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A Word About Amish Quilts
Often seen as an austere group, the Amish have been creators of startlingly beautiful quilts for more than a century.
Bold and dramatic use of solid colored fabrics make Amish quilts memorable. Unencumbered by the convention of "proper" color combinations, Amish women pieced pinks and reds, purples and greens, and blues and blacks side by side. The results are striking, enhanced by the use of simple geometric patterns.
The quilting, lavish by contrast to the relatively plain piecing design, is testimony to the love and care that often surrounded the creation of a quilt. Many Amish quilts were made for family members to commemorate special occasions and, consequently, were expressions of appreciation and affection.
Many of the antique Amish quilts that are collected today are examples of these special quilts. Some quilts were made for daily use and did not receive the care and attention to detail and workmanship. Quilts made in preparation for marriage or to be used on guest beds were more likely to be savored; many of these have survived the generations.