Lancaster Amish Nine Patch quilt, circa 1935
Top: Plain- and twill-weave wools, rayon and cotton. Block designs are set on point. Maker used colors to create a central focal point. Only an outside border and no corner blocks. Plain purple solid blocks at visual center and quilted with an 8-point star. Nine patch blocks of rust and turquoise. An outer "row" of plain mauve is quilted wih a single star, forming a border. The outer "edge" is carefully arranged w/ a pair of red and turquoise blocks at top and bottom. The pink and lavendaer. Sides contain red and gray alternating with pink/lavender. "Corners" are blue and green. Green triangles fill all four sides of centerfield and are quilted with a teiple-line-pyramid. Plum/mauve outside border.
Back: Black-and-white cotton chambray. Machine-joined in three widths.
Binding: Forest green, machine sewn to back, turned and machine sewn to front in black.
Quilting: Center field has grid design in 9-patch blocks, outer border is an uncommon heart and tulip design, said to have "been adapted from some old wallpaper." (Esprit book, plate 64). Single tulips alternate at inner edge.
|Made||Attributed to Mary Stoltzfoos|
|Dimensions||W-75 L-84 inches|
|Collection||Heritage Center Collection|
|Place of Origin||Christiana area, Lancaster County|