Make an Amish Quilt
To make an Amish Quilt is no easy task. The making of an Amish quilt was originally done by the women and it turned into a social gathering for them. Like nearly everything the Amish do, they take great pride in their creating of their quilts. The quality of the work that they do is seen as a way to honor God. The results are the finest quilts made today.
After cutting out strips of fabric that have been cut perfectly to the pattern, the pieces are carefully sewn together using a treadle sewing machine which is powered entirely by the movement of the feet. It is a lot of work to keep the machine running while sewing each piece perfectly. All of the visible sewing is hand stitched with tiny, even stitches.
It takes a great deal of sewing experience to produce a high quality quilt. When piecing the quilt together, seams must be perfectly even and straight or the corners of the designs will not be crisp and the squares will be misshapen. It is not easy to pedal the treadle sewing machine with both feet while aligning the fabric with your hands. It is difficult, time consuming detail-oriented work.
After the backing and batting have been added to the quilt, and the quilt has been put into a large frame, quilting and applique work can be started. The detail of the quilting and the depth it adds to the quilt completes these works of art.
The ladies that do this work have been taught by those in their group that came before them. This art of hand making quilts have been a part of the Amish culture since they first moved to the Pennsylvania Dutch country hundreds of years ago. The only variation in the way the quilts were made back in the beginning and now are the quality of the scissors used, the needles and the source for the material that is used to make the quilts. This is how the extremely high level of quality has been maintained for the centuries.
To make an Amish quilt is not a fast affair, but then anything of quality always takes a little longer than the mass produced items that are available today. These quilts will last longer, keep you warmer and be more beautiful than any other quilt available on the market.