So I have had alot of questions (interest) in my Amish made quilt purchased last week at auction in Pennsylvania.
Amish quilt making history reflects the simplicity and frugality of the Amish culture. Amish quilts came into existence around the 1870s. Before that, the Amish were still using German featherbeds as their bedcovers.Long after their neighbors were piecing quilts the Amish still used the old German featherbeds and coverlets. There was a good reason for this. Amish communities were formed so that the members could remain apart from the temptations of the modern world. But what is considered 'modern' changes over the years.
The Amish gradually made changes as well, but often a few decades later. Amish quilt making is a good example of this. Very few quilts are known to have been made by the Amish before the 1870s. Then over 15 years quilting became quite common.
Changes in how quilts were made occurred slowly and only with community approval. Interestingly, this also brought about a good deal of variety from community to community as each community had its own, often unwritten guidelines as to how things should be done.
The very first time we visited Bird in Hand we visited quilt shops and spoke with quilt makers sence that time I have been looking for the opportunity to purchase one of my own.
This is the first year we have been invited to attend the Bird in Hand benifit "carriage" auction , I had no idea until we arrived that the auction would offer hundreds of quilts open to bid.
I secured a bidders number and cataloge and then made my way to the very large tent , that held the quilts. I looked over each and every quilt, took notes and narrowed my selection down to five possabilities.The quilts were folded and hung on huge racks.On the day of the bidding, each individual quilt was presented one at a time. The quilts were opened wide and hung on a clothes line, the auctioneers although traditionally fast talkers, gave a discription, size and what info they had on each quilt.
I passed on the first four from my list , one was too small for our bed , one was too large another went for more then I wanted too spend based on the fact it had some machine stiching. I decided to hold out and take my chances on what I thought was the perfect quilt. It is queen size ( as is our bed) it is 100% hand stiched and includes many of my favorite colors. I am so glad I held out and now own this beautiful quilt.
I consider this a piece of art, and I will cherish it for my life time.
The entire process was a blessing and a memory, bonus was the auctioneer that put the hammer down to my winning high bid was Amos, my dear friend and the person who invited us to attend the auction.