In the early 1920s, black became a favorite color in Midwestern Amish quilts, especially as a background. Sometimes, a dark blue was chosen instead. Both colors provided a strong contrast to the bold reds, yellows, blues, greens, and other hues that the quiltmakers frequently selected for their patterns and that were often used in Amish clothing, especially children’s dresses and shirts.
Stacy C. Hollander, "Hummingbirds Quilt," exhibition label for QUILTS: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum. Stacy C. Hollander, curator. New York: American Folk Art Museum, 2010.