With the help of her female relatives, Miriam Hostetler helped make this quilt prior to her marriage to Samuel Yoder in 1970. As was the custom in many Amish communities, Miriam’s parents gave her gifts “from home” to help establish her own household upon marriage. Both young women and men typically received such gifts, but girls helped their mothers with the quilts. Quilts from home sometimes received little use, and were not considered utilitarian. As such, families often passed down these “best quilts” from one generation to the next, eventually selling them when dealers and collectors came looking for pristine Amish quilts.