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

About American Antique Crib and Bassinet Quilts

Antique crib quilts from the 18th and 19th centuries should actually be called bassinet or cradle quilts, as these were the beds primarily used for babies at that time. Therefore, most of the quilts in this time frame will be smaller than our 20th century crib quilts, which were created for the size cribs we still use today. The design scale on a crib quilt should match its size; that is, a true crib quilt was originally made for that purpose, not cut down from a larger quilt. Every quilt in this category is at its original size.

Antique crib quilts are fabulous pieces of textile art, perfect for those who might not have the wall space necessary for a full sized quilt. Whether used to adorn furniture, or on a wall in your foyer, hall, or any room, crib quilts can warm up living spaces in a way that paintings can never do. Although they would be wonderful on a wall in a child?s room, we do not recommend using crib quilts for children. Children need bed coverings that can withstand the rigors of frequent machine washing, and antique quilts should NEVER see the inside of a washing machine! Use your antique crib quilt as a small bit of warmth and color in your home, and enjoy knowing someone made this small quilt long ago out of love for a child.

About American Antique Doll Quilts

Up until recent times, gender roles were firmly set. It was the duty of every mother to pass on the skills necessary to run a household and raise children. As was often the case, mothers with many children would depend on their oldest daughters to assist them in caring for new babies. Younger girls would begin their training with dolls, which needed all the care that future babies would require. Among other skills, little girls around the age of four would learn how to stitch clothes and quilts so their dolls would be comfortable. Some of our antique doll quilts have been sewn by a child as a learning tool, while others were made by an adult and given to the child as a gift.

The antique doll quilt category encompasses a huge range of time; from 1825 through to the 1940's, and an equally wide color spectrum of fabrics. As with full-sized and crib quilts, the fabrics chosen for a doll quilt can reveal much about the quilter's place in society. An exquisite silk and silk velvet doll quilt could have only come from an affluent family, while an ordinary but sincere scrap bag quilt would have been created by any other family. No matter what type of quilt you choose, an antique doll quilt is so sweet to display anywhere in your home, or hang as wall art. Remember, more than one makes a fabulous grouping!

American Antique Crib Quilts

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dq401 Quilt
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DQ401 Double-Sided Cotton Flannel Doll Quilt
c.1950
17 x 22 inches
New York
$275

What fun! A double sided cotton flannel doll’s quilt. This happy little piece measures apx 17 x 22" and comes from New York. One side of this little quilt is made up of 9 patch blocks of various flannels. The outside border has a 2” red Scottish plaid pieced border. The squares measure 2-1/4”, as do the squares in the sashing. The other side of this little quilt is made up of 80 ...2-1/4” squares. The squares around the outside edge are a red flannel with the same Scottish plaid corner blocks as seen on the other side. Both hand and machine pieced, this little quilt has been quilted with diagonal machine quilting. I just discovered that only one side of this little quilt was machine quilted, leading credence to the fact that the front and the back were put together from a previous quilt.

Bound with a 1/8” red cotton binding and treadle machine applied. This doll's quilt was a work in progress and finished for a loving child. Organically hand washed and ready to be sent for your approval.



dq400 Quilt
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DQ400 Bricks Doll Quilt
c.1930
15 x 24 inches
New York
$150

I’m calling this a "Preppy" Doll Quilt due to the huge variety of shirting fabrics, many of which have been copied today. This diminutive quilt consists of dozens of 1-1/4 x 2-1/4” brick shapes. Completely pieced by hand with a few straight line quilting rows which measure approximately 3-1/2” apart. The backing fabric is a wonderful 1920’s indigo and white gingham. The binding fabric is a pink stripe that has been machine applied. The tiny doll's quilt has the feeling of being very cuddly. This quilt has now been organically hand washed and is ready to be sent out for your approval. There are two minuscule pin holes on the fabric in this completely origional doll's quilt. If desired we can restore these 2 "bricks".



CQ347 Little Bo Peep Crib Quilt
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CQ347 Little Bo Peep Crib Quilt
c.1945
32 x 43 inches
Maine
$350

This charming little bo peep kit quilt was made somewhere between 1940 and 1945. All the applieque and quilting are done by hand. The little soldiers are carrying American flags, which would have been very patrioitic for that era, therefore I am placing it around 1944-1945. The binding is all done by hand. The chevron, floral and cross hatch quilting are all done by hand using pink quilting thread. the back kof the quilt is pink, the fabric being a nice cozy flannel. Created in Maine, this adorable quilt appears to have been hardly used. On this littl bo peep quilt we also have an embroidered humpty dumpty, little tin soldiers, and another nursery rhyme applique. This sweet quilt would be an adorable piece of art for a baby's room. Created in Maine, this quilt is in complete original condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.



cq350 Folk Art Crib Quilt
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CQ350 Folk Art Crib Quilt
c. 1880
34 x 42 inches
New York
$850

This little appliquéd folk art crib quilt is so whimsical. A late 19th century rendition of an late 18th century tree of life quilt design. We have here an original turkey red center medallion folk art design. In the last quarter of the 18th century, there was a very sophisticated quilt design and style called the tree of life. This was a chintz Broderie Perse quilt and was created from expensive chintz fabrics. This little quilt is a late 19th century folk art rendition of that style. The center medallion red tree is surrounded by 8 appliquéd red folk art flowers. Appliqued and quilted by hand then finished with a 1/4” separately applied turkey red binding. This quilt is so soft it shows use. A wonderful wall hanging or an original piece for someone’s red and white quilt collection. Organically washed and ready to be sent for your approval.



DQ306 Doll Quilt of Squares
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DQ306 Doll Quilt of Squares
c.1920
15 x 17 inches
New Hampshire
$135

This complete original condition doll quilt contains some very unusual fabrics. They date from the 1850’s to the 1920’s. Comprised of 56.... 2” squares which include 19th century indigos, 1880’s purples and 1870’s gray and blacks. Pieced by machine, the 1/4” separate beige binding was added by machine and then finished with hand stitching. A perfect size for a doll bed and/or for a doll quilt collector who looks for unusual fabrics. Organically washed by hand and ready for your viewing at home.





DQ305 Center Medallion Postage Stamp Doll Quilt
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DQ305 Center Medallion Postage Stamp Doll Quilt
c.1900
15 x 18 inches
New Hampshire
$140

This wonderful little doll quilt was constructed with 168.... 1-1/4” squares and is completely sewn by hand. The array of fabrics is amazing, ranging from c.1850 - c.1900. The whole cloth floral backing is a c.1890 floral. This quilt looks as if it’s been hardly used. Found in NH, we are now left to ponder over the selection of fabrics used here. It’s almost as if it’s a history of fabrics from the family. Organically hand washed and ready to be sent on approval.





BTG_coll_16 Mariner's Compass.
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BTG Collection 16 Patch Bassinet Quilt
c.1875
36 x 36 inches
Massachusetts
$750

This completely original bassinet quilt is comprised of fabrics dating from c.1850 to c.1875. Completely hand pieced and hand quilted then finished with a hand applied binding. The 16 patch pattern is a wonderful way to use up small pieces and, as we know, women of that era would never let anything go to waste. A tiny brown 1865 geometric fabric is used for the backing. This quilt has two sleeves sewn on the back as it hung in my home for years. Now ready to go on to another home..Organically washed and ready to be sent for your approval.



cq400 Ohio/LaMoyne Star Crib Quilt
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CQ400 Ohio/LaMoyne Star Crib Quilt
c. 1930
32 x 54 inches
Androscoggin County, ME
$650
This is a silk and satin LeMoyne Star with broken dishes pattern joining blocks. This regal little quilt was created solely as embellishment and never meant for a child to use. Baby quilts are washed all the time; silk quilts are not. This piece was probably created for an affluent family's infant. I've seen formal evening wear made from the same fabric. Comprised of 40 6-1/2” blocks that have been machine pieced to create a stunning wall hanging for today's homes. The colors are this year's spring designer colors and would be exquisite on a wall or to place on the dining room table as decoration. The backing is an early rayon solid pink. This optical illusion quilt will enhance and add sophistication to any decor.



cq348 Early Bassinet Bars Crib Quilt
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CQ348 Early Bassinet Bars Crib Quilt
c. 1845
30 x 37 inches
New Hampshire
$2,200

This early bars quilt was created in New Hampshire. A bassinet quilt that is completely original and comprised of apx 3-1/2” wide bars of Turkey red with alternating bars of white fabric. The 1/4” applied binding is the same solid Turkey red. The whole cloth backing is of a c.1840s stripe calico striped design which is very 1840s. we customarily think of a bars quilt as indicative of Amish, however, this bassinet quilt is early New England. A wonderful early quilt which has been diagonally hand quilted and soft from gentle use. This quilt is rare and unusual for New England.



DQ304 Trip Around the World Doll Quilt
DQ304 Trip Around the World Doll Quilt
c.1928
11 x 11-1/2 inches
Maine
SOLD

This precious little doll quilt is in complete original condition. Lovingly pieced and quilted by hand and finished with a pillowcase edge executed in teeny tiny stitches. The 1” squares create the trip around the world using a variety of 1920's-30's calicoes. This diminutive quilt appears to never have been used and now organically hand washed and ready for your approval.





conch3 Turkey Red and White Bricks Bassinet Quilt
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CONCH3 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.



DQ299 Postage Stamp Doll Quilt
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DQ299 Postage Stamp Doll Quilt
c.1865
14 x 24 inches
New England, maybe New Hampshire
$495

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.





Q6345 Unique Tied Double Sided Quilt
Q6345 Unique Tied Double Sided Quilt
Side A: Nine Patch
Side B: Tumbling Blocks

c.1900
48 x 48 inches
Maine
SOLD

How unusual to find a double sided quilt of any size. Usually when a quilt top was pieced it would then be stuffed and backed and be ready to use. In this case, both sides are complete pieced quilt tops. Both sides are pieced by hand and the tops are layered with cotton and reverse tied apx every 4”. The 1/2” binding is also hand applied. This quilt measures 48 x 48” which is very unusual for crib quilt. Crib quilts are generally rectangle shapes measuring apx 36 x 48. It’s possible that the original purpose of this quilt was to be used as a lap quilt. You have the optical illusion tumbling blocks on one side and the nine patch block formation on the other. Hand washed by Betsey and ready for snuggling.



DQ300 Unusual Bars 4 Patch Doll Quilt
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DQ300 Unusual Bars 4 Patch Doll Quilt
c.1895
12 x 18 inches
New Hampshire
$375

This sweet and unusual Bars Quilt is comprised of alternating 1” strips . Postage stamp squares in a 4 patch configuration comprise every other row alternating with a c. 1890's pink fabric with white polka dots...comprise the alternating bars strip. The 1880’s and 1890’s fabrics have created an interesting combination of pink, black, white, polka dots and calicos. This little hand tied doll quilt appears never to have been used therefore is in perfect condition and a happy addition for a collector of dimiative origonal condition quilts. Found in New Hampshire and now professionally hand washed ,using organic products, by Betsey. Ready to be sent on approval.





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...





Q7078 Miniature Dresden Plate Crib Quilt
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Q7078 Miniature Dresden Plate Crib Quilt
c.1928
35 x 50 inches
Northern Indiana
$550

This sweet little crib quilt has been lovingly used but is in remarkably wonderful condition. The creator of this little treasure put so much love into the creation of this little piece of art. The plates measure 5” from tip to tip. The little Dresden spokes measure 1-7/8“ top to bottom with 1” center circles. It is nicely quilted and would make a wonderful piece of art in a child’s nursery or in other rooms with pastel colors. Hand quilted and hand appliquéd with a binding that is put on by machine and then finished by hand. There is a little wear on the binding, but it is hardly noticeable. Hand washed organically by Betsey and ready to be sent on approval.



Q9006 Amish Concentric Squares with Corner Joining Blocks Bassinet Quilt
Q9006 Amish Concentric Squares with Corner Joining Blocks Bassinet Quilt
c.1925
35 x 35 inches
Bowmansville, PA
SOLD

When this little basinet quilt was designed and created, I have a feeling that the Amish woman didn’t realize that she was making such a beautiful piece of art....and certinally not pictured on a wall! The concentric strips on this quilt measure 1” in width with the joining blocks being 1” squares. As with all Amish quilts, they are pieced by a treadle machine and quilted by hand. There is a 1/2” indigo binding sewn on by treadle machine and finished by hand. The applied 3-5/8” red border creates a wonderful frame for this graphically wonderful little quilt. The backing fabric is a late 1800s red calico. It was not unusual for the Amish to use a printed fabric for the backing....usually this fabric had been given or traded to the quilter. In perfect unused condition and ready to be sent on approval.



btc-27 All White Quilted Bassinet Quilt
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.



DQ189 Silk and Silk Velvet Doll's Quilt
DQ189 Silk and Silk Velvet Doll's Quilt
c.1890
9 x 9-1/2 inches
New England
$165

This tiny little crazy quilt is comprised of silks dating from c.1860 to c.1890. From the irregular shape and some of the larger stitches it may be possible that a child was assisting an adult in making this piece. This diminutive crazy quilt has cotton batting and a silk backing. The edging is pillowcase and closed with a running stitch. In almost perfect condition. This is ready for a new home.



DQ200 Trip Around the World Postage Stamp Doll Quilt
DQ200 Trip Around the World Postage Stamp Doll Quilt
c.1928
15-3/4 x 16-1/2 inches
New England
SOLD

This diminutive little quilt was lovingly made for a child’s doll. It is comprised of 7/8 inch squares laid out in the Trip Around the World pattern. The pieces are all assembled by hand. The separate applied 1/4 inch binding is stitched down using a treadle machine. The backing of this quilt is an early faded chemical dyed green calico which has become a shade of taupe, as it is now. Chances are this doll quilt was made to match one that the mother made for herself. In complete original condition and ready for you to enjoy.



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.



CONPJ5 Hole in the Barn Door or Signature Block
CONPJ5 Hole in the Barn Door or Signature Block
c.1928
16-3/4 x 17 inches
New England
$325

A doll quilt is a perfect piece of art for a small area. This completely original doll quilt is the exact replica of a full size quilt. Created using the 9 block formation, 5 of the 9 blocks are a miniature signature block. The diminutive blocks are pieced by hand, the inside border is applied by hand and the outside border is applied by machine. The blocks measure apx 4-1/2“ square and the plain blocks are a pink and white stripe chambray fabric that is also seen in the miniature signature block squares. The borders are outline quilted with extra horizontal outer border quilting. There are two borders, just the same as we would see on an adult quilt. The inside border measures 1” in width, the outside border 2-1/4” which includes a 1/4” applied binding. The binding is in a complementary c.1920s calico white fabric border. The quilter used precise stitches to outline each block and then sewed an x from corner to corner within the 9 patch squares. The fabrics on this quilt date from 1880 - 1928. In mint condition, this precious doll quilt, now a piece of art, was never used.



BTGCOLLECTION29 Child's Practice Crazy Quilt
BTGCOLLECTION29 Child's Practice Crazy Quilt
c.1885
7-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Massachusetts
$425

This diminutive practice piece was executed by a child to emulate what her mother, grandmother or aunt were doing. It was created from exquisite silks and in an exact format, including the border. Displayed here are the different stitches the child was being taught. The four border fabrics all use the selvedge of each piece. I’ve had this in my private collection for over 20 years. Coming from Massachusetts, as I did, it is now time for this child’s practice quilt to have a new home.



DQ298 Broken Dishes 4 Square Doll Quilt
DQ298 Broken Dishes 4 Square Doll Quilt
c.1920
15 x 16 inches
Colorado, maybe
$125

Is it possible this doll quilt was a collaboration between a mother or grandmother and a child? It appears this cattywampus doll quilt has stitching done by both an adult and a child. It is an unusual but loving little doll quilt. The blocks are apx 8 x 8-1/2”. One reason why I think a child worked on this is because after it was pieced together it doesn’t lie flat. It is, after all, original.



DQ180 Patchwork Doll's Quilt with Borders
DQ180 Patchwork Doll's Quilt with Borders
c.1825
12 x 14 inches
New England
$950

This is the oldest doll quilt I have ever owned. Some of these fabrics go back to the 18th century. Measuring 12 x 14 inches, it is an exact miniature of an adult’s quilt. In early New England, many of our quilts were created with only three borders. This doll’s quilt displays such a format. Comprised of apx 1-5/8 inch squares, with a 1-3/4 inch border on three sides, it is finished with a 1/4 inch binding all around. This very early doll’s quilt was made before the sewing machine was invented, therefore, all work was executed by hand. This rare and very special doll’s quilt is not in perfect condition. To me, that doesn’t really matter, because it’s so special. The condition is completely original.



DQ191 Doll's Silk Velvet Crazy Quilt
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DQ191 Doll's Silk Velvet Crazy Quilt
c.1885
6-1/2 x 6 inches
New York
$300

This spectacular doll quilt must have been created for an affluent little girl’s doll. It is a perfect miniature of an adult’s Victorian crazy quilt. It originally had a red challis backing that has mostly been removed. It appears that at the turn of the century someone added a little ring for it to hang on the wall. It is in unused condition. This is a rare Victorian piece of art. Are these fabrics remnants from silk velvets that the original maker was using to make her Crazy Quilt? Even the 3/8 inch binding on this piece is silk velvet.



DQ192 Broken Dishes
DQ192 Broken Dishes
c. 1928
12-1/4 x 19-3/4 inches
Pennsylvania
$150

This sweet little doll's quilt was lovingly made for a child to use for her doll in a cradle. I’m determining this by the shape of the quilt. Created in the Broken Dishes pattern in apx 4 inch squares, it is machine pieced with a 3/4 inch binding which is turned over from the back and hand stitched down. This fabric appears to be a natural colored feedsack. In complete unused original condition, this little quilt is ready for your collection or a child’s doll.



Q8887 Nine Patch Irish Chain Crib Quilt
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Q8887 Nine Patch Irish Chain Crib Quilt
c.1950
34 x 41 inches
New England
$1,100

Turquoise is one of today’s designer colors. A simple and graphic piece of art with a solid color tourquoise will complement any decor. Bright and happy, this color was popular in the 1920’s, 1950’s and now again. This 4 inch 9 patch is comprised of 1-1/4” squares. Each turquoise and white block is joined by a solid white block of the same size. The border consists of an inner border of 1-1/2” in turquoise and an outer border of 2" in white. The outside edge of the border is 3/8 inch turquoise binding. The quilt is completely made up of only two fabrics. It is hand pieced and hand quilted, and the binding is hand applied. There are 3 different patterns of quilting on this piece. The outside border is cross-hatched, the 9 patch is a diagonal double line quilting and the white blocks are quilted with a two crossing ellipses. In pristine unused condition. This is an exact replica of an adult's quilt. A New England quilt organically hand washed by Betsey and ready for its new home.



Q9044 Trip Around the World Bassinet Quilt
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Q9044 Trip Around the World Bassinet Quilt
c.1940
27 x 32 inches
New England
$95

This little Trip Around the World Bassinet Quilt is comprised of fabrics from the 1920s into the 1940s. It is machine pieced and backed with a soft burgundy and gray striped flannel. The flannel backing makes the quilt warm and cuddly. The squares measure apx 1-3/8“. In unused condition, this would be great as a piece of art in a baby’s room, to use in the crib or for a child to use with her doll. From New England, and ready for your family.



Q9045 Jacob's Ladder
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Q9045 Jacob's Ladder
c.1928
38 x 46 inches
New England
$650

Looking for a piece of art in a room decorated with yellow can be a challenge. However this Jacob’s Ladder Crib Quilt could fit that bill. The Jacob’s Ladder pattern pieced alternatively with solid yellow blocks creates a graphic yet calming effect. The backing and binding are a solid yellow identical to the blocks. The blocks are apx 5-1/2” square. Inside the blocks are triangles that measure 3-1/2 x 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 and squares measuring 1-1/2”. This little crib quilt is pieced both by hand and by machine. Each block and piece is outline quilted by hand. There is a six sided star quilted in yellow blocks. This quilt appears to be unused. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready for your home.



CONLH3 Turkey Red and White Calico Bassinet Quilt
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CONLH3 Turkey Red and White Calico Bassinet Quilt
c.1840
22 x 28 inches
New England
$1,400

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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.



CQ200 Nine Patch with Miniature Nine Patch Joining Blocks
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CQ200 Nine Patch with Miniature Nine Patch Joining Blocks
c.1865
26 x 32 inches
The South
$750

This bassinet quilt, while made for a child, is an exact copy of an adults quilt. I have known times when you would find a mother's and child's matching quilts. Rare, but it does happen. The larger nine patch blocks have 4-1/2 " sides made up of 1-1/2" squares. The diminutive nine patch joining block measures 1-78" wide with 5/8" squares. The pieces are joined with 1-3/4" sashing. The quilt is pieced and quilted by hand. The applied binding, which we have restored, is from the same date fabric. The diminutive red and white calico seen in the joining sashing is also used for the backing. In fabulous condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey. Probably created in the south, due to the arc quilting design



Q8697 Red and White Pinwheel Crib Quilt
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Q8697 Red and White Pinwheel Crib Quilt
c.1890
36 x 50 inches
Ohio
$750

This graphic and optical illusion crib quilt is in perfect unused condition. Pieced by machine, quilted by hand using very tiny stitches, each triangle in the pinwheel is outline quilted. The white joining blocks are outline quilted and cross-hatched quilted. The quilting mimics a diamond in a square pattern. The pinwheel squares are 5", the triangles are 2.5 x 2.5 x 3.5 inches. The binding is 1/2 inch applied by hand. The side borders measure 4.75 inches with diagonal quilting approx 1.25 inches apart. The top and bottom borders measure 6.75 inches. Complete original condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.



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

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.



CQ215 Amish Bassinette Quilt
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CQ215 Amish Bassinette Quilt
c. 1940
21 x 27 inches
Lancaster County, PA
$525

This quilt is almost perfect. There are a few flaws which show up only under close examination. There is a miniature 9 patch block and half of another one, and the sides are half of a diamond in a square. Created from the clothing fabrics of Amish children, with a few dark colors probably from adult clothing. Machine pieced, hand quilted, great graphics and colors. This is exactly how I found it, but I suspect it may have been made from an adult quilt. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.



Q8993 Tumbling Blocks Bassinet Quilt
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Q8993 Tumbling Blocks Bassinet Quilt
c.1860
26 x 33 (66 x 83.8 cm)
$1,200

A wonderful Civil War era bassinet quilt in perfect condition. The diamonds that form the tumbling blocks measure 1 3/4 inches per side. The color palette is warm and consists of two brown, tan and ecru calicoes, a sweet brown on tan polka dot, a blue, white and brown cotton plaid, and a solid tan cotton. The fabric patterns were carefully arranged by the maker to form a center medallion - a very nice touch that adds even more graphic appeal to the wonderful Tumbling Blocks pattern. Completely hand pieced using very tiny stitches, and outline hand quilted throughout.

The backing of the quilt is a great rust and brown on tan small scale floral cotton which is also used for the applied 3/8 inch all hand binding that follows the shape of the tumbling blocks. This perfect little quilt appears unused and has been professionally hand washed by Betsey. It can be sent to you on approval for private review.



Q8563 Dated Victorian Crazy Quilt with Jumbo
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Q8563 Dated Victorian Crazy Quilt with Jumbo
c.1906
43 x 55 (109.2 x 139.7 cm)
New York
$1,900

P.T. Barnum’s Circus is closing after 140 years, making this quilt that includes Jumbo even more collectable.

This is a rare and wonderful piece of folk art in its original youth bed size. A wide variety of wool and wool challis fabrics have been assembled into a crazy quilt, with every seam embellished in fancy hand stitching. Absolutely packed with embroidered pictures of birds, butterflies, fruit, flowers, chickens, along with a cow, dog, and a horse.

The most historically intriguing animal is the elephant labeled Jumbo on its side. Circus showman P.T. Barnum marketed Jumbo heavily in the 1880s, so it would be a reasonable possibility that this quilt was made by someone who remembered Jumbo or perhaps included the elephant because it was in one of the childs favorite books.

Finished with a 1 inch separately applied black binding embellished with a double herringbone stitch, backed with red flannel, and reverse tied with black yarn. The perfect size for hanging, this quilt retains all of its positive energy! Please ask Betsey for more details.



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.



Q8907 Signature Block child's quilt
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Q8907 Signature Block child's quilt
c.1855
35 x 35 inches
New England
$350

Signature Block child's quilt, rebound over 100 years ago.



Q8876 Amish Concentric Square Crib Quilt
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Q8876 Amish Concentric Square Crib Quilt
c.1930
39 x 40 (99 x 102 cm)
Colona or Mana, Iowa
$2,300

This sophisticated and graphic crib quilt is made entirely of cotton in wonderful solid shades of red, rose, deep green, blue, greenish gray, eggplant and off white, and backed with a solid medium gray cotton. Concentric squares in varying widths ranging from a mere 3/16" up to 4 1/2" surround a central two color bars pattern in blue and greenish gray. Bars measure 1/2" x 2 3/8". The gray backing folds to the front forming the 3/8" hand stitched binding. Hand quilting in brown thread includes outline stitching for the concentric squares with clam shell stitching in the outer gray border.

This is a wonderful find for Amish and crib quilt lovers and in excellent condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey this small quilt is perfectly suited as a graphic piece of textile art for your wall. This quilt can be sent to you on approval for viewing in the privacy of your home.

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

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

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

Q6482 Variation of Sherman's March with Flying Geese Bassinet Quilt
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Q6482 Variation of Sherman's March with Flying Geese Bassinet Quilt
c.1880
34 x 40 (86.4 x 101.6 cm)
VA
$1,100

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.

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
$1,900

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 outside border; 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.

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.

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.

DQ297 Yoyo Doll Quilt
DQ297 Yoyo Doll Quilt
c. 1928
14 x 14 inches
$85

Very unusual yoyo doll quilt.



DQ148 Peach and White Pinwheel Design Doll Quilt
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DQ148 Peach and White Pinwheel Design Doll Quilt
c. 1920
23 x 23 inches
Pennsylvania
$235

Complete original condition, machine pieced, minimal machine quilting. A child's doll quilt, it would have been advantageous to make a child's doll quilt by machine because of its normally excessive use. This quilt however was never used.



DQ122 Doll's quilt created by a child
DQ122 Doll's quilt created by a child
c. 1928
11 x 20 inches
Maine
$165

Complete original condition. One can easily tell by the shape of this quilt and some of the pieces that a child definitely had a hand in its creation, probably alongside her mother or grandmother.



DQ25 Bowtie Doll Quilt
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DQ25 Bowtie Doll Quilt
c.1928
18 x 18
$330

In excellent original condition, this sweet little Bowtie quilt has been created from a variety of circa 1928 calicoes, florals, stripes and geometric prints. Completely hand pieced and quilted each block is just 3 inches square. Every little piece has been outline quilted by hand. The floral cotton backing is striking and has navy flowers and leaves outlined with red on a white background. The separately applied white binding is a scant ¼ inches wide. A little treasure. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

DQ196 Pinwheel with Diamond in a Square Center Block Doll Quilt
DQ196 Pinwheel with Diamond in a Square Center Block Doll Quilt
c.1940
12 1/2 x 12 1/2 (31.8 x 31.8 cm)
PA
SOLD

A sweet 20th century cotton pinwheel doll quilt with a diamond in a square center. In excellent condition this little darling is soft and freshly washed by Betsey. Hand pieced and hand quilted with tulips in the 2 inch wide pink border, with echo outline in the border's four corners. Tulips are stitched in the four corners of the inner block design. A quilted four petal flower motif is centered within the 4 stitched tulips. Blocks measure approximately 2 3/4 inches square with great fabrics consisting of a rose,pink, blue and white floral calico, solid white, and a rose and blue mini print on white. The backing is white and the bat is thin with a nice loft. This little quilt is pillowcase edged with top stitching by hand 1/16th from the edge. A wonderful little quilt once used by a young girl for her doll, ready to be used and loved again.

DQ31 Cathedral Windows Doll Quilt
DQ31 Cathedral Windows Doll Quilt
c.1960
8 1/4 x 12
Maine
SOLD

This wonderful diminutive quilt has been completely hand sewn in a Cathedral Windows pattern, using a happy green, orange, and yellow floral cotton with a white background. A 1/2 inch binding in the same floral cotton nicely frames this little gem, and it is ready and waiting to be displayed in your home as miniature art or given to a special child. It appears to be in unused condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

DQ123 Postage Stamp Doll Quilt
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DQ123 Postage Stamp Doll Quilt
c.1880
15 x 15
Maine
$165

This sweet c.1880 doll quilt in original condition is comprised of just two fabrics; a lovely unusual black, gray and white calico print which has mellowed to brown and white, and a solid off white. This is a very rare combination, especially in a doll quilt. Hand pieced squares measure approximately 1 3/8" with some of the squares made up of two or three pieces of fabric sewn together. It appears this little girl used the remnants from one of her mother's quilts!

Hand quilting is slightly uneven and done in a cross hatch pattern with no batting between the layers. The backing folds to the front and is hand stitched down forming the 1/4" binding which shows some wear. Hand washed by Betsey, this sweet piece retains early stains and discoloration. A few early mends, we like to think done by the young quilter or her mother, add to the sweetness of this quilt.

DQ181 Victorian Silk & Silk Velvet Doll Quilt
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DQ181 Victorian Silk & Silk Velvet Doll Quilt
c.1885
13.5 x 13.5
Massachusetts
$185

All original with a red silk backing and a very nice yellow silk ribbon used as a binding which is hand stitched down front and back in tiny, neat stitches. This lovely little doll quilt was probably made by a mother for her child from a left over crazy quilt block. In near perfect condition front and back, the only thing we find amiss is a slight discoloration on one side to the yellow silk ribbon which can be seen in the photo above. The embellishment stitching is executed in silk by an experienced hand and there is no thinning, fraying or tears to the silk and silk velvet patches. There are even some basting stitches remaining from the original construction. Neither quilted nor tied.

DQ185 Log Cabin Doll Quilt with Cheater Cloth Border
DQ185 Log Cabin Doll Quilt with Cheater Cloth Border
c.1925
15.5 x 21.5
Maryland
SOLD

Hand pieced and quilted this all original doll quilt has an approximately one inch wide cheater cloth border making it extra special. Log cabin blocks measure 6 x 6 with logs varying in width from 1/2" to 7/8". The hand quilting and possibly the piecing of the blocks look to be done by little hands. The chimneys have one large 'X' hand stitched from corner to corner, and the logs and cheater cloth border all have a center line stitched in white thread in slightly uneven, irregular quilting stitches. There is one very early seam mend in black thread visible on the front which we have not touched. The 3/8" solid green binding was applied half by treadle machine and then stitched down by hand on the back side. A very nice medium weight solid deep blue cotton was used for the backing - see detail pics. This little treasure showcases a nice variety of 1920's fabrics in a multicolored palette within a great cheater cloth border. A very happy little quilt.

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