Back in June I shared a little of what I learned from Janneken Smucker’s talk on Amish quilts at the Elizabethtown Amish conference.
During her talk, Janneken shared numerous examples of Amish-made quilts which defy assumptions (such as quilts with white backgrounds or elaborate embroidery).
Likewise, quilts that Amish produce for today’s consumer market often differ from expectations (solid colors, simple patterns, dark backgrounds) of what makes a quilt “Amish”.
The quilt in the photo below appears to be a good example of just that. Spotted by a reader in Indiana a couple of weeks ago, this quilt was hanging–and apparently still hangs–on consignment in Good Heritage Books & Fabric in Shipshewana, Indiana (formerly Creekside Bookstore).
The work involved looks nothing short of immense. The person who took the photo adds: “It is all hand pieced (not applique) and hand quilted. It’s an incredible work, obviously made for the resale market!”
The quilt is a Nautical Star design, measuring 109 x 116 inches. The price? “$4000.00 Firm”.
I’m reminded now of a question Janneken posed to her audience back in June.
“What do you know about Amish quilts?” she asked us. One person replied: “Some people say they’re expensive…others say they are cheap.”
Given how much work must have gone into this, $4000 may very well be cheap.
A view from behind.
Here you can see the interior of Good Heritage, Nautical Star floating near the ceiling.
And here is the store info. This is a regular stop for me when I’m in northern Indiana (though I’m more often after the books than the quilts).
So if you’re in the market for a nice Amish quilt (and have a few thousand to spend) we may have solved a problem for you today.
When it comes to quilts, which do you prefer–the more elaborate designs, or the more traditional patterns?