Quilt of the Month


October 2003

October 2003

Fans
Maker unknown
Probably made in Indiana
c. 1910-1930
44.5" x 35.5"
IQSC 2000.007.0062
Sara Miller Collection of Midwestern Amish Crib Quilts
At the Crossing: Midwestern Amish Crib Quilts and the Intersection of Cultures Exhibition

The fan motif became popular during the late nineteenth-century because of American's fascination with exotic Eastern cultures. A few decades later, the Amish in northern Indiana developed a particular fondness for the fan design and created many variations using the traditional Amish color palette. In this quilt, four fans are pieced together to form a wheel and the design field is framed by a pieced border that matches the spokes of the expertly pieced wheels.