Commemorative issue American Treasures - Amish quilts
Sunshine & shadow, c 1910
In the book, Plain and Simple, author Sue Bender says, "The Amish love the Sunshine and Shadow quilt pattern. It shows two sides—the dark and light, spirit and form—and the challenge of bringing the two into a larger unity. It's not a choice between extremes: conformity or freedom, discipline or imagination, acceptance or doubt, humility or a raging ego. It's a balancing act that includes opposites." It has come to represent the balance of human existance—the good and the bad, the joy and the sorrow, and how they are both a part of the whole.