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

About American Antique Wool Quilts

Fine wools have been used for hundreds of years both as regulators of temperature and as marks of affluence.

Before and after the Revolutionary War, Americans created wool whole cloth quilts from linsey-woolsey fabric. 19th century wools were created from different weaves, textures, and composition of fibers. This variation in texture creates a wonderful dimensional effect when a wool antique quilt is hug as textile art. In addition to being terrific graphic wall art, wool antique quilts are also a perfect way to keep warm on a cold winter?s night in bed or in your favorite chair. Some of these antique wool quilts even have the added benefit of warm and cozy flannel backing!

American Antique Wool Quilts

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B28 Summer/Winter Doubleweave Coverlet
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B28 Summer/Winter Doubleweave Coverlet
c.1850
3/4 of original coverlet: 45 x 67 inches
New England
$750

Some of the most well-loved bed coverings in the northeast were doubleweave coverlets. Some of these coverlets were loomed at home using fibers created or grown on the farm. Many affluent people had servants who would do this weaving with looms on the third floor of their early colonial homes. This width of the loom used for the creation of this doubleweave coverlet was 36 inches. At some point, part of this coverlet must have been damaged, and the owners removed that section then turned the side under to finish the edge. Looking at this textile is sort of paradoxical. Most of the coverlet is in perfect condition, then you have one part removed and then sections with home darning to mend holes. We have everything from perfect condition to removed parts to holes that have been darned. This textile certainly has a history! The pine tree border is an early New England border pattern. The checkerboard 9 block patterns are taken directly from the early American quilts. Linen and wool are the fibers used here. The indigo and red are wool, and the white is a very wonderful linen. A textile with character and a wonderfully warm cover for the winter.



B30 All Wool Stadium Blanket
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B30 All Wool Stadium Blanket
c.1950s
60 x 72 inches
New England
$350

What fun to have an original 1950s woolen stadium blanket for use in your family room in front of the big screen! You can watch your favorite football and pretend you are back in the 1950s. In red white and blue with a splash of dark green, this wonderful really really warm blanket appears to have never been used. I do find a very, very few original moth holes...the moths are long gone!
We are happy to send this sentimental blanket to you on approval.



Q8737 Log Cabin Straight Furrows Quilt
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Q8737 Log Cabin Straight Furrows Quilt
c.1845
80 x 90 inches
Indiana - Quaker
Family history available upon sale
$3,400

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.





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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Always sent, at no charge, for your in home approval.





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.



Q9021 Wool and wool Challis Victorian Optical Illusion Crazy Quilt
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Q9021 Wool and wool Challis Victorian Optical Illusion Crazy Quilt
c.1885
84 x 84 inches
New York
$2,600

WOW!...This quilt has to be one of the most graphically exciting wool and wool challis Crazy Quilts that I have ever had. No matter your color scheme I believe the rich color would be found on this quilt..Whatever rich color you surround this quilt with..that color will become the prominent color on this quilt!
Comprised of 16 ..18" blocks each with a center medallion Ohio Star and each piece outline embellished with one of dozens of beautiful crazy quilt stitches. One mark of excellence of a Victorian Crazy quilt is 100 different stitches used on a quilt...this one clearly passes that mark. The angled piano key border is 6-1/4 " wide with each strip measuring between 1 " to 1-3/8" in width....Every piece on this perfect condition, unused quilt is outline embellished. There is a separate applied 3/8" burgundy binding. The backing is an extraordinary c.1880's burgundy, black, and yellow on white picotage.
This extraordinary optical illusion piece of textile art is ready to be sent for your at home approval.





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.



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.





Q8999 Victorian Embellished Fans Quilt
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Q8999 Victorian Embellished Fans
c.1890
67 x 79 inches
Pennsylvania
$1,500

A wonderfully executed Victorian Fan quilt in complete original condition. Created from 56 9" blocks and a 3-1/2" border...a perfect size for a couch or bed throw, a double bed or art for your wall.
Used in the creation of this quilt is a large variety of wool and wool challis from the C.1870's to the C 1890's. Standing this quilt apart from a simple fan design is the use of the same beautifully executed embroidery stitch, as a crowning element, on every block. The variety of muted colors seen here allow for the accent use in numerous decors.
The 3-1/2" rust/orange flannel border is a continuation of the flannel backing and results in a very cuddly quilt to wrap onesself up in.
Ready to be sent, at no charge, for your in-home approval.





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.



Q9013 Amish Concentric Squares Folk Art Quilt, Log Cabin Variation
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Q9013 Amish Concentric Squares Folk Art Quilt, Log Cabin Variation
c.1865
48 x 74 inches
Big Valley, Pennsylvania
$2,700

A quilt very possibly created during the Civil War era.
This is a very rare and unusual Amish piece that is comprised of early wools and wool challis fabrics, some of which appear to be home woven. The backing fabric of this quilt is a grayish tweedy flannel, an early flannel. The squares created here, using a variation of the Log Cabin pattern, measure 11-1/2 inches. Each log measures approximately 1 inch in width. Yes, this a Log Cabin but an oxymoron because it's so very folksy and it's such an early Amish piece.
This quilt is not only a rare piece but would create an artistically amazing wall hanging. There's a lot of other information that I'd like to share. Please call or email.



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 QuiltQuilt
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.



Q9121 Wool and Cotton Flannel Cozy Nine Patch Quilt
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Q9121 Wool and Cotton Flannel Cozy Nine Patch Quilt
c.1920
68 x 78 inches
Maine
$1,400

This very, very cozy quilt is comprised of 13-1/3” blocks with each of the nine squares having sides measuring apx 4-3/8”. These squares are joined with 4-1/2” sashing of a gray cotton flannel. The intersecting blocks joining the squares measures apx 4-1/2” and are a soft medium blue flannel fabric. The nine patch blocks are comprised of both flannel and wool. There is a 3” blue cotton flannel and a gray cotton flannel around two sides of the quilt. The whole cloth backing is gray flannel which has created a warm, cuddly yet very graphic quilt. There is a separate applied 3/8” flannel binding. The entire piece has been quilted in a diagonal quilting pattern. All work has been executed by hand. It appears this quilt has never been used...now ready to keep you warm and cozy.
Always sent for your approval.



UF35 Unusually Fine Wool Challis Paisley Shawl with Black Center
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UF35 Unusually Fine Wool Challis Paisley Shawl with Black Center
c.1865
64 x 126 inches
Found in NY, believe to be created in France
$1,250

During the 19th century women wore shawls not only for fashion but for warmth. These were our 19th century coats. Women would wrap the shawl around and around and drape it nicely. The black center of this paisley shawl is a beautiful 19th century black wool challis, which does not photograph well. (It’s a much richer black than shown in the photo). When you are not using this shawl as a drape on the way to the theater, it could be used as a banquet tablecloth in your dining room.



UF34 Wool Challis Whole Cloth Paisley Shawl
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UF34 Wool Challis Whole Cloth Paisley Shawl
c.1860
61 x 127 inches
Found in NY, believe to be created in England
$1,200

During the 19th century women wore shawls not only for fashion but for warmth. These were our 19th century coats. Women would wrap the shawl around and around and drape it nicely. This is exceptionally long, measuring 137 inches. Because of the large size of this shawl, it could also be used as a banquet size tablecloth. Muted moss green, beige and red, the overall look is sophisticated. Fabulous condition.



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

In complete original condition, this creatively embroidered table embellishment 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.



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.



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.



F607
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F607 Woolen Folk Art Four Patch Fragment
c.1895
21 x 29 inches
Found in Pennsylvania
$325

This funky little fragment is comprised of various wool fabrics, both in texture and design. Pieced by hand and tied with colorful yarns, this little fragment has a very folk art feel. The four patch blocks are joined with a 2-1/4” brown wool challis fabric sashing. Each block measures apx 7” square. The backing is a c.1890 stripe in muted black, lavender and yellow. The binding used here came off the original quilt. This quilt art fragment, for your wall. is ready to be sent on approval.



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.



conclk1 Folk Art Wool Crazy Quilt
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CONCLK1 Folk Art Wool Crazy Quilt
Dated 1904
60 x 78 inches
West Virginia
$4,800

I will classify this original folk art Crazy Quilt as “off the charts”! It’s spectacular! This quilt is truly a piece of art. Comprised of 12 20” square blocks, using fabrics that are mostly 1890’s wool and wool challis. The backing is 1880’s - 90’s flannel thus creating not only a warm, but a very cozy quilt. Much of the embellishment on this quilt is three dimensional. There are a lot of unanswered questions on this piece. I have a feeling it was made by Grandma, whose initials may have been V.B.M. Many of the blocks are initialed. Does this mean that many people made a block or were the blocks made in their honor? There is a similar style so I believe it was made by one person, however that is up for discussion. One block has 5 sets of initials all ending in M. Could this be Gandma's children or grandchildren? This major piece of textile folk art can be hung in either direction. If you want to rotate it, you’ll see a totally different piece of art work. This is such a happy quilt. I think the creator must have adored her family. Ready to be sent for your approval at home.



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.





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.





Q9037 Wool and Wool Challis Victorian Crazy Quilt with Triple Border
Q9037 Wool and Wool Challis Victorian Crazy Quilt with Triple Border
c.1895
64 x 74 inches
Pennsylvania
SOLD

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.



CONLL1 Amish Diamond in the Square
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CONLL1 Amish Diamond in the Square
c.1910
80 x 80 inches
Lancaster County, PA
$7,200

This is a quintessential Lancaster County Amish Quilt. When you ask any lover of Amish quilts what is the quilt they must own, most will say A Diamond in a Square. This early rendition has been created from wool crepe and always from their specific clothing colors. Amish quilts are machine pieced and then exquisitely hand quilted. This piece is no exception. The backing is a late 19th century stripe. It’s acceptable for a stripe to be on the back of the quilt but never on the front as that would look pretentious and not a fabric they would wear. The outside binding is the typical 1” width, the next border is 11-1/2” and quilted with wreaths and stars. The inner border is 4-3/4” in width. The outer block is rich purplish blue, followed by rose, magenta and slate blue. The inner corner triangles are quilted with vines of grapes and tulips. The inner most border is quilted in a modified herringbone and pinwheel. The center diamond in a square has an 7 pointed star, triple line quilted and surrounded by a beautifully quilted wreath. Each corner has a quilted design 6 pointed star. This sophisticated and naturally simple Amish quilt is a major piece of art for your wall or will fit a queen size bed. Ready to send on approval. Please remember that colors aren’t exact when seen on your computer.





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.



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.



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.



CONSH4 Embroidered Wool Challis and Silk Fans Quilt
CONSH4 Embroidered Wool Challis and Silk Fans Quilt
c.1885
69 x 79 inches
New England
SOLD

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.1888
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.



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.





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.

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

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

The backing is a very fine olive green wool challis with darker green specks that has a russet shimmer in the light. The backing folds to the front and is sewn down to form a ¼ inch binding. Lovely daisy chain embellishment stitching in peach floss covers the binding seam all around. Another wonderful detail in this well thought out quilt.

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

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

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

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

A wonderful piece of graphic art for either warmth and beauty on your bed, or for use as a stunning focal point in any room. Please ask us to see this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home.

Q8890 Courthouse Steps Log Cabin
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. Each block contains 20 logs plus a center chimney. Logs measure 5/16" to 3/8" wide and at each cabin's center is a 1" square wool challis solid red chimney. The backing is a red, brown and cream large scale cotton paisley. See detail images. Gorgeous!

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

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
$3,600

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

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

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

Log Cabin Barn Raising with 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.

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.

Q8792 Folk Art Wool Crazy Quilt
Q8792 Folk Art Wool Crazy Quilt
c.1890
66 x 76 (167.6 x 193 cm)
Gouverneur, NY
SOLD

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.

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