Amish Pieced and Appliquéd Wool Fan Quilt. Made by Maria Stoudt Hamshen and Eliza Kercher Kern, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1882


76 x 75 inches. 25 fans in green and red, against brown ground, with red and brown borders.

Fan quilts, with their bold repeating theme, were a more complex pattern of Amish quilts and were, therefore, made with less frequency and likely cherished all the more for their intricacy. This example survives in exceptionally fine condition and retains vibrant colors.

The top of this quilt was made for Louisa Kern (Mrs. Jonathan Heiser) in 1882 by her paternal aunt, Maria Stoudt (Mrs. Joe) Hamshen (1821-1901); the bottom was made and the quilt was finished by her mother Eliza Kercher (Mrs. Frank) Kern (1845-1940). Two family documents accompany this quilt.

For related quilts, see Robert Charles Bishop and Elizabeth Safanda, A Gallery of Amish Quilts (New York: 1976) and Patricia T. Herr, Amish Quilts of Lancaster County (San Francisco, 1990).

Louisa Kern (Mrs. Jonathan Heiser)
Raymond Heiser, son
Thence by descent

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