An Amish Diamond in a Square quilt

Circa 1920, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Embroidered to one corner: LB
Rayon, wool crepe, and cotton with a lavender diamond in red diamond, green outer border and lavender binding edge, hand quilted in roses, rose wreaths, scallops, and bows, speckle-printed cotton backing
79" H x 80" W

  • Provenance: 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. 81
  • Notes: "Rayon had been introduced to the American public in the 1920s and Lancaster Amish began to use it in the quilts in small amounts before that decade ended. (Strangely, other quilt makers were less keen on it, perhaps because it was first marketed as a silk substitute, it's not as easy to cut and control in sewing as cotton or wool, and does not clean as easily as cotton. In this case the 'English' were more conservative than the Amish. Perhaps because the Amish were using it as a wool substitute in a 'best quilt,' they did not anticipate subjecting it to heavy use.)
    Rayon has significantly different surface and reflective qualities from wool, it is visually livelier and where it was used in an Amish quilt in combination with the latter material, it often adds vivid highlights. Sometimes, as in the Diamond Quilt...it is experienced as a glossier or silkier surface. Few other American quilt makers made quilts entirely of rayon; where they did, it was usually as a substitute for silk in the parlor or bed throw. (Holstein, "The Aesthetics of Amish Quilts," 86)
  • Condition: Overall good condition commensurate with age and use. Scattered minor soiling throughout, staining visible to lavender areas, see photographs for additional details. Backside with fold-fading and light staining. A cotton dowel sleeve sewn to one edge.

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