A new exhibit is opening at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin Bearley Collection includes over forty bed, crib and doll quilts, illustrating the breadth of the Ohio Amish quilt making tradition between 1880 and 1940.
The strong graphics and vivid color combinations of these quilts have inspired artists and quilt makers since they were first seen outside the Amish community.
Each quilt in the Bearley Collection also contains a story about its maker, recipient, or the dealer/collector who found these objects, brought them out of Amish homes and into the market place. Together, these stories reveal much about the culture that made the quilts and the one that collected them.
The exhibit runs from November 15, 2014 - March 1, 2015, click here to learn more
Bear Paw, c. 1900-1915, Wool, 99" x 92" - Photo Credit: Darwin Bearley Collection