The Amish are known for many things, from their farming prowess to their ability to hand craft wood furniture. But that’s not all: Amish quilts are among the most desirable, as the attention to detail and unique patterns are sure to catch your eye.
The Golden Age of quilting spanned from the early 1870s to the 1940s. During this time, Amish women began to focus heavily on this craft. While they didn’t know it at the time, many of their quilts would turn into collector items.
Get this: an 1892 double-sided Amish quilt fetched $3,125 at auction (which was roughly twice the estimated value).
When searching for Amish quilts, you’ll generally find that they’re available in six common patterns (but there are others):
• Center diamond
• Center square
• Irish chain
• Sunshine and shadows
Here are some other things you should know:
• Amish women typically spin their own fabric from hemp, flax, or wool
• Fabrics are dyed with natural pigments for color
• Many quilts are made from leftover clothing
• Many of the earliest quilts were made by hand (especially those before sewing machines hit the mainstream)
If you find yourself in the market for an Amish quilt, start your search online and at local estate sales. You never know when you’ll find a beautiful piece that catches your eye.
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