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Star of Bethlehem Quilt

Date:
ca. 1845
Geography:
Possibly made in New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Cotton
Dimensions:
90 x 89 1/4 in. (228.6 x 226.7 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Schwartz, 1973
Accession Number:
1973.64
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 751
Unlike quilts made by the Pennsylvania Amish, those made by the Indiana Amish are often initialed and dated. This example is inscribed with the maker's initials in quilting in one of the four corner triangles of the central patterned area. Each of the other three triangles is stitched with part of the date on which the quilt was completed, January 23, 1930. This is one of the Museum's most recently made quilts, yet it fits into the collection because its design is clearly a continuation of nineteenth-century aesthetics. Indiana Amish quilts are usually quite different in appearance than those of the Lancaster County Amish (see 1973.64), a reflection of the more liberal attitudes of midwestern Amish communities. The makers often preferred block patterns, set as diamonds rather than squares, the pieced blocks alternating with plain blocks that are elaborately quilted.
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