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!
Amish Homemade Quilt Facts
Since many Amish and Mennonite mothers stay at home to care for their families, their professions need to correspond to their home life. Making quilts suits that criteria. We enable these women to create at their own pace to ensure they may appropriately maintain their household. For a lot of women, making quilts is actually really good therapy as well as a superb past-time.
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 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
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
King and Queen Quilts
I have purchased a king Mariner’s quilt and a queen Lob Cabin Lone Star Quilt and am looking at another king for my RV. I absolutely love them. They stand by their products as I had a problem after washing but they made it as perfect as when I first purchased. I would highly recommend them and all their beautiful works of art. Thank you.
September 14, 2021
I can’t begin to express our joy when we received our spin star quilt. It is absolutely gorgeous! Please forward our gratitude to Verna Miller for all the time and effort she put into making our beautiful quilt. We will cherish it always!
August 24, 2021
Beautiful Argyle Quilt
I ordered a Argyle quilt and I just got it today, it is more beautiful than in the picture I love this quilt!!. I will be putting this on my be right away I will treasure this quilt always it’s beautiful
Thanks for a speedy delivery
This quilt will keep me warm on these really cold nights.
January 8, 2021
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
Thanks! The quilt is gorgeous and we cherish it.
September 22, 2018
MASTER POSTMASTER IN MANDEVILLE, LA.
MASTER POSTMASTER IN MANDEVILLE, LA. 70448 JUST INFORMED ME THE SHIPPING NUMBER DOES NOT EXIST. I AM WONDERING IF I HAVE BEEN SCAMMED FOR 900.00.
December 22, 2020
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
The BEST Quilts
We ordered a King Quilt for my daughter. It was one of the most beautiful quilts she has seen. We ordered this over the phone after seeing the pattern on the website. Very easy to order and have shipped. Thank you Kate for your expertise and kindness for what you have done for us.
September 27, 2021
Surf Song Quilt
September 22, 2018
Love my Purple Lone Star Quilt
I love my purple Lone Star Quilt…it was a big investment for me! I bought a Twin size that was listed as fitting a Queen and it did (using my ruffle). Thank you for having accurate measurements and good photos AND updated notes on availability. I found one a couple of years ago on another site out in PA and I ordered it and my card was charged. Then, I was called to say it wasn’t available and would be 6 months if I wanted it made. Your emails were great and was surprised by the fast delivery. PS. My grandma made lots of quilts – log cabin, lone star and many others about 25+ years ago….your quality is on par with hers.
August 11, 2020
Still waiting for my Quilt
Still waiting for my Quilt
December 22, 2020
Beauty and quality
I am overwhelmed at the quality and beauty of the cathedral window quilt. My mother made one in her later years before she died from COVID this last winter and although I am the oldest daughter, I gave that quilt to my younger sister as she wanted it so much. Although this quilt wasn’t made by my mother, it shows the same precision of stitching and great choices in fabric colors. When I look at it, I will be reminded of the tremendous effort of the quilter who made it for me and think of my mother too. Mother’s choice of colors are almost exactly the same as my new quilt which are lovely. Thanks for this gift and know that it will be valued by me now and other family in the future. Lynn Keene
June 29, 2021
Mariner’s Compass Quilt
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
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
Lone Star Quilt
We used one of the two quilts for our guest room.
October 13, 2018
This is the second quilt our family has purchased from your store since August. We remain amazed at the craftsmanship of the finished product. These are absolutely works of art. And to have them initialed/dated on the quilt itself means so much to us as well as knowing the name of the quilter. We will definitely recommend your shop to others that are looking for beautiful quality products.
I hand the privilege of contacting Family Farm Handcrafts inquiring about a King Size Quilt. I first talked with a young lady by the name of Regina , who went out of her way to help me, which encouraged me and I did not look any further on the web to purchase. A few days later, I had the privilege of talking with Katie, who , although she did not have what I was looking for In her shop, went out of her way to help me come up with The Spin Star Quilt, in the colors I was looking for and in no time, this beautiful quilt was on its way to my daughter, who absolutely loved the quilt! Not only was the quilt beautiful, the price was great also! I guarantee you if you are in the market for a beautiful Amish quilt, hand made and at a beautiful price, plus they have someone who can make curtains or valances to match, you will want to contact Katie at Family Farm Handcrafts in East Earl Pa, near Lancaster, Pa. God Bless You Katie and may your business prosper!
July 8, 2020
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
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.
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.