The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is sharing with TQS a number of images, photographed by Dottie Cichon, from the Darwin D. Bearley Antique Ohio Amish Quilts exhibition, currently at the museum.  This exhibit includes over 40 bed, crib and doll quilts, illustrating the breadth of the Ohio Amish quilt making tradition between 1880 and 1940.  Each quilt in the Bearley Collection also contains a story about its maker, recipient, or the dealer/collector who found each one, and brought them out of Amish homes and into the marketplace.
These photos are just to whet your appetite, so stay tuned for more detailed images...
The exhibit runs through March 15, 2015.
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Janneken Smucker  - Sunday, January 11, 2015 2-4pm

Amish Quilts: The Story of America’s “First Abstract Art”

Janneken Smucker provides a fascinating perspective on the making, selling and collecting of Amish quilts in this presentation, which is based on her recent landmark publication, Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon. In addition to being a fifth generation Mennonite quilt maker, Smucker is Assistant Professor of History at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.