Amish Quilts and Quilt Shops in Lancaster County

Lancaster Has Been Called America’s Quilt Capital

Amish women in Pennsylvania Dutch Country have been creating exquisite handmade quilts since the mid-1800s (and perhaps earlier). Partially born of of frugality, Amish-made homemade quilts serve a practical purpose, but also serve as a form of entertainment.

Groups of Amish and Mennonite women traditionally have gathered for a quilting bee which, in addition to being productive, is a time to visit with one another once their household duties have been completed.

More recently, what was once a social gathering has turned into a business enterprise for many plain women. Cottage quilt industries are springing up throughout Lancaster County. Many Amish and Mennonite women have opened up small shops in their homes to subsidize the family’s income. A handmade sign, stating simply: “Quilts sold here,” often accompanied by “No Sunday sales.”

Many quilting events take place in the Lancaster County area each year. There are classes and seminars on quilt-making, on the history of quilts, and events at which quilting products and supplies are displayed and sold. In addition, homemade quilts are a popular item at the famous Mud Sales that take place throughout Lancaster County in late winter and early spring. See our Lancaster Events Calendar for more details.

For quilt-making supplies, see our Fabric Shops & Quilting Supplies page.

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Dutchland Quilt Patch

2851 Lincoln Highway East, Ronks (Paradise), PA  17572, 800-411-3221
3461 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse, PA 17534, 800-411-3221

This unique shop offers a large selection of locally made quilts, wallhangings, pillows, dolls, baskets and crafts. Customize your own quilt. Enjoy our Christmas room full of Christmas decor and candles. We have over 6000 bolts of quilting fabrics, notions and patterns at discount prices. Come watch us quilt! Visit website.

 

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Comments

  1. Kathy Barnes says:

    Your Quilt’s are absolutely beautiful, God, gave you all a wonderful talent. And it’s good to see it’s not going to waste. May God Bless You All. Kathy Barnes

  2. when I was in ronks, I went to a farm and there were so many quilts, I wondered if they really made all those by hand or do they send them to china?

  3. I was recently at a mud sale and bought a quilt topper. I am looking for someone to finish it. Does anyone know of anyone who would do that?

  4. Paulette Voit says:

    I was in Lancaster 2 years ago to attend the big quilt show. a friend and I saw advertised in a tourist paper a fabric shop that was above a grocery store. It was outside Lancaster, maybe east? I would like to visit Lancaster again and go to this shop. It was large. Hope you can help. Thank you/

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