By Becky Goldsmith
The Piece O Cake women are again! This time theyve further their exact zing to 13 Amish-inspired initiatives. rookies and complex quilters alike can be enchanted by way of the 5 huge quilts and 8 small initiatives, «fragments» that trap the spirit of the bigger quilts in a fragment of the time.
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181/4 x 261/4 in. framed Probably worked in Woodstock, Connecticut Private collection 52 Two remarkable canvaswork pictures, seen in plates 30 and 31, have descended in the Chandler family of Worcester, Massachusetts, and Woodstock, Con necticut (at the time these needleworks were made, Woodstock was part of Worcester County). , one depicts an intriguing scene of two courting couples engaged in conver sation, one holding hands, the other about to be smitten with Cupid’s arrow. Servants of African descent carry food and beverage and two young gentlemen sit reading, all in front of a center-chimney house with the date 1758 above the doorway.
Sally embroidered a charming central scene depicting a teacher instruct ing a student beneath a tree, while another student reads under a canopy. She surrounded her picture with a most unusual and complicated genealogy. Sally listed her name, age, town, and the date she completed the sampler in the bottom circle. From there, proceeding in a clockwise direction, she stitched a circle containing information about her sister Mabel and followed it with another circle showing her own name and date of birth.
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Amish-Inspired Quilts: Tradition with a Piece O'Cake Twist by Becky Goldsmith