BLOCK Friday: Amish Quilts – Fons & Porter

Lancaster Rose

Amish quilts are famous for their awesome color schemes, outstanding workmanship, and minimalist aesthetic. Although the Amish have been making quilts for uncounted generations, there’s something very modern about the look of many of them. These distinctive designs are at home anywhere, from a country cabin to a sleek condo.

Genuine Amish quilts can be pricey and hard to find, so they are ideal candidates for replicating with your own quilt making skills. Many Amish and Amish-inspired quilts have been patterned so that non-Amish quilters can duplicate them, and we have a number of such quilt patterns to recommend to you. Let’s take a look!



Amish Buggy Wheels

FP-A-2857_image_orig_amishbuggy.jpgDesigner Jean Nolte was inspired to create this classic throw quilt pattern after seeing an antique quilt in Marianne Fons’ collection. Using prints that appear solid, she created a design that resembles a traditional Amish quilt. This quilt pattern can be easily adjusted for size. Use the multiple size chart below to make this quilt right for you. Plus, download the free diagrams for the various sizes.

Finished Size: 54″ x 72″  |  Rating: Challenging  |  Designed by Jean Nolte



Amish Bars

orig_abars_200The pattern for Amish Bars, featured in the Spring 2008 issue of Easy Quilts, can be easily adjusted for size. Use the free multiple size chart to customize this quilt for your own home.




Lancaster Rose

Lancaster Rose QuiltThe designer of Lancaster Rose was inspired by an Ohio Amish quilt. The colors, pieced border, and wide border with spectacular quilting make it a true show stopper!

Finished Size: 90¼” x 90¼”  |  Finished Blocks: 25 (9″) blocks  |  Rating: Intermediate  |  Designed by Janet Davis





Homestead_250-1Use strip-sets and make the perfect quilt for a cold winter’s night. Solid fabrics are used, in the Amish tradition, but you could play with prints for more movement.

Finished Size: 72 1/2” x 87”  |  Finished Blocks: 20 (12″) blocks  |  Rating: Beginner Level 1  |  Designed by Cori Derksen and Myra Harder

VIDEO! Amish quilts loom large in American quilt history. Learn more with Mark and Jodie from “Quilt Out Loud”. 


Drunkard’s Path

Antique-Drunkards-Path_250.jpgThis scrappy quilt is from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. From the curator: “Very little is known of the origins of this circa 1900 Drunkard’s Path quilt, except that it is a classic pattern, usually rendered in solid fabrics or calico. Originating in England, the pattern was known as Wanderer in the Wilderness, Rob Peter to Pay Paul, or Mill Wheel. The Amish later called it Solomon’s Puzzle or Old Maid’s Puzzle.”

Finished Size: 70” x 77”  |  Finished Blocks: 110 (7″) blocks  |  Rating: Challenging

Are you ready to try an Amish-inspired quilt? Have you already made a quilt with an Amish theme? Inspire us in the comments below, and share photos of your work on the Fons & Porter Facebook page!

Happy Quilting!
The Fons & Porter Team

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