Art for art’s sake is not found in a typical Amish home. Amish quilts are one of the few forms of art acceptable in the Amish community and that is only because they serve a pratical purpose. No wonder the women enjoyed expressing themselves as they made quilts for their families. Over time, the quilts evolved from whole cloth with plenty of quilting to added cornersquares and finally color throughout. Still simple, but beautiful in their simplicity.
Historian, quilter, and noted expert, Rachel Thomas Pellman provides an information packed look at the development and tradition of Amish quilting in her book, Amish Wall Quilts. The distinctive quiltmaking characteristics of three different Amish communities are discussed. You’ll learn details about how Amish women use quilting as a creative outlet. Included are fifteen projects for wall quilts in the Amish style.
Almost Amish is less traditional, but still Amish inspired. Three star blocks and tone on tone fabrics are used to create the beautiful, simple look.
Buggy By The Fence Rail uses the traditional rail fence block to provide a backdrop that looks like a country field. The silhouette of a buggy is appliqued in the ‘field’.
And, for your puzzling pleasure, Amish Quiltscape Jigsaw Puzzle by SunsOut Puzzles. Relax and enjoy putting together this peaceful scene. Who knows, maybe it will be inspiration for your next quilt!
When you are not quilting, be sure to enter our Pinterest contest and have a chance to win prizes!