1900 - 1925 Amish "Hanging Diamond" Quilt

Description
Quilted in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in the early twentieth century, this is a beautiful example of Amish quilting utilizing a traditional pattern. The dark red 25½-inch center diamond with a 3¾-inch purple border is set diagonally into a 46¼-inch square also with a 3¾-inch border. Framed by an outer 11¾-inch border, the quilt is finished with a wide contrasting binding of dark blue. The fabrics are mainly wool, wool-and-cotton, and some rayon. An 8-pointed star, feathered circles, vines, and scallops are motifs quilted with black cotton to complete this quilt.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1900-1925
quilter
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton/wool, wool, rayon (overall material)
thread, cotton, silk (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 80 in x 78 in; 203 cm x 199 cm
ID Number
1985.0029.05
catalog number
1985.0029.05
accession number
1985.0029
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Robert B. Stephens
subject
Quilting
Amish
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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