1900 - 1925 Amish "Crazy-patch Block" Quilt

Description
The maker of this Amish quilt, probably from Pennsylvania, effectively utilizes sixteen 8½-inch crazy-patched and embroidered blocks set diagonally to create this dramatic example. The crazy-patched blocks are contrasted with blue and framed within a 4½-inch light rose border with lavender corner squares and a 10-inch darker rose border. Pieces in the crazy-patch blocks are outlined with polychrome silk embroidery in herringbone, feather, buttonhole, thorn, cross, and double-cross stitches. The fabrics are wool and wool-and-cotton. The initials “AK” are embroidered on a corner of the lining. The controlled use of the crazy-patch aesthetic in this quilt gives it an ordered, focused appearance.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
First quarter 20th century
date made
1900-1925
quilter
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, wool, cotton/wool, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton, silk (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 79 in x 78 in; 202 cm x 197 cm
ID Number
1985.0029.06
catalog number
1985.0029.06
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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