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

We often receive inquiries regarding quilts that were made during the era of the Civil War. This category includes quilts created in the five or so years leading up to the advent of war, as well as five years after the cessation of fighting.

Hostilities began on April 12, 1861, with the Confederate force's bombardment of the U.S. military installation at Fort Sumter, in Charleston Harbor, SC. The Civil War ended on April 9th, 1865 when Robert E. Lee surrendered his troops to Ulysses Grant at the Appomattox court house, located in Virginia.

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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.





Q9011 Folk Art Summer Weight Applique Quilt
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Q9011 Folk Art Summer Quilt Floral Bouquets and Vines
c.1840
72 x 80
Dover, DE
$2,600

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Q8930 Linsey Woolsey Roman Bar Pyramids
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Q8930 Linsey Woolsey Roman Bar Pyramids
c.1855 pieced top c.1885 backing
67 x 78 (170.2 x 198.1 cm)
found in Lancaster County, PA
$3,600

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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