Two Weddings and an Amish Quilt.

On this day in 1759 and 1945, two U.S. presidents-to-be were married. George Washington (U.S. President 1789-1797) married Martha Dandridge Custis in 1759, a union that lasted 40 years.  Almost two hundred years later, in 1945, George Herbert Walker Bush (U.S. President 1989-1993) married his 18-year-old sweetheart, Barbara Pierce.

Elizabeth Ann Miller Bontrager, an Amish quilter from Arthur, Illinois, made this Double Wedding Ring quilt around 1955. The design of this machine pieced and hand quilted crib quilt is atypical of Amish-made quilts from this area. The quilt is now part of the permanent collection of the Illinois State Museum.

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.

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