Amish Quilt Designs
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The Amish Shadow is very rare here in Pennsylvania; it's almost unknown entirely. While we're unsure of its origins, it does appear to be slightly more popular in the Midwest. It is also known as Roman Stripe. It's created by making two halves of a block and placing them on the bias. One half is almost always black, or at least a solid fabric. The other half is typified by bright or vivid ribbons of color. Frequently these strips are also solid color that contrasts nicely with the black. However, sometimes fabric can be used.
The Bachelor's Puzzle is very rare; it comes in two styles, and this sinewy one is almost unknown entirely. While we're unsure of its origins, it seems to appear in the Midwest in the 1920's or 30's.
The Basket design first came into use sometime around 1790. Quilters like to use it because they can cut small pieces from their scraps and still have a beautiful piece of work. This is truly one of the most traditional Amish quilt designs.
The Bear's Paw is another classic design, another of the block style. While no one is certain when it was first created, it has been in use since at least the 1890's.
The Boston Commons quilt design was inspired by the Amish Sunshine & Shadow and English Trip Around the World designs. Instead of taking contrasting bands of color in block form and putting it into a diamond figure, this instead presents it in an elogated rectangular fashion.
The Bow Tie design is very rare; it is known to be in use by 1898, but perhaps may have been in use as early as 1875. Early examples came from areas as diverse as Nebraska and possibly Connecticut.
Like many of its siblings, the Broken Star is a variation of the Lone Star design. In this case, a lone star is placed inside of a curved set of similar diamond shape blocks that encircle it and form half-stars. This is a very popular quilt design in Pennsylvania.
The Center Diamond is one of the oldest and most beloved of all Amish quilts. It is even the inspiration for the Almost Amish logo! The piecing is geometric and bold, yet sparse. Yet this plain framework sets the stage for a riot of very detailed quilting. A masterpiece.
Crocus Star is an extremely rare design- so rare, in fact, that we've tried to trace its origins without success. One thing we do know- it features a striking geometric design.
We haven't had any success in tracking the history of this quilt. Use of the star motif to in quilt-making dates back to the mid-seventeenth century, at least. This particular use of the star takes the Broken Star variation and takes it a step further. Instead of taking the blank spaces and quilting a design inside of them, more diamonds or half-diamonds are created. It makes a great play of dark and light colors!
This treatment is obviously an outgrowth of the classic Double Wedding Ring. The first we've been able to trace it is very recently, first designed by Judy Niemeyer in 1996.
While Dresden Plate has its origins in a design dating to 1785, it wasn’t really well known in the US until the 1920’s. The name, adopted at that time, took inspiration from Victorian-era porcelain china for which the German city of Dresden was famous.
The Amish are known far and wide for producing quilts that are as gorgeous as they are durable, and we at Almost Amish are proud to showcase the handmade craftsmanship that goes into each and every one. Our line of Amish-produced quilts come in a variety of stunning, classic designs, many of which have been perfected over hundreds of years by generations of Amish quilters. These designs are bright, stoic, simple, complex, charming, and handsome. When you purchase a quilt from Almost Amish, you’re not just getting something pretty and warm to snuggle up in as you sit by the fireplace; you’re getting a one-of-a-kind piece of Americana artwork with centuries of tradition in every stitch.
Amish Craftsmanship Design
That marriage between artistry and craftsmanship is perhaps no more evident than in the design of our Amish Shadow Queen Quilt, a triumph of contrast achieved with over 78,000 individual, painstaking stitches. Those who believe Amish designs to be inherently dowdy and dull will be astonished by the balance achieved between the bright streaks of color and the counterbalance of black.
There are, of course, more classic designs available to those who wish to add a bit of understated elegance to their home. Our Boston Commons Queen Quilt features a variety of muted hues, making it the perfect addition to a stately bedroom or den. What’s more, its quilt top and backing are made of 100% cotton, which means that it’s just as good at being warm and cozy as it is at tying together a room.
No design we offer, however, may say “warm and cozy” quite as well as our Heart and Nine design. Available both as an Amish quilt and as a wall hanging, just looking at the Heart and Nine quilt brings back memories of how nice it felt to wear something grandma made special for you; not only because it was well made, but because you could tell that there was love and care put into every stitch. That’s the feeling that we hope to inspire in every customer who makes one of our handcrafted quilts their own.