Folk art of the amish

Quilts: The Folk Art of the Amish – Part of 6 of 8 – Wholecloth Quilts

Amish Folk Art – Wholecloth Quilts A Wholecloth quilt is also referred to as an Heirloom or white-on-white quilt and is hand quilted in varied patterns. A few popular Wholecloth patterns include the Feathered Pineapple, the Amish Star and the Queen Anne Star. Admirers of this style of quilt often assume that this traditional and […]


Calico Double Wedding Ring Amish Quilt

Quilts: The Folk Art of the Amish – Part of 5 of 8

Double Wedding Ring Quilts Physical examples of double ring (or Double Wedding Ring) patterns in textiles can be found in museum collections dating as early as 1825. However, double interlocking circles, much like those seen in Double Wedding Ring quilt patterns, can be found on Roman cups dating back as to the 4th century A.D. […]


Rose of Sharon Amish Quilt

The Folk Art of the Amish – Part 4 of 8

Amish Applique Quilts As well as being among the most difficult and time consuming patterns to execute, applique quilt patterns are among the oldest. Applique quilt and blanket fragments have been found dating back as far as 1066 in England (the oldest surviving fragment is actually Egyptian and dates to 980 B.C.). The word “applique” […]


Amish Quilt Moonglow Pattern

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 […]


Amish Quilt Mariners Star

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 […]


Star Log Cabin Amish Quilt

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 […]


Amish Quilts

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]