Trip Around the World Variation
73" x 76 1/2"
MSU Museum Accession 2001:158.6
Photo by Fumio Ichikawa, all rights reserved by MSU Museum
The striking graphic design of this quilt, attributed to an unidentified
Mennonite maker, is typical of quilts from this region and period. Variations
on this pattern, known also as "Postage Stamp" or "Philadelphia
Pavement," have been closely associated with Bowmansville in Brecknock
Township, Lancaster County.
Precisely placed one-inch squares form a design of one large central
diamond, four corner diamonds, and four smaller diamonds. These elements
are then bordered by a row of squares in a patriotic color scheme: blue
print squares alternating with red and white striped ones. The arrangement
of light and dark squares in the outer border creates a dramatic hill
and valley design. A sharp eye for color and design would have been required
of the quiltmaker to successfully complete this complex design. The quilt's
pristine condition showcases the bright palette and its unusual setting
and pieced borders.
By Mary Worrall, excerpted from American
Quilts from Michigan State University Museum.