Found in the 1980's in the predominantly Amish and Mennonite community of Shipshewana, Indiana, this very traditional "Cake Stand" quilt has been preserved carefully by a Chicago area collector. It is pieced of light blue chambray with a polka dot pattern and white cotton; the calico dates from between 1890 and 1920. The same fabric was used throughout and was probably purchased just to make this quilt. Typically, this Mennonite quilt is meticulously machine-pieced and beautifully hand-quilted at 10 stitches per inch. The quilting design is a tulip. There is an outer border stripe that frames the design. The narrow binding is elegantly blind-stitched. The quilt is in fine original condition, although it has seen some use. There is slight fading of the blues but no fraying or other signs of heavy wear. The quilt may be washed in cold water if necessary. It is shown on a full-sized bed and measures 76" X 88."
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