An Amish Double Wedding Ring/Chinese Coins quilt

1940-1950, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Cotton with multicolored rings on a navy blue field with a lighter blue binding edge, hand quilted in zig-zags, diamonds, flower stalks, and waffles with light blue cotton backing
93" H x 81" W

  • Provenance: Sale, Beacon Hill Attic, Toluca Lake, CA
    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. 160, 161, exhibited
  • Notes: One of the most recent quilting patterns, the Double Wedding ring was introduced in 1935 but has roots in other interlocking ring design motifs going back centuries. Though the Amish do not wear wedding rings themselves, the symbolism of the quilt found appeal among them in the 1940s. Tricky to piece together, it wasn't a pattern a novice quilter would have undertaken. this example, with its allover navy ground, makes the multicolored patches sing and evoke a sort of Mary Blair aesthetic.
  • Condition: Overall good condition commensurate with age and use. Minor soiling and staining scattered throughout. Backing with fold discolorations and staining throughout. A Velcro tacking edge sewn to one edge.

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