1900 - 1925 Amish "Bars" Quilt

Description
Quilted in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in the early part of the twentieth century, this seemingly simple pattern of bars set in a contrasting color typifies Amish quilting. The center is composed of eleven burgundy and blue strips of wool-and-cotton fabric, which vary in width from 6 inches to 7-inches, set in a frame of blue. The corners of the border are mitered. The blue bars and borders are quilted in a cable pattern, and the burgundy bars in a chevron pattern. The skillful quilting is done with rose and blue cotton thread. It is a classic rendering of a traditional Amish pattern.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
Object Type
quilts
Date made
1900-1925
quilter
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton/ wool (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 89 in x 93 in; 225 cm x 237 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Lancaster County
ID Number
1985.0029.04
catalog number
1985.0029.04
accession number
1985.0029
subject
Quilting
Amish
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Quilts
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Robert B. Stephens

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