Judi's Doll Quilt Collection

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1. Doll Quilt - 1995   16 1/2" x 22 1/2" 

This doll quilt was made by Dorothy Barclay Zimmerman in Portland, OR.  Precise hand piecing and hand quilting in the diamonds and the Hour Glass quilt pattern.  Slight fading in some of the blue diamonds.   

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2. Scarecrow Doll Quilt - 7" x 9" - 1996

This is a mini sized doll quilt at 7”x 9 ½” and is exquisite in detail and condition. There are 6 blocks measuring 2” each with tiny scarecrows having perfection embroidered details which are birds, flowers, “straw” feet and hands, grasses, hat bands and 1 black cat.  Hover over the pic to enlarge the individual blocks. A half inch border in a flowery beige print and the 1 3/4”   brown with stars print border and binding surround the total. The back is plain muslin. Made and signed by maker, Jean Brown in Portland, OR in 1996.   

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3. Crazy Quilt Doll Quilt - 1900 - 11¾” x 12”

This exquisite doll quilt circa early 1900s is composed of silks, brocades and velvets. It is heavily embroidered with a variety of stitches around each piece and added details of feathered branches, lilies of the valley and a very central lovely puss. The 3 brocade owls are surrounded by black. The back is a heavy black velvet and the binding 11/4” black satin fabric. It is in excellent condition with no tears, stains, holes or odors.  

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8. Ararat Elephant Doll Quilt - 2012 - 18" x 25"

This is not an antique but is made from the pattern that was published in the Kansas City Star newspaper in 1932 for the Republican political campaign. It is the companion piece to number 1 Donkeys Crib Quilt. It was done in 2 inch squares with gray for the elephant, black for the eyes, outline of the ears and feet. A blanket is done in red and a blue fabric with sparkles. Sashing, borders and back are in a yellow print. Hand made and quilted.

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9. 2 Doll Quilts with Pillows – 1890

These two doll quilts were much loved and made from 1890-1900 cotton fabrics with homespun brown and white backs and bindings.  There are cadet blues, browns, reds, homespun red with blacks, muslins and mourning prints.  Some light aging stains with no tears or split seams and were hand pieced and hand quilted.  The large quilt is 12 ¼” x 18 ¾” and the small is 6” x 9 ½”.

The two pillows are made from ticking with feather stuffing and measure 4” x 4 ½” and 5 ¼” x 9 ½”.

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11. Broken Dishes Doll Quilt – c. 1890-1900
      9.5” x 15 7/8”

There are 60 tiny blocks measuring 1 1/8” in this hand pieced doll quilt. There are copper shaded browns, dark blue reds, reds, homespun, madders, mourning prints, shirtings, indigos, double pinks, greens, muslins, etc. The binding and two triangles are made from a Civil War calico.  The back is a faded white with black motif mourning print and has 4 tiny age related spots. It is hand quilted at 4 spi. Clean and odor free. 

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13. Antique “Railroad Crossing” Doll Quilt
      1870s  14 1/8” x 21 ½”

This Railroad Crossing quilt pattern doll quilt is made with 1870s brown fabrics – one striped and two printed ones. Yes, look closely as there is more than one printed fabric which shows up in the middle block in 8 tiny triangles. This is a very difficult pattern to do especially with the tiniest triangles measuring only ½ inch. The back is plain muslin and brought forward to form a ¼ inch binding. It is all hand pieced and hand quilted at 5 stitches per inch. Due to the complexity of putting the triangles together, this may have been made by a novice or even child seamstress.  Hence not all points and edges fit perfectly.  It measures 14 1/8” by 21 ½” and it was used. Some light age related stains are throughout but too faint to be seen in the photo.  All in all it is a delightful reminder of days gone by with a child and her dolly. 

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