Amish Quilts

Written by Rebecca Russell
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One particularly interesting group of Americans is the Amish community. The Amish live an incredibly strict lifestyle, organized around the teachings of the Bible. They shun all modern day advancements, plowing their fields with horses, building houses and barns with only saws, hammers, and nails, and growing their own food to provide for their families. The Amish sew their own clothes and are known for their sturdy yet elegant crafts.

Though the members of the Amish community separate themselves from the rest of the country, they sometimes need to purchase items in the surrounding towns that they cannot make or repair for themselves. In order to have money to purchase these necessities, they will often bring baked goods, vegetables and crafts to markets around the areas in which they live.

Some of the items that are most often sold are quilts. The women in the Amish community come together for quilting bees, just as many women did in early America. These gatherings give the women time to socialize with each other, sharing recipes and news about their families and children. It is also a time when the younger girls hone their stitching skills by working alongside their mothers and older sisters.

The Simple Beauty of an Amish Quilt

Amish quilts are typically made of plain, dark colors, but they are defined by their intricate stitching and embroidery. The time and care taken to create each piece results in handiwork that is not often seen in this modern day and age. Quilts are made to be useful and not to be hung as artwork; however, many quilt-lovers seek out and purchase Amish quilts, counting them among their most prized possessions.

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