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Give Amish Hand Quilting a Try

Does your life feel somewhat hectic or rushed lately? Between family, work and all of the errands it takes to get through a normal week, you may find yourself feeling a little spent.

Now, imagine yourself picking up a needle and thread to focus on the joyful act of quilting by hand. Each glorious motion is a chance to return to a simpler pace of life. It’s quite a difference, isn’t it?

Amish hand quilting may become your favorite antidote to the rush and bustle of your busy life.

Detail Shot of Amish Quilt
Detail photo of Amish quilt via Craftsy member bellabarbara

In the tradition of sewing by hand and without the use of modern sewing machines, the Amish have developed a hand-quilting style as well as original quilting patterns, such as the Double Wedding Ring Quilt.

What began as a way to use fabric scraps to make frugal bed coverings became a major reason for women to gather together and build quilting communities. What’s perhaps most special about this craft is that it has persisted through the decades, giving quilters a reason to slow down and appreciate the process of heirloom quilting.

Have you given Amish hand quilting a try? We’ve been inspired by these hand-quilted pieces in the Craftsy project gallery!

White and Blue Hand-Quilted Quilt

Erasable ink was just the ticket for Craftsy member Thalia, who wanted to try Amish hand quilting with a pattern from the book Custom Curves. As you can see from her work in progress, she started quilting from the center with short, even stitches.

This meditative craft can serve the same purpose as embroidery or other needle crafts. After trying hand quilting, you might find yourself drawn to its portability — it’s easy to take on the go, especially for smaller projects!

White Quilt with Hand-Sewn Details

This romantic Amish hand-quilting project was Craftsy member Keencrafter‘s first quilting project ever. Can you believe it?

The close-up details of hearts and feathers are echoed for added texture. If you attempt a pattern like this, consider marking it first with a stencil and a disappearing marker. And most importantly, take your time and enjoy the process, she says.

Blue, White, and Brown Hand Quilted Quilt

Craftsy member PaulineW completed this Baptist Fan patterned quilting by hand. The curves of the Amish hand quilting create a fabulous contrast to the rectangular blocks.

Pauline says the simple piecing encouraged her to try the more difficult and time-consuming task of hand quilting. Her tip is to have persistence when hand quilting, especially on a larger project.

Amish Hand Quilting Wholecloth Quilt

Get ready to swoon over this whole cloth quilt and hand-quilted masterpiece by Craftsy member Morag2504. Working from a whole cloth quilt kit, she says she most enjoys hand quilting at night while her favorite TV shows.

A wool batting is a good choice for Amish hand quilting, since it has a nice loft to it. Since it doesn’t feature any patchwork, a whole cloth quilt naturally relies on the quilted designs to do the talking.

Full and Detail Shots of Hand Quilted Quilt
Peace and Quiet is the name of this Amish-style quilt by  Craftsy instructor Andi Perejda. The stunning detail shot to the right shows off her Amish hand quilting in the quilt’s central medallion.

To learn more about finishing your quilts by hand, check out Hand Quilting: Heirloom Design & Technique, taught by Andi herself. From designing, marking and hand quilting your fabric, you’ll learn everything you need to take your Amish hand quilting to the next level, even if it is your very first quilting project!

Do you enjoy calming crafts like Amish hand quilting, or would you rather zip through quicker projects?


Cathy E

Wondering why you are calling it Amish hand quilting and not just ‘hand quilting’?

Janet Espeleta

I too am wondering why they refer to this as “Amish Hand Quilting”. I have been hand quilting for over 23 yrs and I am not Amish.

Sharon Brodeuse

So happy to find your web site – thanks for posting about it here.

Jan Hatchett

I think that there is a place for both machine and hand quilting, but I enjoy the process much more with hand quilting.


how do you get the quilting pattern onto the fabric?


You use a stencil for the design and then a marker that can wash off with water , you mark on the back of the quilt, I hope this helps.

Rita Horstmann

I do hand quilting myself. I enjoy doing this..


Love the hand quilting post. I hand quilt at home for other people and with
5 other ladies to raise money for the local ambulance association.


So inspiring! I definitely prefer the relaxing nature of handwork, although sometimes I wish it went faster. I think of it as being like Xanax! LOL


Please answer why you call it Amish vs hand quilting?


I am also wondering why you call it Amish – their hand quilting is usually simple, this one seems to be very “fancy” to be Amish to me, but would be happy to hear your explanation …

Mrs. falck

Are the stitches on the under side of the quilt the same size as the top?


I would like to know what makes this hand quilting Amish quilting ? I hand quilt and I am Irish, so is mine Irish quilting? I think hand quilting is hand quilting no matter who is doing the quilting. I think putting a particular label on it gives the impression that it is somehow better than “regular” hand quilting. I am sure that there are some master hand quilters out there, that are not Amish, that find this article rather insulting.


So you would be offended if on the flip someone submitted an article on lace making as opposed to Irish lace makng?


More people are familiar with Amish quilts. This article points out the history of AMISH hand quilting, hence the name. I seriously doubt the author’s intent was to insult anybody. Although their doctrine encourages simplicity in life, thev do not completely rid their lives of beauty. Get a grip, people, relax and enjoy hand stitching in whatever form or name it’s given.


so many people knit pick until they take all the fun out of anything. Good grief get a life.


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