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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.

Creating our Homemade Bargello Quilts

Each of the Bargello quilts are made by artisans within the Amish and Mennonite community. While they sew the blocks together with sewing machine for added durability, all of the quilting is done by hand. You’ll love the timeless art of these quilts as they grace your home!

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Love Within Pattern in Lancaster, PA

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Argyle Pattern Bargello Quilts

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Linking Heart Pattern Bargello Quilts in Lancaster, PA

Tracing the Threads of the Bargello Quilt Pattern’s History

Quilters love the challenge and beauty of this technique and continue to use it in creating an endless variety of new shapes.

Quilters didn’t create the Bargello motif; it was first found in needlepoint embroidery, on the upholstered chairs from the Bargello palace in Florence, Italy, dating from the 17th century. With this origin, the pattern has variously been called the Bargello stitch and the Florentine stitch. It’s even called the Hungarian point, since there is evidence that Hungarian royalty, including Queen Maria Theresa, also practiced this art.

Traditionally, Bargello Quilt’s embroidery is sewn with wool thread on canvas, using mathematical patterns of stepped vertical stitches. Quilters adapted these patterns, sewing together long strips of material and cutting them crosswise to make lines of blocks, then offsetting the rows to each other. Cutting narrow strips and setting them in steep stair-steps creates the fiery, sharp points on the Bargello Flame quilts; cutting wide strips and placing them in gradual stair-steps produces the flowing waves of the Surf Song quilts.

By now, the Bargello Quilts pattern has morphed into many different variations–the criss-crossing weave of the Mystic Night pattern, the flowing hearts of the Love Within pattern, the interlocking diamonds of the Argyle pattern, and the joined hearts of the Linking Hearts pattern.

Mystic Night Pattern for sale in Lancaster, PA

Mystic Night Pattern in Lancaster, PA

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Bargello Quilts Flame in Lancaster, PA

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Diamond Jubilee Bargello Quilt

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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Twin Sized Postage Stamp Quilt

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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 Facts

Family Farm Handcrafts utilizes almost 200 Mennonite and also Amish ladies to make quilts for our store.

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