The use of solids immediately leads to the question of the quilting, those stitches that hold together a quilt's three layers. Traditional Amish quilting designs combine straight-line stitching with folk art motifs like baskets and flowers and their quilting stitches really shine when sewn in wide borders that frame the patchwork.
Some of my favorite Amish quilts are somewhat scrappy in appearance. These probably were never meant to be seen outside the Amish home but I feel lucky that the owners shared these images with me. The pale Shoofly quilt below is from Miflin County Pennsylvania.
This Double Nine Patch in brilliant colors was never used and likely given as a wedding gift in the 1940s. From the Goshen, Indiana area.
I could look at Amish quilts all day long. There are so many variations and they have much to teach us about color use, both strong and subtle shades used in the same quilt, and above all, the stitching. If color is the soul of the Amish quilt, then quilting stitches are the heart.