Today I’m showing a quilt I bought at a block sale a couple of weeks ago.
It’s Amish style, but not Amish made. It’s a Chinese import quilt, but one of the nicer ones that are sold in high end stores. It’s made by American Pacific Enterprises.
The quilt is machine sewn with 3″ nine patch blocks set with 3″ squares and alternating solid red squares.
The quilt came with two matching shams. I don’t use them..they just don’t “float my boat” and a true Amish quilt wouldn’t come with shams.
I paid $5 for the set.
It has some “issues”, which is why the seller was getting rid of them.
A polyester batting was used and the fibers are bearding out of the quilt.
Bearding is when tufts of the fibers come through the fabrics and form “beards” on the quilt.
I don’t like Polyester batting for that reason. Years ago it was all we could get and some of my early quilts which were used pretty heavily no longer have any batting in them.
A few years ago I had another quilt like this which I bought on ebay. I’ve always been fond of Amish style quilts.
My DIL asked if I could make my son a robe from an old quilt. He had a habit of walking around the house with a quilt wrapped around him and she thought if he had a robe it would leave his hands free to do things. My pics aren’t the best…they are pre-digital camera and before I knew I might blog it some day.
I used the quilt I had, which was a twin size and had to add a bit to the length. The blue and black stripes at the bottom weren’t original. I have to admit, that even though I hadn’t made the quilt it was hard for me to cut into it!
The quilting is pretty standard Amish style designs.
There are feathered wreaths in the solid red setting blocks, and straight lines quilted through the double nine patches.
There are pumpkin seeds quilted in the squares of the inner border, with echo quilting in the setting triangles of the that border.
The corner squares of the inner border have a flower design. In my pic of that red corner square you can see more bearding. It’s really a shame that Poly batting was used.
The outer border has a feathered vine design. I took a pic from the back side because the black quilting on the black border didn’t show up very well in my pics.
A true Amish quilt would have a little more quilting added. There would be quilting in the ditch around all blocks and borders. They usually fill all of the spaces in the design with quilting.