Thursday, October 14, 2010

Amish Quilts

Today we visited the quilt and textile museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It is in the centre of town in what used to be a bank. The spiritual quilts inside made it feel like a church. These photos highlight the two most important, and for me influential, design elements. Unusual colour combinations and intense hand stitching. The pieces shown here were made between 1910 and 1940. These are details of 'center diamond' quilts. The large shapes used give serenity and a space to contemplate to both maker and viewer. I appreciated seeing the wool twill fabric and the tiny stitches made with black thread. The ideals of the Amish people appeal to me. A retreat from this hectic world, a focus on what is really important in life. an aesthetic of simplicity

6 comments:

Mindful Musings said...

thanks for educating me about Amish quilts - they are unusual colour combinations ... but they work!

Storycloth said...

'The aesthetic of simplicity'. A beautiful expression and my goal in all areas of life. How fortunate you are to have seen these quilts. Gilly

La Dolce Vita said...

wonderful collection and very unusual, the simplicity is lovely...

Velma said...

when my son was little we used to visit my amish friends the yoders. once francis and the girls invited me to quilt with them, and encouraged my rowdy boy to play under the quilt in the frame. as we stitched, he poked up and sent the spools awry, and they all giggled and teased him.

Jackie said...

Thank you for sharing these pictures. I hadn't realised there was so much fancy quilting on Amish quilts. I think the pictures I've seen before were from a distance.

Pa-Dutch-Travel said...

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