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Presentation on Amish Quilts by Jan Wass

Join the Museum Quilt Guild for a special presentation... "Discovering Illinois Amish Quilts” by Jan Wass

This Powerpoint presentation will introduce the often-overlooked quilts made in the Old Order Amish community near Arthur, Illinois. You will learn about their history going back to the 1870s and follow their developing diversity as Amish quiltmakers merged their desire for simplification with quiltmaking trends. Illinois Amish quilters have produced masterpiece quilts that are considered to be among the best examples of American folk art. 

Jan Wass is the retired Curator of Decorative Arts at the Illinois State Museum where she worked first hand with a collection of over 160 Amish quilts. She is the author of Illinois Amish Quilts: Sharing Threads of Tradition. She has also juried quilt shows, including the International Quilt Association’s judged show in Houston. She has taught at the International Quilt Festival in Houston and nationally. She currently lives in Vonore, TN. 

Jan has been a quiltmaker for over 35 years and has recently created a series of wall quilts inspired by the Illinois Amish Quilts she has researched. She has produced a number of patterns and kits based on those quilts. She will also share her Amish-inspired quilts in a trunk show.

Event Time:  11am 

Earlier Event: October 3
"A Treasure of Threads" Quilt Show
Later Event: October 11
American Quilt Study Group