The Quilters

The Quilters

Most of our quilters are either Amish or conservative Mennonite. The women do the hand quilting in their own homes, not as a full-time job, but in tandem with other farm-life responsibilities. Many have large families, and their duties include cooking, gardening, canning, making clothing and housecleaning, especially when preparing to have church in their homes. Quilting is a relaxing activity, often enjoyed in early mornings before the children awaken – or late in the evening, illuminated by a kerosene lantern. Telephones, electricity and automobiles are absent. Instead, news travels through letters or more often by way of a neighborly visit via horse-and-buggy transportation.

Each quilt is referred to as a "one-needle quilt," since only one woman quilts an entire piece. Perfectionism in the evenness of the stitches is paramount, though this talent is always viewed with modesty and humility, even by the finest master quilters.

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