Two basic styles of quiltmaking were popular in the Arthur area between 1890 and 1920—blocks set on point and blocks separated by sashing. Amish quilters probably learned both of these styles from their non-Amish neighbors, who had been piecing in these styles since the early 1800s. These two styles are repeated many times, with various pieced blocks, by the Illinois Amish quilters represented here. Other basic quilt styles, such as bars, center medallions, blocks flush and one patch, were practiced by Illinois Amish quilters to a lesser extent, according to surviving examples.
Quilting on classic quilts in Arthur received equal attention to the piecing. Plain blocks were often quilted with feather rosettes, and sashing, with feather bands or vines. Borders display a variety of cable designs, fans, and graceful ferns. The tiny stitches show beautifully on the fine wool fabrics.
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