Lancaster Amish quilt, Fourpatch design. Although typical w/ general format, colored wool fabrics and basket quilting patterns, this maker added her own personal innovations to create an unusual Fourpatch design. Inner square encroaches into inner border, sashing has a variety of colors, and there are simpler, more open quilting patterns in center areas. All mark a distinct departure from the expected.
Top: Plain- and twill-weave, and crepe wool. Fourpatches have symmetrical arrangement of multi-colored blocks. Inner border has 2 purplish-blue sides & 2 light green sides and corner blocks of medium green. Black sashing separates inner & outer borders. Outer border is patterned weave blue w/ dark green corners and binding (1 1/2" wide).
Back: Black-and-white cotton chambray. Batting is unknown.
Hand-quilting in dark thread done in unusual open patterns throughout center areas: double-line crosshatch creates a cross within each fourpatch block; inner border has diagonal parallel lines at sides and corners have crosshatching. Outer border: four sides edged in scalloping with three fruit(?) baskets in each side and pumpkin seed florets filling in empty spaces; green corner blocks edged in scalloping all 4 sides, with an artful use of an large-scale pumpkin seed motif to create a central 4-leaf design surrounded by smaller-scale pumpkin seed variations of florets and overlapping motif.
|Dimensions||W-72 L-74.25 inches|
|Collection||Heritage Center Collection|
|Place of Origin||Lancaster County|