The Amish Quilt
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Here you will find informational articles about the Amish and their quilts.
All Articles:

Christmas in the Amish Home (part 1)

Christmas in the Amish Home (part 2)

History of the Amish Quilt (part 1)

History of the Amish Quilt (part 2)

The Development of American Folk and Amish Quilts (part 1)

The Development of American Folk and Amish Quilts (part 2)

Preparing an Amish Wedding (part 1)

Preparing an Amish Wedding (part 2)

How Do Amish Women Make Money (part 1)

How Do Amish Women Make Money (part 2)

How Do Amish Women Make Money? (part 1)


Hard work and self-sufficiency are very important aspects of living in an Amish community.  In order to be successful and able to take care of themselves with no outside help whatsoever, every member of the family works in some capacity to help the Amish family and the Amish community itself survive and thrive.  Every member of an Amish family helps to provide some sort of income for the Amish community at large the best they can.  Even the Amish children, from a very early age, learn the value of hard work and the importance of productivity.  Amish men usually provide income for the family through farming, building, furniture making, woodworking, and selling other handmade wares to the other locals and tourists.  Sometimes Amish men even take jobs outside the Amish community to provide for the family.


Amish women play a very important part in the success of the Amish community and provide much needed income through a variety of different business ventures.  In an Amish community, the women are solely responsible for tending to the home, working in the yard, keeping the garden, cooking, sewing and washing the clothes, and raising the children.  Many Amish women have found their particular household skills quite useful in providing a significant income to the family and Amish community at large.  Many Amish families set up shops and stores to sell their handmade goods and wares to tourists.  While the men sell Amish made beds, hope chests, wooden toys, picnic baskets, tools, and the fresh produce they grow from their crops, the Amish women have found success selling handmade Amish quilts, canned goods, floral arrangements, toys, and baked goods.  Some Amish women even work as midwives, in non-Amish birthing centers, or as teachers in Amish schools.


Probably the most lucrative business for Amish women is the Amish quilting business.  People travel from around the world to visit these tiny Amish communities to buy one of their beautifully handcrafted Amish quilts.  Known for their simplicity, the Amish quilt is one of the few ways that Amish women can truly express themselves artistically.  While the Amish pride themselves on shunning society and using their time to focus on what is necessary, the Amish quilt is somewhat of an exception.  Most Amish communities wear only dark colored clothes and do not decorate their homes in any sort of ostentatious way because to do otherwise would be useless since it doesn’t serve God in any sort of meaningful way.  However, because the quilt itself serves the purpose of warmth, the Amish women gradually used more designs and more colors to create the Amish quilt patterns of today.  As a result, many Amish quilts fetch prices in excess of $1,000 for a single quilt!  This is due to the fact that in today’s manufactured world, finding something of beauty that is truly made by hand is difficult at best.  The Amish quilt has become famous for its simplistic, yet colorful designs that consist of a wide range of patterns, including stars, flowers, baskets, and geometric designs.


Amish women use their sewing talents in other ways to make money for their families as well.  Most Amish women are responsible for making the clothing that their children, husbands, and even they wear throughout the year.  So, Amish women are usually quite talented when it comes to sewing everything from pants to dresses to the signature bonnets that every Amish girl wears.  While most people outside the Amish community are not in the market for Amish clothing, they are interested in buying some of their handmade Amish dolls.  Faceless dolls are given to Amish children to play with because the Amish believe in rejecting the graven image out of modesty.  These faceless Amish dolls and clothes are hand sewn for the children of the Amish community, but have also become quite popular with tourists alike.

How Do Amish Women Make Money (part 2)

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