1890 - 1910 Swarey Family's Amish Quilt

Description
This Amish quilt was in the Swarey family and probably was made by Mrs. Swarey's grandmother, Mrs. Peachy. The Swarey family lived in Allenville, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, where the quilt was made in the late-nineteenth or early-twentieth century.
Ten inch squares are set diagonally with ten-inch triangles filling in the edges to complete the center portion of this quilt. Nine of the squares are quilted in an 8-pointed star pattern; the other squares are quilted in a grid pattern. Clam-shell quilting is found on the triangles. A quilted leafy vine graces the border on three sides. The quilting is done with black cotton thread; the fabrics are wool/cotton. The quilter deftly uses four major colors and well placed quilted motifs to achieve the bold effect this quilt conveys.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
Object Type
quilts
date made
1890-1910
quilter
Swarey family
Mrs. Peachey
Physical Description
fabric, wool/cotton, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 78 in x 73 in; 199 cm x 185 cm
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Allenville
ID Number
TE*T18479
accession number
1978.0674
catalog number
T18479
subject
Quilting
Textiles
Amish
Domestic Furnishings
Quilts
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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