Amish Crafts – Quilting

Amish facts/history, Quilting Comments: 20
Amish quilt at Lolly's Fabrics

Amish quilt at Lolly’s Fabrics

Quilting, An Amish Craft

For the month of May we’re going to focus on Amish crafts. This will be a lot of fun, as I know that many of you are “crafty” too. If you’re not, this might be a good chance to start – OR, you could just enjoy the pretty pictures.

The Amish are well-known for their quilting. Here’s a few things I’ve learned from my research–

  • Amish girls begin quilting at a very young age
  • Amish usually prefer traditional colors and patterns for their own quilts.
  • When making quilts to sell to “Englischers” Amish will use calico prints, etc and they will sometimes quilt with newer patterns.
  • It’s a myth that Amish purposely leave a mistake in each quilt. What’s more likely is that when they see an error in a quilt, they leave it because it would be prideful to try and make something “perfect.”
  • Amish sew either by hand or be treadle machine, since they don’t have electricity.
  • For many Amish families, the money made from quilting helps to supplement their farming income.
Wall Hanging made by VC

Wall Hanging made by VC

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing quilts in quilt shops and in Amish homes. If you ask, Amish women will usually show you what they’re working on, but they rarely say “Come and see what I’m quilting.” Many homes have a quilt frame set up in the corner of the sitting room so that the quilt can be worked on at odd moments. And Amish do still have “sew-ins” where they get together to finish a quilt for a benefit auction.

Do you quilt? I’m a beginning quilter myself, but I very much enjoy doing it.

Blessings,

V

p.s. – JUANITA W. won the Mother’s Day give-away. Thanks everyone for entering. I have more give-aways planned, so stay tuned.

 

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20 thoughts on “Amish Crafts – Quilting

    1. vannettachapman Post author

      I love covering up with a quilt. Even the one I made years and years ago, which is now rather USED looking, makes me smile.

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  1. Patricia T

    What you said about Amish women leaving a mistake (if there is one), in their quilt, because it would be prideful to try to make it perfect, makes “perfect” sense, Vannetta.
    My sister is the quilter, in our family, and they’re BEAUTIFUL. (She even had a quilt shop.) I, however, was not blessed with any of her talent. :)

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    1. vannettachapman Post author

      What fun to have someone in your family who is THAT involved with quilting, Patricia. :)

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    1. vannettachapman Post author

      It helps to start small, Melissa. I think I have a lot of wall hangings in my future. lol

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  2. Marsha Christenbury

    I’ve tried quilting but only made a couple of small pieces. I love quilts but I’m not very good at sewing. I have purchased a few inexpensive scrap quilts. Oh, I also have one my grandmother pieced and we had it quilted years later!

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    1. vannettachapman Post author

      I don’t sew very well either, Marsha. But I’m improving. My seams are a LITTLE straighter.

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  3. Teri Walker

    Thanks Vannetta for the information. What about the black backgrounds how did all that begin and do they use black only for their quilts? You are doing a great job on your quilting. :)

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    1. vannettachapman Post author

      GREAT question, Teri. I think the black probably started because they used old clothes–and many (but not all) of their clothes are black. It’s now a tradition …

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  4. Sharon Horton

    I have three Amish quilts that my mom bought in Lancaster, PA many years ago. I also have some of the faceless dolls. I admire anyone who quilts, but especially those who do so by hand. I can barely thread a needle. LOL

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    1. Jerri Reynolds

      I have just started doing some simple quilted wall hangings (1 in fact) I really enjoyed the process and learned lots. I just hope I don’t feel let to make a bed quilt —- wish I could afford to purchase one though :

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      1. vannettachapman Post author

        I’m overwhelmed by something as big as a bed quilt too. I like LAP quilts. And congratulations on doing your first wall hanging, Jerri!

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    2. vannettachapman Post author

      I tried quilting by hand. It was something of a disaster, but I might try it again, Sharon!

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