Family Farm Quilts began in 1983, in the basement of the Amish-Mennonite home of John and Ann Lapp with their eight children. In time, the business expanded, the children grew up, and the quilt shop moved to a larger location and eventually into branch locations. Today there are three shops, separately owned by three of the children. One of the sons—John Lewis Lapp—is the owner of the Shady Maple branch called Family Farm Handcrafts. Ann Lapp continues to manage the quilt-making process. She chooses the patterns, colors, and fabrics and works together with over two hundred local Conservative Mennonite and Amish ladies. These women piece, applique, and quilt hundreds of handmade quilts for our shop.
Family Farm Quilts started out making only handmade quilts. Eventually other Amish handmade crafts were added. Today, Quilts of Shady Maple is richly stocked with all sorts of handmade Amish Quilts and Crafts. No one craft is identical. Each craft is unique and made with a personal touch. We started out with quilts but today we have more variety than you can fully experience and appreciate with one visit.
Our handmade quilts and crafts story is unique. Most Amish quilt suppliers are either strictly a business corporation or they have semi-genuine amish quilts and crafts. However our products are authentic. In addition they come with a story that gives them value and brings meaning to the community.
Our HANDMADE QUILTS & CRAFTS are not merely a product. Rather they are a story. They are a story of an Amish person expressing his/her culture. It is an expression born out of a unique perspective and out of unique experiences. It is this uniqueness and this story stitched into our quilts that are worth hearing and owning.
This quilt story speaks of who the Amish are. First of all, the Amish are a very practical and hands-on people. One aspect of this practicality is their position against art for art’s sake. However, they make room for art if it serves a practical purpose. Because handmade quilts are very practical—they keep you warm at night—a quilt is a practical piece of art. It is as Amish expression of beauty and usefulness interwoven. An Amish quilt will add form and function to your life.
This story also speaks of the simplicity that the Amish value. While it is true that many of these quilts are very complex, the style of life that cultivates these masterpieces is one rooted in the basics—family, faith, and frugality. This simplicity is very important to the Amish. They quilts may be complex but they are based on the simple concept that cloth can be sewn together beautifully and can serve a practical purpose.
If you are looking for a cultural story that speaks of practicality and simplicity yet is amazingly beautiful, then allow these handmade quilts to tell their story. Bring some of the outstanding Amish values right into your personal space. You will have a story being told that is meaningful and worth hearing.