The Blooming Star Quilt is a lovely example of traditional, Amish style artwork! It will be sure to add a lovely flair to any room and will also keep one very warm! This quilt is hand quilted with 442 yards of thread, with the quilter’s initials and the date on one corner. It will have a drop length of 20 inches on each 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.
Quilters Have Loved Handmade Applique for Centuries
Had you lived three centuries ago, you probably would not have owned an applique quilt unless you were very wealthy. These quilts are typically made with one large piece of fabric and decorated with time-consuming patterns, each of which must be stitched individually. Only the rich could afford the fabric and spare the free time for such a project.
As the Industrial Revolution slashed the costs of fabric in the 1800s, applique quilts became more popular among middle-class American women. Traditionally, young girls were supposed to make thirteen (a “baker’s dozen”) quilt tops before engagement, and then her family and friends might pitch in to help her finish them before the wedding. Twelve of these quilts were often pieced, made for anyone in her new household to use.
Blooming Star Quilt
Lacy Heart of Roses Quilt
Spring Flower Quilt
One “masterpiece” quilt, though, was reserved for the bridal bed, and young women would lavish their time and creativity on its design. Applique quilts were very popular for these special coverlets, with baskets of roses and wreaths of flowers rioting across their center and borders.
Another American tradition is the folk art quilt, which was often filled with plants, animals, people, or even words, all telling a story. Some even preserve history that may never have been recorded otherwise, as with Harriet Powers’ quilts. She knew slavery and racism, born in Georgia in 1837, but she used her needle to speak to a society that didn’t want to hear her voice. The Smithsonian displays her Bible quilt and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston displays her pictorial quilt, both of them preserving her bold and artistic storytelling.
A quilt is not merely a cozy bed covering: it is also a piece of artwork. The artisans who develop our quilts pick top-notch vivid fabrics and arrange them in an eye-catching work of art. Select from our selection of over two hundred homemade quilts for a quilt that best complements your taste.
Although the pieces of fabric are sewn with each other by machine to guarantee tighter sewing, all the quilting is done by hand. 100% cotton fabrics compose the top and bottom of the quilt. The batting sandwiched in between those two layers, nonetheless, is 100% polyester. This polyester batting guaranties both warmth and outstanding washing results.
Most of our quilts are generous enough to overcome the need for a dust ruffle and pillow shams. Just as bed heights differ, each quilt's measurements is different. We specify the quilt's dimensions alongside the calculated drop for you to compare to the overall size you want to have. Please do your research prior to your purchase!
Are our quilts washable?
As a matter of fact, our quilts are indeed machine-washable! We suggest complying with these standards for the best care of your heirloom quilt:
Wash in a washing machine with only cold water on delicate cycle.
Use only mild laundry soap, such as liquid Cheer for colors (No bleach or bleach alternatives. No Woolite or fabric softener.) For the first washing, add 1/2 cup vinegar as well as 2 tbsps of salt in addition to the laundry soap. This natural home remedy protects against hemorrhage and helps to protect the colors in your quilt.
Remove quilt as soon as the washer finishes to reduce wrinkles and also color-bleeding.
Never place a quilt in the dryer! Line dry on a breezy day.
Quilts could be dry-cleaned at your own risk, but we absolutely suggest washing.
Amish Handmade Quilt Facts
It is important that the quilt you order is a well-suited fit for your bed. Each quilt's measurements are different. Assess your dimensions simply by measuring the side of your bed from the top of the mattress to the length you want. Do your measuring ahead of purchasing!
Fire Island Hosta Quilt
Yes we absolutely love our quilt and use it daily. It was bought as a Christmas present to ourselves.
September 22, 2018
Lone Star Quilt
We used one of the two quilts for our guest room.
October 13, 2018
Linking Hearts Quilt
We LOVE our quilt. What could be better than a hand-made heart quilt for Valentine’s Day. It will come out of the closet in a couple weeks or so and I’ll send a picture. Thanks.
September 25, 2018
Log Cabin Quilt
We absolutely LOVE our quilt!!! In fact, I have gone back to your site multiple times to see if I could find accent pillows and/or curtains to match!
September 23, 2018
Log Cabin Lone Star Quilt
I really love this quilt. I have such a great appreciation for all the work that went into the making.
September 27, 2018
I have ordered from this place before and I am always happy when I receive the quilt I ordered. The quality of work is outstanding. The quick service cannot be matched. I will continue to order from you.
July 25, 2018
I look forward to the next one.
Great I have a good working relationship with Kate. I’ve bought several quilts and throws from Family Farms and look forward to the next one expected in late Sept.
Dennis L Doucette
July 25, 2018
I was racking my brain for a gift for my grandmother who needed some extra tlc. After coming up with the quilt idea I was thrilled to find what I was looking for on your site. Gram loves her special gift- thank you!
June 4, 2017
Surf Song Quilt
September 22, 2018
I love my new quilt. The colors are so pretty! Thank you all so much. I know there are a lot of hours spent on it. ?
January 2, 2019
Mariner’s Compass Quilt
September 23, 2018
My husband loves the ocean, we live 1 hour away, so I bought this quilt “for him”. Our bedroom has several nautical items in it and is painted a sea foam blue. We love it and we pray for the quilter of the Sailor’s compass quilt nightly.
September 23, 2018
I just couldn’t leave Pennsylvania’s Amish Country without taking home a hand-quilted quilt from Family Farm Quilts. I looked through at least 50 options before deciding on this gorgeous Surf Song design. I think it’s absolutely perfect in every way! <3
Welcome to Family Farm Handcrafts! Quilt making is an iconic representation of the Amish way of life, where working with their hands is highly valued. All items in our store are hand-stitched or handmade.