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Object ID P.02.51.25
Object Name Quilt
Description Quilt, Diamond in the Square, Philadelphia Pavement variation pattern, c. 1935, made by Fanny Petersheim in her later years. Rayon fabrics were not commonly used by the Lancaster Co. Amish until the later 1930s. The large size of the quilt also suggests a later date. No corner blocks in quilt. Phila. Pavement design has an unusual arrangement of blocks, creating a visually exciting quilt. It is a combination of innovating block arrangement and an older traditional pattern.
Top: Plain- and twill-weave and crepe wool and rayon. Pavement pattern squares vary from 1.5 to 1.75 inches; often pieced imperfectly. Triangles of inner square are blue rayon crepe; inner border of red; outer border of green. One-inch binding is of the same red as inner border.
Back: Dark green pieced plain- and sateen-weave cotton and a light green wool.
Quilting: Crosshatch center; triangles quilted with a branching rose pattern (fabric and rose pattern suggest the late date of c. 1935). Also, scallop quilting at outer edges and a heart at both acute-angle corners. Inner border, 5 inches wide, has pumpkin seed flowers alternating with a zigzag pattern (unusual variation of the earlier traditional diamond and flower used in the inner border). Outer 12-inch border of green has feather scrolls.

Date c. 1935
Made Fanny Petersheim (1879-1941)
Dimensions H-88 W-88 inches
Collection Heritage Center Collection
Material Fabric
Place of Origin Monterey, Lancaster County