Amish women working for the company Amish Design in the early 1980s made this quilt for the consumer market. Women laboring in such businesses typically earned a piece rate for cutting, piecing, or binding quilts. Amish Design also paid a piece rate for quilting, whereas many other businesses paid Amish quilters by the yard of quilting thread used. In the early 1980s, businesses paid 25 to 30 cents a yard, resulting in an estimated 63 cents to $1.15 an hour. By the early 1990s, quilters charged as much as 50 cents a yard, netting $1.00 to $2.00 an hour. When employed as contract workers, quilters are not governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Pattern: 
Six Pointed Star
Maker: 
Probably made by L. Miller
Circa
1978
Probably made in
Wayne County
Ohio
United States
51
47
IQSCM, Ardis and Robert James Collection
1997.007.0515