ABCs of Amish Quilts


Recommended Reading

Berlo, Janet Catherine and Patricia Cox Crews, eds. Wild by Design: Two Hundred Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts. Lincoln: International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska in association with University of Washington Press, Seattle, 2003.

Bernick, Susan E. “A Quilt Is an Art Object When It Stands Up Like a Man.” In Quilt Culture: Tracing the Pattern, edited by Cheryl B. Torsney and Judy Elsley, 134-150. Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press, 1994.

Brackman, Barbara. Clues in the Calico: A Guide to Identifying and Dating Antique Quilts. Charlottesville, Va.: Howell Press, 1989.

Granick, Eve Wheatcroft. The Amish Quilt. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 1989.

Granick, Eve Wheatcroft and Joe Cunningham. Amish Quilts 1880 to 1940 From the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown, Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Museum of Art, 2000.

Hanson, Marin F., and Patricia Cox Crews, eds. American Quilts in the Modern Age, 1870-1940: The International Quilt Study Center Collections. University of Nebraska Press, 2009.

Herr, Patricia T. Amish Quilts of Lancaster County. Atglen PA: Schiffer, 2004.

Hughes, Robert, and Julie Silber. Amish: The Art of the Quilt. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990.

Keller, Patricia J. “The Quilts of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: Production, Context, and Meaning, 1750-1884.” PhD. dissertation, University of Delaware, 2007.

Kiracofe, Roderick. The American Quilt: A History of Cloth and Comfort, 1750-1950. New York: Clarkson Potter, 1993.

Kraybill, Donald, Patricia Herr, and Jonathan Holstein. A Quiet Spirit: Amish Quilts from the Collection of Cindy Tietze & Stuart Hodosh. Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 1996.

Kraybill, Donald B., Karen Johnson-Weiner, and Steven M. Nolt. The Amish. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

Kraybill, Donald, and Steven M. Nolt. Amish Enterprise: From Plows to Profits. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.

Kraybill, Donald B, and Marc Olshan, eds. The Amish Struggle with Modernity. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1994.

Lasansky, Jeannette. A Good Start: The Aussteier or Dowry. Lewisburg, PA: Oral Traditions Project of the Union County Historical Society, 1990.

——. “Quilts in the Dowry.” In Bits and Pieces: Textile Traditions, edited by Jeannette Lasansky, 48-55. Lewisburg, PA: Oral Traditions Project of the Union County Historical Society, 1991.

——. “Myth and Reality in Craft Tradition: Were Blacksmiths Really Muscle-bound? Were Basketmakers Gypsies? Were Thirteen Quilts in the Dowry Chest?” In On the Cutting Edge, ed. Jeannette Lasansky. Lewisburg: PA: Oral Traditions Project, 1994.

Luthy, David. “Marketing the Amish.” Family Life, January 1994.

Maines, Rachel. “Paradigms of Scarcity and Abundance: the Quilt as an Artifact of the Industrial Revolution.” In In the Heart of Pennsylvania, ed. Jeannette Lasansky. Lewisburg, PA: Union County Historical Society, 1986.

Nolt, Steven M., and Thomas J. Meyers. Plain Diversity: Amish Cultures and Identities. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.

Nomura, Nao, and Janneken Smucker. “From Fibers to Fieldwork: A Multifaceted Approach to Re-Examining Amish Quilts.” Uncoverings 27 (2006): 123-155.

Osler, Dorothy. Amish Quilts and the Welsh Connection. Atglen, Pa: Schiffer Publishing, 2011.

Pottinger, David. Quilts from the Indiana Amish: A Regional Collection. New York: E.P. Dutton in association with the Museum of American Folk Art, 1983.

Smucker, Janneken. Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

Smucker, Janneken. “Destination Amish Quilt Country: The Consumption of Quilts in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.” Mennonite Quarterly Review 80, no. 2 (April 2006): 184-206.

Smucker, Janneken, Patricia Cox Crews, and Linda Welters. Amish Crib Quilts from the Midwest: The Sara Miller Collection. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2003.

Smucker, Janneken, Robert Shaw, and Joe Cunningham. Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown. San Francisco: Pomegranate in collaboration with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2009.

Stoltzfus, Katie. Country Lane Quilts and Family Cooking. Lancaster, PA: Whitmore Printing, 2007.

Walbert, David J. Garden Spot: Lancaster County, the Old Order Amish, and the Selling of Rural America. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Wass, Janice Tauer. Illinois Amish Quilts: Sharing Threads of Tradition. Springfield Ill.: Illinois State Museum Society, 2004.

Weaver-Zercher, David. The Amish in the American Imagination. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.

Digital Resources

International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 

International Quilt Study Center & Museum, World Quilts: The American Story, 

“Textile Care,” International Quilt Study Center & Museum 

The Quilt Alliance

The Quilt Index, A project of Michigan State University Museum, Matrix, and Quilt Alliance

American Quilters Society, Directory of Registered Appraisers

Podcast of interview with Janneken Smucker on Amish Quilts, PA Books, PCN

Interview about Amish Quilts with Janneken Smucker, “Passing Time,” hosted by Chester County Historical Society curator Ellen Endslow, WCHE 1520 radio, West Chester, PA, November, 20, 2013. 

Janneken Smucker, Guest post, “Quilting by the Yard,” Amish America, June 11, 2015. 

Janneken Smucker, Guest post, “Mary Lapp and Hannah Stoltzfoos: Amish Quilt Innovators,” Amish America, May 21, 2015.

Janneken Smucker, Guest post, “‘Church Amish’ Quilting in the 1940s,” Amish America, March 13, 2015.

Janneken Smucker, Guest post, “What are Haps? Janneken Smucker explains,” Amish America, Feb. 19, 2015.

Janneken Smucker, Guest post, “Ohio Amish Quilts in California,” Amish America, Feb. 6, 2015. 

Janneken Smucker, Guest post, “For Every Rule, There is an Exception,” Johns Hopkins University Press Blog, Dec. 5, 2014. 

Janneken Smucker, Johns Hopkins University Press, Guest Blogger, “Amish Quilters Wanted,” December, 3, 2013

Q & A with Janneken Smucker about Amish Quilts at Amish America, November 11 and November 15, 2013.

Janneken Smucker, Guest Post, Johns Hopkins University Press Blog, “Quilting the Cover,” November 6, 2013.