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Old Order Amish, Nebraska Amish, Lancaster Amish & Mennonite American Antique Quilts

Amish & Mennonite antique quilts range from the very sophisticated to true folk art. The various, and divergent, communities that make up the Amish across America each have their own quilt characteristics among their many common attributes. These antique quilts were made using mostly cottons, wools, and wool challies. Amish antique quilts are known for their solid colors, strong graphics, geometric designs and exquisite quilting. Amish stumpwork quilts would be considered folk art as well.

Quilt characteristics that may be particular to one group are discussed below the image of each quilt. Mennonite antique quilts differ in the fabric choices made; many were created with calicoes, plaids, and stripes, in addition to solid colors. To Amish quilters, the only acceptable use for a non-solid fabric would have been for the quilt backing.

Amish & Mennonite American Antique Quilts

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CONLF20 Amish Chevron
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CONLF20 Amish Chevron
c. 1940
84 x 92 inches
Indiana
$1,800

Very typical of Amish quilts, the piece has been machine pieced and quilted by hand. These are mostly the colors of children's clothing. Each piece is outline quilted. The 4-1/2 inch border has a binding put on by machine and finished by hand. The remaining 4 inches are covered with what appears to be ocean wave quilting. The backing of the quilt is lilac, the color of little girls' clothing. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.



UF205 Amish Stumpwork
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UF205 Amish Stumpwork
Early 20th century
23.5 x 25 inches
Lancaster, PA
$250

A beautiful and rare piece of Amish textile art that would be a perfect wall hanging or folk art center piece for a table. Wool stumpwork tulips are arranged in a wreath-like formation in perfect Christmas colors on ecru homespun linen. A delicate ¼” crocheted cotton lace edge frames the whole and is a lovely finishing touch. It appears to be hardly used with one slightly shaded area in the center which can be seen in the photograph. Colorful, dimensional and funky this is a fabulous piece of folk art for your home.



CONJE3 Mennonite Double Star
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CONJE3 Mennonite Double Star
c. 1900
68 x 84 inches
Lincoln County, NC
$3,800

Every once in a while I find a quilt whose graphics are so spellbinding that I can't take my eyes off it. This is such a quilt. The feelings it evokes are both peaceful and dynamic. It is in impeccable, unused, unwashed, mint condition. Because of the composition it can be hung in any direction. Either way it will have a strong impact on all viewers. All work is pieced and quilted by hand. The 1/4 inch binding is also applied by hand.

Upon close examination at least two people pieced this. One part is done in the English piecing method, and the other part in the American method.

The outside border measures 9 inches, and 1/4 inch of that is a hand applied binding. The quilting in the outer gray/blue border is what is known in the southern and western parts of the country as Baptist quilting. It is executed using arcs that are approximately 3/8 inches apart. The other two borders are 3-3/4 inches wide with one row of Baptist shell quilting.

The next border is approximately 7-1/2 inches wide and comprised of two outer rows on each side that are approximately 5/8 inch wide. The diamonds on the diagonal are 1-1/2 inches wide. All pieces and outer strips are outline quilted. The blue blocks surrounding the stars are 10-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches and nicely quilted using a mirror image of the pieced star. This quilt would be an amazing art piece for your wall.





CONJE2 Amish Evening Star with Nine Patch Center
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CONJE2 Amish Evening Star with Nine Patch Center
c. 1940
71 x 85 inches
Lancaster County, PA
Late classical period of Amish Quilts
$3,900

This is a beautiful Amish rendition of the evening star pattern. It's in mint condition. Pieced by machine and exquisitely hand quilted, this piece has a 3/4 inch appliqued binding finished by hand. We know this was a wedding present by the double lined quilted hearts throughout the 8 inch purple border. the thinner inside warm beige border is 2 inches wide and is quilted with an intriguing geometric pattern. The star blocks are 8-1/2 inches on point. The solid purple interior design is 48-1/2 x 61-1/2. The blocks in the nine patch center are 9 inch square. The turquoise pieces are 1 inch. the beige points are 7/8 inch wide. Light green backing. Absolutely stunning. When I look at this quilt from afar it looks two dimensional.





CONJE1 Mennonite Joseph's Coat
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CONJE1 Mennonite Joseph's Coat
c. 1900
77 x 80 inches
Made in Lancaster County, PA
Purchased in Buncombe County, NC
$6,200

This exquisite Mennonite quilt is called "Joseph's Coat". The 1/3 inch turned over binding is finished by hand. The strips are machine pieced. The quilting is entirely by hand. There are at least four different quilting patterns on the bars, and the same pattern goes from top to bottom. The border diagonal bars are outline quilted. The close-up photo on my web page will give you an excellent image of the quilting detail. At one time when the quilt was folded inside out, some water hit the back of the quilt and there is now a stain on the back which can't be seen from the front. There is one dime sized stain on the front. It is in perfect condition otherwise.





UF209 Amish Stumpwork
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UF209 Amish Stumpwork
c. 1890
29 x 37 inches
Lancaster, PA
$1,100

It is not common knowledge that a lot of Stumpwork is Amish. This wonderful table mat comes from Lancaster, PA and was created by an Amish woman in the 1890s. This Stumpwork is created using subdued colors. I feel that by using these colors, it continues the feeling of unpretentiousness in the Amish home.



Q8678 Mennonite Folk Art Fan
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Q8678 Mennonite Folk Art Fan
c.1895
60 x 67 (152.4 x 170.2 cm)
Lancaster County, PA
$2,400

Such a unique quilt! This Mennonite maker took a traditional fan pattern and turned it on its head by incorporating the fans into a fabulous crazy quilt in warm hues of brown, russet, palest blue and ivory. Each piece has embellishment stitching on the seams in a multitude of softly hued silk flosses. The fabrics are a combination of solids, stripes, circles and soft plaids in a variety of soft cottons - most with a beautiful soft sheen - with some fine wool challis pieces interspersed. The resulting work of textile art is a beautiful mix of soft elegance and folk art warmth.

The sixteen crazy quilt fan blocks measure 13 x 13 ½ inches and are pieced and embroidered by hand. A 6 inch wide fan border surrounds the inner design on three sides with a narrower striped border at the top. The backing of this quilt is strip pieced in paisley and solid brown cottons - see detail images. Hand quilting is in straight lines following the block shapes. The applied 1/2 inch binding is in solid brown cotton.

This is a unique quilt that would please a variety of tastes; from Folk Art to softly elegant to cozy comfy. The perfect size for wall art or for use as a throw on bed or sofa. In excellent condition it is ready to ship to you on approval for private viewing. Please ask Betsey for more details.



Q9010 Indigo Blue & White Bars Quilt
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Q9010 Indigo Blue & White Bars Quilt
c.1880
80 x 82 (203.2 x 208.3 cm)
PA
$4,200

Simple yet striking graphics in indigo blue and white! Mini white stars on indigo cotton pairs with pristine white cotton in this fabulous quilt. Six 5 ¾ inch wide indigo and white pieced bars alternate with solid white bars across the quilt. Slim indigo strips within the bars measure just 1 ⅛ inches wide. A lovely 8 ¾ inch wide white border surrounds the bars design. Treadle sewing machine pieced and hand quilted.

Quilting consists of feathered twining vines in the outer white border and wide white bars, with single cables and parallel lines stitched in the narrow indigo and white strips. Just lovely - see detail pic.

The front folds to the back and is hand stitched down forming the 1/4 inch binding. The backing is white cotton. This quilt is in excellent condition with areas of the binding showing slight wear. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to ship to you on approval for private viewing.

Q8929 Amish 9 Patch on Point Crib Quilt
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Q8929 Amish 9 Patch on Point Crib Quilt
c.1945
44 x 57 (111.8 x 144.8 cm)
Lancaster County, PA
$1,200

A wonderful mid 20th century Amish cotton crib quilt in excellent condition. This lovely and very happy quilt is treadle machine pieced and hand quilted. Solid yellow and white nine patch blocks measure 4 1/4" x 4 1/2" and are set on point with joining blocks in solid, soft medium green. Double borders in 3" green and 2" yellow make a beautiful frame for the inner design.

Hand quilting consists of cross hatch for the 9 patch blocks, Fleur de Lis and circle-in-diamond patterns for the green triangles, diamond chain in the yellow border, with double cables quilted in the outer green border. There are some faint pencil lines used for the hand quilting still visible. The applied solid yellow binding is 1/2" wide and uses the same yellow cotton as the interior. The backing is white.

A sweet and lovely crib quilt in a happy palette of solid hues and in excellent condition. Perfect for that new baby's room in either crib or hung as graphic art on the wall. Professionally hand washed by Betsey and ready to ship to you on approval for private viewing in your home.

Q8876 Amish Concentric Square Crib Quilt
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Q8876 Amish Concentric Square Crib Quilt
c.1930
39 x 40 (99 x 102 cm)
Colona or Mana, Iowa
$2,300

This sophisticated and graphic crib quilt is made entirely of cotton in wonderful solid shades of red, rose, deep green, blue, greenish gray, eggplant and off white, and backed with a solid medium gray cotton. Concentric squares in varying widths ranging from a mere 3/16" up to 4 1/2" surround a central two color bars pattern in blue and greenish gray. Bars measure 1/2" x 2 3/8". The gray backing folds to the front forming the 3/8" hand stitched binding. Hand quilting in brown thread includes outline stitching for the concentric squares with clam shell stitching in the outer gray border.

This is a wonderful find for Amish and crib quilt lovers and in excellent condition. Professionally hand washed by Betsey this small quilt is perfectly suited as a graphic piece of textile art for your wall. This quilt can be sent to you on approval for viewing in the privacy of your home.

Q8819 Old Order Amish Bear Paw Crib Quilt
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Q8819 Old Order Amish Bear Paw Crib Quilt
c. 1915
39 x 51
Ohio
$2,900

Old Order Amish are distinguished by their nonconformist attitudes and resistance to social change, and are characterized by a strictly rural way of life, a horse-and-buggy culture, the use of a dialect of the German language, and "plain" dress resembling that of European peoples two centuries ago. They have no meetinghouses and some communities oppose the use of tractors for farming. These more conservative views distinguish them from other Amish groups. This wonderful little Old Order treasure is a great find for Betsey’s clients who love Old Order Amish quilts – and its size is a special bonus.

This petite and perfectly scaled example of the Bear Paw pattern is made from cotton fabrics in lovely, muted shades of black, grayish brown, cream and green, and backed with a solid gray-brown cotton. Each Bear Paw block is set on point and measures approximately 6 x 6 inches. Small triangles within the blocks measure one inch per short side, larger triangles 2 1/4 inches per short side. The interior square of each ‘paw’ is approximately 3 1/4 square. Double borders include an inner 1 5/8 inch green border with the outer black border measuring 5 inches in width.

The 3/8 inch binding is formed when the backing was turned to the front and treadle machine stitched down. Lovely hand quilting using black thread includes double parallel line stitching in the double border, and 7/8 inch cross hatch stitching in the bear paws and joining blocks. In excellent condition this small quilt is a wonderful find for Amish and crib quilt lovers. Perfectly suited as a graphic piece of textile art to add a bit of sophistication and elegance to your home or office. This quilt can be sent to you on approval for private viewing. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

Q9007 Amish Irish Chain with Double Border
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Q9007 Amish Irish Chain with Double Border
Dated: July 27, 1932
72 x 83 (182.9 x 210.8 cm)
Belleville, PA
$3,200

Signed: Katie Schrock

Big Valley

In mint condition this pristine and finely executed Irish Chain quilt with double border was made by Katie Schrock of Belleville, PA. She quilted both her name and the date of July 27, 1932 in the salmon border of the quilt. It is unusual for an Amish quilter to sign and/or date a quilt in this way and it was possibly the date a family member was married and was a gift. Executed in cotton sateen using solid hues of black and salmon. Piecing was done by treadle sewing machine with the quilting done by hand.

Quilting is finely executed with black thread in tiny, even stitches using diagonal cross hatch on the Irish Chain pattern. Katie stitched her name and the date among Lemon Peel stitching in the salmon border. The black border quilting consists of a twining vine with tulips. The quilting is exceptional as would be expected of an Amish quilt of this date.

The backing is solid tan cotton sateen and the applied ½ inch salmon binding is treadle machine topstitched. In mint condition this quilt can be shipped to you on approval for private viewing.

Q9017 Amish Bethlehem Star Quilt
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Q9017 Amish Bethlehem Star
c.1928
90 x 91 (228.6 x 231.1 cm)
Lancaster County, PA
$2,900

An exquisite piece of Lancaster Amish textile art with clean, crisp graphics executed in a bold and beautiful palette. This radiant cotton Bethlehem Star showcases 1½ x 3¾ inch diamonds in vibrant, saturated shades of orange, yellow, green, and burgundy on a deep blue ground. The 11 inch wide solid red border adds a stunning element to this skillfully executed quilt.

Very fine hand quilting consists of outline stitching in the diamonds, cross hatch and feathered vine quilting in the blue ground and red border - exquisite hand work. The backing is a lovely floral in chocolate brown, taupe, mustard, blue and white. The front folds to the back to form the 1/4 inch binding.

This amazing quilt would be perfect for a bed or as a stunning piece of wall art in your classic or contemporary home. In mint condition this wonderful Lancaster, PA Amish quilt can be shipped to you on approval for private viewing.

CON TC4 Amish Double Irish Chain
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CON TC4 Amish Double Irish Chain
c.1925
72 x 79 (182.9 x 200.7 cm)
Midwest
$2,400

This Amish Double Irish Chain is a beautifully made quilt with a graphic palette consisting of solid cottons in green and pink on black. Small blocks measure 1⅝ x 1⅝ inches. The double border is a lovely finish for the Irish Chain interior with the green border measuring 2¾ inches wide, the black a very nice 8 inches wide.

Fine hand quilting consists of diagonal cross hatching throughout the double Irish Chain pattern; sunflowers with diagonal cross hatch centers in the black joining blocks; delicate scrolling leaves and stem in the inner green border; and scrolling feather vines in the black border. The maker chose black quilting thread for the large black areas to keep the quilting pattern subtle next to the Irish Chain design. Please see the detail shot which shows the quilting from the back side. The backing is off white and the ⅜ inch applied binding is the same solid green cotton used in the interior.

This wonderfully graphic Amish quilt is in excellent condition and would be fabulous art for either bed or wall. Professionally hand washed by Betsey it is ready to ship to you on approval for private viewing. Ask Betsey for more details.

Q8603 Wool Bricks Quilted in Log Cabin Barn Raising Pattern
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Q8603 Old Order Amish Wool Bricks
c.1895
61 x 75 (154.9 x 190.5 cm)
Big Valley, Mifflin County, PA
$1,700

The dual color quilting in a Log Cabin Barn Raising formation over the Wool Bricks pattern places this wonderful Old Order Amish piece in the out-of-the-ordinary category. Using both red pearl cotton and white quilting threads the lines are parallel to each other and approximately 1 1/2 inches apart with just the red going through to the backing.

The hand pieced and quilted Wool Bricks pattern is made up of wool suiting rectangles measuring approximately 2 ¾ x 4 ½ inches in shades of navy, deep green, browns, blue, grey and tan. The quilting with its 3-D, almost pulsating, effect has created an extremely unusual textile that transcends decors and is at home in either a glass and chrome home or an early American colonial. Red cotton backing is turned from back to front to form the ½ inch binding. In unused condition this quilt is ready to use. It can be shipped to you on approval for viewing in the privacy of your home.

UAET Amish Embroidered Table Runner
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UAET Amish Embroidered Table Runner
1904
apx. 28 x 40
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
1904
$600

This Amish table runner is embroidered in hearts, diamonds and stylized flowers. In a wonderful size for the wall or for a table when it is not being used. Some wear.

Q8471 Amish Bowtie
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Q8471 Amish Bowtie
c.1940
62 x 78
New Wilmington, Pennsylvania (western part of the state)
$1,950

This unused Amish Bowtie is in perfect condition. Each 10 inch block contains four bowties in either red, blue, pink, or navy. Solid black fabrics with various finishes were used as the background in each block, and provide touches of subtle shine. The blocks have been triple line quilted by hand, and the blue joining blocks have been hand quilted with a 1 inch diamond crosshatching. Large blue triangles filled with double arc quilting form an inner triangle border, and quilted flower petals line the 2 ½ inch golden yellow outer border. A 3/8 inch blue binding has been turned over from the wholecloth backing and machine topstitched. These fabrics are the same as used for sewing their clothing. This is a perfect quilt to use on a bed or as wall art. Professionally hand washed by Betsey.

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