An Amish Diamond in the Square quilt

1935, Pennsylvania
Quilted to center: AP / July 6, 1935
Cotton with a grey center diamond set on blue with green bars, two grey corner blocks, burgundy borders, and black binding edge, hand quilted in double concentric feather wreaths, crosshatching, feather garlands with a blue cotton backing
83" H x 72" 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. 136, exhibited
  • Notes: One of the "Big Three" design patterns for Amish quilters, Diamond in the Square can be customized and interpreted in an infinite number of color combinations. The star becomes the quilting itself, with no better stage to shine than the large color fields inherent in the Diamond in the Square pattern. "The use of large, unpatterned pieces created color fields; striking design variations could be wrought through contrasting color juxtapositions. This remarkable design device allowed them to create finished quilts of the highest individuality within 'acceptable' standard formats, thus satisfying both the community's desire for conformity and individual creative desires." (Holstein, "The Aesthetics of Amish Quilts," 91)
  • Condition: Overall good condition commensurate with age and use. Color fading to burgundy on one side, scattered staining to grey diamond. Backside with minor dye migration and staining.

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