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Discover for yourself why so many Amish and Mennonites committed to a simple, austere life make beautiful quilts. Quilts among the Plain People looks at the role of quilting in plain communities and the possible origins of quilt patterns popular among the Amish and Mennonites. The book includes stories of quilters, a brief introduction to Amish and Mennonite history, and a glossary of terms. There is also a chapter on how to make and take care of a quilt.
Discover why so many Amish and Mennonites, committed to a simple life, make beautiful quilts. This book looks at quilting in plain communities and the possible origins of quilt patterns popular among the Amish and Mennonites. Why do so many Amish and Mennonites who are devoutly committed to a simple, austere life make beautiful quilts? Why this splash of beauty? What are the favorite designs? How has quilting become a part of the very fabric of Amish and Mennonite life? What are basic how-tos of quiltmaking? "Quilting has survived among these frugal, simple people because a quilt is not only apiece of art. It is also functional."
Rachel Thomas Pellman designs quilt kits and lectures widely about quilts. She is the author or co-author of many well-known books about quilting. Among them are The World of Amish Quilts and its companion how-to book, Amish Quilt Patterns; A Treasury of Amish Quilts; Small Amish Quilt Pattens; A Tresury of Mennonite Quilts; and The Country Bride Quilt. Rachel and her husband, Kenny, are the parents of two adult sons and live near Lancaster, Pennsylvania.