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Ancient Star Quilt – queen

$695.00

Measures 96″ x 112″

The Ancient Star quilt is handmade by a Pennsylvania Amish woman. The star pattern is of the oldest and most familiar of all the traditional quilt patterns, but great precision is needed to make all the star points meet and lie flat! This Ancient Star king size quilt is sewn in antique colors of navy, green, burgundy, and tan. The quilt is hand-quilted with love and 218 yards of thread by one Pennsylvania lady to insure uniform stitches. On a queen-size bed, this quilt will have approximately 18 inches of drop per side.

Homemade quilts combine the warmth of a bed cover with a unique story told by the quilters from Lancaster County, PA. Every homemade quilt is as unique as the family, busy mother or Amish ladies group who uses a needle and thimble to thread stitch on the quilt. Some quilts involve hundreds of hours and thousands of stitches to create a unique patchwork quilt that will last for generations.

When you peruse our HOMEMADE QUILTS you are shopping for an item that tells a story and adds meaning to your bedroom! Discover more about our unique patchwork quilts and the stories behind them

We have a lot of quilts! Want to see a gallery of the major patterns? Checkout our Common Amish Quilt Patterns.

Community Creating Beauty: How We Piece Scrap Quilts

We source our homemade patchwork quilts from local Amish and Mennonite artisans, who craft them by hand with the care and art of the American quilting tradition. Frequently, families work together to piece and quilt these bedspreads. With their help, we offer you patchwork quilts, each unique and handmade.

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The Postage Stamp is a popular Scrap Quilt Pattern

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Square and Applique Scraps compliment in this Country Hearts Quilt

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A few Scrap Quilt variations.

Frugality Creating Beauty: How Scrap Quilts Developed

Scrap quilts are called a variety of different names, each a thread connected to quilters years ago who first used this pattern.

Called a “charm” quilt in the late 19th century, young women collected hundreds of different fabrics from their family and friends. Perhaps if they collected 999 different squares, their true love would bring them the thousandth–and their happily-ever-after dream, too. One quilting blogger speculates that collecting these fabrics may have given girls opportunities to ask their love interest for a contribution!

The scrap quilt has also been called a “beggar” quilt, referring to quilters asking each other for contributions to their projects. Trying to put together a bedspread without repeating every fabric, they also called the quilts “odd feller” quilts–every piece was an odd feller. Some families recall their mother repeating one square, however, so that a child sick in bed might be entertained looking for the matching patches.

Still another name scrap quilts went by is the “postage stamp” quilt, so called because quilters would use their tiniest scraps, sometimes no bigger than a postage stamp. Perhaps the original motivation was not wasting the smallest piece (historians recall the scarcity of the Great Depression in this), but it also became a challenge at some point. Quilters would collect thousands of pieces to compete with each other in making stitched masterpieces.

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Ancient Star is another Scrap Quilt Pattern

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A color coordinated Scrap Quilt is an exquisite work of art!

Amish Handmade Quilt Trivia

Every step of the quilt-making process requires a certain lady's knowledge. Each of our women focuses on either piecing or quilting. At the very least 2 ladies are entailed in making each quilt. The ladies that sew the tops together specialize in assembling particular quilt patterns. Since each quilter's stitches differ, just one lady does the quilting per quilt. This system enables each lady to come to be an expert in her field.

A quilt is not merely a comfortable bedspread: it is also a masterpiece of artwork. The artists that develop our quilts choose top-notch vibrant materials and organize them into an appealing masterpiece. Pick from our stock of over two hundred homemade quilts for a quilt that perfectly enhances your home design.

Although the fabric pieces are stitched together by machine to ensure tighter sewing, all the quilting is done by hand. 100% cotton fabrics make up the top and bottom of the quilt. The batting sandwiched between those 2 layers, however, is 100% polyester. This polyester batting warranties both warmth as well as superb washing results.

Just about all of our quilts are large enough to relieve the need for a dust ruffle and pillow shams. Just as bed heights vary, each quilt's dimensions differs. We specify the quilt's measurements with the calculated drop for you to compare to the dimensions you are looking for. Definitely do your measuring ahead of your purchase!

Are our quilts washable?

As a matter of fact, these quilts are undoubtedly washable in a washing machine! We recommend the following guidelines for ideal handling results:

Amish Homemade Quilt Trivia

For hundreds of years, a lot of procedures have been perfected to make it much simpler for quilt-makers to stitch multi-angled quilts together. One of these techniques is paper piecing, which is ordinarily utilized to piece the complicated edges of the Mariner's Compass quilt. Paper piecing, as it name indicates, uses a special paper pattern onto which the material segments are sewn. The pattern directs the needleworker to correctly assemble the pieces together so that the finalized top will lay out evenly. Methodologies such as this are an excellent aid to our quilters!

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