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Amish and Mennonite quilts and their makers

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Permalink Reply by SharonS on December 23, 2008 at 2:36pmDelete

Contemporary Amish and Mennonite quilts are very different from the traditional ones. The Amish and Mennonites are quite entrepreneurial, and know a good sales gimmick when they see it. So now you'll see all sorts of nontraditional fabrics and patterns in quilts made by either group.
When we spoke to one Mennonite woman near us who sells new quilts, we found out another interesting tidbit of information - when she makes applique quilts, she farms out the applique work to a local group of Hmong immigrants, who are expert at applique!

Permalink Reply by SharonS on December 24, 2008 at 10:23amDelete

Of course it's a matter of taste, but Amish quilts are characterized by their combination of beauty and simplicity, along with a color sensibility uncommon in other types of quilts. And of course, because of their artisanship and their relative scarcity, authentic antique Amish quilts in good condition do bring high prices.

A couple of good links to check out Amish quilts: Lancaster County Amish Quilts
A video panorama from the Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum
Some quilts for sale, formerly from the Esprit collection of mostly Amish quilts, now on thewebsite of their former curator, Julie Silber
And finally, the collections database of the International Quilt Study Center, where you can search their huge collection for pattern, or by keyword, where a search for the keyword Amish brings up 333 selections. You can spend days and days looking over their collections. Trust me, I know!


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