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Amish women in Pennsylvania Dutch Country have been creating exquisite handmade quilts since the mid-1800s (and perhaps earlier). Partially born out of frugality, Amish-made quilts serve a practical purpose as a blanket. Quilting also serves as an entertaining social gathering for Amish women and girls in Lancaster County.
Groups of Amish and Mennonite women traditionally have gathered for a “quilting bee” which, in addition to being productive, is a time to talk 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 Amish Country in Pennsylvania. Many Amish and Mennonite women have opened up small quilt shops in their homes to subsidize the family’s income. While traveling throughout Lancaster, PA, it’s common to see a handmade sign stating simply: “Quilts Sold Here,” which is often accompanied by “No Sunday Sales.”