Scherenschnitte Appliqué Quilt
Probably made in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania
91.5” x 69.25”
Byron and Sara Rhodes Dillow Collection
Made by an unknown Mennonite maker—possibly by one of the Fullem sisters—circa 1880-1900, probably in Meyersdale Pennsylvania, this original pattern was hand-appliqued and hand-quilted. It uses the “Scherenschnitte” technique. German for “scissor cuts,” the maker creates symmetry within the design by folding and cutting the fabric — or paper — similar to how we make snowflakes. It is a technique often seen in Hawaiian and Pennsylvania German quilts.
“Unlike their Amish neighbors, who avoided pictorial imagery of any kind and only made pieced geometric abstractions, Mennonites made both appliquéd and embroidered quilts with floral motifs.”
This quilt is on display in Favorites from the Byron and Sara Rhodes Dillow Collection here at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum.
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