Hostetler’s Quilt Shop

Hostetler’s Quilt & Gift Shop
Cattaraugus County (Southwestern NY)
West off Route 83 between Cherry Creek and Conewango NY on Hunt Road.
The shop is on the left side of the road at the top of the hill.

Tom shares photos from Hostetler’s Quilt and Gift Shop in the Conewango Valley NY Amish settlement:

Hostetlers Amish Quilt Shop

 

Says Tom: “Maddy has a bed to display her quilts and will fold down the next one in the pile to show customers.  I think that she must have 60 in stock.”

The Tumbling Blocks quilt design.

Autumn style.

A baby quilt.

Amish Quilt NY

Here’s a quilt which Tom had repaired by the shop owner.

To find the shop:

Hostetler’s Quilt & Gift Shop
Cattaraugus County (Southwestern NY)
West off Route 83 between Cherry Creek and Conewango NY on Hunt Road.
The shop is on the left side of the road at the top of the hill.

On Amish Quilts

For those interested in the topic, there’s a very nice fairly recent book called Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown, about the history and design of Amish quilts, and the phenomenon of them becoming popular in the general public.

In addition to 3 interesting essays, the book features many brilliant photos of Amish quilts dating to the 1800s, from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and other states.  I’ve enjoyed learning about the regional differences and traditions in quilt design.  It’s a great book to have for the quilt aficionados out there or anyone who’d like to learn more on the topic of Amish quilts.

See also:

PA Amish Quilt Shop

Amish Quilting Frame

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    27 Comments

    1. Amish Quilts

      Good morning Erik! The quilts are lovely. The purple one is my favorite.
      By the way, thank you for telling us about the PBS special about the Amish. I bought the DVD and watched the first half of it last night. I think it is well done and am enjoying it tremendously.

      1. Glad you enjoyed the Amish documentary Margie. It’s been interesting to read the reaction to the PBS special around the web. I’d say 80% positive 20% negative. I think the biggest issues for people that didn’t like it was that it was stylistically non-traditional and didn’t cover everything people wanted it to. Not ever going to make everyone happy though.

      2. Amish Quilts

        Where could one find these fabrics and do you sell the patterns with instructions ? Sue C

    2. Tom

      Another book of interest is
      Decorative Arts of the Amish of Lancaster County
      By Daniel and Kathryn McCauley
      ISBN:0-934672-69-5

    3. Marilyn from NY

      Amish Quilts

      I would love to own an Amish Quilt. They are all beautiful. I guess my favorite is the Autumn style. If I went to buy an Amish Quilt I would have a hard time picking out one when they are all so beautiful.

    4. Alice Aber

      Greetings!!

      They are all so beautiful. Thanks for sharing the pictures!! I enjoyed them tremendously. I am going to have to go reread the post on Conewango Valley, NY Amish, I cannot quite picture the area in my mind but do know there are several Amish and Old Order Mennonite communities in NY state.

      Blessings, Alice

    5. Alice Mary

      Glorious stitchings!

      Beautiful! The tumbling blocks design appears 3-dimensional online.

      This brings back memories of an afternoon spent in Arthur, IL at a quilt shop, with displays just like in these photos. Anticipating the next design, as the shopkeeper folded them back, was so exciting…but I couldn’t afford any (I would so like to save up for one, but my car’s in the shop and repairs will cost at least as much as a quilt!)

      I have always loved textiles, especially those hand embroidered, knit, crocheted by women over the years. I have several doilies and dresser scarves (crocheted and embroidered) by both my maternal Grandmother and even one done in teeny cross-stitch by my Great-Grandmother. I’ve bought old hankies, tablecloths, aprons in antique stores, all because of the “connection” I feel with the women who made them. I know from doing my own crafts that “handwork” is a labor of love that often goes unappreciated due to the “practical” nature of the finished product. I truly do want to preserve and remember women’s creative (and often quite frugal) work with thread, yarn, fabric.

      I attended a quilt show last summer at our County Historical Museum. They also had aprons on display. I learned that flour companies started using “prints” on their flour sacks (rather than just plain white) which frugal housewives cut up and used to sew curtains, clothing, quilts, aprons and more. That really “speaks” to me, as I know my mother was frugal with her housedresses during the depression…making outfits for my oldest sister out of the fabric.

      If only I didn’t have to work full time, I’d let my creative juices flow while I still can…!

    6. Carolyn B

      The blue Tumbling Blocks quilt is my favorite. Thanks, Tom, for the photos. They’re beautiful!

    7. Mona (Kentucky Lady).

      The purple quilt is my favorite, but they all are beautiful to….

    8. Nancee

      I am a quilter, and can certainly appreciate the lovely Amish quilts shown at Hostetler’s. I go to Shipshewana, IN several times a year, and attend 2 quilt shows there each summer, one in June in Shipshe and one in August in Middlebury. I also belong to a very large online quilting group that has quilting retreats in Shipshe twice a year. It’s wonderful spending 5 or 6 days quilting with approximately 100+ women from all over the world. I always refer to the area as quilters’ heaven because of the large selection of fabrics in the local shops.

      I have made a few Amish quilts myself, and I bought an Amish quilt shortly after my mother passed away. I had some money from an insurance policy that I used to purchase it. It’s the Roman Stripes pattern. I absolutely love it!

      There are several books about Amish quilts. Rachel Pellman has published a few, and there are numerous others. You can search Amazon for Amish quilt books if you’re interested, and a number of them will come up.

    9. Creative Amish Quilts

      The more I learn about Amish quilts the more I want to learn (though I doubt I’ll ever roll up my sleeves and try quilting). However it’s hard not to admire the vibrant colors and interesting patterns. I can understand why people view them as works of art.

      For me it is fascinating how these quilters work within a set framework (traditional patterns, seen repeatedly throughout the communities) yet have leeway for creative expression within those designs. They work within the preordained forms to create something beautiful and in some cases what results ends up becoming bona fide heirlooms.

    10. High-value Amish quilts

      I recently asked a couple of PA women, Amish and Old Order Mennonite, if they still quilt. For one of the women it was more of a commercial venture, where she would do a quilt each winter to sell. Another friend said it would be difficult to keep a highly-valuable quilt at home when it could be sold and the money put to another use. A lot of now-antique Amish quilts left Amish homes beginning decades ago when they started getting attention from art collectors (and the price started getting too high to keep them around!).

    11. lanore

      Oh how I would love to have one of these BEAUTIFUL quilts.

    12. ann

      Every time I see a quilt I get itchy to do one! I love Amish quilts. My mom’s mom quilted most of her life until she was too far gone with dementia to continue. Her work was beautiful… and I think all of us female descendants got the bug, too!
      A drawback of having been surrounded by quilts all my life- I can’t look at a quilt without inspecting the quilting. Most of the quilts in stores and on the beds of many of my friends are either machine-quilted (perfect but lacking the beauty of the hand quilted) or done with big widely spaced stitches. I’m not the quilter that Grandma was but I don’t like the look of what you see most places… 😉

      @Alice Mary- you should pick an easy pattern (or do a sampler quilt of a variety of patterns) and work on 1 block at a time. You don’t need huge amounts of time or endless amounts of $$ to do a pretty quilt. You just don’t do the whole thing at once and work on it as you can. Get an embroidery hoop so that you can work on the quilting for when you can (after it’s pieced) and then put it down and come back to it later.

    13. Recomendedplace to visit Amish

      Every year my husband and I visit Lancaster county amish in pa. I own 2 Amish quilts and one wall hanging. What I would like to do is watch an Amish women do quilting. I like the log home basic pattern and ninepatch the best. I learn best by visual whichi is why I would like to watch quilting and placing where an I go to see this done byamish. Thank you

    14. CHERIE KREUTZIGER

      Hostetler's

      Can you tell me where this shop is…I live in NY and would love to go there and purchase…I love quilts and go to Lancaster many times a year, but if something is closer to home, would love to explore that as well.

      Thanks

      1. Tom

        Maddy Hostetler's Quilt shop

        Maddy Hostetler’s Quilt shop is in Cattaraugus County (south western NY)
        West off route 83 between Cherry Creek and Conewango NY on Hunt Road
        The shop is on the left side of the road at the top of the hill

        The annual benefit auction is held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend on Cherry Creek and they have many quilts and Amish crafted furniture for sale. They also have lots of baked goods and lunch is available.

        1. Carol Rizzolo

          Hostetlers quilt shop has moved

          Just FYI…the quilt shop you reference and photographed is Katie’s Quilt shop. They have now moved to a new location…same lovely quilts. Now Katie Hostetler’s shop is at her home at:1106 Frew Run Rd, Frewsburg, NY 14738. No phone and closed Sundays. And she was quite surprised to see that she had an internet presence! Thanks,

          1. Carol, thanks for letting us know. Looks like the web presence isn’t hurting 🙂 If you see her again I hope you’ll let her know people have been loving the quilts.

            1. Carol Rizzolo

              Indeed, I showed her the pics and site on my phone and read the comments aloud. She was delighted . Again thanks!

    15. Carol Rizzolo

      Hours?

      Hi, I am in Chautauqua and interested in buying 2 twin quilts….but, what are the shop hours? Thanks!

    16. Tina Kegley

      internet site?

      Is there an internet site for buying quilts from this shop online?

      1. no internet or phone!

        No, You can’t buy these over the internet. they have no site or connection. But you can write letters to them via USPS..they are @ 1106 Frew Run Rd, Frewsburg, NY 14738.
        I would anticipate that they might be able to send you pictures or swatches if you asked…no too sure about the photos…good luck!

    17. michelle driver

      quilts

      i want a full size quilt and a twin size in blue, black and purple, but i cannot afford to pay much; do you have anything cheap, i don’t mind used items. also, looking for ladies amish clothes in size xl or xxl dresses, shawls, etc. thanks

    18. Love your shop did buy you're apron and more. I want to buy 1 or 2 quils full size. Can you tell me how much is one. We loved your shop so much we told every one here to stop at yours and we will be back..

      Love your shop did buy your apron and more. I want to buy a quilt or two.full size . what is the cost for one. We told a few friends about your shop and it is the one to stop at. Thank you Mattie Hostetler

    19. Bill from Columbus, ohio

      No quilt shop in Frewsburg

      We went searching for the Hostetler’s quilt shop. We did not find one in Frewsburg but did find the one on Hunt Rd. So many quilts to choose from, we couldn’t decide so we bought two!