Thursday, May 15, 2008

In the Amish style


I'm showing these quilts I made that reflect the Amish style. I always admired these quiet women so much when we would visit Lancaster. Their sparkling houses and polished wood makes me long for much more dedication to keeping things lean and spare. Of course that's not how real life is-at least for us for the time being. We've got stuff. I'm showing these for Kathy of Inspired by Antique Quilts who had a question regarding black fabric. She has a great sight with outstanding work that makes me drool. Anyway-I've always used Kona or Moda black and I bought a bolt of Moda and was very happy with it. I wish my eyes were good enough to keep up this kind of work but in the future I will have to resort to brighter versions of antique Amish quilts to try my hand at. Maybe just a touch of black instead. I have given a couple of these small ones away and I have another in the attic in storage that was made by an Amish woman in Lancaster. It's a square in a square in hunter green and purple and black. The pictures are clickable and I'm sorry for the poor quality of the second one. You can't really see all the stitching-that's the thing with black on black.
I'm swamped with stuff for birthdays and trips ahead so I hope to get back to regular posts some time soon. Gotta go make dinner-it's Thursday night quilting with the girls. Hope you have a great evening.

12 comments:

paula, the quilter said...

These are lovely. It takes great skill to work on solids.

Terry said...

I so love Amish quilts--especially the old Lancaster quilts. Yours are beautiful.

I have always used Kona black, but it seems to me that they have changed it. It used to be a very soft, matte black. Lately it seems a little shiny. I like the old stuff better.

Deb Geyer said...

Beautiful!!

Libby said...

Just beautiful. I have an Amish style quilt rolling around in my head . . . and the fabrics near my work area to keep me inspired *s*

Rose said...

Oh, I loved looking at these. Nice workmanship!

Tanya said...

Beautiful Amish quilts. So much we can learn from their way of living and style.

Rian said...

I love the quiet beauty of Amish quilts. Amish quilts were what got me into quilting in the first place. (I am from Ohio.)

Alice Grace said...

Oh my, how absolutely gorgeous! Love your music, too!

Valerie said...

I love these. They are beautiful. I have always been intrigued with the Amish people. I would love to visit them.

Cindra said...

the quilts are fabulous. I love the simplicity of the quilts. It makes the colors really make a statement... as well as the quilting!

ILENIA said...

beautiful blog....kiss by Ilenia (Italy)

Kathie said...

Wow that one is amazing the quilting is incredible.
Great design choices.
Love the bright clear colors you used.
Makes the stitching pop out at you.
Love it.
Great purple center too.
I like them all , that purple center one though is just so striking...
Thanks so much for posting the pictures.
Kathie