The colors in many Amish quilts reflected the clothing choices of the local church district; most groups have adhered to plain, solid colored fabrics for dressmaking, and women have frequently used leftovers from making clothes in their quilts, exemplifying the faith’s emphasis on frugality and thrift. This adaptive use of leftover—or other cheap or second hand fabric—resulted in quilts made from a wide variety of different weaves and hues, sometimes using scraps smaller than an inch in width, as in some of the blocks of this Ohio Star quilt. Its “Chinese Coin” style border makes striking use of bits and pieces of colors and fabric types popular among the Amish in the early twentieth century.
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IQSCM, Gift of the Robert and Ardis James Foundation