as art in a small space or a large space or for your queen size bed. A queen size bed measures 60 inches across, providing you with 7 inches over each side. This quilt appears to be in unused condition.
Organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your in home approval.



Q6261 Courthouse Steps Quilt
Q6261 Courthouse Steps Quilt
c.1875
82 x 84 inches
Maine
SOLD

This very sophisticated Sunshine and Shadows Log Cabin Quilt appears to be in unused condition. Very generous in size, measuring 82 x 84 inches, this quilt will completely cover the top of a king size bed or will fit a queen size bed perfectly with 12 inches over the sides. Made around 1875, many of the fabrics date back to the 1840s. This quilt comes from Maine and appears to be in unused condition. The binding is a 3/8 inch hand applied binding. The whole quilt is foundation pieced and made in a method that is indigenous to New England. It's foundation pieced in squares with extra backing fabric, then the squares are sewn together. This is a summer coverlet, a quilt withouit batting. You can use it all year. You can use this quilt in the summer instead of a blanket or use just a sheet with it, and in the winter it's perfect over a down comforter or any other kind of blanket, giving you warmth.
This quilt's design and colors are stunning. It's graphic and would decorate a wall in a great room exquisitely, or would be absolutely gorgeous on your bed. When looking at this quilt the first color I notice is red, turkey red, and then after that there are blues, more red calicoes, and browns. It's basically reds, blues, greens and browns, and it is gorgeous.
This stunning quilt is ready to be viewed in your home.



Q6846 Log Cabin Courthouse Steps Quilt
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Q6846 Log Cabin Courthouse Steps Quilt
c.1865
58 x 58 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,100

Each and every Log Cabin quilt has its own personality. This Log Cabin quilt is called Courthouse Steps and measures 58 x 58 inches. A wonderful size for a wall hanging that can fit many places in your home. It may be an unused child's quilt. Comprised of very, very expensive wool challis, it dates from approximately 1865, and is in fabulous condition. Actually, I only see one tiny moth hole. The backing of this quilt is a very, very early block print brown fabric which can be viewed on the closeup. Each quilt block measures approximately 8 inches square. The logs vary in size, and are approximately 7/8 of an inch in width. The center chimneys are red, symbolizing the hearth of a home, and measure 1-1/4 x 1-1/2 inches. This quilt is a little bit whimsical as all the logs are not perfectly straight and the center squares can be a little different from one another. The quilt definitely has character. The fabrics are absolutely exquisite. We have lots of indigoes and reds and different shades of blues and plaids and stripes. The earliest fabric that I see on this quilt is about 1825. The binding is a hand applied 1/4 inch blue wool. There are already sleeves on this quilt, making it ready to hang in a curatorially correct manner.
Just stunning, in perfect unused condition, and ready to be sent for your in-home approval.



Q8505 Straight Furrows Log Cabin Quilt
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Q8505 Straight Furrows Log Cabin Quilt
c.1855
78 x 80 inches
Pennsylvania
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This circa 1875 wool challis Straight Furrows Log cabin quilt with a bars border is absolutely stunning. The generous size, 78 x 80, would make a perfect fit for a queen size bed or an amazing piece of art for a great room. English women were the originators of this early Log Cabin pattern. This quilt pattern did not origionate in America as many of the other Log Cabin patterns did.
The backing of this quilt is a gorgeous brown plaid ... there is a half inch applied binding of the same fabric as the plaid in the piano key border. This quilt does have old moth holes. When it's hung or on a bed, you really don't notice them. Because of this fact, I am drastically reducing the price of the quilt, which was originally $3,800, to $2,200. The fabrics comprising the quilt are approximately 95% wool challis and 5% fine wools. I see some fabrics as early as the 1840s. There are some Scottish plaids on here, some lavenders, some browns. It would go with almost any color you can name. On a bed the center part would cover the top of a queen sized bed ... the piano keys border would go over the side. ...captivatingly beautiful...graphically wonderful ...
Happy to send for your in home 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
SOLD

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.



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.





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...



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.



Q9092
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Q9092 "H" Block Log Cabin Quilt
c.1870
65 x 76 inches
Bethel, ME
$1,600

Mint Condition!
A very hard to find, mint condition, child's quilt. This c.1870 "H" block Log Cabin design is comprised of mint fabrics dating back to c.1840. Upon very close examination one can discern some very early treadle machine stitching along with the tiny hand stitching. The Apx. 10" blocks are comprised of 1" width "logs". The configuration of the colors have created the "H" block pattern...There is a tiny 1/4" applied off white binding finishing this stunning, calming and graphic quilt.
Created in Maine using a method indicative of New England....the way the individual blocks are joined on the back. Because this quilt was foundation pieced the sewer negated the need for quilting and as a result created a summer weight quilt. The colors that seem the most prominent are red, white and blues. There are dozens of different calicoes and prints. This perfectly executed quilt is a perfect wall art size for many homes.....or a great size to use as a summer "throw".
Ready to be sent for your at home approval.



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
$4,600

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.



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.



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

28 x 28 inches
New Hampshire
$275

Cotton log cabin fragment with red binding.





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

Cotton log cabin fragment with blue binding.





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

Pieced by hand, reverse tied, 1920s fabrics.



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

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



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

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



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

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





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

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



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

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



Q8890 Courthouse Steps Log Cabin
Q8890 Courthouse Steps Log Cabin
c.1855
60 x 71 (152.4 x 180.3 cm)
Lancaster County, PA
SOLD

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, and an applied brown silk grosgrain ribbon for the binding.

A feast of rich colors and patterns is found in the elegant array of deep earth tones set against lavender, blue, green, and red found in each 5 x 5 inch log cabin block containing 20 logs plus a center chimney. Logs measure 5/16" to 3/8" wide and at each cabin's center is a 1" square wool challis solid red chimney. The backing is a red, brown and cream large scale cotton paisley. See detail images.

This antique quilt with incredible visual impact absolutely refuses to sit quietly in the corner. Its size makes it ideal for stunning graphic art on a wall. Please ask to see this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home.

Q8892 Log Cabin Sunshine & Shadow Bassinet Quilt
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Q8892 Log Cabin Sunshine & Shadow Bassinet Quilt
c.1860
40 x 40 (101.6 x 101.6 cm)
Ephrata, PA
$1,550

This wonderful pre Civil War bassinet quilt is in mint condition. The Sunshine & Shadow Log Cabin pattern is beautifully rendered in madder dye, over dyed green, chrome yellow and double pink calico cottons. Logs are one inch wide with cabin blocks measuring approximately 11 inches square. The 3 1/2" outer border in an over dyed green calico has corner blocks in a great madder dyed plaid. The fabrics on the front are from 1850 to 1860.

Hand quilting on this little gem includes outline stitching in all logs with Herringbone in the green borders and a large cross hatch stitched in each corner block. The backing is a c.1840 beige and white chain pattern with a miniature floral overlay in brown, taupe, black and red - lovely. Please see detail image.

What a beautiful work of art in mint condition and the perfect size for hanging on your wall or a spectacular and special quilt for your baby's crib. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to ship to you on approval for private viewing in your home.

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

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

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

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

Log Cabin Barn Raising with Triple Border
Q8763 Log Cabin Barn Raising with Triple Border
c.1870
88 x 88
Chester County, PA
SOLD

A stunning 19th century quilt in unused condition from the Chester County area of Pennsylvania showcases this quilter’s unique artistic perspective and advanced skill. She took a traditional foundation pieced Log Cabin Barn Raising pattern and, using stunning c.1870 and earlier wool challis fabrics, made it her own. An exceptional personal achievement using a striking color palette accented with an unusual triple border and scalloped edging.

A veritable feast of colors and patterns is displayed in the wide array of blues, fuschia, green, red, browns and blacks in solids, plaids, and prints. Each log cabin measures approximately 9 1/4" x 9 1/2" with logs measuring 1/2" to 3/4" wide. At each cabin’s center is a 1 1/4" square solid fuschia chimney. The unusual triple border treatment further sets this Log Cabin apart from its more traditional sisters. An inner 2" border of deep purple frames the barn raising design. It is flanked by a solid green 1 ¾” border and a scalloped red border 2 1/2" at its widest points. The outer scalloped edge is finished with a ¼” black wool tape binding applied by hand. The backing is a beautiful wool challis plaid c.1870 indicating this quilt's maker was from an affluent family. Such an expensive fabric would only be used as a backing by a family of some means.

This amazing antique quilt has incredible visual impact. Its large size makes it ideal for a contemporary sized bed or it would be stunning hung as graphic art on the wall. Please ask to see this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home.

Q8859 Log Cabin Straight Furrows
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Q8859 Log Cabin Straight Furrows
c.1885
58 x 64 (147.3 x 162.6 cm)
New England, believed MA
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The Log Cabin Straight Furrows pattern originated in England and was created to emulate rows of crops in the field. In America we have used and developed this pattern to the extent that most think it originated here. In this piece the feeling of structure and order common to most log cabins is found along with a delightful freshness and vitality with the use of red and blue chimneys.

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

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

Q6144 Log Cabin Straight Furrows
Q6144 Log Cabin Straight Furrows
c.1880
56 x 62 (142.2 x 157.5 cm)
Maine
SOLD
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.

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