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About American Antique Folk Art & Unique Quilts

The American folk art style is present in textiles as well as in home furnishings. Antique folk art quilts are wonderfully graphic, naïve pieces of totally original textile art. Sometimes these antique quilts were created by adapting a known pattern in order to free it from its more rigid structure. Appliqued or pieced folk art quilts have unusual configurations of piecing and/or unusual choices of colors and fabrics. A folk art quilt might be embellished with embroidered drawings or paintings, depicting the life of the quilter, such as children?s handprints, houses, farms, or local plants and animals. An antique folk art quilt was usually made from cotton or wool, but very rarely a silk folk art piece will emerge. In these rare cases, a woman might have worked for an affluent family and been given silk scraps for her own use.

True folk art quilts were made to be used, not displayed. Fortunately, many have survived because they were washed infrequently or not at all, and especially not washed in a machine. We are indeed fortunate that the washing machine was not commercially available until the 1950?s, or many of our treasured antique quilts would have been ruined by pragmatic women just trying to do their housework!

American Antique Folk Art & Unique Quilts

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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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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.



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.



Q9108 Harvard University /Massachusetts Miniature Cigar Ribbon Quilt
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Q9108 Harvard University /Massachusetts Miniature Cigar Ribbon Quilt
c.1885
34 x 34 inches
Massachusetts
$4,800

This quilt is currently featured in the exhibition Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage held at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, from June 29 to October 27, 2019. It may be seen on page 21 in their book Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage, published by the National Galleries Scotland.

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



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

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



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.



Q9099 Center Medallion Folk Art Adam and Eve Crazy Quilt
Q9099 Center Medallion Folk Art Adam and Eve Crazy Quilt
c. 1920
75 x 84 inches
New England
SOLD

This unusual silk crazy quilt has a center panel with an original adaptation of Adam and Eve depicted in the western part of the United States. The center medallion panel measures apx 22” square and is surrounded by eight crazy quilt blocks each also 22" square. The perimeter of the quilt is constructed using the broken dishes pattern which also creates a windmill pattern. The two side borders measure apx 4-1/2” each in width. The bottom border measures apx 10” in width. The whole cloth backing of the quilt is an early 20th century print. Each silk piece is outline quilted with various Victorian stitching embellishments. The edging is pillowcased and then finished with an embroidery stitch created using various colors. The thread used for all embellishments is a silk embroidery twist. A rare and unusual piece of folk art for a special wall. Please ask for more details.





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...



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

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

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

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



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.







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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Q8881 Folk Art Applique Quilt
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Q8881 Folk Art Applique Quilt
c.1895
74 x 74 (188 x 1885 cm)
$1,900

What a whimsical and very graphic Folk Art quilt! Appliqued circles in burgundy, rose and light blue cotton are carefully hand sewn onto a dark navy cotton twill ground. Herringbone embellishment stitching surrounds each circle and seam on the 16 x 16 ½" inch blocks. The circles form a large X pattern overall. A 3 ½" inch border in the same solid navy cotton surrounds the interior pattern.

Hand quilting includes 2 inch cross hatch stitching in the blocks and 2 ¾" inch diagonal cross hatch stitching for the border. The backing on this great piece of folk art is a scrumptious, large scale floral cotton in the same palette as the front of the quilt. See detail image. The applied 3/8 inch binding is black cotton.

In perfect condition this quilt appears unused. Professionally hand washed by Betsey it would be terrific folk art for your wall or a comfy, soft bed covering. A unique design and skillfully made. Please ask to see this quilt on approval in the privacy of your home.

Q8740 Mummers Crazy Quilt
Q8740 Mummers Crazy Quilt
c.1890
91 x 92 (231.1 x 233.7 cm)
Philadelphia, PA
SOLD

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

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

A 4 ½" double border in two shades of tan wool challis frames the inner design and has intricate embellishment along the entire border seam on four sides. The backing is a brown, red and yellow small scale plaid cotton with a 5/8" applied brown wool challis binding. In excellent condition this quilt is a rare find. Our quilts are always sent on approval.

CON PD6 African American Cobweb/Pinwheel Adaptation
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CON PD6 Abstract Cobweb/Pinwheel
c.1950
75 x 75
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
$2,700

A totally unique quilt, the creator of this piece took conventional patterns and turned them into a piece of abstract art with incredible movement. The logs have been pieced into abstract pinwheels from a cotton conversation print featuring hats and umbrellas on a black background. Bright pops of yellow, pink, blue, and a multicolored stripe have been placed in the arrangement to give the overall feeling of a cobweb pattern. Various bright feedsack prints have been pieced together to form the backing, and finished with a 1 ¼ inch separately applied yellow calico feedsack binding. In used but excellent condition, and tied with black cording. Subtle and sophisticated, with a visual jazz impact! Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to send 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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