The Distinctions Found in Amish Quilts (part 1)
Amish quilts have very distinctive characteristics that make them instantly recognizable to quilters and non-quilters alike. Whether you understand what the differences are from one quilt style to the next is not important. There's just something about an Amish quilt that stands out from the rest. There are some very important differences, however, that make Amish quilts so unique and distinctive from the rest. If you're searching for a traditional Amish quilt to own, there are a few interesting characteristics that you can look for in determining what makes an Amish quilt so distinctive.
The colors used in a traditional Amish quilt are probably the most obvious distinctions that set Amish quilts apart from other quilting styles. The Amish people as a whole have always had a set standard of colors that they can use in making their clothing or decorating their homes with. These colors are determined by Amish leaders and have been handed down for hundreds of years. Using dark, simple colors is important to the Amish way of life because they believe in focusing on the group rather than the individual to keep their community strong. Keeping everyone dressed in similar styles of dress using the same basic colors is just one way the Amish stay connected with each other.
These same colors were then used in the early Amish quilts because most of the fabrics they used came from scraps that were leftover from clothing and household projects. These colors included dark blues, purples, greens, and reds. As time has passed brighter, more vibrant versions of these colors have been allowed by the Amish leaders to be used in Amish dress, just as long as the dominant color remains black. Pastels are also often seen in Amish dress, particularly in children's clothing, and all of these colors have been incorporated into Amish quilt designs over time. Yellows and oranges are generally considered too flashy for the Amish and were rarely used in traditional Amish quilt designs.
The Distinctions Found in Amish Quilts (part 2)