An Amish Contained Crazy quilt

1912, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Made by Rebecca Stolzfuss for her son, Sylvan
Wool and cotton, with crazy quilt blocks on green field with pink band, blue borders and green corners, hand quilted in feather wreaths, crosshatching, grapevines, and feather plumes, with a patterned orange backing
76" H x 67" W

  • Provenance: Sale, Marilyn Kowaleski, Wernersville, PA, September 21, 1989
    The Collection of Cindy Tietze-Hodosh and Stuart Hodosh
  • Literature: Donald B. Kraybill et al., A Quiet Spirit: Amish Quilts from the Collection of Cindy Tietze & Stuart Hodosh, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 1996, pg. 126, 127, exhibited
  • Notes: "As the Lancaster Amish involvement with the 1920s quilt making progressed, the design repertoire matured...They began late to make the Paramount Victorian busywork style, the Crazy Quilt, but tamed it to their liking by incorporating it in a block form which was perhaps the most beautiful manifestation of the design idea in American quilt making. (Holstein, "The Aesthetics of Amish Quilts," 92). As in the present example, the crazy quilt could be characterized as a vehicle for displaying the quilter's embroidery skills. Each strip is joined together by a dizzying array of embroidery stitches that makes the square come to life.
  • Condition: Overall good condition commensurate with age and use. A Velcro tacking strip sewn to one edge.

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