An Amish Tumbling Blocks quilt

1890-1900, Geiger County, Ohio
Made by The Smucker Family
Cotton with tumbling blocks in light and dark blue and red, all set within a red inner border , dark blue outer border, and red binding edge, hand quilted in parallel lines, diamonds, double zig-zag lines and cables with a tan cotton backing
88.5" H x 81.75" W

  • Provenance: Sale, Wheatcroft Antiques & Quilts, Lewisburg, PA, January 24, 1990
    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. 166, 167, exhibited
  • Notes: With roots in mosaic floor design from Ancient Greece and Rome, Tumbling Blocks entered into the quilting repertoire around 1851 when the first known pattern was published in "Godey's Lady's Book." The graphic pattern can be acheived with a few contrasting colors and has a startlingly modern appearance, especially when interrpreted in the dark and saturated color palette preferred by the Ohio Amish.
  • Condition: Overall good condition commensurate with age and use. Light soiling to edges and some staining visible to lighter blue fabric scattered throughout. A Velcro tacking strip sewn to one edge.

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