Snail's Trails Quilt

Pieced quilt
Amish quilt

American, Illinois, Arthur, Amish
about 1930

Object Place: Arthur, Illinois, United States


Height x width: 172.7 x 149.9 cm (68 x 59 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pieced wool plain weave and twill top, cotton plain weave back, wool plain weave binding; quilted

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Pieced Snail’s Trails quilt; paired spirals in green, purple, red, brown, beige, and blue alternation with black, narrow blue-gray inner border and wide red outer border, blue binding. Central field quilted in diamond lattice pattern, red outer border quilted in cable pattern. Backed with white cotton plain weave. About 8 quilting stitches per inch.


By 1981, with Mary and Joseph Koval; 2009, with Gerald Roy; 2011, sold by Roy to the MFA (Accession date: March 23, 2011)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Hanne and Jeremy Grantham, Jane and Robert Burke, an anonymous donor, Jane Pappalardo, Lynne and Mark Rickabaugh, Carol Wall, Heidi Nitze, Ruth Oliver Jolliffe, and Mrs. Robert B. Newman, and funds by exchange from anonymous gifts, a Bequest of Miss Ellen Starkey Bates, William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, Gift of the Estate of Annie B. Coolidge, Gift of Mrs. John Dane, Gift of Louis H. Farlow, Alfred Greenough Collection, Gift of M. M. Greer, Gift of Mrs. Chester A. Hoefer, James Fund, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Harold Karlin, Gift of Miss Mildred Kennedy, Gift of Francis Stewart Kershaw, Gift of Mrs. Bliss Knapp, Gift of Mathias Komor, The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection, Gift of Miss Louise M. Nathurst, Gift of Mrs. George N. Northrop, and Gift of Mrs. Albertine W. F. Valentine, residuary legatee under the will of Hervey E. Wetzel