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Quilt Shopping in Lancaster County
Lancaster County is home to numerous quilt shops offering beautiful and colorful handmade quilts. These quilts are often hand-stitched by Pennsylvania Amish and Mennonite women that are a symbol of the Old Order Communities. Originally, Amish quilts were made as practical items to keep warm or for gifts or dowry items. Because of the outstanding craftsmanship and quality, these quilts have evolved over time and are now regarded as works of art by people around the world.
The best Lancaster Amish quilts are bold, yet simple, often contrasting bright against dark traditional colors. Tulips, feathers, baskets and grapevines are common patterns quilted in the borders and corners. The traditional Lancaster Amish quilt tends to be square, with wide borders and corner blocks making it unique from other Amish quilts elsewhere in North America. The Amish in Lancaster often use patterned fabrics for the backing, even though such material was never used on the front. The Center Square, Bars and Diamond in the Square designs were the most common in the early Lancaster Amish quilts. The traditional Amish quilt has evolved from the traditional colors and patterns to more elaborate and new designs. Savvy Lancaster quilters are making quilts that appeal to the tastes and fashions of the visitors who come to Lancaster County.
Lancaster quilts make the perfect gift for others or as a take-home remembrance for you and your family. You'll find numerous places to browse and purchase quilts. From local farmers markets to quaint shops located at the quilters' home, you'll find hundreds of unique patterns and colors. Simply driving the scenic back roads of Lancaster County, you'll see brightly colored quilts hanging from clothlines often with a sign that says "Quilts for Sale." The quilter is usually more than willing to explain the intricate details of their designs.
Riehl's Quilts and Crafts located in Leola, PA is located on a working farm. Their unique shop features over 200 quilts of all sizes, wall hangings, pillows, quillows, and all sorts of needle craft. Country Lane Quilts is also located on a working farm in Leola. Click here for a listing of quilt and fabric shops in Lancaster County.
You'll need more than one day to shop for your perfect homemade quilt, so book your stay at a nearby Bed and Breakfast.