The Whole Story

Amish quilters from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, are known for their bold, graphic piecing, especially the Center Diamond. Although the bedcovers appear spare at first glance, the quilting stitches belie the abstract nature of the piecing, with their detailed—even fussy—patterns of feather plumes and realistic flower or fruit clusters.

Comparing the stitching on three similar quilts illuminates the conservative nature of Amish design, especially the use of feather plumes that echo those on American worsted quilts half a century earlier.

Click images below to enlarge these quilts and read more information about the quilts included in the exhibit.