What Makes a Quilt Amish?
February 24, 2016
What makes a quilt Amish? Does it have to be “quilted by a group of Amish women sitting around the frame in their sitting room?” Or does it have to have an Amish pattern, like the Amish Wedding pattern created and popularized by Rachel Pellman of the Old Country Store in Lancaster, Pa? Is appliqué or pieced the appropriate technique?
Janneken Smucker asked these questions in her 2016 Bechtel Lectures at Conrad Grebel University College on Feb. 4 and 5, citing the above quote as one person’s romantic imagination about the quilt she had bought in a Lancaster store and labelled as Amish.
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