During the first several decades of the twentieth century, when Amish women were making quilts in great numbers, they were part of a nationwide quiltmaking trend, fueled by the growing availability of commercially produced quilt patterns. While Amish women may not have read popular women’s magazines like Ladies’ Home Journal or Modern Priscilla which frequently published quilt patterns, some did have access to quilt patterns that appeared in syndicated newspaper columns in publications such as Ohio Farmer, Successful Farming, and Farm Journal. Ladies Art Company sold patterns through its mail order catalog, although clever Amish quiltmakers could have drafted their own patterns based on the catalog’s thumbnail images. This copy of the Ladies Art Company catalog was found in the home of Amish woman Mrs. Noah J. Hostetler, from Wayne County, Ohio.

Ladies Art Company catalog
George and Susan Delagrange