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Amish Circles Pattern Quilt

1930-1950
Origin: Ohio (probably)
76 X 90 (193.2 X 228.5 cm)
Cotton
Museum Purchase through the generosity of an Anonymous Donor
Acc. No. 2016.609.4
Rectangular cotton quilt pieced from solid black, purple, blue, and green cottons in a pattern of circles with eight pie-like sections, half circles, and quarter circles within a frame of double borders. The circles are of two different sizes and number twenty larger circles, twelve smaller circles, fourteen small half circles, and four small quarter circles. The circles are set against background patches that change colors, giving an asymmetrical ground effect. The quilting stitches, worked in white cotton at 5 to 8 per inch, trace the contours of each circle, with a diamond grid between the circles. The narrow inner border features repeated C shapes, and the outer border is quilted with fiddlehead ferns.