Q9075 Mennonite Joseph's Coat
c.1890 with older date calico backing fabric
78 x 78 inches
Very typical of Mennonite and Amish quilts is that they machine pieced them but always did hand quilting. The binding as usual is applied by machine and finished by hand. The word graphic is an understated description of this quilt. I find it very happy, and a piece that would absolutely bring life to any room, whether on a bed or on the wall. This quilt looks best hanging with the stripes vertical. The red strips are 5-1/2 inches, the blue from 2 inches to 2-1/2 inches, the cheddar strip 1-1/2 inches. The entire quilt has cross hatch quilting in a large grid of 3-3/8 inches. The quilting on this piece is not as small as some others from Mennonites and Amish, and I wonder if this was done by a younger woman. The backing calico is a wonderful early geometric print, probably from the 1870s. There has been very minor restoration done on this quilt.