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

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

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

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

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

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



Variation of Jacob's Ladder Quilt
BTG94 Variation of Jacob's Ladder Quilt
c.1835
70 x 74 inches
Massachusetts
SOLD

Before 1890 silk fabrics were purchased only by the affluent or the very well off. The reason is simple. Silk fabrics are not fabrics used for every day wearing apparel, for quilts or for any other kind of decoration or embellishment. Ladies of stature had their needlework as one of their marks of education and breeding. At that time we women were the properties of our Fathers to be married to a suitable spouse of the same social standing.

This variation of Jacob's Ladder was constructed from exquisite silk fabrics mostly used for dress making. Prior to 1850 in America, we had not developed a method of making purple dye color fast. The French had already mastered this technique, but we had not. If you look closely you will see a very few areas where the color has started to change to beige. This quilt, as with all textiles, should not be hung in the sun so as not to fade.

This is a variation of Jacob's Ladder as two opposite squares in the four patch of the pattern that were created with the Diamond In A square pattern and then centered with the Broken Dishes pattern. Each block measures 5" square, divided into four squares which are further divided into triangles measuring 2" x 1-1/2" x 1-1/2". All work was executed by hand as the sewing machine was not yet in the public's home. The binding is a ribbon that has 3/8" showing on the front and 1/2" showing on the back. This was applied using a running stitch. The whole-cloth backing is a peach color glazed cotton that would have also been used as dress lining.

Of least importance is the minimal quilting. There are four rows of horizontal quilting in the solid blocks and horizontal straight line quilting in the pieced blocks. Personally the quilting is not important...it is the amazing colors and graphics that make this textile an incredible piece of art!

I am happy to send, with free shipping, this amazing quilt for your approval.



CONCA7 Double Irish Chain Quilt
CONCA7 Double Irish Chain Quilt
c.1880
78 x 87 inches
Maine or New Hampshire
SOLD

Red and white quilts are the second most popular color combination in our country. This Double Irish Chain quilt is comprised of only solid red and white fabrics.

Piecing on this quilt was done both by hand and by machine, while all quilting is beautifully executed by hand. Each square has 1-1/2" sides and are quilted with diagonal quilting. The white joining areas are quilted with beautiful wreaths, also called medallions. Taking this quilt to a higher graphic and collectable level is the 7-1/2" quadruple border. There are three 1" strips with the outer border measuring 4". The binding is only 1/4" making it harder for the quilter to work with. The border's quilting is a diagonal grid 1/2" apart.

Solid color quilts are the easiest to blend in with a home's decor as there are not competing calico prints.

Now organically hand washed and ready to be sent, with free shipping, for your approval.



CONCA6 LaMoyne Star Quilt
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CONCA6 LaMoyne Star Quilt
c.1865
72 x 76 inches
New Hampshire or Maine
$1,600

This LaMoyne Star quilt is in the much loved color of Indigo Blue with white. Blue is the most popular color in this country. Indigo dyed fabrics come in a variety of shades depending upon how many times the cloth is put into the Indigo bath and for how long.

These stars are comprised from a medium Indigo Blue Calico. There are 36 LaMoyne Stars all hand pieced. All work in the construction and quilting was executed by hand. The binding was turned over from the back to the front and closed by machine. This was a way for a woman to say she possessed a sewing machine...at that time only for the more affluent. With all her work done by hand using a sewing machine for closing the binding, was not needed ...let's call it a statement.

Diamonds have 2" sides that are hand outline quilted. The white blocks have crosshatched diagonal quilting 1" apart. There are two 3-1/2" borders and one 3" border. These borders have straight line diagonal quilting 1" apart. The quilting is average, the Star graphics wonderful!

If this quilt was used it was very seldom.

Now organically hand washed and ready to be sent, with free shipping, for your approval.



Unusual Adaptation of Tumbling Blocks Quilt
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BTG92 Unusual Adaptation of Tumbling Blocks Quilt
c.1880
38 x 38 inches
New England
$400

It appears that this 19th Century baby quilt was never used. The unique Tumbling Block pattern is comprised of five fabrics: White with a tiny black dot, medium blue calico with dots, a wonderful chrome yellow calico, a striated red, and an Indigo blue calico. The backing is a very unusual black and white geometric print.

The background is a variegated red that does not photograph well and can come across as pink...it is red.

The sides of each triangle measure 2-1/2". All pieces are outline quilted. Red areas are diagonal quilted in a 1" grid. Finishing this little quilt is a separately applied 1/4" binding executed in an Indigo calico. This very graphic quilt is perfectly pieced and loved for its graphics more than its quilting.

Organically hand washed and ready to be sent, with free shipping, for your approval.



Bear Paw with a Diamond in a Square Quilt
Q9296 Bear Paw with a Diamond in a Square Quilt
c.1865
61 x 81 inches
Massachusetts
SOLD

True Turkey Red fabric is one of only two colors that will not fade in the sun. This stunning Bear Paw quilt is comprised of two fabrics..Turkey Red and White.

Comprised of 35 Bear Paw blocks measuring 8" square on point joined by white blocks measuring 5" square also on point. The outside border is 7-1/2" in width finished with a 1/4" separately applied binding in white. The border is comprised of three sections, outside designs in Turkey Red joined by a wide White strip. The entire border is quilted in a cross hatch grid with rows 5/8" apart. The bear Paws are quilted in a straight line grid crosshatched 5/8" apart. The white areas have exceptional quilting of medallions with all areas in the white filled with quilting.

This quilt comes from the family with a wonderful story. It seems that the owners great-great Grandfather was a Doctor. In treating a member of the family he spilled some medicine on the quilt, removing color. In later years a family member painted over these pieces! Luckily the painted pieces were in a straight line on one side if the quilt. We have removed that row, reattaching the border. In reality this makes the quilt a fragment, in a perfect size for an amazingly graphic major piece of wall art!

Family name upon sale. Ready to be sent, with free shipping for your approval.





CONNC3 Signed and Dated Summer/Winter Coverlet
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CONNC3 Signed and Dated Summer/Winter Coverlet
Signed and dated 1857
86 x 90 inches
New Hampshire or Massachusetts
$1,600

Perfectly executed on a large loom, this one piece Summer/Winter coverlet is a signed and dated masterpiece. The name is not that of the maker, but the name of the person for whom the work was commissioned.

The intricacy of this coverlet is amazing. The outside border that measures 10" is adorned with woven peacocks with olive branches, trees and a canopy overhead. Also woven are a pair of much beloved pet dogs. The entire coverlet is crammed full of vine and flower embellishments. It appears that this coverlet was hardly used or not used at all. Coverlets such as this one were how we kept warm on our cold winter nights in the Northeast. Due to the fact that everything was washed by hand, and rarely, pieces such as these had a much longer life.

The edges are finished with tiny overcast stitches. Red wool yarn and lined homespun thread were used in the construction. Itinerant weavers would spend weeks at the homes of affluent families creating these masterpieces. We have three that have come from one family. The provenance will be given upon the purchase.

Now organically hand washed and ready to be sent, with free shipping.



CONNC4 Overshot Patriotic Coverlet
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CONNC4 Overshot Patriotic Coverlet
c.1850
84 x 92 inches
Massachusetts
$1,600

Today Patriotism is so important and always has been, since before we were able to win our freedom from England. This magnificent complicated patterned coverlet is a wonderful example of how we incorporated the love of our country into our treasured textiles. This coverlet is filled with symbolism...We have our American symbol of freedom -- the Eagle holding arrows -- all around the coverlet. Incorporated into this coverlet we have Stags, we have doves for peace, sparrows, vines, urns with flowers, leaves totally embellished circling the entire perimiter. We have Pagodas symbolizing China, which we loved and collected their pottery, dishes and decorative objects.

Woven on a huge loom, this one piece coverlet was woven from red woolen yarn and natural color Linen fiber. Amazing weaving and indeed an exquisite attention grabber.

There are a very, very few tiny moth holes which one has to search for. Now organically hand washed and ready to be sent, with free shipping.



CONCA4 Martha Washington Quilt
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CONCA4 Martha Washington Quilt
c.1865
65 x 78 inches
Massachusetts
$2,400

An unused Turkey Red and White "Martha Washington" quilt is indeed a treasure. Red and white quilts are the second most popular quilt color in the USA. Fabric of that era was made to last through many years of use. Therefore the new owner of this unused antique quilt will have many years of use and enjoyment.

The "Martha Washington" pattern is actually the "Flying Geese" pattern with the center square split into two triangles. Perfectly executed by hand, this quilt would be an amazingly graphic centerpiece either for your wall or your bed.

The pattern consists of 13" squares with the small triangles measuring 1-3/4" X 1-3/4" x 2-1/2". The inner split triangles measure 5-1/2" X 5-1/2 "X 8 ". All inner piecing and quilting is executed by hand, while the 1/4" separately applied binding was attached by treadle machine. Women would never brag and this was the quilter's way of saying that she possessed the new invention..the sewing machine. The center triangles are quilted in a 1/2" grid, while the small triangles are quilted in a straight line pattern. The small quilting stitches are perfectly executed.

This unused condition antique quilt is now organically hand washed and ready to be sent, with free shipping.



CONNC2 Sunburst Quilt
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CONNC2 Sunburst Quilt
c.1845
80 x 96 inches
Massachusetts, with provenance
$2,100

Diamonds and Circles are among the most difficult to piece. This textile artist has taken the "Sunburst" pattern quilt to an extreme level. By this I mean, not only is her piecing perfect, but her quilting is some of the finest you will see.

By the age of this quilt we know that all the work has been executed by hand. The areas between the 20 Sunbursts are double line quilted. This is a style of quilting indicative of the 1840's. All triangles are outline quilted while almost all of the rest of those blocks are stippled! The quilter only used two fabrics...an overdyed calico for the triangles and white for the rest of her exquisite textile.

The sides of each triangle measure 1-1/2", with the circumference of the Sunburst Circle measuring 11-3/4". The edge is pillowcased and edge stitched and again 1/4" in with a running stitch emulating a binding.

What amazing work this woman, who must have been from an affluent family, executed...either by whale oil lamps or kerosene lamps. Can you imagine? Women of this status in life would have had their needlework as one of their positive assets. It is hard to imagine that women were the property of their Fathers and husbands. Proficient sewing skills were one of affluent woman's needed "marketable" skills for a "proper" marriage.

This lovingly used amazing quilt is now organically hand washed and ready to be sent, with free shipping, for your approval.



CONCA3 Optical Illusion Double Wedding Ring Quilt
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CONCA3 Optical Illusion Double Wedding Ring Quilt
c.1800
86 x 87 inches
Groton, New Hampshire (family provenance upon sale)
$3,600

Early quilts made to use on post beds are a New England creation. Many early beds had posts at either two or four corners of the bed. Clever New Englanders designed quilts made to fit those beds. These designs worked for two reasons... Why make extra work and use extra precious fabrics when the corners would not fit properly with a square or rectangle quilt. This pattern makes such a neat looking bed. I have never known of a quilt made with this pattern outside of New England.

Normally I do not sell a quilt that needs any kind of restoration, even minor as in this case. This exception is due to the fact that this is a very rare early consignment quilt. There are a very very few moth holes that we are able to weave for the new owner at no extra expense.

Three to four years would be about the time it would have taken to create this early homespun Linsey Lemon Peel quilt. All fibers were raised at home..then spun into thread..then woven into cloth..then made into a quilt. All threads used in the quilting were also linen. There are four different homespun fabrics used for this quilt. The 6" borders are a deep rust, the ovals are a lighter rust and the backing is a natural color linen. The homespun linen thread used for quilting is also a rust color. Quilting is outline as well as design. Quilts such as this one were so sturdy that they seem to last forever and now over 200 years old.

This rare collector's quilt is ready to be sent, with free shipping, for your approval.



Woolen Barn Raising Log Cabin Quilt
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Q9295 Woolen Barn Raising Log Cabin Quilt
c.1890
64 x 64 inches
Maine
$1,600

The solid black woolen logs that create the Barn Raining Log Cabin design are so outstandingly graphic!

All "logs" are approximately 3/8" in width. The red center chimneys measure 1-3/4" square. While most of the fabrics are woolen there are a few scattered around linen and heavy cotton "logs". The edge is pillowcased using a tiny overcast stitch tightly holding the three layers together.

Hand quilting goes around the outside edge of each 6 inch block. Even though this quilt has a thick batting, the designer was able to execute hand quilting not usually seen on quilts the really can keep you warm. An added feature is the much earlier Scottish design wholecloth backing. This very expensive fabric tells us about the affluence of the family. Piecing, quilting and finishing are all executed by hand.

The size of 64" square has given us many options for the quilt's use. This size is perfect for graphic art, a cuddle quilt or a throw on one's bed. Either way, this unused and now organically washed quilt is ready to be sent, with free shipping, for your approval.





CONNC1 Indigo Summer/Winter Woven Coverlet
CONNC1 Indigo Summer/Winter Woven Coverlet
Woven date: 1857
88 x 100 inches
Massachusetts
SOLD

An antique woven summer/winter coverlet of this size will fit today's queen or king size bed. Woven on a huge loom which has resulted in a seamless woven coverlet. This artistic masterpiece was created using natural color heavy linen thread and Indigo dyed woolen yarn. Coming directly from the family and possibly woven on their property. Itinerant weavers traveled from home to home, living on their property, weaving for affluent families. True Indigo dye is one of only two dyes that are fade resistant.

We have here an outer border on all sides. The Two sides are 4" while the bottom and top measure 4" for the border. The top and bottom borders have woven onto the design the date of 1857. Seen in the four corners are regal peacocks with 19" tails. The inside circular design measures 40" in width. The outer center medallion is 54" while the inner most center medallion measures 18".

Designs include regal peacocks, water lilies or lotus, vines and an unusual center medallion. The weaving is overall complicated, sophisticated and visually exquisite.



Log Cabin Sunshine and Shadows Quilt
CONCA2 Log Cabin Sunshine and Shadows Quilt
c.1880
72 x 82 inches
Maine
SOLD

This Log Cabin Sunshine and Shadows design quilt is definitely what I call a "cuddle" quilt. Created from "logs" that vary in width from 3/8" to 3/4" in a wide variety of 1870's and 1880's calicoes in every imaginable color. My eyes pick up the red and blue calicoes first...to me they are the most prominent colors. The center chimneys are between 1-1/2" and 2" square.

The inside cotton batting is nice and thick, supplying the warmth and coziness needed on a cold rainy or snowy night. Due to the thickness of this quilt the maker decided to tie the three layers together instead of quilting.

The backing of this Log Cabin quilt is a muted beige plaid with blue and white stripes. The backing is turned over to the front to create a 3/8" binding.

Graphically wonderful and unused. Now organically hand washed, this quilt is ready to be sent on approval with free shipping.





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CONND3A Victorian Crazy Quilt
c.1885
54 x 60 inches
New York
$8,500

On a scale of 1 to 10...this Crazy quilt gets a 20!! By this I mean that this perfect condition quilt is one of the finest examples of an 1885 Crazy Quilt that I have ever seen!

Comprised of 20....11" blocks of the most creative and embellished design work that I have ever seen! The love of the artistic creation of the Crazy Quilt started with the World's Fair exhibit of Japanese Screens....the heyday of these quilts is 1885; here is such an artistic masterpiece.

There are fans in each corner, a well cherished symbol of Japan. However, the designs and embellishments are not what one normally sees on these quilts. Let us start with the amazing heavily embellished 4 corner fans! All embroidery work is over the top. I believe that all the work was accomplished by one woman..one very talented and wealthy woman. Quilts are also a study of sociology and history as well as that of women's talents and creativity. The mark of expertise with Crazy quilts is 100 different stitches...this quilt is way, way over that level. We have all the symbols of the Victorian era...animals, plants, children, etc. A pansy that looks so real, an exquisite butterfly with the same level of embellishment for a bird and so much more. One can look at this quilt for hours, as I have done, and still see somthing not seen before. Outlining of different pieces is sometimes stitched with real gold metallic thread. We have an exquisite array of silk velvet, tapestry fabrics, exquisite silks and embellishment "over the top".

The border is that of 5" silk "tab" points that are also exquisitely embellished with a untold number of complicated embroidery designs. There is a large ribbon with "Merry Christmas", children waiting for Santa in front of a decorated fireplace. Could this have been a Christmas gift? Wow..what a present. There is just too much here to describe...please call or email and I am happy to stand in front of the piece and describe it more fully ..or...I am happy to send with free shipping...for your final approval of this museum quality art.





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CONND3 Original Center Medallion Doll Crazy Quilt
c.1890
11 x 11 inches
New England
$525

What a treasure is this little child's silk doll quilt. The little quilt is in its original, very loved, condition. The only exception is the restored binding as the, same color silk, was in shreds! As a rule all of my quilts are in perfect condition. This is an exception as I feel the wear is character of a very loved little doll quilt. Little antique doll quilts can be a passion to collect. Easy to display due to their diminutive size.

A replica of a Center Medallion quilt has been lovingly recreated in the form of a doll's quilt. The center medallion quilt has the prominent center, sides measuring 1-5/8" and here embellished with the letter "T". Was this the initial of her first or last name? From here the pattern goes out in waves. First a Log Cabin design with 1/2" wide Logs. Triangles measuring approximately 1-7/8" x 1-7/8" X 1" are pieced for the next row. Created during the passion for Crazy Quilts, the maker outlined each piece with beautiful embellishing stitching.

With these fabrics I feel that this is a treasured little quilt that must have come from an affluent family.

This quilt can be sent, with free shipping, for your approval.





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CONMM7 Delectable Mountains Quilt
c.1839
91 x 91 inches
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Name of maker available after sale
$7,500

A true mint condition collector's quilt. A mint quilt is one that has never been used and never washed. In addition to the condition of this quilt are two facts...One is that coming from the family we have the name and date of this quilt, while the other is the amazing array of fabrics dating from 1780 to the 1830's. We have hand painted block prints, roller prints, copper plate prints and a whole-cloth backing with a print I have never seen. We have early Turkey Red fabrics that took 18 to 20 steps to create...a task not to be duplicated today. All colors are vegetable dyed and all fabrics were very, very expensive. This fact leads us to the understanding that this quilt was made by a woman of means...There were people who could possibly build a house for the cost of these fabrics. You could build a house for $100 while this fabric could be as much as $12 a yard which would only measure 12 to 18 inches selvedge to selvedge.

Blocks measure 9" square. The design is made up of the center triangle measuring 5-1/4" X 5-1/4" X 8". The smaller triangles measure 2" X 2" X 2-1/2". Obviously this was all hand pieced and quilted as the sewing machine was not yet in public use. The 4" very sophisticated block print border was then hand painted. The edge of this quilt is pillow-cased with a very tiny running stitch using linen thread. The backing is one exquisite print in beige and browns...

A visual masterpiece for a discriminating collector. The maker's name provided upon sale. I am happy to send, with free shipping for your approval.





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CONMM6 Six Pointed Star Tumbling Blocks Quilt
c.1885
72 x 84 inches
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
$3,400

An original textile art design created in a quilt made from wool challis. Premier quilters act as designers and mathematicians as well as doing expert needle work. This quilt is almost 150 years old yet looks modern in design. The unused condition only adds to the quality of the textile. Can you imagine crating this while using only candle light or that from kerosene lanterns? If this was an oil painting the cost would be at least in the many tens of thousands and many times would be the work of a man. Yes, woman's work is still undervalued today.

Completely hand pieced and hand quilted with a 1/4" hand finished binding turned from the back to the front. Each hexagon has 4" sides while the diamonds in the star have 2" sides. The quilting is mostly outline quilting with diagonal line quilting in the solid black hexagons. The backing is an unbelievably gorgeous paisley that I am not showing as I do not think the design has ever been reproduced.

So modern in visual appeal yet almost 150 years old and in perfect unused condition. The picture tells it all...

I am happy for the quilt to be sent, with free shipping, for your approval.





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CONMM5 19th Century Barn Raising Log Cabin Quilt
c.1870 or earlier
82 x 82 inches
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
$5,400

Finding a 19th century Amish quilt is a real treasure. The Amish always used solid color fabrics..their clothing colors..to create their magnificent, distinctive design quilts. The backing of their quilts can be anything they liked, solid, print, plaid, etc.. The backing of this quilt predates the textile and is c.1860..an early wonderful brown small design. The Barn Raising design is one that the Amish are most known for. This example is created from wool Challis with an earlier medium brown small calico design.

This very early Amish quilt is all hand pieced and hand quilted. Twentieth Century Amish quilts are treadle machine pieced and hand quilted. It appears that this quilt was hardly used. There is slight wear on the 3/8" tape binding and some fade in one corner of the blue. Other than that the quilt is perfect and at least 170 years old!

The colors used are black, medium brown, tan and sea blue. There is a quadruple border consisting of 1-1/2" strips in each of the 4 colors. Width of the "logs" is 3/4". The tape binding is the medium color brown. The creativity of Amish quilts is very distinctive...bold, graphic and sophisticated and always only in solid color fabrics...fabrics that were the same as their clothing which varied with different Amish communities.

I am happy to send this quilt, on approval, with free shipping.





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CONMM4 Chintz Star of Bethlehem Quilt
c.1825
90 x 96 inches
Pennsylvania
$7,400

An almost 200 year old amazing fully glazed Chintz quilt! Quilts are a study of history and sociology as well as the masterful sewing skills required to perfectly create such a masterpiece. Created before the sewing machine was in public use, this quilt is completely hand pieced and quilted. Another clue to the date is the linen backing as seen in the backings of pre 1860 exceptional quilts. This very sophisticated textile had to have been designed and created by an affluent woman. At that time we women were the property of our fathers and husbands. A prominent family would boast about their daughter's talents..one of which was her needlework. Her talents were part of the marketing of her fathers job: finding a perfect match for his daughter.

Fabrics were extremely expensive and available only to the affluent. The 6 inch, hand painted block print border is the exquisite edging to the beige print fabric. The prominent colors are beige, browns and reds. The fabrics are mostly block prints and copper plate prints. The coloring is all vegetable based with a wonderful early Turkey Red fabric. There are exquisite Paisleys and Calicoes.

The hand painted block print border's main colors are red, teal, pink and a light gold. The 1/4" separately applied binding has been Fussy Cut to show a tiny brown calico on a beige backing. The diamonds have 2-1/4"sides. The center star is comprised of 6 diamonds. All diamonds radiate out from there.

A very sophisticated early quilt ready to be sent, with free shipping, for your approval.





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CONMM2 19th Century Old Order Amish Streak of Lightning Quilt
c.1885
65 x 65 inches
Big Valley, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania
$9,500

Finding an early Amish quilt is quite a rarity. This graphically wonderful and captivating Streak of Lightning Amish quilt is almost 150 years old. Made from wool challis fabrics, some of the finest fabrics available. We can see the color fabrics the Old Order Amish adults were using at that time: all dark or muted colors of black, burgundy, pumpkin color, royal purple and a brownish/orange shade wool challis. The backing is a very costly and earlier wool challis fabric. Amish were allowed to use printed fabrics on the back of their quilts, but NEVER on the front...Those fabrics must be solid..no prints as solid clothing fabrics were and are a symbol of the "Plain People".

This quilt is comprised of 36 9-inch blocks with 1/2" to 3/4" Logs, a 5-1/4" border made up of two strips. The inner burgundy strip measures 2-1/2" in width. The outer strip in black measures 2-3/4" in width. The outside edge is turned over from the front to the back, finishing this quilt. Many Nineteenth century black fabrics were fugitive. By this I mean that the color would fade to a lighter black. 150 years ago chances are that all blacks in this quilt were the same shade.

As with all Amish quilts created from this time onwards, the pieces are machine pieced with all quilting done by hand. Even in the 1880's, it appears that Amish women had treadle sewing machines. The outer border is quilted in a 1" crosshatch diagonal grid with perfectly executed even quilting stitches. The way this pattern was pieced is called Foundation piecing. The Logs are stitched to a backing using a quilting stitch. As a result most of the quilting in the blocks is not seen.

Please call for more information. This quilt is ready to be sent, with free shipping, for your approval.





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Q9293 Wool Courthouse Steps Log Cabin with Piano Key Border Quilt
c.1890
78 x 80 inches
Maine
SOLD

There are many different Log Cabin Patterns. The Log Cabin pattern originally came to us from England. Creative quilters have developed many varieties of this pattern. Every conceivable fabric has been used, at one time or another, to create Log Cabin quilts. Sunshine and shadows is a much loved design. This wool Log Cabin has taken the design to another level by adding the Piano Key Border using the fabrics used in the main body of the quilt.

The fabrics used here are mostly woolen and are comprised of plain weave, plaids and checks. All strips are 1" in width with various lengths including the 4" bars on two sides with 5" bars on opposite sides. The backing is an amazingly graphic earlier design. There are 36 11" blocks with a center chimney measuring 1" square. The visual impact of the coordination of light and dark fabrics is one of graphic sophistication as well, to me, as a feeling of emotional comfort.

A stunning textile art for your wall or to be used as a couch throw or a full size bed quilt.





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Q9091 Victorian Crazy Quilt
Dated: August 8, 1887
37 x 78 inches
Maine
$2,800

What a treasure is this Victorian Crazy Quilt. No question that this is Art! The bottom middle block contains a poem written by the artists who created this quilt as a present for a very special friend.. Also in this block is the date of 1887..August 8th! This quilt was made by her friends as a "lap" quilt. The reason for this gift is unknown, but how could a gift be more special?

Comprised of 15...11-1/2" square artistic blocks. These blocks are separated by a 3/4" black silk velvet sashing embellished with gold silk twist embroidery thread. The fabrics are silk, silk velvets, a variety of beautiful ribbons, tiny ribbons and then embellished with silk twist threads. We have blocks that contain the Tumbling Block pattern, hand painted oil paintings, ribbon embroidery, extensive floral embroidery, capped off with a special poem. The backing is a solid brownish burgundy machine quilted silk. This quilted fabric was created for woman to use as the backings for Crazy quilts.



CONLT Quilt
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CONLT Mariner's Compass Family Genealogy Quilt
c.1850
81 x 84 inches, with 51" wide tail
New Hampashire
$2,500

I have always guaranteed my antique quilts for authenticity and condition. Last month I sold a quilt that was not perfect, but, too spectacular not to offer for sale. Here is another antique that is historically important, yet at this time not perfect. (My company is able to restore with the same date matching fabric :-) Found in Massachusetts. My question is how did it arrive on the North Shore of Massachusetts? I have done research on the families ..These families are to be found on line..some with pictures and some even with pictures of the grave stone markers.

A Mariner's Compass quilt is very difficult to find, yet in demand by collectors. This quilt is on a totally different level...even with pieces that can be restored. There are 9 circular Mariner's blocks. Each block has a family genealogy with parents, date of marriage and their children with all applicable dates. The earliest date I found is 1768...the newest date is 1850. Most family members were from New Hampshire with some from Vermont. In addition to the genealogy, the Folk Art India Ink drawings, along with the genealogy, are an artistic treasure that I have not previously seen on a New Hampshire piece. Something else that I have never seen in 36 years of selling antique quilts is the circular bottom corners for the "tail" cutout...A very sophisticated addition to this completely hand executed treasure.

The circular block is 17" in diameter. The compass points measure 5" x 5" x 2-1/2". The center circle with the India ink hand written genealogy measures 5-1/2" in diameter. The squared off block measures ..a little under...17" X 17". Organically hand washed ..

I always send quilts on approval, with free shipping.





Q9291 Quilt
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Q9291 Miniature Victorian Crazy Quilt
c.1885
21 x 21 inches
Maine
$925

A perfect miniature Victorian Crazy Quilt is a rare treasure. In all these years I have found only a few original miniature Crazy Quilts..this one is exceptional, as the quilt is finished with a beautiful deep rust color silk velvet backing!

This diminutive quilt shows a wonderful array of 1870's and 1880's silk and silk velvet fabrics. The embellishment of stitchery is perfect even displaying some stitching I have never seen before...Could the creator have designed these herself? There are dozens of perfectly executed embellishment stitches along with the beautiful fabrics. The little quilt is finished off with a silk rope style cording, in a matching deep rust color to the backing, used instead of a conventional binding adding to the sophistication of this piece of art.

Perfect to be displayed either on your wall, in that special small area, or as a centerpiece for your fabulous table.

All quilts are sent with free shipping for your in-home approval.





Q8317 Quilt
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Q8317 Miniature Grandmother's Fans Quilt
c.1890
76 x 76 inches
Pennsylvania
$1,900

This miniature Fan design quilt is graphically wonderful as well as a perfect cuddle quilt. A woolen quilt with a homespun off white woolen blanket backing lends itself to cold days..OR...a wonderful piece of textile art for your wall.

Comprised of 144.... 6-1/4" blocks in the Fan design. Fan designs are so Victorian as is all the beautiful embellishment around each and every piece. The mark of excellence for a Victorian embellished quilt is 100 different stitches. This quilt passes that mark! The embellishment was executed with fine wool yarns.

The pieces making up the fans measure 1/2" by 2-3/4" by 1". There is a black twill tape binding with 1/4" showing in front. The fabrics are just beautiful and of fine quality. The quilt is actually 4 quilts measuring apx. 38" X 38" with each 6-1/4" block being a complete miniature Fan design repeated 144 times.

In unused condition and ready to be sent, with free shipping, for your approval.





Q8998 Quilt
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Q8998 1893 Chicago Exposition / World's Fair Quilt, with Provenance
c.1893
79 x 80 inches
Found in Pennsylvania
$2,900

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

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

There is an interesting side note regarding the history of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair itself. , by Erik Larsen, is a nonfiction novel published in 2003 that spans the years surrounding the building of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. One plot line centers on Daniel Burnham, the architect who built the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The other plot line focuses on character H.H. Holmes, the serial killer who exploited the fair to find his victims. Dr. Holmes built a hotel for exposition guests which he named, and then preyed on his hotel guests, mostly young women. He was convicted of 27 murders, but they expect he had up to 200 victims most of whom were disposed of in the kiln in the basement of the hotel. Good grief.

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

This unique quilt has been professionally hand washed by Betsey, is in excellent condition, and can be shipped to you on approval for private viewing. Please ask Betsey for more details.

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





Q6101 Triple Irish Chain
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Q6101 Triple Irish Chain
c. 1860
74 x 84 inches
Pennsylvania or Ohio
$1,600

Beautifully constructed and unused...I am the first person to wash this 160 year old quilt! Created from Madder red and an overdyed green calico fabric along with white, this quilt is a stunning addition to your bedroom or as a piece of art for your wall. The limited but unusual colors add to the treasure. The fact that these must have been purchased fabrics tells us that the family was on comfortable means. Was this unused quilt a present and therefore too special to use? Here we are over a century later now given the ability to enjoy this graphically wonderful quilt.
The squares making up the "chain" have 1-1/2" sides..with the squares measuring 7-1/2"... each individual little square is outline quilted inside and the outer row on the outside. The white joining areas are quilted with a floral motif. The binding is 1/4" turned from the back to front and then hand stitched down.
In perfect unused condition, organically washed, now ready to be sent at no charge for your in home approval.





Q9289 Quilt
Q9289 Log Cabin Courthouse Steps Quilt
c.1860
71 x 79 inches
New Hampshire
SOLD

Please understand that I am offering for sale a quilt that is not perfect. I purchased this quilt to restore and decided to sell it as is instead.

This Civil War era Log Cabin Courthouse Steps comprises almost 2,000 pieces of fabrics that date from 1825 to 1860. There is a huge range of designs and patterns in wool challies and merino wools. These were very expensive fabrics as they still are today. The maker of this quilt would have been a member of an affluent family who would be able to purchase these fabrics. Fabrics used here would have been from women's clothing and possibly from men's attire. Challie fabrics are woven from wool and silk. The icecream border sends this quilt to a higher category. The array of fabric design and patterns makes this a fabric junkie's dream! Yes..I am one of those junkies. There is no reason why this quilt cannot be restored or enjoyed as a piece of art (which it is) hung on your wall where these fabrics, that could be restored, would hardly be noticed.

I am happy to further discuss this magnificent quilt with you and, as always, send it on approval.





Q9287 Quilt
Q9287 Wool and Wool Challis Victorian Crazy Quilt
c.1885
74 x 74 inches
Maine
SOLD

Muted colors I find very soothing. We have a Victorian Crazy quilt that was created from all muted colors: burgundies, blues, greens both pine and moss, blacks, rusts, bronze, brick color and bordered with a muted woven wool challie. Some blacks and browns are silk velvet. Created in the earlier 9 block formation with exceptionally exquisite and complicated embroidery around each piece and the entire circumference of the muted burgundy border.

Each block measures 22" X 22", the border is 3-3/4" in width which includes a 1/2" separately applied binding in taupe. The backing is a brown plaid cotton flannel just perfect to cuddle under!

A perfect quilt for your bed, comfortable chair or couch ...it is meant to be used and cherished! A truly fabulous quilt!

Please ask for this quilt to be sent, with free shipping, for your final approval. Please feel free to ask for more information.





Q9286 Quilt
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Q9286 Silk Log Cabin Barn Raising Quilt
c.1895
47 x 47 inches
Connecticut
$2,600

An exquisite nineteenth century silk Barn Raising Log Cabin bordered with a 3-1/2" silk velvet in a rich plum color, then finished with a sophisticated twisted silk corded edging.

The "logs" measure between 1/2" and 3/4" with a 3/4" center chimney. All chimney's are in black silk instead of the customary red chimneys. The color change adds to a very sophisticated look. The colors seen here are a variety of black silks..some woven, some printed, some solid black. Other silks are deep red/orange, grays, beige, blues and a deep plum.

The combination of deep, rich colors all in silks added to the size has created a textile piece of art in a similar size to a framed oil. The visual impact of fabric art is not only captivating, but emulates a wonderful feeling of comfort.

I am pleased to send, with free shipping, for your final approval.





Q9285 Quilt
Q9285 Wool Challis "Bricks" Quilt
c.1840
68 x 88 inches
New England
$1,900

Wool Challie is a combination of fine wool threads woven with silk thread creating a fabric for the affluent family. This stunning quilt would make a dramatic piece of art for homes from the Colonial era to the most modern of today's homes!

Comprised of blocks measuring 5" X 12" arranged in a brick formation. Almost every color has the same woven pattern. Could this be an exception to what I previously stated that these were purchased fabrics? Is it possible that a woman working in a custom shop could have brought home remnants and created this piece of art? All work was executed by hand. The batting inside is wool, creating the question could this quilt be from Vermont? The colors seen here are widely used colors today. The fact that there are no distinct patterns of other colors, this quilt would be easy to fit many of today's decors.

For some reason there are colors that do not photograph closeup..which is why you only see a distance picture. Wool challie fabrics are to be respected..therefore I recommend this quilt as wall art or on a bed that is hardly used.

Please ask for more information. I am happy to send, with free shipping, for your final approval.





Q9284 Quilt
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Q9284 Four Square Design Quilt
c.1875
83 x 83 inches
Maine
$850

Finding an unused quilt is always a treasure. This quilt was created from unused fabrics from the 1870's, with a few from an earlier date. We have stunning Indigo fabrics, fabulous florals, plaids and a huge array of other wonderful prints and dyes. A wonderful full batting has added to the creation of a visually soothing quilt to cuddle under.

Pieced by machine which enables the creator to tie the quilt vs. the quilt being quilted. Comprised of 100...8-1/4" squares. Every other square is a Four patch comprised of 4...4-1/8" squares. The edge is closed by machine using the pillowcase. From a distance the quilt is an optical illusion, with one seeing the 4 patch pattern or the pattern where the white calico blocks on the diagonal are prominent. This visual effect is much more prominent on the wall than laying flat on a bed.

Browns were a prominent color during the 1870's. As a fabric junkie this is a treasure trove of prints to relish. The backing is comprised of two tan fabrics..one solid, the other a muted abstract design.

The size of this quilt is generous and would fit a queen bed with 11 inches over the sides and more over the bottom.

Organically hand washed and ready to send with free shipping for your approval.





Optical Illusion Pinwheel Log Cabin Quilt
BTG91 Optical Illusion Pinwheel Log Cabin Quilt
c.1890
72 x 79 inches
Ohio
SOLD

Graphically wonderful and oh so captivating...Draws one's eye and keeps you there. Quilts that are predominately black or gray are difficult to find. This wonderful entreating quilt is very, very sophisticated.

All Log strips are 3/4" in width and machine pieced in such a way that the quilt does not need to be quilted. Strips vary from 2" to 6" in length. The center of each Windmill is a Broken Dishes pattern and measures apx. 4" x 4". The joining blocks which are a Four Square pattern measure 3" x 3". These joining blocks are not always perfectly joined and adds playfulness to this fabulous textile. The black seperately applied binding is 1/2" in width.

All fabrics are glazed cotton..the backing is a cuddly striped beige, tan and light blue cotton flannel.

Wonderful to use on a bed or a couch yet an incredible piece of textile art for your wall.

Now organically hand washed and ready to be sent with free shipping for your approval.



CONTC7 Blazing Star Quilt
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CONTC7 Blazing Star Quilt
c.1825
107 x 107 inches
New York
$8,400

A Blazing Star Chintz quilt that can rank among the most exquisite 200 year old American quilts. The Chintz fabrics used were fabrics for only the wealthiest women to acquire. After the Revolutionary War, women's fashion designs changed. From that point on there were scraps of fabrics from which to create amazing patterns. Here is such an example.

There are 16 different fabrics making up the Star with a whole cloth light peach Chintz backing and the incredible floral chintz emanating out from the star. There are numerous hand painted block prints and copper plate chintz. Most of the fabrics are visually soothing....by this I mean I feel peaceful while being captivated by the quality and design of these fabrics. While at the same time this quilt is stunningly graphic! What a captivating Textile for your great room...or for a guest room bed fit for a museum. This is a museum quality quilt!

Naturally, due to the age, all dyes are vegetable or plant based. Fabrics would have been approximately 12" to 18" selvedge to selvedge and could easily have cost $6 a yard. Mind boggling in respect to the dollar today.

The diamonds have 2-1/2 inch sides with 1,368 diamonds making up the pieced Blazing Star. This is a quilt that looks as if never used and packed away for 200 years only to resurface to be loved and appreciated today.



Folk Art Tulips Quilt
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CONHO27 Folk Art Tulips Quilt with Unique Quilting Design
c.1855
66 x 74 inches
Origin Unknown
$1,900

This five design block applique quilt was created around c.1855 using Turkey Red, an over dyed green calico and chrome orange. The bold design created in 18" blocks is stunning in and of itself...However, the amazing quilting design takes this piece to a much higher level. Four 18 inch square blocks are quilted in a radiating sunburst pattern that easily captivates one's eye and holds it there. The quilting design on this applique quilt is truly amazing and one I personally have never seen.

In the later part of the century someone added a border making this quilt larger as must have been needed and quilted it at that time. On two sides they added a triple border of white, red and white measuring 10 inches in width while the other two sides have an added 6 inch border of white, red, white. The quilt is finished with a 1/2" red binding. The border was pieced using a chemical dyed red. The four corners each have a nine patch block usually not seen on earlier quilts.

The applique was done with a treadle sewing machine and then outline quilted by hand. There are areas that have double line quilting also used in much earlier times. Where the backing is the entire quilt and not pieced at the borders the quilting must have been done at that time. Due to the intense quilting on the main part of this quilt I feel that the quilter was older and taught expert quilting which is displayed here.

The lower price is because the border and the main section were created at different times. However, the graphics and the quilting are outstanding.

Now organically hand washed and ready to be sent, with free shipping, for your approval.



Q9282 Bird of Paradise
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Q9282 Bird of Paradise
c. 1815
35 x 47 inches
New England
$2,500

Bird of Paradise Palm Tree fragment. The copper plate printed fabric is called "Isolated Islands". We know it dates from c.1815 because this fabric is featured in "English and American Textiles From 1790 to the Present" by Schoeser and Rufey. The binding fabric comes from the original quilt. It is in almost perfect condition. This is a very rare and special piece.





Q8918 Original Whimsical Center Medallion with Nine Patch Quilt
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Q8918 Original Whimsical Center Medallion with Nine Patch Quilt
c.1890
70 x 78 inches
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
$3,600

A wonderful piece of art which has been hanging in the front hall of my home for a few years. Now this dramatic quilt is ready to go on to another home.

This original whimsical Center Medallion quilt was created from both wool challis and fine woolen fabrics. The designer of this quilt combined a simple Nine Patch pattern, alternating with plain blocks, and an original whimsical Center Medallion applique pattern to create a stunning piece of art.

The Center Medallion measures 39" X 39". This section consists of the inner applique area measuring 23" X 23", the next row emulating an Amish design measures in width 4" with the final outside row of triangles measuring 3-1/2 ". The triangles measure 8" x 5-1/2" x 5-1/2". The nine patch blocks measure 7-3/4" square with the inner square measuring approximately 2-5/8". The separately applied binding in black wool measures 3/8".

All piecing is done by hand with the hand quilting executed in an arc design whose rows are approximately 1" apart. The backing is a stunningly sophisticated large scale floral vine and bird print.





Folk Art Rose Wreath Quilt
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CONHO24 Folk Art Rose Wreath Quilt
c.1880
81 x 83 inches
Pennsylvania
$1,600

In the earlier part of the 19th century a swag border emulated the drapes in one's home. This quilt shows us a Folk Art rendering of a very sophisticated piece. Khaki and red are a wonderful combination. This palate on this quilt is actually by accident as the Khaki was a tobacco dyed green that oxidized as soon as the fabric was placed in water!

The 9 block formation was also an earlier quilt format. Each block measures 22" square, the border measures 8", which includes a 1/2" separately applied binding. We have two quilt techniques used here. We have piecing and applique. This is a dynamically graphic quilt one treasures for the design and colors......not for its average quilting. We have here outline quilting and crosshatch quilting. Each separate piece is outline quilted.

This graphically wonderful folk art quilt is now hand washed organically and ready to be sent, with free shipping, for your approval.



Victorian Silk Velvet Crazy Quilt
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Q9280 Victorian Silk Velvet Crazy Quilt
c.1885
53 x 65 inches
New York
$1,500

A rarity is such an elegant Victorian Crazy Quilt that is constructed from Silk Velvet. This heavily embellished quilt is actually three dimensional in many areas.

The center medallion measuring 12" square is embellished with silk chenille threads, resulting in a three dimensional floral arrangement of Peonies in bloom, leaves, buds and stems. The background fabric is silk velvet as is the entire quilt. The borders measure 8" wide which includes a 1-1/4" silk binding. The four corner blocks measuring 7" X 7" are silk with exquisite embellishment. One corner block is embellished with Pansies, one corner block is embellished with daisies constructed from ribbons, one plain block and the forth block are embellished with a tiny delicate Marguerite flower, stems and leaves constructed from silk ribbons and silk thread.

The backing is silk and the quilt is reverse tied. Crazy Quilts are not quilted.

This is one of the very, very few quilts that I will sell that is not perfect as you will notice from the price. Once hung these imperfections are hardly noticed....What does your eye see?



Signature Block with George Washington Commemorative Fabric Quilt
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CONSS2 Signature Block with George Washington Commemorative Fabric Quilt
c.1878
88 x 90 inches
Massachusetts; family name upon purchase
$1,900

This is one of the very few quilts that I know was created by a Jewish woman. In that era we can assume it was a woman creating this Washington commemorative quilt.

A signature Block is an early block pattern. Usually there are signatures in the center of each block. This quilt displays 5 of the centers in George Washington commemorative fabrics printed during and directly prior to the U.S. centennial celebration.

Blocks measuring 9" square are joined with 2-1/4" strips of a very minuscule green and white check. The center of each block is a 3" square...of these, 5 are of President Washington. The balance centers are the same pattern as used for the triangles of each block. The triangles measure 4-1/2" X 3-1/4 " X 3-1/4", the other pieces measure 3" x 3-1/4" x 3" on each side of the piece. All work is executed by hand. One exception is the 1/4" red twill fabric binding, machine added and closed by hand. A very thin batting is used as the filler, making this a quilt you can use year round. In the summer as is, in the winter over a down comforter or other blanket.

The quilting, which is not seen on a quilt of all printed fabrics, is diagonal, horizontal and vertical and not the main attribute of this mint condition quilt.

I am happy to send, with free shipping, this commemorative quilt for your approval.



Whig Rose Quilt
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Q7048 Whig Rose Quilt
c.1865
81 x 84 inches
Massachusetts
$1,600

This Whig Rose patterned quilt is beautifully appliqued and all outline quilted. Comprised of an early Double Pink, Turkey Red, vegetable dyed green on a background of white. The patterned squares measure 12" square on point joined with white blocks also measuring 12" square. Even though the applique and quilting are all executed by hand, the blocks are joined by an early treadle machine. The use of a sewing machine at this time denotes a family of comfortable means.

There is an 8" border which includes a separately applied 1/2" binding. The entire border is quilted in a feathered vine pattern. Each corner has a medallion quilted pattern. The 4 sides all have a star quilted in the center of the vine. There are medallions quilted between each appliqued pattern. The balance of the quilt has horizontal straight line quilting 1/2" apart.

A quilt that is perfect to be used on one's bed or couch.

Organically hand washed and ready to be sent, with free shipping, for your approval.



Double Irish Chain Quilt
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Q8153 Double Irish Chain Quilt
c.1860
78 x 79 inches
New Hampshire
$1,800

A pre-Civil War quilt that was never used! The Double Irish Chain pattern, one of the earliest patterns, was indeed loved by many. The simple design makes it easy to fit into many decors. A two color quilt such as this one adds to the ease of matching one's home.

This quilt is comprised of hundreds of 1-3/4" squares of an early Double Pink and white. All piecing and quilting was executed by hand. The quilting design is diagonal crosshatching while the white areas are quilted in a diagonal 1/2" design. The quilting stitches are small and very even. There is a separately applied 1/4" binding, executed by hand in a compatible double pink fabric.

This perfect condition, never used quilt is just right for one's bed :-) Yes, the old fabrics were meant to last and last!

Organically hand washed and ready to be sent, with free shipping, for your approval.



An Unusual Geometric Abstract Design Quilt
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CONLL5 An Unusual Geometric Abstract Design Quilt
c.1885
30 x 37 inches
Pennsylvania
$850

This is an unusual little wool quilt with unusual colors.. A combination of a variation of Diamond in a square and a Pinwheel. We have a very deep fuchsia, a deep teal and a rich golden rust combining to create an unusual piece of art. The backing is the same rich golden rust wool and a grassy green cotton.

The squares have sides measuring 3-1/2", the diamonds are 2-3/4" wide and 6-3/4" long, the triangles are 3" at base with 4" sides.

All pieces are outline quilted by hand, while the piecing is done with a treadle machine.

A small size makes this quilt perfect to fit into a hard to decorate space or as graphic table art.

I am happy to give more information and send with free shipping for your approval.



Diamonds Quilt
Q9277 Diamonds Quilt
c.1850
81 x 87 inches
Maine or New Hampshire
SOLD

If you are a fabric junkie, a lover of abstract art and a lover of quilts: this piece of art will captivate you. 😄 Very possibly this is a charm quilt. A charm quilt is one without a repeat of patterns and indeed a rarity. Was the man of the household someone who manufactured fabrics? How did the quilter acquire all the over 1,000 fabrics? These questions may remain a mystery....This quilt is definitely a conversation piece.

Comprised of over 1,000 diamonds measuring 5" tall having sides that measure 2-3/4". The fabrics date mostly from the 1840's and 50's. The backing is a home woven, home dyed linen. This graphic quilt is appreciated for the fabrics, graphics, age and condition. On a quilt such as this the quilting is rarely noticed...this is no exception. The separately applied binding measures 3/8" in width and was applied with a very early treadle machine. All piecing of over 1,000 diamonds was executed by hand.

The size of this quilt will fit perfectly on a queen size bed or adorn the wall of your great room, stairwell or hall or just for your collection.

This graphically wonderful quilt would work well in an antique home as well as in the most modern setting.

I am happy to send this quilt, with free shipping, for your approval.



CONID1 H_Block Log Cabin Quilt
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CONID1 H-Block Log Cabin Quilt
c.1880
79 x 85 inches with a tail 10" x 59"; perfect for a queen bed
Ohio - descended from The John Quincy Adams Family; total provenance available upon purchase
$2,800

What a soothing pallet of colors. Numerous shades of browns and grays make up most of the quilt. Unusual chimneys are crated from black and red plaids, black and red calicoes and white with black wreath and leaf designs.

The logs in this design measure 1-1/8" in width, chimneys are apx. 1" square. Each total block measures 10" square. There is a separately applied hand binding. At the top we have a 5-3/4" wide section across the entire quilt made up of squares with a little under 3" sides. These fabrics are the same date, but different prints from the rest of the quilt, but are original to the front before quilting. The great backing fabric is a geometric print as shown on the closeup. The hand quilting is in a diagonal grid 1" apart. The entire quilt is hand pieced with tiny stitches!

This quilt, with a myriad of today's colors is ready to be hung in a new home. Please ask for this quilt to be sent, with free shipping, for your approval.



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

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

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

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



Touching Stars Quilt
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CONHO23 Touching Stars Quilt
c.1850
76 x 76 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,800

This stunningly sophisticated Touching Stars quilt Is not only visually wonderful, but has over the top quilting, both in amount and and in execution. There is a wonderful overdyed green calico and a wonderful dark double pink calico used to create the stars and the inner border. A picture never does a quilt like this justice, but I have tried to take a closeup to better see the quilting.

Pieced both by hand and by treadle machine..quilted by hand. There are hundreds of diamonds with 1-1/2" sides meticulously pieced. The star blocks are quilted with an octagon pattern which I have never before seen. The joining squares measure 9" square and are exquisitely quilted with a wreath design and all other areas quilted in. There is a double border. The inner border measures 1-7/8" with all triangles outline quilted. The outer border measures 4-1/2" and is quilted with an exquisite wreath pattern and then filled in with 3/8" apart diagonal quilting. The quilt is then closed with a treadle machine quilted 1/4" binding turned over from back to front.

This quilt appears almost never to have been used and never washed. I am the first person to wash this quilt. As always my quilts are organically hand washed. I am happy to send this quilt, with free shipping, for your viewing and approval.

Please ask for more information.



CONJE49 Original Design Oak Leaves and Gift Box Quilt
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CONJE49 Original Design Oak Leaves and Gift Box Quilt
c.1825
72 x 91 inches
Zanesville, OH
$3,200

How wonderful to find an original design in what appears to be a Christmas quilt. This very talented woman not only was a creative designer, but an over the top quilter.

The appliqued and pieced blocks measure 14" X 15", vertical sashing between blocks measures 5-1/2", horizontal sashing measures 7". The triple border is 7" in with and is comprised with an inner row of Flying Geese measuring 1-7/8", the middle white section is 3-1/2" and the outer Flying Geese row is 1-3/4". There is a separately applied 1/4" corded binding.

The quilting is totally over the top. We have diagonal quilting 3/8" apart on the appliqued blocks, The vertical and horizontal sashings have triple line quilting 1/8" apart that is so dense the quilt becomes stippled in those areas. The same quilting design, in diagonal rows is executed on the border. All over the top quilting!

The five fabrics used here are white, overdyed Green, faded very early Turkey Red Calico, and a compatible overdyed green. The backing is a white linen.

This amazing quilt is now organically hand washed and ready to be sent, with free shipping, for your approval.





Q9272 Rob Peter to Pay Paul or Wandering Husband Quilt
Q9272 Rob Peter to Pay Paul or Wandering Husband Quilt
c.1870
71 x 83 inches
Origin unknown, possibly New York
SOLD

True Indigo dye, as used here, is one of the known colors that will not fade in the sun. Direct sun is not good for any textile, but at least this color will not fade.

A kind lady gave this quilt to me and therefore, here I am selling it, all profits will be donated to Cancer research.

This pattern is actually difficult to piece as there are curved pieces. Piecing and quilting are all executed by hand. The quilt is composed of dozens of 7-1/2" blocks with a separately applied 3/8" binding sewn on using a treadle machine. The fact that this was purchased fabric vs. scrap fabric tells us that the creator was of comfortable means. A treadle machine binding was one way of showing her status in life.

All pieces are outline quilted both inside and outside each piece.

In what appears to be unused or hardly used condition, this wonderfully graphic quilt is now organically hand washed and ready to be sent with free shipping for your approval.





Whig Rose Quilt
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CONEH1 Whig Rose Quilt
c.1840
86 x 86 inches
New England
$5,400 with Provenance

So much of our country is focused on politics. However, this is not new to our country. In the 1840's women did not have the right to vote. We literally took this matter into our own hands by creating what is called the Whig Rose pattern. This creation was our way of stating our preference for the Whig Party. Even though this party was short lived many women showed their solidarity by creating this pattern. The quilt we have here is exceptional on many levels. All work was of course executed by hand and is truly exceptional.

Made for a low bed as we can tell by the 9-1/2" border. The meandering rose buds and leaves are meticulously appliqued to the point that most of the stitches are invisible. The main body of the quilt has 16 perfectly appliqued, onto 12" squares, Rose Wreaths on point. The leaves are straight line quilted, emulating the vanes on the leaves. Every other piece is outline quilted with tiny perfectly executed stitches. Every other block, on point, is white. The 1/4" separately applied binding is also corded as is the inside edge of the border. The quilting pattern is something to behold. The border is crosshatch quilted in a 3/4" diagonal grid. Most of the body of the quilt is quilted within 1/2" of each row. There are vines joined with hearts. Was this a wedding gift for a politically minded couple?

I cannot say enough about the amazing ability of the quilt's creator. This is a quilt that any museum or individual would treasure. Coming straight from the family with provenance and now ready for a new home.

I am happy to send, with free shipping, for your approval.



Whimsical Holiday Wreath Quilt
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CONHO26 Whimsical Holiday Wreath Quilt
c.1850
88 x 88 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,400

I am always impressed by the creativeness of master quilters. This sophisticated, yet Folky ...what I call a holiday quilt..has incorporated known techniques with original designs.

All work on this quilt has been executed by hand. Applique work goes beyond with each flower and leaf finished with an elaborate variation of a buttonhole stitch. All flowers and vines in the border are outline quilted. The vine border is outline and echo quilted, each flower and leaf are also outlined and echo quilted. There are beautiful vines quilted both horizontally and vertically with the balance of the quilt crosshatch quilted in a 3/4" grid. All quilting stitches are small and perfectly executed.

The wreaths on this quilt were appliqued onto 13" X 13" pieced together and joined with an 8" border. The quilting designs overlap the squares. The flowers, which look more like hearts, are approximately 2" in width. Leaves are approximately 2-1/2" X 2". All of the above are quilted win three rows of straight line quilting. The separately hand applied binding measures 1/4". A backing of fine linen is indicative of the era.

There are three fabrics on the front..Turkey Red, overdyed green and white. Yes, this unusual quilt has been lovingly used yet still in fabulous condition.

Now organically hand washed and ready to be sent with free shipping for your approval.



Q9268 Optical Illusion Miniature Irish Chain Quilt
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Q9268 Optical Illusion Miniature Irish Chain Quilt
c.1850
77 x 77 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,600

Calling this an optical illusion Irish Chain Quilt sounds like an oxymoron. At first glance the Single Irish Chain is immediately visible. The other pattern one sees are the blocks containing a Checkerboard block and a Nine Patch pattern. My eye goes back and forth between these: it is definitely a pleasing optical illusion. This quilt is comprised of three fabrics: a slightly off White, a Khaki calico and a Turkey Red calico.

The Irish Chain design is comprised of dozens of 3/4 inch squares with all the other pieces measuring 3/4". The pattern is made up of 12-1/2" square blocks which are then joined with 3-1/2" sashing of the same slightly off white fabric. The construction of these blocks is difficult to see unless you are examining it very closely. All work is beautifully executed by hand. The outer 4 edges have a 6" sashing comprised of 1" Khaki calico, 1-1/4" Turkey Red calico with another 1" strip of Khaki and then the same off White of 2-1/4". This wonderful quilt is then finished with a seperately hand applied 1/4 binding. The entire body of the quilt is quilted with little stitches in a diagonal cross hatch pattern with each line being 3/8" apart. The backing is a linen indiciative of the era.

Quilt is now organically hand washed and ready to be sent with free shipping for your approval. Please ask me for more information.





Q9269 Love Apple, Prince's Feather Quilt
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Q9269 Love Apple / Prince's Feather Quilt
c.1880
74 x 80 inches
Pennsylvania
$2,200

This beautiful quilt is not only an original adaptation of a Love Apple and Prince's Feather, but was executed in a manner which I've never seen.... combining two partial patterns.

The quilt top was designed and appliqued on four separate blocks each measuring 29" X 32". Until now the only appliqued quilt similar to this would have applique on a whole cloth backing. In this case the wonderful quilt design overlaps all the seams. One would never notice this unless looking as closely as I have.

This quilt is appliqued, reverse appliqued, and beautifully quilted. The applique work is absolutely perfect, and the quilting is wonderful, with small even stitches. The appliqued pieces, after being beautifully appliqued, are outline quilted. The main body of the quilt around the center square has 4 corners of beautifully quilted medallions. These are joined with a meandering feather quilting, an image that replicates the feathers. The borders have feather images quilted between each feather, from the outside of the feathers around the entire quilt, is a diagonal straight line apx 1" apart. The balance of the quilt between the very creative designs is cross hatch quilted in 1" grids.

The specific measurements are :Flowers ..1' stems, Apples 4" diameter, leaves 5-1/2" in length, feathers 18" in length, 1/4" seperately applied binding,

I am also going to call this an optical illusion quilt because my eye switches between the Love Apple design and the Feathers. What an interesting design! Center medallion designs date back as early as the late 18th century in England. If one looks closely, you will see a center medallion 40" in diameter, with the four corners quilted in medallions and joined with meandering feather designs.

This quilt can be appreciated on many levels. Not only would this be a gorgeous quilt for your bed, but the unusual shade of green makes it a perfect fit with today's decor.





Q9270 Lemon Peel Quilt
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Q9270 Lemon Peel Quilt
c.1890
54 x 76 inches
Pennsylvania
$1,600

The lemon peel pattern is an old New England pattern. I've actually sold Lemon Peel quilts that date back to the 1830s. I'm not sure what the earliest date of this pattern would be. Quilters have added a new name Rob Peter To Pay Paul. This graphically wonderful yet visually soothing quilt is a perfect size for a wall hanging, and can be hung in either direction as there is not necessarily a top or a bottom.

Comprised of 48 blocks, each measuring 8-1/2" X 8-1/2" in solid mustard and white. There is a 2-3/4" border of a compatible very dark yellow, bordering on the shade of mustard. The border includes a 1/4" separately applied white binding. The piecing of all blocks was executed by hand. The border was attached using a treadle machine. The backing is a wholecloth white.

The quilting on this piece is exceptional and interesting. The center colored piece of each block is quilted in what looks like a four leaf flower with each petal being a heart. Was this quilt made as a wedding present? The balance of that piece is also heavily quilted with various designs and outlining. Every alternate piece has a white center pattern. Each of these pieces is also heavily quilted with miniature petals and other elaborate designs. The border has cross hatch diagonal quilting, 7/8" apart.

This wonderful quilt is now hand washed organically and ready to be sent with free shipping for your at home approval. Please ask me for more information.





CONHO6 Variation of Signature Block Quilt
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CONHO6 Variation of Signature Block Quilt
c.1890
94 x 94 inches
Pennsylvania
$1,800

This unused Signature Block quilt was started in the 1880s and finished in the 1890s. The way I know this is because the fabrics on the front are from the 1880s and earlier while the wholecloth backing is from the 1890s. As a result, we must date this as an 1890s quilt. I'm having trouble tracking down the exact name of this pattern. If this was made in New England, it would have been called a Signature Block. However this was created in Pennsylvania and I believe it has a different name.

Measuring 94" X 94" this quilt is perfect for a queen sized bed or a king sized bed with a 9" drop, or as an amazing piece of art for your wall. There are thirty-six 11" blocks, each block made up of 41 pieces. The squares measure 2". The blocks are joined with a 2-1/2" red strip with 2-1/2" square corner joining blocks. In addition we have a 6" double outer sashing. The inner strip measures 3", the outer strip measures 2-1/2". The quilt is finished with a separately applied 1/2" binding.

Piecing was executed by machine while all quilting was executed by hand. This is a quilt that one collects because of the graphics, as it is hard to see the quilting on these fabrics.

In perfect unused condition and ready to be sent to your home, with free shipping, for your approval.





B33 Summer/Winter Coverlet
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B33 Summer/Winter Coverlet
c.mid-1800s
80 x 87 inches
Massachusetts
$1,200

Summer winter coverlets were prevalent during the 19th century. However, there are many that have not remained in good condition, understandably, because of their use. This summer winter coverlet is large enough to fit a queen sized bed, measuring 80" X 87". Obviously this one was stored away for many years, as it shows only light use.

This coverlet is called a summer winter coverlet because the majority of one side is indigo, other ecru. Therefore one side for the fall and winter...one side for the spring and light use for the summer.

The coverlet was woven on a 40 inch loom. We have a coverlet with two full panels creating a coverlet 80" wide and 87" long. The bottom has 4" of hand made fringe which has also survived in wonderful condition. The coverlet was woven from linen and wool, possibly homespun. The linen is true color, the wool is indigo dyed.

In those days we obviously had no central heating, and bed linens of any kind were the second most important item in a person's estate (after land). Many of these coverlets were woven by itinerant weavers who traveled from home to home. Others may have been created by servants. In New England, the servants of larger homes lived on the third floor, which would have also housed the looms. There are hundreds of different patterns of coverlets. The closest pattern we can find to this coverlet is called Catalpa Flowers.

Please email or call for us to send it, with free shipping, for your viewing and approval.



BTG88 Silk Velvet Crazy Quilt
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BTG88 Silk Velvet Crazy Quilt
c.1885
59 x 69 inches
New England
$1,900

This mostly silk velvet crazy quilt was created in the 1880s. It was made from nine 17" square blocks and three 10" X 17" blocks. There is an outside 4" border of silk velvet with the edge turned over 1/4" with a hand stitched finishing. There is some wear on the edge of the silk velvet which makes me think someone used it..., or that it was folded and somehow became worn on the edge.

The body of the quilt is perfect, with a minimal amount of restoration done by us. There are six Kate Greenway embroidered pieces, and also a backwards S and a cross. The Kate Greenways are absolutely adorable. Most of this crazy quilt is simple, without a lot of embellishment. The embellishing stitches are of varied colors. The colors of this quilt are warm and pleasant. Due to the wear on the corners, I am pricing this quilt at $1900.

What a wonderful piece of textile art for your home. I am happy to send this quilt, with free shipping, for your in home inspection and approval.



Q9264a H-Block Log Cabin Quilt
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Q9264a H-Block Log Cabin Quilt
c.1885
71-1/2 x 71-1/2 inches
Maine
$900

Log Cabin quilts consist of around 12 different patterns.

This is an H-block Log Cabin, pieced by hand and using 64 9" blocks, each log measuring approximately 7/8". The center chimneys measure 1-5/8" square. This circa 1885 Log Cabin quilt is actually called a summer quilt. The reason is that the quilt has a pieced top and a backing, but the batting is left out. Technically this is not a true quilt, as a quilt has three layers. Some would call this a summer coverlet, but I prefer the term summer quilt. One can actually use this quilt year round. A light covering for the warmer days and over another blanket or down comforter for the colder days.

Burgundy was one of the most popular colors in the 1880s. This quilt has a myriad of fabric designs with burgundy and white prints. One of the really unusual aspects is the fact that the maker of this quilt turned over the outside log onto the back using it as a binding.

This quit had never been used and has now been organically hand washed. This would not only make a wonderful wall hanging, but would in fact be a lovely coverlet.

Please email or call us to send this quilt, with free shipping, to your home for approval.





CONJE48 Pinwheels with Chintz Border Quilt
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CONJE48 Pinwheels with Chintz Border Quilt
c.1825
82 x 96 inches
Ohio or New York
$2,900

This very early spetacular Pinwheel Quilt comes from either New York or Ohio. Originally this quilt would have been made for an early high bed that was only 52" wide. The size now will fit our queen or king size beds.

Created from 7" blocks, each one alternating a pieced calico Pinwheel block with a solid off white linen block. The outside border is a 12" strip of an early hand painted copper plate print. Absolutely georgeous! The binding is 1/8", turned over from the back. The back of the quilt and the front white are both linen, indicative of the time it was created. Without checking, we know this quilt was created completely by hand, as it was made prior to the sewing machine being in the public's use. All colors are vegetable dyed.

The border is quilted in a triple line herringbone pattern. The pieced blocks are quilted in a cross hatch pattern. The white block is quilted in an eight leaf design with the corner of each block joined with a minuscule 20" square quilted design.

The chintz is now showing some splits along the binding which can happen with an early chintz quilt. This quilt is perfect for a collector or an individual who wants to display it on a bed that is rarely used, hang it on a wall where it is safe. The hand painted Chintz is outstanding.

Ready to be sent with free shipping to your home for your approval.





BTG87 Nine Patch/Broken Dishes/Variable Star Quilt
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BTG87 Nine Patch/Broken Dishes/Variable Star Quilt
c.1850 with some much earlier fabrics
82 x 94 inches
Maine
$2,600

Out of my private collection comes this quilt. Time to share another quilt from my collection. As a fabric junkie, there are numerous prints on the quilt that I am absolutely captivated by. Completely pieced and quilted by hand. This quilt was created prior to the sewing machine being in the public's use.

There are twenty eight 11" blocks alternating with fabulous 1840s double pink striped calico blocks. Today the style is for us to buy enough fabric to complete every quilt. In the 19th century, fabric was so expensive that each piece was precious. We think of scrap bag quilts as depression era, however this very early quilt contains many scraps assembled in a most pleasing manner. So many of these prints have never been reproduced.

Created in Maine, this early quilt is in perfect condition. The backing is linen, indicative of the era. There is no sashing; there is no binding. The edge of this quilt is pillowcased and closed with a minuscule running stitch.



CONHO2 Variation of Crown of Thorns Quilt
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CONHO2 Variation of Crown of Thorns Quilt
c.1860
84 x 96 inches
New York
$2,900

This amazing variation of A Crown of Thorns that was created in the 1860s was executed by hand and then packed away for the next 160 years.

The construction of this quilt consists of thirty 10" blocks joined with 2-1/8" sashing. The joining blocks measure 2-1/8" with a double border measuring 2-1/4". The inner 1-1/2" border is made up of split triangles of an early double pink and and an early chrome yellow calico with black bows and tiny red hearts. All sashing is joined with 2-1/8" square at every intersection...The outer 6-1/4" border is in a wonderful calico created from red, minuscule black dots and minuscule white squiggles. This is the same fabric as used for the wholecloth backing. The separately applied binding is in a different early double pink, this one from c.1845.

The blocks are constructed from three fabrics: a wonderful double pink, the same as seen in the split squares, a beautiful chrome yellow calico with tiny hearts, and a 1-1/4" center square in a red calico with black and white dots and a black squiggle.

Every piece on the quilt is outline quilted. In addition, the sashing is quilted in a cross hatch 3/4" pattern. The backing is a beautiful 1850s calico with minuscule squares that look almost like window panes. Due to the printed fabric, the quilting is not easily seen. This quilt is not only graphically wonderful, but will easily fit today's queen size bed with an 18" drop or used on a king size bed with an 8" drop.

This was a mint quilt. Now that it has been organically hand washed, it is called an unused quilt. Please let us know if your would like to see this quilt, sent to your home with free shipping for your approval.





Q9263 Log Cabin Straight Furrows Youth Summer Quilt
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Q9263 Log Cabin Straight Furrows Youth Summer Quilt
c.1875
48 x 58 inches
Maine
$1,400

The Log Cabin patterns came to us with women from England where this pattern originated. One of the first patterns was called Straight Furrows. The Furrows represented rows of plantings in the English countryside. This is one such quilt..technically a summer coverlet. This child's coverlet does not have a batting and the backing is the foundation for the construction of this "quilt".

There is a special way of creating a quilt that is only of New England origin. This quilt is created in that manner...happy to explain to the buyer.

The quilt measures 48" X 58", has 9-1/2 " blocks, 2-1/2" chimneys and logs that measure 3/4" in width. A wide array of prints and colors were used in the quilt's creation. If you are searching for a color this quilt should contain it. The size of this artistic endeavor makes it perfect for art on your wall.

Apparently never used, this quilt is now organically washed and ready to be sent, with free shipping for your approval.





Q9068 Silk Courthouse Steps Log Cabin Quilt
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Q9068 Silk Courthouse Steps Log Cabin Quilt
c.1860
80 x 80 inches
New York
$4,400

Sophisticated, mint condition and oh, so graphic! This only begins to describe this amazing textile. Created in the early 1860's from very lush solid color silks and probably from a very affluent family. How do we know this? Silks at that time were very costly and were the mark of affluence for women of that era. In addition a woman needed the free time to work on such an extravagant item.

This stunning quilt that measures 80" X 80" is made up of 36 14" blocks created from 3/4" logs. The silk fabrics actually pulsate. The colors range from a rich deep blue to a light beige. There may be as many as 20 different silk colors in this quilt. The backing of this quilt is a very beautiful calico printed beige ...also silk, fabric. Can you imagine the affluence to be able to back your quilt in silk!? Piecing of this quilt was executed by hand. This quilter definitely had a maid doing the dishes!

No picture will do this quilt justice...must be seen to be appreciated..I am happy to send, for your approval, with free shipping. After 160 years and now ready for its new home.





Q9262 Woolen Diamond In A Square with Folk Art Applique
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Q9262 Woolen Diamond In A Square with Folk Art Applique
c.1895
62 x 72 inches
Western Masschusetts
$3,600

Everyone has favorites..This is one of mine! The quilt design is a Diamond in a Square, created from lush woolen homespun as well as purchased woolen fabrics. Some of these fabrics are from the 1860's era. All fabrics colors are rich in tone. Sending this quilt to an entire higher level is the center medallion miniature appliques.

The backing is a gray cotton flannel. The binding is a fine gray wool. Each square measures 7-1/2" with the diamonds having sides that measure 5". We have early vegetable dyed black woolens as well as home dyed dark Khaki color woolens. The diamonds are an array of warm tone colors. Centers of each block have perfectly hand appliqued six leaf flowers with red centers. The flowers are around 2-1/8" in diameter with the red center being 3/8". The binding only measures 1/4" and is separately applied and hand stitched closed. Cross hatch quilting in a 2-1/2" grid ,executed in black thread, covers the entire quilt.

The quilt appears not to have been used and is now waiting for its new owner. A perfect size for a wonderful piece of quilted wall art. Please ask to see this quilt in your home. Our shipping is free of charge in the continental US. Out of this country there will be an extra fee.





BTG83 Broderie Perse Fragment
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BTG83 Broderie Perse Fragment
c.1800
33 x 35
New England
$2,400

What an opportunity to acquire a very early center medallion from a Broderie Perse quilt!

This piece is the center of an actual Broderie Perse quilt created between 1780-1810. The Broderie Perse technique was developed for the Anglo-American quilter during the late 18th century. Fabric for the design came from India where some of the best fabrics in the world were woven, designed and printed. From a printed fabric quilters would cut out various ententies..animals, birds, flowers, etc. then applique these onto the body of the quilt. These pieces are sometimes stuffed and as on this very sophiticated piece painstakingly embellished around each piece.

This Center Medallion contains a large center block of an early block print taupe floral glazed chintz set on point. This block is surrounded by chintz birds and butterflies meticulously cut out and appliqued onto off-white homespun linen.

The hand appliqué stitching is phenomenally dense, and the entire piece has been hand quilted in chevrons set 1 inch apart. The same chintz used in the center block was used for the 1/4 inch separately applied binding, and the backing is the same off-white homespun linen as was used on the front. This Center Medallion of a Broderie Perse quilt is as I found it.

What a find in a perfect size for wall art! A true collectors piece and ready to be sent, with free shipping, for your in-home approval.

BTG74 Early Ohio Star Quilt
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BTG74 Early Ohio Star Quilt
c.1830
88 x 92 inches
New England
$2,900

Finding an almost 200 year old American Quilt is quilt a task. Even though the very early quilts I am selling are sturdy, I recommend them for collecting or placing on a bed that is seldom used. This early American quilt has never been washed and must have hardly been used. There are a few spots on the quilt, which do not bother me, and will possibly not bother you. Fabrics of this era and such as these were very expensive and only for the wealthy. Fortunately for us this quilt must have been so special that it was packed away, saving it for today's collector. Since it has been in my collection for 25 years, I am now ready to let it go to another collector.

This Ohio Star quit is comprised of 8" blocks on point. The Ohio Star blocks alternate with a very sophiticated early hand painted block print. There are many different fabrics of which most predate 1830. These earlier fabrics are seen in the diamonds which have 2-1/4" sides. Prints are used here that I have never seen...here is one reason for this quilt to be in my collection....I am a true antique fabric junkie!

There are 7" borders on three sides...the top not needing a border...so this masterful quilter thought. The backing is linen - the fabric of choice for pre 1850 Eastern quilts. A separate applied 1/4" binding uses the same rare double reddish pink as the border.

Blocks are 8" on point, alternating Ohio Stars and blocks of the same cream colored calico. Diamonds in the stars are 4" long by 1-3/4" wide. Diamonds are mostly browns, creams, with some muted greens and blues and a surprising touch of yellow in just one star. Some chinzes. Stars are surrounded by a couple of double pink calicos.

All work was executed by hand as there was not yet a sewing machine for us to use at home. The quilting was executed in linen thread and shows various designs. Quilting is not the important part of this early quilt, but the design and the amazing fabrics are what make this quilt so collectable.

Ready to be sent for your at home approval with free shipping.





BTG85 Bear Paw Wedding Quilt
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BTG85 Bear Paw Wedding Quilt
c.1875
91 x 91 inches
New England
$2,400

This is another quilt that has been in my private collection for over 30 years. Until this week, this quilt was considered a mint quilt. Mint means never used and never washed. Now that we have freshly washed this quilt it becomes a wonderfully clean antique quilt....Prior to washing one could not easily see the quilting. Once the quilt is washed it will shrink about an inch and results in the quilting design becoming almost 3-D.

Constructed from 36 9-inch Bear Paw blocks on point and joined with white blocks of the same dimension. Each block has an India ink signature, along with a number in the center square of each block. The various numbers usually indicate that this was a present for a minister, a special person or a wedding present. You would have donated money (back then, probably 25 cents) and if your number was chosen, then you were able to have your name inscribed on a block.

This third quarter of the 19th century quilt, with earlier fabrics, is perfectly constructed. Around the permimiter of the squares we have a double, approximately 10" border. The inside border measures 2-5/8" in width and is comprised of dozens of triangles, each measuring 3-7/8 by 2-5/8" by 2-7/8". This border alternates between white and a wonderful turkey red and black calico. The outside border is made from the same very fine white cotton as the body of the quilt. The front is turned over to the back and stitched down creating a 1/4" binding. The binding was stitched down by machine, showing the affluence of the maker. All piecing and quilting was beautifully executed by hand.

The easiest part in making a quilt is the binding. In those days, people were more more humble. However finishing the quilt by machine shows that they were affluent and fortunate to have a new treadle sewing machine. The signature blocks are created from a nine patch design with each corner a Bear Paw pattern, The center block was saved for the signature. There are two main quilting designs in the white blocks. Every other square has one of the two quilting designs. What we can now see on this quilt, now that it is organically washed, is that most of the blocks have a heart quilted in all four corners. The hearts indicate that this was probably made as a wedding present and was considered too special to be used. The entire white border is embellished with a beautifully executed meandering vine pattern.

It appears that the signatures were all executed by one person.

I have located one of the families' background. The Stabley family lived in East Manchester Township, York, PA.

The 91 inch sides of this quilt allows it to fit on today's queen sized bed, with over 15" overhang on each side.

This wonderful unused 19th century quilt is now organically hand washed and ready to be sent, free of charge, for your at-home approval.



CONMP Silk and Silk Velvet Victorian Crazy Quilt
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CONMP Silk and Silk Velvet Victorian Crazy Quilt
c.1885
60 x 60 inches
New York
$5,200

This very sophisticated Victorian crazy quilt was exquisitely created using a deep red silk velvet fabric as a rare or totally original design element. There is a 14-1/2 inch deep red silk velvet sash going from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. Joining the goldenrod embellished sash is 7 inches of the same deep red silk velvet giving us a dramatic border.

Also totally unusual are the two triangular Crazy Quilt sections each measuring 50 X 36 X 36 inches which were created by the diagonal sash. These are comprised of 9 inch silk blocks all heavily embellished with oil paintings, lace, ribbons, gold metallic threads, trims, the initial H, the crane and more. The crane is the Japanese symbol of long life. There are ribbons..one is of a thoroughbred with a woman lovingly feeding her pet while being adoringly watched by her two dogs.

Each silk Crazy Quilt piece has the circumference embellished as well as so much of the interior. The backing is a burgundy color silk with colorful pompoms adorning the reverse ties of this quilt. To me this embellishment shows the pride the artist took in her masterpiece as this extra was usually not seen by others.

Studying quilts is also a study of sociology. The expensive fabrics along with an expensive fabric for the backing tells me that this amazing quilt was created by a member of an affluent family.

This museum quality Victorian Crazy Quilt is ready to be sent, with free shipping, for your in home approval.





Q8425 Bars with Nine Patch Quilt
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Q8425 Bars with Nine Patch Quilt
c.1845
78 x 90 inches
New Oxford, PA
$2,900

A sophisticated and graphic early American quilt is seen here in this Bars With Nine Patch On Point quilt. When I purchased this quilt it had never been used or washed and was called a mint quilt. Now that I have washed this wonderful quilt, it is called unused. The change in terminology means that this quilt has now been washed and in the case of my quilts, organically.

The Bars format and the Nine Patch block are two of the earliest quilt designs. The fabrics used here relate to us some information about the family. These are very expensive fabrics and due to the yardage used the fabric had to be purchased for this purpose. The backing of this quilt is whole cloth, which means repeats of the same fabric are sewn together, giving the image of one large piece of fabric. A whole cloth backing also gives us a completely reversible quilt. Sociologically, the whole cloth backing tells us that the family was of comfortable means as this fabric could have been used for the making of another quilt.

The nine patch blocks are comprised of 2-1/4 inch squares making a 7 X 7 inch block. The width of the bars and the border is also 7 inches. The binding in this quilt is turned over from the back to the front which is very typical of a Pennsylvania quilt. There are fabrics on the quilt which I have never seen - always a delight to me. One of my favorites is a very very early block print. All work has been executed by hand. The quilting pattern is not prominent as the quilt is entirely comprised of various calicos and geometric prints. The border is quilted in a herringbone pattern as are the triangular pieces between the squares. The borders also appear to be in a herringbone quilting style. This amazingly graphic quilt would be stunning not only on your queen size bed, a throw for your king size bed, but also as an amazing piece of art for your great room or hallway.

Now ready to be sent for your approval.





UF44 Herringbone Gold Metallic Hand Embellished Table Runner
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UF44 Herringbone Gold Metallic Hand Embellished Table Runner
c.1885
14 x 54+ inches
New York
$750

I can not imagine the hours of work that went in to creating this magnificent table runner. When one looks closely one can see that the base pattern used to create this masterpiece was actually pillow ticking fabric. In previous eras women created their pillows using this fabric. As it is very substancial and has straight lines, it is a perfect fabric to embellish. Each 1/4" row is embellished with one of approximately a dozen different colored embroidery threads.,. Some of these are actually gold metallic thread. Along each row a strip of either gold, silver or bronze metallic thread was carefully stitched in a cross stitch pattern. On each end there was added 7-1/2" of gorgeous teal in a silk velvet. Finishing off each end are a half dozen silk tassels.

I never cease to be amazed at the creativity of so many women to embellish their homes with exquisite handmade textiles. What a perfect basis for a centerpiece on your table throughout the year.

This one of a kind piece, in complete original condition is ready to be sent for your at-home approval with free shipping.



Q9258 Stuffed Whig Rose Variation Quilt
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Q9258 Stuffed Whig Rose Variation Quilt
c.1845
94 x 94 inches
New York?
$3,300

This sophisticated and exquisite stuffed Whig Rose Variation was executed in a manner indicative of the 1840's, the nine block formation. As the style's name suggests, there are nine approximately 31" X 31" blocks that are identical. A red, teal, and white quilt with yellow accents is a difficult color combination to find. Taking this quilt artistically to a higher level is the stuffed work. Each applique is stuffed so that the design becomes three dimensional. We have applique, reverse applique, stuffed work, and an exquisitely designed motif.

I believe this quilt was a gift to someone whose name is now lost in time. I have surmised this because of the numerous signatures on the quilt. Some signatures can be easily read, others are almost obliterated. In the 1840's when someone moved, there was a distinct possibility that they would never again see their family or friends. This is hard for us to imagine now! During this time period there was a great migration from New England and the mid Atlantic states to the mid-west and beyond to the Pacific coast. People were looking for more freedom and an abundance of land.

This quilt has been lovingly used yet only shows slight wear on the binding and some faded signatures from washing. The large size indicates that this quilt would have been made for an early high bed. Now this quilt will easily fit today's queen size bed, with a 17" overhang on each side, or a king sized bed with a 7" overhang.

The entire quilt is outline quilted and cross hatched in a 1" grid. The outstanding parts of this quilt are the applique, stuffed work and color combination. The fabrics and techniques seen on this quilt are reminiscent of work seen on Baltimore album quilts, and chances are was executed by a member of a wealthy family.

Organically hand washed by us and ready to be sent, with free shipping for your in-home approval.





CONBP2 Evening Star Quilt
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CONBP2 Evening Star Quilt
c.1880
64 x 70 inches
New England
$2,900

This wonderfully graphic and extraordinarily well quilted indigo and white Evening Star quilt is comprised of 56... 7” blocks. The 28 Evening Star blocks are diagonally quilted with beautifully executed stitches in rows 5/8" apart. The alternating white blocks are quilted with a medallion, all outside areas of this block are diagonally quilted with the center diagonally quilted. The quilting is so abundant that many areas appear to be stippled.

There is a 7-1/2” border comprised of a 2” Indigo inner border, a 5-1/4” white outer border, and a 1/4” separately applied hand executed Indigo binding. The white border is quilted using a diagonal leaf design that I have never seen and may be an original design. This design encompases the entire border...are these tilted leaves or tilted trees? The inner Indig border is quiltd with a triple row design emulating the flow of a stream. All together we have 28 star blocks and 28 white alternating blocks all of which are beautifully quilted. Each block measures approximately 7 inches square.

The quilt appears to be in unused condition. A bonus is the fact that This graphically wonderful quilt is a perfect size for a wall hanging or to use as a throw anywhere in your home.

The indigo stars are all comprised of one miniscule star pattern in a very deep indigo. The outer border has a medium blue indigo of the same print matching the binding. The different blue used here acts to frame the main body of the quilt.

Now organically hand washed and ready to be sent, with free shipping, for your in home viewing.





CONJE30 Optical Illusion Triple Irish Chain 9-patch 4-block Quilt
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CONJE30 Optical Illusion Triple Irish Chain 9-patch 4-block Quilt
c.1865
74 x 76 inches
American South
$2,900

Wow! I know I've said that before but here is another one. This quilt is a visual optical illusion triple Irish chain/nine patch/four square. One would have needed to be a wonderful mathematician and graphic designer, in order to create this textile art and well before her time working for others with these skills..

Machine pieced and meticulously hand quilted, this civil war era quilt is comprised of white, light green, red, and light pumpkin. There is one obvious 2-1/2" square that is a muted yellow. Because this square is blatant and this quilt is so perfect, I believe the maker was trying to stay humble and show that she was not perfect. Modesty was a respected virtue.

This graphic quilt is comprised of hundreds of 2-1/2" squares, two 8" borders and two 2-1/2" borders. There is a hand applied 1/2" binding in the same white as the borders and squares. The border is entirely quilted with a meandering vine and cross hatched every 3/4". The large white areas are completely quilted with an exquisite wreath and cross hatched every 3/4" in all other open areas. All of the squares are diagonally quilted in a style typical of the 1840s. By that I mean 3 rows of quilting approx 3/8" apart, skipping 5/8" and then repeating this pattern. All piecing is done by machine, but the quilting is minute and meticulous. The fabrics are very soft, however there is no wear and the quilt appears never to have been used.

This visual masterpiece would create an exciting piece of art for your wall.

This quilt is ready to be sent to you for your at home approval.





CONJM28 Mennonite Green Optical Illusion Irish Chain Quilt
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CONJM28 Mennonite Green Optical Illusion Irish Chain Quilt
c.1890
71 x 71 inches
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
$2,900

To me the shades of green used in the creation of this stunning quilt call out to Irish heritage. Even the wonderful 4" border is in a comforting and unusual Irish plaid. Different quilts emulate different feelings....I feel this specific quilt emulate feelings of comfort, security and warmth....In addition to being stunningly graphic.

Each of the blocks measure 12-1/2" square and are comprised of smaller squares measuring 2". There are joining four square blocks design which completes the creation of the Irish Chain pattern. All blocks are joined with 4" forest green borders that are quilted in a diagonal crosshatch design. The blocks are quilted in a diagonal quilting design which continues through the 4" plaid border. There is a 3/8" separately applied binding in the same Kelly green challie fabric as used in the 2" squares. The wholecloth backing is a very unusual black cotton fabric with off white stripes. All front design fabrics are wools and wool challies. Stitching was completely executed by hand.

This quilt appears never to have been used to the extent that there are a few basting stitches left behind next to the binding. I am happy to send this wonderful mint condition quilt for your at home approval...with free shipping as always for approvals.



CONJM27 Original Folk Art Quilt
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CONJM27 Original Folk Art Quilt
Pre 1860
71 x 71 inches
Virginia
$3,200

I am so excited when finding a quilt design that I have never seen before..Well, here is a wonderful early folksy southern quilt. The fabrics contradict themselves...we have very expensive wool challies combined with home dyed homespun fabrics. A puzzle...Was this quilt made by a servant of a wealthy family using their fabrics along with the fabrics of the designer?... or a less affluent family that was able to procure remnants of exquisite fabrics?... Or still the possibility of an afluent woman who thought outside the box of convention and may have put away this quilt because it was so far "out of what was the expected" for a lady of position.

How has this Virginia quilt survived all these years including through the 1860's turmoil of our country?

The blocks now measure 11" square ...When originally created and before quilting, the blocks would have been slightly larger. The joining sashing is 2" wide, the strips outlining the squares on point measure 7/8" in width and the squares on point are 3". A wide 1" applied binding frames the quilt. The linen backing fabric is a home dyed oak color. Diagonal quilting covers the entire quilt.

A true fresh, out of a private collection, artistic masterpiece which will enhance the beauty and originality of your home.



Q6212 Rolling Stars Quilt
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Q6212 Rolling Stars Quilt
c.1870
83 x 83 inches
Maine
$2,200

This unusual pattern, Rolling Stars, actually shows motion. The name fits it perfectly. When you look at this quilt you actually feel like the stars are rolling.

The basic construction of this quilt is an 8 inch block containing a hexagonal rolling star. The blocks are joined by a 3 inch sashing of the same fabric as completes the corners of the hexagonal design block. Because of the continuous use of the same fabric it looks like the rolling stars are placed on one large piece of fabric. The triangles in the rolling star have 1-3/8 inch sides. The binding is a separately applied quarter inch binding of red fabric with a black polkadot. This binding fabric totally coordinates with the main fabric of the quilt. The backing fabric is a much earlier fabric that is a black calico on a minuscule black and white striped backing.

This quilt was registered with the Maine Quilt Heritage in February 1996. Heritage number available upon sale of quilt. All work has been executed by hand. Each piece of this quilt is outline quilted. A queen size bed measures 60 inches from side to side. If used on that bed there would be an approximately 11-1/2 inch overhang. A king size bed is 80 inches across so this quilt would completely cover your bed or make a wonderful throw for the bottom of your bed. In addition this quilt would make a fabulous piece of art for your great room, hallway or any wall in your home.

This quilt will not handle abuse and therefore I recommend it only as a wall hanging or display and therefore is now 1/2 price ...

Organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your approval.





CONJE11 Homespun Linsey Woolsey
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CONJE11 Homespun Linsey Woolsey
c.1780-1820
63 x 87 inches
North Carolina
$3,500

An antique in America needs to be 100 years old or older. Here we have a historical artifact that is between 200 and 240 years old and still to be used today! When this quilt was created both the wool and the linen were most likely created where the family resided.

The entire process could easily take two years to complete. After the fibers were hand carded or homespun respectively, they were then home dyed, most likely in a cast iron caldron. In the case of this "Linsey" we have on one side a Cochineal dyed fiber and on the other side a Black Walnut dyed fiber.

After the arduous process of creating yardage of each fiber the fabrics were layered over a home carded heavy cotton batting. The quilting stitches were then executed using a herringbone pattern design. Both of these natural dyes are indigenous to the American South. The combination of both the visual and emotional effects of this amazing quilt are from amazement to feelings of warmth and security.

Organically hand washed and in original condition, this fantastic find is ready to be sent for your at home approval.





BTG80 LaMoyne/Ohio Star
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BTG80 LaMoyne/Ohio Star
c.1850
80 x 80 inches
New York
$3,800

Yes, I am definitely an antique fabric junkie! This amazing early Star pattern quilt was created in a forty-one blocks formation using fabrics from 1825-1850. There are dozens of exceptional fabrics used for this quilt, including a very rare double pink. Eight pointed stars in this fashion are called La Moyne star. Depending on how a star is turned, as in this instance, the pattern is also called an Ohio Star.

We have used in this quilt almost every color, from a rich chocolate brown, double pinks, a very early purple that is very possibly French, madder dyes, and many more. The wholecloth backing, indicative of the age, is linen. Very possibly the thread is the same.

The triangles are all outline quilted, the 9" blocks are outline quilted while the 3" sashing is quilted using a leaf pattern. There is a 1/4" separately applied binding. All work has been executed by hand. This quilt has hardly been used, and has never been washed.

What a graphic and wonderful piece of art for your wall, or perfect for a queen size bed. This quilt may be displayed fully open, folded in half and hung over a fat pole, or folded in quarters and hung over a fat pole. Where this quilt is an even repeat pattern it may be hung very effectively in many ways. All wooden poles must be painted or polyurethaned, so that the acid in the wood does not wick onto the textile.

In this case, the stars actually show motion: they look like they're spinning. This effect is due to the placement of the fabrics, dark/light, dark/light. If you love 19th century prints, as I do, you will love this quilt.

Please ask us to ship it to you, free of charge, for your approval.





q8328 Steeplechase Quilt
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Q8328 Steeplechase Quilt
c. 1845
78 x 86 inches
Massachusetts or New Hampshire
$2,300

This wonderfully early New England steeplechase quilt was created for a 4 post bed. There is a 13" extension on the bottom of the quilt which we call a tail which fits perefectly between the bed posts at the foot of the bed. Today the width of a queen sized bed is 60", the width of this tail is 56" which would fit on a queen-size bed with the tail going between the posts and 9" going over each side.

This Steeplechase pattern was created by making 9 patch blocks from 2" squares and then turning these blocks on point.

It may be hard to tell from the photo but the striped fabric is made from a c.1845 black, reddish-brown, and white stripe. The squares are made from an earlier picotage and geometric print in beige, off-white, and tan. The backing is a home spun madder dyed linen. The binding is a 1/4" separately applied brown binding. The quilting threads are both off white and brown.

As this piece predates the use of the sewing machine, all piecing has been executed by hand, as well as the quilting which is executed in a geometric pattern. If one does not choose to use the existing tail, it can be nicely tucked in at the foot of the bed. Ready to be sent for your at home approval.



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.





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

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

Wonderful early fabrics throughout are hand pieced into blocks just 3-1/4" square. There are two cotton calico prints in black, red and white used for the top and the backing is a sweet complementary calico in red, brown and ecru - see detail image. A wonderfully graphic quilt, in all original condition, perfect for a small area....organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your approval.



Q6221 Gothic Four Square Tulips Quilt
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Q6221 Gothic Four Square Tulips Quilt
c.1870
68 x 84 inches
Pennsylvania Dutch
$1,800

The four square design in an antique quilt is usually reminiscent of the second quarter of the 19th century. However I feel that this very graphic Penn. Dutch quilt was made approximately circa 1870. I came to this conclusion from the white fabric used. The appliqued work executed on this quilt is absolutely perfect. The stitches are so minuscule you can hardly see them. The chrome orange, red and pale teal are colors much in demand in today's designs. There is cross hatched quilting on the diagonal executed in a 1 inch grid that has been stitched using perfectly symmetrical, small stitches. The binding is created from a half inch tape binding applied by machine.

This quilt appears to be unused, and is now organically washed and ready to be sent on approval as an exquisitely graphic wall hanging or an amazing quilt for your bed.





CONRL2 Victorian Center Medallion silk cigar ribbon miniature Quilt
CONRL2 Victorian Center Medallion silk cigar ribbon miniature Quilt
c. 1885
27 x 27 inches
Massachusetts
SOLD

What a wonderful piece of textile art, in perfect condition, is this center medallion Victorian silk cigar ribbon quilt. Created in Massachusetts, each ribbon is highlighted with the name of the cigar manufacturer. We have Bostonia, Harvard, the Jefferson, Boston Arion, Winthrop Pony, and many more. This little quilt will appeal to collectors of many genre including Massachusetts memorabilia, cigar memorabilia, Victorian silk memorabilia, and those who want a wonderful miniature quilt as a piece of art. Silk quilts were never made to be used; Victorian women created them as embellishments for their homes.

During the 1880s most men smoked cigars. At that time clusters of cigars came wrapped in silk ribbons highlighted with the name of the cigar factory. The primary colors of these ribbons were orange, yellow, and white. As these ribbons were in long strips they were the perfect configuration to create log cabin patterns. This little quilt is a step above for two reasons: one, it is finished with a 3 inch brown velvet border and two, it has as a focal point center medallion design. The backing is an 1870's black and white stripe/calico.

This little quilt is in perfect condition, and ready to be hung in your home or used as a decorative centerpiece for your table. I am happy to send this quilt on approval.



Q6442 Checkerboard Irish Chain Quilt
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Q6442 Checkerboard Irish Chain Quilt
c. 1845
72 x 86 inches
Indiana Quaker Family
$3,200

Stunning! Graphically wonderful! Wow...Yes, I feel like this quilt is one amazing piece of art. Created circa 1845 by a Quaker family, this quilt is completely hand pieced and hand quilted. Chrome yellow, a very early block print indigo dyed calico, and a two color rose and wine red cotton moire are the three fabrics used in the creation of this truly amazing textile. Blocks measuring 2-3/8 inch are hand pieced to create the Irish Chain pattern. These squares alternate between chrome yellow and an early indigo blue with white calico.

This quilt was bound later, as there is a different mid-19th century indigo and white calico used for the binding. The individual squares are double cross hatched on the diagonal. The open spaces are diagonally cross hatched in a 1-1/2 inch grid. There is a stunning 2-1/2 inch border created with a half inch zigzag design in chrome yellow, making a stunning border that I have never seen before. The backing, as in most quilts of this age, is linen. The color of the quilting thread can be seen on the back, in two colors, taupe and white.

This quilt has been documented by the Indiana quilt registry project for which I have the archival number. This is a mint quilt, never washed and never used. Rarely do I find a mint quilt that I choose to sell as is, however, this one is impeccably clean and ready to be sent on approval.



UF100 Odd Fellows Overshot Summer/Winter Carpet
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UF100 Odd Fellows Overshot Summer/Winter Carpet
c.1890
62 x 66 inches
Found in Pennsylvania
$2,200

Created on a 35" loom; finely woven with thick black and red woolen threads. Odd Fellows symbols are the format for the design of this creation. I enjoyed using "Google" to read about the deeper meanings of the many Odd Fellows symbols. An over simplified version of these symbols is the importance in life of love, industriousness, truth, and acceptance of one another.

This c.1890 amazingly graphic piece of art was actually carpet for the floor of a 19th century home or possibly the actual Odd Fellows Lodge. Strips of 35" wide carpet were sewn together to create the needed room size. This carpet, a perfect piece of art for your wall, is not quite two full widths: one full and one apx. 3/4 width, hand sewn together. Please look at the closeup sections by clicking the above photo. Where have you ever seen 19th century art in red and black...a sought after and hard to find color combination.

Betsey has organically washed this carpet so it is clean for your perfect wall space. We can also apply "sleeves" so the "carpet" is ready to easily hang. Please call for more details.





BTG77 Mosaic with a Diamond Path Quilt
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BTG77 Mosaic with a Diamond Path Quilt"
c.1845
70 x 84 inches
Maine
$3,200

This exquisite quilt is the only example that I have ever had with this miniature diamond path. The Mosaic is the original design that later transformed into the 20th century Grandmother's Flower Garden. As with most early designs this pattern came to us from England.
The hexagon has a 3/4" side while the diamonds and the joining triangles all have 3/4" sides. The inside if the border follows the scalloped outline of the quilt design. At the widest part the border measures 8-3/4"...at the narrowest part measuring 7-1/4". The innermost border of the double border is an early double pink. The outer part of the wide border measures 5-1/4" and is an amazingly beautiful early triple pink floral print...possibly French in origin. The 1/4" applied binding is a white linen. The backing is also a white linen.
Quilting is very elaborate, yet different from the quilt pattern, as seen on the closeup of the backing.
This sophisticated piece of quilt art comes from Linneaus, Maine...family name upon purchase.
Organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your at home viewing.



Q6487 Irish Chain with Chintz Border
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Q6487 Irish Chain with Chintz Border
Dated 1840
87 x 88 inches
North Carolina
$Call

Irish Chain with Chintz Border. Signed "Melina Gurneys" and dated 1840. The double line quilting is indicative of this era. Chain squares are 2". White areas are quilted within a 1/8" to 1/4" apart. Parts look stippled...Design looks like a pinwheel shaped vine...Exquisite quilting.



Q8166 Star of Bethlehem..in Texas called "Lone Star"
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Q8166 Star of Bethlehem..in Texas called "Lone Star"
c.1880
72 x 72 inches
Pennsylvania
$1,800

WOW..my reaction when seeing this unusual color quilt hanging in my shop ...There is a signature and date embroidered on one corner of this quilt..1917 does not match the fabric or the style of quilting. Double line quilting is indicative of the 1840's and early 1850's...The fabric is 3rd quarter of the 19th century...names and dates were penned on not embroidered during that era. Yes, I am guessing..but, I now believe that this dramatic piece of art was passed down in the family. The date and signature ...did it belong to the receiver or the giver? Lots of unanswered questions...What we do know is that this quilt is a graphic, beautifully pieced and quilted piece of art for your bed or wall. I was the first person to wash this, previously mint (unused and never washed) quilt. A star pattern is very difficult to assemble even though the pieces in the star are straight lined and all the same size. One's eye is drawn to this quilt, which almost pulsates. The assembly is both by hand and machine. The quilting stitches are very tiny and even...just beautifully quilted.
An exquisite puzzling piece of art ready to be sent for your at home approval.





Q8427 Nine Patch / Broken Dishes / Ohio Star Quilt
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Q8427 Nine Patch / Broken Dishes / Ohio Star Quilt
c.1845
84 x 94 inches
Maine
$3,400

As a fabric junkie I never tire of the visual enjoyment of antique fabrics. That was the time when one made everything to the best of one's ability as all projects were to last forever. Most, but not all, design patterns of early fabrics are not only beautiful but complicated in design. Back then we may have used what fabrics we had..nothing was wasted and fine fabrics were very expensive..a true treasure. This c.1845 quilt has fabrics that are older in date. Some squares are perfectly matched..some are not...but all work is perfectly executed!
The joining block must have been purchased fabric due to the yardage. This purchased fabric is a very fine pink and white stripe with an overlay floral and vine motif in at least two shades of pink. Some of my favorite blocks are the Indigo calico blocks. The backing is linen, common to a New England quilt that was created before the 1850's..This quilt from Maine probably was made along the coast where most of the wealthy families lived...Many were families of sea Captains.
I believe the thread used here is also linen. The main blocks have an interesting herringbone pattern quilted apx. 5/8 inch apart. The squares in the pieced blocks are cross hatch quilted on the diagonal while the pieced squares are outline quilted. Amazing for 180 years old..if this quilt was ever used..it was sparingly!! The condition is perfect and now organically hand washed. Shading in this photo is from the lighting not the quilt.
I am happy to send this quilt, at no charge, for your in home viewing or please make an appointment to visit my shop.





Q6101 Triple Irish Chain
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Q6101 Triple Irish Chain
c. 1860
74 x 84 inches
Pennsylvania or Ohio
$1,600

Beautifully constructed and unused...I am the first person to wash this 160 year old quilt! Created from Madder red and an overdyed green calico fabric along with white, this quilt is a stunning addition to your bedroom or as a piece of art for your wall. The limited but unusual colors add to the treasure. The fact that these must have been purchased fabrics tells us that the family was on comfortable means. Was this unused quilt a present and therefore too special to use? Here we are over a century later now given the ability to enjoy this graphically wonderful quilt.
The squares making up the "chain" have 1-1/2" sides..with the squares measuring 7-1/2"... each individual little square is outline quilted inside and the outer row on the outside. The white joining areas are quilted with a floral motif. The binding is 1/4" turned from the back to front and then hand stitched down.
In perfect unused condition, organically washed, now ready to be sent at no charge for your in home approval.





Q9067 Wool Log Cabin Barn Raising
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Q9067 Wool Log Cabin Barn Raising
c. 1885
73 x 75 inches
Buncombe County, NC
$4,400

WOW! This quilt is so graphically exquisite...classy, sophisticated and just captivating.....Yes, I am totally enthralled with his quilt. It is so difficult to find a quilt with gray and black as prominent colors. In addition this quilt has over a dozen prominent gray silk velvet chimneys....again something I have never seen in these past 35 years.

Constructed with 3/4" logs creating an 8" block with 2-1/2"chimneys. There is a 4" border constructed from four 1" strips...alternating a rich brown with a gorgeous stripe on the diagonal -- a border I have never seen before. The outside 1" brown in the border is turned over front to back and hand closed as a binding. All work appears to have been done by hand. The backing is a beautiful paisley. The fabrics are wool, wool challis and silk velvet.

The pattern: Barn Raising Log Cabin, is well known. However, this quilter appears to have been a graphic artist even though she would not have had any formal schooling in this subject as would have not been realized by women of that era.

What a fabulous piece of art for one special wall. Ready to be sent with free shipping for your approval.





CONLF24 Ohio Star for Poster Bed
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CONLF24 Ohio Star for Poster Bed
c.1855
78 x 88 inches
New England
$2,600

Stars were and still are one of the most beloved quilt designs. This pattern is an Ohio Star also called a LaMoyne Star. Quilts created for poster beds with "tails" going between the foot posts, were a specific New England creation. Easy to put on and take off the bed ,plus why waste precious fabrics for an area of a quilt that was not needed.
This specific poster quilt will fit a queen size bed even though originally created for a double bed. Some people turn the quilt around a put the tail over the pillows. There variety of fabrics is wonderfully captivating. Colors range from Indigo Blue to dark brown, tans , red and black stripes ,calicoes and stripes...just exquisite !
Each star block measures 7" of which there are 74 . The entire quilt is crosshatched in a 1 1/4 " grid. There is a separate 1/8" applied white binding. Yes, due to the age all work is done by hand. The front fabrics are all cotton..the backing is a very fine linen.
In perfect unused condition , organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your at home approval



Q8952 Thistle and Reel Quilt
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Q8952 Thistle and Reel Quilt
c.1865, top quilted c.1928
74 x 76
Lancaster County, PA
$1,600

There are many styles and formats of quilt design. One design, during the middle of the 19th Century, was the 9 Block formation seen here. Meticulously hand appliqued, these nine identical blocks were made from a wonderful unusual double pink with white fabric. The applique stitches are tiny and all the exact same size. The fabric used for this quilt, because of the quantity, had to be purchased yardage. This lets us know that the family was financially safe.
The blocks are approximately 14"...all sashings are 7" in width. Three borders measure 8", while the forth measures 6" in width. The binding is 1/8" turned over from the back to the front. Even though the quilt has been quilted in such superb and extensive quilting, I believe from the quilting designs that the quilting was executed at a later date. Each piece of the "Thistle and Reel" pattern has been outline quilted..The "thistles" are echo quilted inside the motif. The sashings are beautifully quilted with medallion flowers, vines and wreaths. The border has a quadruple chain quilted design.
Now organically washed, this unused quilt is ready to be sent for your in home approval.



F786 Ship's Wheel Finished Fragment
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F786 Ship's Wheel Finished Fragment
c.1855
32-1/2 x 58-1/2 inches
New England
$825

Created in chrome orange and over-dyed green, this graphic and stunning finished fragment from a Ship's Wheel quilt will make an amazing wall hanging. Chrome orange is a very hard to find color in a perfect antique quilt.

Dating from c.1855, in perfect condition, this quilt piece measures 58-1/2 x 32-1/2 inches, rather large for a fragment. The blocks measure 13" square and are joined with 4-3/4" sashing. The applied, restored binding is 1/4" and of the same date fabric.

Curved pieces are the hardest to work with when constructing a quilt top. The person must be very accomplished at both sewing and geometry. All work was executed by hand...both piecing and quilting. This quilt was created before the sewing machine was mass produced.

Organically hand washed by Betsey and ready to be sent, at no charge, for your in home approval.



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

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

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





F789 Split Leaf Philodendron Finished Fragment
F789 Split Leaf Philodendron Finished Fragment
c.1850
17 x 38 inches
Pennsylvania
$725

This Philodendron plant quilt pattern was indeed very difficult to execute. All of the leaf pieces were executed using the reverse applique technique. This quilt was created around the time Americans discovered Hawaii along with all of their wonderfully creative art work. This quilt fragment is reminiscent of the Hawaiian quilts, but is definitely from Pennsylvania.
This was part of a larger quilt and is now a graphically wonderful piece of art. The skill level seen here is some of the best in the world of quilting tops. Reverse applique is a painstaking task which is beautiful when done correctly.
When originally made, all the leaves were the same shade of green. The over dyed green fabric has washed down to a yellowish green...while the beige leaves were tobacco dyed, the color of which dissipates when washed. Ironically, the beige we are left with is one of the much loved of today's colors.
We have bound the fragment with a 1/4" same date fabric matching the background of the quilt.
The size of this fragment is perfect for a wall hanging, in either direction... or as a rare and unusual centerpiece for any of your tables.
Organically hand washed by Betsey and ready to be sent for your at home approval.



F788 Border of Tulips Finished Fragment
F788 Border of Tulips Finished Fragment
c.1850
11-1/2 x 52 inches
Pennsylvania
$675

The center of this wonderful early quilt was badly torn beyond restoring...so we salvaged parts... Here we have part of the border...we moved one short end of the over dyed green to make a complete border.. Then we bound the fragment with 1/4" of the same date fabric....
Now you have an unusual Tulip applique quilt in perfect dimensions for over your couch, bed or any piece of furniture...Pieced and appliqued from Turkey Red and overdyed green, then hand quilted in a diagonal cross grid pattern.
Beautiful and happy :-)...
Organically hand washed by Betsey and ready to be sent for your approval.



Q8903 Victorian Crazy Quilt
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Q8903 Victorian Crazy Quilt
c.1895
64 x 78 inches
Central Pennsylvania
$1,600

If you like red, white and blue...here is an unusual cotton Victorian crazy quilt in an organized format. The creative quilt artist designed this quilt using a conventional block format with sashing, a rarity for a Victorian Crazy quilt. Created from 8 inch blocks and joined with 2-1/2 inch sashing, then connected with 2-1/2 inch squares. The fabrics are a treat to behold...with dazzling 1890's wild designs, bold plaids and very 1880's conversation prints....the fabrics in this quilt will captivate the viewer.
Completely created by hand..hand pieced and hand quilted in a 2-1/2 inch diagonal grid. The 1/4 inch binding is turned over from the back to the front. The backing fabric is a very muted tanish pink and white plaid. The batting is what I would call thick, thus producing a cuddly and graphically wonderful quilt. Perfect for warmth and perfect for your wall :-)
Appears to be unused...ready to be sent for your at-home approval.



Q9235 English Format Center Medallion Design Quilt
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Q9235 English Format Center Medallion Design Quilt
Top: c.1855, finished: c.1880
78 x 78 inches
New England
$1,900

One of the earliest formats of pieced quilts was the Center Medallion design. Originating in England, it was brought to America with late 18th century and early 19th century English women. Once fashions changed and scraps were left from making clothing, creative woman started designing pieced quilts. This graphic quilt is an example of such designs. The fabrics used in the creation of the top date from C.1850 and earlier...however, I believe the top was quilted later. The quilting design is that of clam shells.....a very New England pattern..the backing fabric and the binding tell us that the top was quilted later...probably around 1885......the binding was applied by treadle machine. A treadle machine was a mark of affluence at that time.
The center-most design measures app. 17 x 17 inches and radiates out from there with various designs and various widths. Amazingly graphic, this rare quilt will make a colorful, warm and inviting art piece for your wall.
This quilt is in unused condition...I was the first person to wash it. Now ready to be sent to you for your in-home approval.





Q8999 Victorian Embellished Fans Quilt
Q8999 Victorian Embellished Fans
c.1890
67 x 79 inches
Pennsylvania
SOLD

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.





BTG64 Rob Peter to Pay Paul
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BTG64 Rob Peter to Pay Paul
c.1835
75 x 79 inches
New England
$1,900

Shown here is an early quilt that displays what I would call very peaceful and soothing feelings. This quilt is made from a wonderful rare and early overdyed green calico combined with a rare and unusual double pink. The quilt itself has been lovingly used. The front of this quilt, which is a combination of Rob Peter to Pay Paul and Broken Dishes, creates what could be called a Snowball pattern. The backing of the quilt is an early homespun linen. Finishing this quilt is a hand applied binding of different overdyed green calico approximately 3/8 inch in width. The blocks are 7 inch blocks. There is also a tail which measures 7 x 36 inches which would fit a queen size bed today. The quilt measures 75 inches wide by 79 inches long. My feeling is that this quilt was made for a youth bed, maybe a bed for 2 children. The tail and the sides are only 7” in length, leading to my conjecture of its use. The quilt gives an overall feeling of peacefulness, and would be stunning on any queen or full size bed, especially an early bed.... an early 4 post bed.
Created before the sewing machine, all work was lovingly executed by hand.
Organically hand washed and now ready to be sent for your in-home approval. Please ask for more information.



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.



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.



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.



Q6846 Log Cabin Courthouse Steps Quilt
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Q6846 (BTG70) 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
Call for price

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.



Q9220 Center Medallion Victorian Crazy Quilt
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Q9220 Center Medallion Victorian Crazy Quilt
c.1885
52 x 60 inches
New England
$3,200

This rare and exceptional c.1885 Victorian crazy is filled with much of the symbolism of that era. A partial list includes Japanese fans, cranes, a symbol of long life, horseshoes for good luck, owls for wisdom, a staff of wheat for life and a cross for religion. The embroidery and embelishments are outstanding. They include 3D ribbon work, gold metallic thread embellishment around the border and silk chenille work. The Victorian era symbols were so important to Victorian women: flora and fauna and the love of animals. All of these symbols are represented on this quilt. The silk velvet border measures 4” with each corner having a sophisticated 4” block. These corner blocks are usually seen on Amish Quilts, not Victorian Crazy Quilts. Most of the ribbons, chenille and threads are silk. Two sleeves have been hand sewn onto the back short ends making this quilt ready to hang.



BTG28 Red and White Touching Broken Stars
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BTG28 Crown of Thorns Quilt
c.1845
74 x 78 inches
Ohio
$2,200

The best way for me to describe the color of this quilt is by calling it orange sherbet. I cannot find any other quilt like it. This entire quilt was pieced and quilted by hand. All blocks are 10” square on point with the sashing between the blocks measuring 6”. The horizontal quilting on the sashing was created in triple lines, an 1840's style. The horizontal sashing angled in the opposite direction is quilted in a rope pattern design.

Every diamond throughout the quilt is outline quilted. The double border of this wonderful quilt measures 4-1/4” which includes the 3/8” binding. The innermost border is a sawtooth pattern border in alternating white and sherbet colors. The outside border is 2-1/2” and created from an orange and white gingham. This section is also quilted in a herringbone pattern. The binding is also an orange calico. The blocks are white with a few varieties of c.1840’s double pinks and various early brown calicos, a black and white gingham, and a brown and white gingham. The creator of this quilt was both an amazing graphic artist and a fabulous quilter. This quilt appears to be unused or hardly used.

Now this quilt is organically washed and ready to be sent for your 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.



conch1 Quilt
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CONCH1 Indigo and White Folksy Bay Leaf Design
c.1855
71 x 85 inches
Believed to be from New York
$2,600

Amazing quilting! Graphically wonderful and perfectly executed, this unusual quilt has a folksy feel to it even though executed by a premier sewer and quilter. Completely hand sewn and hand appliquéd, this quilt was made before the sewing machine was in public use. Showing 30 indigo and white pieced Bayleaf blocks, on point, the work has been executed with minuscule stitches. There is double line quilting in the blue, white and yellow calico blocks fabric pieced and appliqued Bay leaf blocks. All the indigo blocks are on point. Joining them are white blocks containing wreath medallions with cross-hatch quilting in the center and completely surrounded by stippling. The massive amount of quilting used in stippling makes these areas of the quilt look stuffed. A client purchased this quilt from me,20 years ago. The owner has had this wonderful quilt hanging on his wall as major art. Since he's now downsizing, his quilt is ready to go to another home. Organically washed and ready for your approval at home.



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

This wonderful quilt is comprised of two fabrics...a vegetable dyed calico and an off white. The signature blocks, on point, measure apx 12” square and are then joined with a 2” sashing from the same fabric. All work was completely hand executed, as this was created before the sewing machine was invented. The separate applied binding measures 1/4” in width and is the same fabric as the sashing and the blocks. The backing is a home spun linen indicative of the era. There are various quilting designs executed on this quilt from outline quilting to straight line quilting to V quilting. The colors may be hard to discern on any computer, which is why I like to send all quilts out for approval. The colors are a gold on yellow and a beige, black and white on chocolate calico. Mint condition. This is a perfect size as art on the wall and will also fit a double size bed. A quilt that can also be used as throw for a sofa or queen bed. These two fabrics have created a sophisticated and graphic piece of early New England art. Two early NE vegetable colors.
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BTG31 Flying Geese Four Post Quilt
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BTG31 Flying Geese Four Post Quilt
c.1825
94 x 100 inches (tail: 51 x 26 inches)
Maine
$2,900

This 200 year old mint condition four post bed quilt was originally made for an early New England bed with posts, and may heve even adorned a canopy. The family that created this quilt would have been affluent enough to deacorate their bed chamber in such a manner. Due to the quilt's enormity it will fit today's queen size bed. The geese pattern will cover the top of the bed and the bar border overhang will look like a dust ruffle. During this time period of an original early four post bed there could have been a child’s trundle bed underneath.
The three borders are 19-3/4” wide; the rectangles are 9 x 4-1/2” and are comprised of two triangles. The middle triangle is 9 x 6 x 6” and the side triangles are 4 x 4 x 6-1/2”.
The borders are a wonderful over-dyed green and yellow calico linen and a cotton red and white squiggly design. The geese are comprised of two fabrics, an early block print stripe and a black, red and white unusual print. The quilt has cross hatch and outline quilting and the bars have unusual 4“ quilted circles. The back is a homespun linen, then quilted with linen thread, both typical of an affluent family's quilt of this era. All piecing was executed by hand as it was made many years before the private use of the sewing machine.
The quilt is in perfect unused condition and ready to be sent on approval. It has been in my private collection for almost 34 years and it’s now time for a new home.





CONIL Bunny and Starburst Quilt
CONIL Bunny and Starburst Quilt
c.1850
70 x 80 inches
New England
SOLD

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



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

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





Q9020 Double Irish Chain Quilt
Q9020 Double Irish Chain Quilt
c.1865
72 x 86 inches
Ohio
SOLD

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



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

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



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

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



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

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





conclk2 Folk Art Crib Quilt with Embroidered Swan
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CONCLK2 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.



Q8714 Double Irish Chain Quilt
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Q8714 Double Irish Chain Quilt
c.1860
70 x 80 inches
Washington, PA
$2,600

This woman not only excelled as an amazing creater of a graphic quilt, but she was indeed a quilting expert. She seems to have loved quilting so much that instead of using one pattern throughout the joining sections of the Steeplechase blocks...she used 3 completely different, yet complimentary patterns. I have never before seen this execute on a quilt. Some areas are quilted in a tiny shell pattern, while others are quilted using a c.1840's double row quilting technique in a small grid fashion. The third quilting pattern is an exquisite medallion. There is so much quilting that it looks stippled. A wide 7" triple border surrounds this exquisite quilt. Narrow indigo blue, wide white, narrow indigo blue borders are are heavily quilted 1/2" apart, on the diagonal with opposite sides quilted in the same direction.
The fabrics are wonderful early indigo and white calicoes, a rare unusual red and black very dense print and a very fine white cotton. Linen is seen here for the backing as seen many times on pre 1865 quilts.
One probably notices that I refer to quilters as "she"....the reason being that in 34 years and many hundreds of quilts, I have only been able to document three quilts that were made by a man. Today, we are fortunate that there are many marvelous male quilters!
This quilt appears to have been such a treasure that it was saved for generations. Now organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your approval.



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

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





Q8620 Turkey Red Calico Unusual Basket Quilt
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Q8620 Turkey Red Calico Unusual Basket Quilt
c.1835 (baskets and backing c.1825)
83 x 86 inches
Rutland, VT
$2,500

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







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

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

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

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

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



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
$4,200

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.



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

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



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

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





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

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





CONJE12 Touching Stars w/ Tulip and Leaf Appliqué Border
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CONJE12 Touching Stars w/ Tulip and Leaf Appliqué Border
c. 1845
81 x 87 inches
Pennsylvania
$3,200

Not only a perfect Christmas quilt, this Touching Stars with tulip and leaves border is graphically wonderful, perfectly executed with quilting, on a scale of one to ten being a fifteen!

Constructed in the 1840s we see one technique that is definitely indicative of that era: triple line quilting. Tripple line quilting is three rows of quilting that are very close together, with 1" spacing to the next three lines of quilting. The quilting stitches are some of the tiniest that I have ever seen.

Each white on point joining block is embellished with an exquisitely quilted wreath, filled in and outlined with triple line quilting. Even the small connecting blocks on point have a wonderfully quilted medallion with the centers and corners triple line quilted. Triple line quilting has been executed through all of the stars. The four outside corners are quilted in the same pattern as the inside white squares on point. The border is exquisitily quilted with half wreath medallions perfectly executed in every open space around the stars. There are dozens of diamonds with approximately 2-1/2" sides. The 6" border with appliqued tulips and leaves has triple line diagonal quilting spaced approximately 1" apart. The quilt is finished with a 1/4" hand applied separate binding.

We have overdyed green, a rare Turkey Red calico with faux quilting lines and pale yellow dots. The outside border was appliqued using a Turkey Red calico with miniatute pale yellow three leaf clovers. The pale yellow on each fabric is basicly the same shade.

All piecing and applique work is perfectly executed by hand.

This exquisite quilt would be an amazing piece of art to enjoy in your home. Now organically hand washed and ready to be sent free of charge for your at home approval.





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

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

Q9080 Triple Irish Chain
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Q9080 Triple Irish Chain
c.1850
76 x 79 inches
Andover, MA
$1,600

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

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



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

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

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

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



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.



conlh3 Turkey Red and White Bricks Bassinet Quilt
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CONLH3 Turkey Red and White Bricks Bassinet Quilt
c.1840
22 x 28 inches
New England
$1,700

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



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

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





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

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



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

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



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

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





CONHO4 Tumbling Blocks Quilt
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CONHO4 Tumbling Blocks Quilt"
c.1880
76 x 82 inches
Tennessee or North Carolina
$2,200

Orange is a color that is hard to find as a major part of an antique quilt. This stunning optical illusion quilt is comprised of a rarely seen color combination...orange,red and taupe. There are actually two shades of red...a Turkey red is used in the bricks and a red red is used for the border. The color combination is wonderful. The blocks seem to stand upon one another. The simplicity of the colors, due to the fact that they are all solids and not calicoes, lets this graphic piece of art easily complement other designs that are in your home.
This quilt is all hand pieced and hand quilted. Each diamond has straight line quilting in the longest direction of the diamond. This quilting design adds to the optical illusion effect by accenting the direction of each diamond. The innermost border, in Taupe, has a unique wave design, while the outermost red border is quilted with an arc design. The binding is a dark Taupe woven tape. The backing is a wholecloth in red. This fabric was obviously purchased for this quilt and points to the fact that the family was of comfortable means.
An amazingly graphic quilt which appears to be unused...now organically washed by Betsey and ready to be sent for your in home viewing and approval.



Q9070 Silk Velvet Blazing Star
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Q9070 Silk Velvet Blazing Star
c.1885
15 x 31 inches
New Englaand
$1,200 Sale: $850

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



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

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.





Q9058 Double Nine Patch Steeple Chase
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Q9058 Double Nine Patch Steeple Chase
c. 1880
70 x 78 inches
Pennsylvania
$1,900

This wonderful indigo and white double nine patch steeplechase is comprised of the most sought after color combination in America, blue and white. The 15 inch blocks on point are comprised of nine five inch squares; five of these squares are comprised of 1-3/4 inch squares. When you join nine of the larger blocks turned on point, you have a double nine patch steeplechase. The smaller 5 inch blocks are completely hand pieced. Nine of these blocks are then assembled together by machine. The quilting which is both diagonal and vertical in design is all executed by hand. The quarter inch binding is turned over from the back to the front and then stitched down. The size of this quilt makes it perfect as a wall hanging, or a wonderful throw for a queen or king sized bed. There are borders on three sides of the quilt. Many quilters felt there was no need to put on a fourth border, as that fourth side would be under the pillows.
This artistically arranged indigo and white quilt has been organically washed and is ready to be sent to you for your approval.



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Q8930 Linsey Woolsey Roman Bar Pyramids
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Q8930 Linsey Woolsey Roman Bar Pyramids
c.1855 pieced top c.1885 backing
67 x 78 (170.2 x 198.1 cm)
found in Lancaster County, PA
$3,100

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Q8860 Early Nine Patch with 3 Sided Border
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Q8860 Early Nine Patch with 3 Sided Border
c.1840 top, backed and quilted c.1870
80 x 88 (203.2 x 223.5 cm)
New England or New York
$2,500

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q8788 Wool Double Fan
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Q8788 Wool Double Fan
c.1895
55 x 56 (139.7 x 142.2 cm)
PA
$2,200

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

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

This is a fantastic fan quilt just filled with positive energy. It´s a great size to use as art on that special wall or use it as a throw on the couch for those cool evenings. One of Betsey´s favorite finds. Remember, it can be sent to you on approval.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONLF26 Log Cabin Barn Raising
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CONLF26 Log Cabin Barn Raising
c.1880
85 x 88 (215.9 x 223.5 cm)
Pennsylvania
$1,550

Such a pleasing use of color in this striking cotton Log Cabin quilt in the Barn Raising pattern. The terrific solid cheddar, black, green and muted Turkey red logs are set off beautifully by the various small patterned calico logs each with a white ground. All of the 7 ¼ x 7 ¾ inch blocks are made up of sixteen ¾ inch logs, all with Turkey red chimneys.

Hand quilting, which appears to have been done at a later time, is done throughout in a 2 ½ inch crosshatch pattern using black thread including the 4 ¼ inch wide solid black border. A striking red and black small scale floral on a yellow ground cotton is used for the backing with an applied ½ inch binding in Turkey red.

Very well planned and executed this is a very graphically appealing piece that would work equally well as wall art or on a bed. Professionally hand washed by Betsey – ask her for more information on this quilt.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q8333 Double Irish Chain with Inner Streak of Lightning Border
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Q8333 Double Irish Chain with Inner Streak of Lightning Border
c. 1860
84 x 96 (213.4 x 243.8 cm)
Lancaster Co., PA
$2,600

What a stunningly graphic quilt! This hand pieced, hand quilted creation contains fabrics dating from 1815 to 1865. It gives the impression of a double border, with the use of the wide, overdyed green calico binding followed by a section heavily quilted in a wave pattern and finished with a matching overdyed green calico inner Streak of Lightning. The Double Irish Chain interior is quilted in outlines and crosshatching. The border measures 12", allowing this quilt to fit a queen size bed with borders on each side and the foot. The double line quilting was a signature of the 1840's and carried on afterwards by some quilters. There are dozens of different early calicoes along with this wonderful early overdyed green calico.
Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q8437 Love Apple
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Q8437 Love Apple
c.1895
64 ½ x 65 ½ (163.8 x 166.4 cm)
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
$1,500

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

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

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

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