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Amish Quilts for Sale
Not just anyone can produce an Amish quilt. It stand to reason that Amish quilts are made by Amish people.
A book written by Bettina Havig "Amish Quiltmaker," says there is a difference among Amish quilts and Amish made quilts. Amish quilts are the ones actually used in Amish homes. Amish quilters make quilts and sell them to help supplement the family's income.
The quilts used by the Amish in their homes are actually rather plain and utilitarian. They are different than the elaborate quilts Amish quilters create to sell.
Instead, the quilts used by the Amish in their homes use plain solid color fabrics and simple piecing designs. Treadle sewing machines are used by many quilt makers in Amish communities for their quilt projects. It's typically used to piece the quilt top. Then, the whole thing is hand quilted using a large floor frame to stretch it out.
Whether a Home Quilt has small prints in it or not often comes down to the community's acceptance. Some conservative communities will allow a small printed fabric to be used in home quilts. The church usually has heavy input in the community's opinion. Because some Amish communities are a little less conservative explains why you might see an occasional print in an Amish home quilt.
Now that you know this background information, why can't you make an Amish quilt? Amish is a religious fellowship. It's a Christian denomination known for its conservative, simple way of life. The church dates back to the late 1600s. If you were not indeed Amish, it would be disrespectful to claim to have made an Amish quilt.
What you can do is create an Amish inspired quilt. Select the quilt block pattern you will use. Insure it;s a simple quilt block, and that it's not too elaborate or it won't fit the trademark simplicity of the Amish.
Be sur to select your colors accordingly. Keep the colors simple. The quilt should not be too bright or bold, although every so often Amish quilters use jewel tones in their quilts to make them sparkle.
Colors like red or yellow aren't allowed to be used in sewing projects by some communities. Don't forget, you won't find many prints in an Amish quilt so your Amish inspired quilt should not have many either.
Most Amish Quilts have borders…sometimes more than one border. Borders are included in Amish quilts because they are an effective, simple use of fabric. So, if you are making a quilt inspired by the Amish, you will definitely want to include a border on it.
The Amish rely on hook and eye closures and snaps for most of their every day clothing. Trousers sometimes have a button for security.
Amish quilts don't need a lot of embellishing or bright colors because the hand work of the quilters is what makes them truly beautiful and extraordinary. The muted colors and simple patterns allow the art of the quilted stitches to shine through. Elaborate quilting designs on a simple backdrop create quite a contrast!
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