Amish Quilts

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Most of us would agree that Amish quilts are something of a cultural icon. They’re beautiful as well as functional and serve as a form of entertainment and togetherness for the Amish women who make them.

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Quilt block from a quilt my Amish friend made for one of her daughters.

We have heard of or seen pictures of Amish women gathered around a large quilt frame, stitching and talking. Family members get together to make a quilt for a daughter who’s getting married. Friends and fellow church members may gather to make a quilt to send to a country in need, like Haiti. Or members of a district may work together to make a quilt to donate to an auction to help a community member facing hard times.

More Than a Marriage, the last novella in my Amish Quilting Circle Series releases at the end of February and features a group of Wells Landing Amish women who get together once a week to sew quilts for the Clarita School Auction. Most of you know that Wells Landing is inspired by the Amish settlement in Chouteau, Oklahoma. But the Clarita School Auction is one hundred percent factual and takes place every September. Click HERE for more info about the Clarita School Auction.

As much as we love Amish quilts, my Amish friend in Lancaster recently told me that the Amish girls of today are shying away from quilts and leaning more toward modern English comforter sets. This type of mindset could eventually lead to the discontinuation of the traditions surrounding these beautiful works of art. I don’t know about you, but just the thought makes me want to cry.

I love quilts and can’t imagine anyone picking a comforter over a hand sewn (or even machine sewn) work of love.

quilt-1-2-mkdWhich brings me to the good news part of this post. Amy’s Amish Quilt Giveaway (3rd Annual) is still underway! What does this mean for you? The chance to win a one of a kind Amish-made quilt. If you haven’t heard about the giveaway you can find all the specifics HERE. In a nutshell, I’m collecting fabric from my readers. In turn, you get a chance at winning the quilt!

And the best part is you don’t have to able to sew or quilt to enter!

So head over and check out all the specifics of the giveaway and send in your fabric! (Must be 18 to enter. Void where prohibited.)

And you can also join my Facebook page dedicated to the quilt HERE.

quilt-2-4-mkdI am so excited to be able to use this quilt to bring my readers together and for a little while keep this beautiful tradition alive.

If you have any questions, you can leave a comment below or email me at amylillard918@gmail.com.

Do you currently have any Amish made fabric goods in your home? Quilt? Doll? Potholder? Tell me all about it! Everyone who comments on this post will be entered into the weekly drawing. Up for grabs this week? A signed copy of Titus Returns, my latest Wells Landing Amish romance.

And as always, thanks for reading!

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71 thoughts on “Amish Quilts

  1. I have Amish friends in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
    My friend has a quilt shop at her home. (Esh’s Quilts). Her sister made a quilted table runner for me. I love it!
    My sister just bought a quilt last September. It is beautiful.
    Quilts and quilted things are a tradition in Amish Country. I would hate to see this tradition end.

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  2. I don’t have any thing made completely by the Amish, but my quilt on my bed was quilted by an Amish women after I had made the top. I am looking forward to reading “Titus Returns”.

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    1. That’s very special, Anna! I have a quilt top that my grandmother made. I keep forgetting to bring it with me when I come to PA. Gonna have to remember this year! I would love to have it quilted!

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  3. That would be such a loss to stop the quilt making for the wedding. What a honor be to own one. Maybe someday I will. Really be sad if they quit the tradition.
    Blessings
    Diana

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  4. I have doll quilt made by a elderly lady who gave it to me when I was a little girl. Thank you for the opportunity to win this giveaway.
    Joan

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  5. As my twin,Marilyn said ,I also have a quilt made by my Grandmother when Marilyn and I were born. No one knew there would be twin girls,so my Grandmother had to quickly make another one. Thank you for this giveaway.
    Marion

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    1. Oh wow! That’s a great story! When my nephew was born, we thought he was going to be a girl. we had to scramble around for everything! Including a new paint color for the nursery!

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  6. I won an Amish star potholder in a giveaway from Miss Tina’s blog last year it is beautiful and has a lovely spice scent when placing a hot dish on it to serve for dinner…I love to make quilts myself and would love to read these quilt stories you have written..thank you for a chance to win

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  7. I have a quilt and 3 dolls. I can’t imagine why the girls would want a store bought comforter sure they have pretty ones, but nothing like a homemade quilt, I have some quilts my mom made I wouldn’t trade for anything. Enjoyed your blog.

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  8. I have two amish dolls, quilt key chain and bread Warner with amish man and woman stitch on it. I really do want a quilt mAde by the Amish or Mennonite.

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  9. I have a wuily I made from my parents and siblings clothing, we each made a quilt of memories before we were married, they truely are precious memories…

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  10. It would be ashame if such beautiful works of art became a thing of the past!! It’s like most things, you don’t realize the value until it’s gone, hopefully these young women will continue the tradition.

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  11. Beautiful Quilts!! We have Amish made potholders and they are so pretty! So much time and effort go into making them. I hope the quilting tradition continues!

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  12. I am so looking forward to reading “Titus Returns”. I so enjoy this series😊
    I don’t have an Amish quilt even though I would love to own one. Maybe one of these days…. I have a quilt that my great aunt made. Also, my Mother made a quilt for each of my kids when they were born. They are treasured now more than ever since she has passed on.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of “Titus Returns”😊

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    1. That is so very special, Diane! My aunt was making quilts for me and my sisters. But since I’m the middle sister and she didn’t go in order, I got a store bought quilt instead. Long story. But sigh. Always the way with middle kids! LOL Thanks for reading!

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  13. I don’t presently have any Amish made fabric goods in my home. But we have a several church groups in our neighborhood. One of our good friends hand makes quilts every winter while managing 5 young children and a spotless home. Amazing!

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  14. Hi, Amy. I love quilts! I have 2 small items that I’ve purchased from Amish shops in PA. They are both hot pads and have a version of a star pattern, my top favorite. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  15. I love Amish Quilts…I have seen them many times…but have never been able to afford one…it is on my bucket list…I hope that I will own one really soon…Amy…you are an awesome writer…and it is wonderful…that you run this contest…it brings a lot of people together…who wouldn’t even know each other otherwise…and that is a great thing!!! Thanks so much for the chance to win!!! God Bless You and Your Family!!! Good Luck to Everyone entering too!!!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words!! It’s a double blessing to write stories and have wonderful readers for them! I hope you get your Amish quilt sooner rather than later!! 🙂

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  16. I love reading about the Amish and I really love reading your books Amy Lillard. I won a CD audio of Caroline’s Secret and an Amish picture and Amish hat and would really love to win a copy of Titus Returns. I visit a couple of Amish stores here in Springboro Pennsylvania and I enjoy shopping there. They have a lot of good things in their stores.

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  17. Hi! I was the lucky winner of the beautiful quilt pictured above. It lives on the bed in my guestroom. When people walk past the guestroom and look in they always comment on the beautiful quilt. I always tell them it’s too pretty to use.

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  18. I would love this book… Titus Returns looks like a great one…I have a favorite quilt from my Mom and Mother-in-law.. They have both went on to be with the Lord.. So these are very special to me…

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    1. I’m sure they are Janice! I love Titus! It was one of those books that I didn’t want to let go of when I was finished with it. 🙂 It doesn’t hurt that the guy on the cover is so handsome! Thanks for reading!

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  19. I haven’t never visited an Amish community,but I would love to.I do have several Amish items that I treasure.I have pot holders and a adorable little boys shirt and vest.I love quilts and I have several but they are not made by Amish.Thanks for sharing with us…these quilts are so beautiful.

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  20. I would think if they did not continue to make quilts that it would hurt their entire communities financially, such a loss if they left their heritage that way.
    I have an Amish potholder I won from Wanda Brunstetter and also a book of hers.

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    1. I’m sure some communities would be affected more than others. Hopefully that revenue alone will keep the tradition alive for a little longer. But it seems that making a wedding quilt for the daughters is becoming a lost art.

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  21. Have always wanted to visit Lancaster, PA and also Holmes Co in Ohio. My great grandparents were Amish/Mennonite and moved to OR from Missouri., back in the “Olden Days”.
    I would LOVE to have an Amish quilt, and I LOVE reading Amish Novels.
    I have a Handmade pot holder that is made by the Amish, but I use it as a decoration ~ too pretty to use!
    Thanks for this opportunity ~ I would LOVE to win “TITUS RETURNS”!

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  22. Half the things in my house I bought from amish craft shops! One thing that I do treasure is fabric placemats that I had my amish friend make for me. We went to the fabric store and I picked out a fall motif and as we were looking for something to go on the back I saw some christmas fabric in fat quarters. So one side is fall placemats, then early December I turn then over for christmas. Sweet memory as I think of her hurridly making them for me all while making homemade grape juice because I was leaving in just a few days.

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