Amish Quilts

The Folk Art of the Amish – Part of 3 of 8

The Medallion Quilt The Medallion quilt pattern originated as a teaching exercise for sewing and quilting projects. Initially comprised of various compass and star medallions, as the quilter’s skills improved, the Medallion patterns became increasingly difficult. By the mid-1700’s simple Medallion quilt patterns had come a long way, becoming the preferred and most popular quilt […]

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The Folk Art of the Amish – Part of 2 of 8

Stars and Star Patterns in Amish Quilts Star and star patterns are popular with many cultures, so it’s no wonder we often see stars in Amish quilts.  The pattern names are as varied as the stars: Lone Star, Texas Star, Star of Bethlehem, Broken Star, Mariners Star and Radiant Star are just a few quilt patterns containing […]

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The Folk Art of the Amish – Part 1 of 8

If society can be distilled or simplified down to its ingredient cultures, and if cultures come from and are based on traditions, then a society’s art based on component cultures and their respective traditions means, by extension, that all art is folk art. Handmade quilts are art and as such, the folk art of the […]

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Buffalo New York Bedroom

Anyone who thinks that Amish quilts are too traditional, old fashioned or stuffy, this is for you.  Here are images of a client’s bedroom – with Amish quilts. Our client liked two quilts enough to purchase both of them. The bedroom is modern and clean of line and in design, texture and color.  The designer […]

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Old Order Amish Quilter

Amish Spirit markets and sells hand quilted quilts made by Old Order Amish quilters who are members of a small community in rural Pennsylvania. Thus far, our articles have in small part described some of our Amish friends, taken a stab at explaining why they make quilts and have described what a quilt is. This […]

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Amish Quilts

What is a Quilt?

The ability of layered fabrics to insulate against the cold has been known for a long time. Quilts as we know them are made of three layers: the quilt top, the batting and the quilt back. The quilting is the stitching that bonds these three layers together to create the quilt. The top of the […]

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Why do the Amish make quilts?

People and all beings do what they can to survive and to perpetuate.  The earliest New World settlers needed to keep warm – so quilt making on these shores began in the early 1700’s. Any materials, burlap sacks, anything, that could be used was used. It makes sense that the act of quilt making (an […]

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Our Friends – Some Old Order Amish Quilters

The Old Order Amish are the largest group of Amish in America, and, in the world. There is no organization that holds these people together.  Rather, they are linked by their faith and traditions. The Old Order Amish are conservative, non-reform and non-progressive. We understand them by seeing them as entirely “off-grid.” They choose to […]

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Amish Spirit Quilts at ArtRider CraftWestport

Amish Spirit Quilts is showing quilts at the Artrider CraftWestport show As some of you may know, we were in Chantilly, Virginia last year as we participated in Sugarloaf’s Holiday Craft Festival at the Dulles Exposition Center. We don’t have a traditional storefront, so for us it was a lot of fun and just so […]

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Flower Garden Quilt

How to price a handmade quilt

How to price a handmade quilt – a near impossible task! My grandma, for more than 30 years, created amazing and beautiful quilts. But for a few, she gave them all away. When asked (and she was often asked) why she didn’t sell her lovely quilts, her answer was always the same. She said she […]

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