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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4. Printed Fabric Pennsylvania Doll Quilt
      Circa 1880's - 12”x14”

This charming whole cloth doll quilt is made of a fabric with medallions of rather droll scenes. One has a smiling cat with the caption "They are trying to make a pet of me". Another is a cat with a monocle labeled "Quite English you know". Yet another show someone making a shadow puppet but the image reflected is unrelated to what is created. The quilt is tied; very good condition. Measurements are 12" x 14. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880's

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5. Antique Wool & Cotton Doll Quilt 1901
     19” x 26”

A wonderful little crazy quilt made by a mother for her child. Foundation pieced using wool's, cottons and cotton sateen’s this lovely little quilt was executed entirely by hand. Embellished on all seams with cotton twists in soft shades of blue, pink, yellow and white with a hand stitched dedication from "Mamma To Nellie" and the year "1901".  The backing is solid black cotton sateen pillowcase edged to the quilt's top with embellishment stitching all around. There is no bat between the quilt's foundation fabric and the backing.

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6. Mini One Patch Doll Quilt – 5” x 5 7/8” – 1900

This tiny doll quilt is made from indigo blues, pinks, mourning prints, shirtings and muslins on the front and a gray print on the back.  It is tied in 7 places with blue wool yarn. The tiny quilt had much use loving a tiny doll in the past and subsequent stains remain. However they do not take away the sweetness of this little piece of history.

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7. Vertical Patch Doll Quilt – 8 ¼” x 18” – 1920

This doll quilt is made from a variety of fabrics and even some with machine embroidery in the blocks.  The blocks vary in size and are a bit crude in the assembly.  These were possibly done by a child learning to sew while the finished quilt has been machine quilted and the pink check binding put on by hand from an accomplished seamstress.

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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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10. Victorian Doll Quilt – c. 1880 – 13 7/8” x 19.5”

This sweet little doll quilt had two 9 patch blocks made in mostly Victorian brown fabrics with various motifs and patterns.  Two Prussian blues are the center of each block.  Two damaged brown blocks and the binding were replaced with circa related solid brown fabric.  The back is another brown leaf pattern.  Clean and odor free. 

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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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12. One Patch Doll Quilt - 1930 - 11 3/4" x 15 1/2"

This charming little doll quilt is fashioned from the same pattern fabric in 5 different colors - pink, blue, purple, green and yellow. The borders, back and binding are all made from white muslin.  It is hand pieced and machine quilted and is in pristine condition.

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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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14. Antique “Diamond In The Square” Doll Quilt
     1890s - 7” x 9 ¾”

This tiny doll quilt is made from 1890s fabrics of browns, tans, copper madder browns and shirtings fabrics in the Diamond in the Square quilt pattern. The back is composed of a brown and cream print plus a center piece of muslin and is brought forward to the front to form a 1/8” binding. All hand pieced and hand quilted in dark brown thread and in pristine condition. 

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15. Antique Linsey-woolsey Doll Quilt – 1860s
      7 ¾” Square

This is an exceptionally rare doll quilt made entirely from Linsey-woolsey fabrics with one side tan and red on the other. It has light batting and is bound with a red and black plaid print fabric. All hand pieced and hand quilted into 1” squares with 2 tiny (period size) holes in the red.  Clean and pristine. 

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16. Nine Patch Reversible Doll Quilt – 1930s
      9” x 12”

This is the companion small quilt that came with the #9 Nine Patch Crib Quilt. (Seen in the Crib Quilt section of pictures.)  This charming little crib quilt is composed of  24 - 4” blocks made with nine (9) one inch squares and is totally reversible. It is composed of a great many different fabrics of the 1930s.  However, the hand quilting is rather sparse around each 9 patch block in 5 inches per inch. The back and binding are of natural muslin. It is very clean and well kept. 

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