Quilting…

This week is going to be all about sewing & quilting! yup, oiled up the Singer and organized my sewing room….have  some little surprises for my friend Bettyann, she doesn’t know about it yet……don’t tell her!

“Rocky & I (yesterday’s post) have decided to try a different strategy……

“Idle fingers – Idle mouth!” so I’m staying on track by keeping myself very, very busy!

This morning, I organized the dish closet, pantry, downstairs bathroom closet, upstairs linen closet and fabric closet! so I’m on a roll now!

Today, I start my quilting journey – I promised myself!

But I have several projects I want to finish this week….I have four napkin & placemat sets started and haven’t forgotten about my button house….I’m also hunting for fabric to make the “New” dining room drapes…..I have a budget set so finding what I really like is going to be a “Treasure Hunt”! but determination has set in……I also found my old patterns for a Victorian Rabbit from 1984! She is on my list also…..will share her with you…..

Now for the quilting …….

I’ve learned so much about the Amish quilts which I just love….the delicate stitches and just the history and love that goes into them….

Did you know?

Long ago, the quilts made by the Midwestern Amish were more daring in pattern and color…the reason: The distances between Midwestern Amish settlements were greater than in Pennsylvania.  So the Amish visited less with each other and had greater interaction with their “English” neighbors. (The Amish term for people not in their church).

The magic of Amish quilts has captured admirers everywhere.  The simplicity and peace visible in their lives has made these quilts so fascinating….We look at these beautiful quilts as works of art, yet art, itself, was frowned upon within the Amish community.  The function of  a quilt was purely for warmth as a bedcover.

The fabrics used in antique Amish quilts were almost always solid colors. Very rarely would you find printed fabric.  The oldest, most traditional Amish quilts come from eastern Pennsylvania, specifically from the Lancaster County.  Their color schemes are from the Cool side of the color wheel: burgundies, blues, purples, and greens – this is decided upon by their church…..Yellows and oranges appeared more in the quilts from the Midwest and those from other Pennsylvania areas other than Lancaster. I am sure that has changed as I have seen recently made quilts from here in Pennsylvania that have printed fabric…..

Until the 1940s, the quilts were generally made from wool. During World War II, the Amish were forced to use synthetic materials. When the war was over, they began to use cotton fabrics in their quilt designs.

The patterns continued to become more intricate adding well known patterns like:

  • Nine Patch
  • Around the World
  • Sunshine and Shadow
  • Baby Blocks
  • Star of Bethlehem
  • Tree of Life
  • Dresden Plate

I found a wonderful site…please visit if your ready to start quilting!

crafts.lovetoknow.com

Free Amish Patterns

If you have decided to create your own Amish style quilt and need a pattern, there are many available on the Internet. Keep in mind that the patterns are secondary to the colors that are traditional in Amish quilts. Almost any pattern quilt can be Amish style by utilizing the deep colors that they do.

Hand Quilting Tips

One of the final steps to making an Amish quilt is the hand quilting. This is done by using a stencil to draw the stitch design on the quilt, or by sending it to be quilted. There are Amish cottage industries that specialize in hand finishing your pieced quilt top. The intricate designs are stitched with approximately 10 stitches to the inch. For more information about having your quilt hand finished, as well as tips on Amish quilting, visit Amish Hand Quilting.Some more tips:

My biggest dilemma will be mitering the corners…remember I told you my fear of making a pie crust from scratch? this is a close second!

My husband and I want to take a trip down to Lancaster when the weather turns nice…..its less than two hours from where we are …… haven’t been there since I was a little girl…..

I will keep you posted on my progress……check back tomorrow for a cute sewing project!

For now, enjoy some beautiful quilts………

 

I just love this painting…….

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 www.dowdlefolkart.com

 

Amishloft.com

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Custom Nine Patch design

Lone Star-Lapp family-Smoketown ,PA  c.1930  81″x80″

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Double Nine Patch, Lancaster County, PA c. 1930 82.5″x82.5″

Have you ever quilted? please tell us all about it! and any hints will be very much appreciated!

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  1. Oh my word, these are all amazing. I quilted years ago, so much work,but so beautiful. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    • Thanks Marty…..I love them too….My fingers are revolting against me! but I’m determined! will share when I get enough done to show everyone! been trying to get a lot done this week…stay well dear friend!
      L.

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