In their beauty and simplicity, Amish quilts offer a unique insight into the history and traditions of the "Plain" people. The story of the Amish starts nearly 500 years ago, at the time of the Protestant Reformation in Europe. The history is still evident in the lives of modern-day Amish communities. Through their language, dress, and lifestyle the Amish strive to keep themselves separate from the outside world - if not literally, then certainly spiritually.
Early Amish quilts were purely functional, not made to be beautiful or decorative, and made in the plain, dark colours of Amish clothing, primarily blue, green, purple, burgundy, brown, grey and black. All clothing was homemade, hence the scrap basket was the first source of fabric for a new quilt.
This book explores the history of Amish quilts and the people who make them, with fascinating insights into Amish traditions and lifestyles. There are 10 of the most popular Amish quilt designs, from the traditional Bars Quilt to the contemporary Lancaster Rose Quilt. Clear, step-by-step instructions accompany each design, with trace-off quilting motifs and full-size templates.
One section provides comprehensive techniques to help quilters of all levels create sensational Amish quilts.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 09 / 1998
- 220 x 290mm