Quilt of the Month


February 2004

February 2004

Broken Dishes
Maker Unknown
Possibly made in Indiana
c. 1920-1940
38" x 34"
IQSC 2000.007.0037
Sara Miller Collection of Midwestern Amish Crib Quilts
At the Crossing: Midwestern Amish Crib Quilts and the Intersection of Cultures Exhibition

Broken Dishes and other patterns incorporating small pieced triangles, such as Birds in Air and Ocean Waves, were very popular among Midwestern Amish quiltmakers. Unlike their Lancaster County cousins who pieced quilts featuring large blocks intended to showcase quilting stitches, intricately pieced designs were favored in the Midwest. This maker, however, combined intricate piecing with decorative quilting designs--clamshells, circles, and double lines--that display an assortment of symmetries when viewed on the light colored backing fabric.