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Amish Quilts and the Welsh Connection



Amish Quilts and the Welsh Connection


By Dorothy Osler

Hardcover | 144 pages

Compared to early Amish quilts, early Welsh quilts are not as well known on a global scale, but their original, vivid flannels—filled with local sheep’s wool—are now highly sought after, as many of them were discarded when new cotton fabrics came into fashion. 

This reference book examines the common features of quilts made by the Amish in America and the Welsh in Britain. More than 90 images show colorful combinations and design repertoire that provide a possible crosscultural link. Today, Amish quilts are seen both as an art form and a symbol of the values they hold near and dear: controlled order, simplicity of design, and discreet ornamentation. Did Welsh immigrants help to influence this? Noted quilt historian Dorothy Osler presents evidence that the Amish and Welsh communities lived side by side in the early to mid-19th century, when Amish quiltmaking began in the United States. If you're a history buff or lover of quilts, you will appreciate the historic background of these two groups of people and the care and beauty that went into making each quilt.

Whether or not you are planning to attend our first Adventure Workshop, Amish Quilts and the Welsh Connection is a fascinating read for anyone interested in learning more about the intersection of Amish and Welsh quilting traditions. Get your copy today!

Speaking of Wales–Don't Miss Our Upcoming Workshop
At the end of September, Quiltfolk will be taking quilters on a magical two-day journey to Wales, where we will teach participants about the history of their quilts, share local footage (while eating local treats), and make a Welsh-inspired keepsake quilt. 

If you’ve already signed up for The Magic of Wales workshop, this book will enhance your learning and sewing experience. But, even if you don’t plan to attend the workshop, the historical connections within still make for an intriguing read for anyone interested in the Welsh influence on Amish quilting.



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