Quiltmaking traditions likely developed separately among Amish settlements. In the early twentieth century, Ohio Amish quiltmakers favored repeat block patterns like Bow Tie, often featuring bright colors against a dark background. Notice how particular this maker was in her choices, laying out the blocks to form an orderly arrangement of color. The narrow border separating the design field from the wide outer border is another typical design choice among midwestern Amish quiltmakers. The Amish established a settlement in Holmes County in northeastern Ohio in 1808, but did not begin quilting there in great numbers until the end of the century.

Pattern: 
Bow Tie
Maker: 
Maker unknown
Circa
1920
1940
Possibly made in
Holmes County
Ohio
United States
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IQSCM, Ardis and Robert James Collection
1997.007.0269