Amish Quilts are wonderful inspiration for quilting ideas, both for the quilt top and the quilting designs. I have always been inspired by the early quilts and use them often for ideas. Amish quilts in particular have a clean and simple appeal. The early quilts were either hand or machine pieced and hand quilted. The large open spaces of the pieced tops lend themselves to wonderful quilting options. Feathers, crosshatching, cables and flower-leaf motifs are used frequently. Free motion machine quilting has made it possible to quilt all these designs easily and more quickly. My new series called “Innovative Amish” explores this style of quilting, for a fresh and modern machine approach. “Shades of Amish- Lilac” uses Peppered Cottons (shot cottons from Pepper Cory) that give a beautiful richness to the solid fabrics. They are perfect choice for the innovative approach. Thinking outside of the box for colors and placement of the quilting motifs are my goal for this series. We have been through an era of elaborately quilted quilts, which I have done and loved. I was looking for an opportunity to go back to more basic concepts and I am very excited for this series to take shape. In this workshop you will machine piece a small Amish style top, learn marking and basting concepts and Sue’s expert machine quilting techniques. Day One: Piece a simple Amish inspired top. Choose from 3 different patterns that Sue will provide- Amish Bars, Simple Star and Center Diamond. Day Two: Explore different options for quilting your top inspired by Amish motifs- feathers, cables, crosshatching and more. Instruction for marking and basting your quilt will be covered. Day Three: Machine quilt your small quilt. Practice first to feel comfortable and then begin quilting on your own small quilt. Many examples of this style quilt will be available, from books and from Sue’s own collection. This is a great opportunity to explore machine techniques with an innovative and fresh new approach- what is old is new again!
National Quilt Museum Workshop: Shades of Amish presented by Sue Nickels