Quilt of the Month


February 2005

February 2005

Triple Irish Chain
Maker unknown
Probably made in the Midwest
c. 1930-1940
82" x 71"
IQSC 1997.007.0024
Ardis and Robert James Collection of Antique and Contemporary Quilts
The Collector's Eye: Amish Quilts from the International Quilt Study Center Collection Exhibition

A palette of cool lavender, green and blue combine with black in this dynamic Triple Irish Chain, February's Quilt of the Month from the International Quilt Study Center. This quilt is one of the earliest Amish quilts purchased by Robert and Ardis James, and was featured in the exhibition "The Collector's Eye: Amish Quilts from the International Quilt Study Center Collections" at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (February 26 - August 7, 2005).

Midwestern Amish quilts, made primarily in Amish communities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Ohio, are easily recognizable within the Amish quilt genre. Midwestern quiltmakers often adopted mainstream (non-Amish) patterns such as Stars, Baskets, Bow Tie, and Irish Chain, that incorporate a repeating block format. Often the blocks were set on point (in a diagonal orientation) with unpieced setting squares separating them. Note the intricate fiddle-head fern quilted in the outer border and the individual wreaths in the setting blocks.