Friday, January 13, 2012

Easy Peasy Amish

Good Afternoon!  So everywhere I look these days, it seems there is some version of an Amish quilt out there.  I did a little bit of research on Amish quilting because I knew one day I would get an Amish quilt to "quilt".  Down at Gathering Fabric, they have decided to do a traditional Amish block of the month quilt and then they decided to kit this Easy Peasy version of an Amish quilt. 

The pattern was designed by Anita Peluso and she brought it to me to quilt.  I discussed with her that the Amish tend to have lots of feathers, radiating lines and grid work.  Anita was thinking that we should try a little more modern take on the Amish quilting traditions.  After hours of pouring through my design books, I came up with 2 designs.  One traditional with lots of feathers and the one I decided to quilt. I am so nervous about what you all will think about this quilt. 

I used wool batting with coordinating thread except in the black areas and then I used a dark olive thread.  I quilted swirls and pebbles in the outer border, big flowers and snails in the other 2 green borders.  Pebbles in the gray squares and flames in the big black triangles and in the center around the floral wreath.  Phew!  I think it looks super cool - but I fear if the Amish ever saw it they would shake their heads.  Would love to have you post comments and let me know your thoughts.  Take care, Richla


  1. Gorgeous and so original, Richla! You've taken old Amish and popped it into the new millenium! Fabulous work.

  2. I LOVE it! The quilting in my wide last black boarder is my favorite!

  3. Ohmyeverlovinggravy... the quilting is SO BEAUTIFUL! I love the contemporary twist on the traditional design!

    Jean in Bothell (New follower)