Pennsylvania, the Constitution and Nonsuch.

On this day in 1787, Pennsylvania became the second state of the Union to ratify the U.S. Constitution. At the time one-third of Pennsylvania’s population was German-speaking, so the Constitution was printed in that language to engage these citizens in the debate.

This striking tan, cream and red quilt is titled “Nonsuch,” and was made by Bessie Moyer, a German Protestant schoolteacher, between 1876-1900. The owner, Moyer’s great niece, documented the quilt during the Western Pennsylvania Quilt Documentation Project in 2010.  Don’t miss using the zoom tool on this quilt

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to find out! Read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about that quilt.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

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The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

3 thoughts on “Pennsylvania, the Constitution and Nonsuch.

  1. What a wonderful MODERN quilt!!

    I gave my sister the link to the Quilt Index. She hadn’t heard of it, but had a quilt that was photoed and indexed for Illinois. I told her likely it is part of the big index. Thanks for the project. It’s such a wonderful resource!

    • I don’t have the URL for it. It is an early-1970s wedding ring quilt with white background. She and her husband received it as a gift when they were married in 1976. It was purchased by the giver, not made by them.

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