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
Object Name
quilt
Object Type
quilts
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
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Lancaster County
ID Number
1985.0029.06
catalog number
1985.0029.06
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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