Pennsylvania Pieced Block Pattern (Variable Star)
Classification: Building Furnishings, bedding, quilt. Materials and Techniques: Cotton, Pieced, Quilted Physical Description: This is a pieced block pattern with an Ohio Star Variation also known as Variable Star. It has several different dark blue with small white print cotton fabric. The borders and sashing around the blocks are white calico. There are different quilting patterns on each section, the triangular shapes along the border have a chevron pattern, the main block is quilted in a diagonal grid pattern. The white border is quilted in a chain pattern. The backing fabric is a brown & tan paisley print & is folded onto the front eding, which is hand hemmed. Exhibition: This quilt is currently on permanent display in the Rothman Gallery, The Phillips Museum. Collection or Donor: From the Robert L. Schaeffer Jr. Collection donated to the college in 1987. It is said that Schaeffer, an avid collector of American folk art, often crossed paths with the Duponts. The collection largely represents a narrow geographic region consisting of Pennsylvania German objects and was accumulated over four decades. Schaeffer’s grandfather served on F&M’s Board of Trustees. Schaeffer purchased this item from Hattie Brunner in the 1970s. Brunner was one of the first Pennsylvania German antique dealers as well as a folk painter.
90 x 90 inches
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