The Difference Between Amish Quilts and Other Quilts (part 2)
Charm quilts, also called beggar quilts or odd feller quilts, are ones that are made from very small pieces of fabric that don't necessarily match. The goal of the charm quilter is to gather together as many different pieces of fabric, even if you have to "beg" for them from other quilters, and piece them together so no two identical pieces on the quilt will match. Charm quilts generally come in three main styles. Victorian charm quilts are usually made from darker, duller fabrics and are made from a single shape, like squares, triangles, or the honeycomb-and-apple-core pattern. The fabrics for these quilts were generally borrowed or begged for over long periods of time in order to gather together enough pieces to put a quilt together. The modern American charm quilt uses a mixture of lighter and darker fabrics and is generally put together in a more even and organized manner. The fabrics for these quilts were more readily available in shops and through mail order catalogs, so purchasing a large variety of different styles and patterns was much easier for the American charm quilter. More recently, the Millennium charm quilt has again become a popular quilting style. Through the convenience of online quilting clubs, internet fabric stores, and the endless array of different patterned fabrics that are available today, the Millennium charm quilt is easier to make than ever before and has again become a popular quilting style.
The Amish quilt, arguably the most famous and sought after type of quilt, is unique in that it is truly a pieced quilt that uses a basic geometric design that is symmetrically put together using small, evenly spaced stitches. The earliest Amish quilts used bright, bold, solid colors without patterns and were pieced together into geometric designs using square and rectangular patterns. The quilt was then framed by a black or dark colored border and then quilted together with a simple, yet intricate stitching pattern. Over the years, Amish quilts have evolved into some recognizable designs, including the Diamond in Square pattern and the Lone Star pattern. The main thing to look for in an authentic Amish quilt is bold, saturated colors with the use of black only in the borders. The geometric patterns are created using fewer pieces which can result in some very striking designs. Intricately designed central patterns are usually framed with a wide, dark border fabric. Geometric fabric shapes of diamonds, squares, rectangles, and triangles are the dominate patterns in these Amish designs. Of course, some Amish quilts are made in the less traditional patterns to attract the modern buyer, but these basic characteristics are what make the traditional Amish quilt so unique and collectible.
The Difference Between Amish Quilts and Other Quilts (part 1)