The Hearts All Around quilt is a graceful pattern with hand-appliqued hearts. The 190 yards of hand-quilting is all done by one Pennsylvania Amish woman to insure uniform stitching. The Hearts All Around quilt with a purple, solid colored scalloped border is initialed and dated. On a king-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.
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.
The Postage Stamp is a popular Scrap Quilt Pattern
Square and Applique Scraps compliment in this Country Hearts Quilt
A few Scrap Quilt variations.
Frugality Creating Beauty: How Scrap Quilts Developed
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.
Twin Sized Postage Stamp Quilt
Ancient Star is another Scrap Quilt Pattern
A color coordinated Scrap Quilt is an exquisite work of art!
Did you know?
Over the centuries, various methods have been perfected to make it less complicated for quilters to piece multi-angled quilts together. One of these techniques is named paper piecing, which is frequently taken advantage of to compose the elaborate corners of the Mariner's Compass quilt. Paper piecing, as it title designates, uses an unique paper pattern on top of which the fabric cuts are sewn. The pattern guides the needleworker to correctly sew the pieces together so that the completed top will lay out evenly. Procedures such as this are a tremendous aid to our quilt-makers!
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
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 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 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
April 25, 2019
Lone Star Quilt
We used one of the two quilts for our guest room.
October 13, 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
Mariner’s Compass Quilt
September 23, 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
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
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
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
Fire Island Hosta Quilt
Yes we absolutely love our quilt and use it daily. It was bought as a Christmas present to ourselves.
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.