Amish quilting patterns, urban quilt style (+ giveaway!)

To many quilters, Amish quilts represent the pinnacle of traditional quilt design and craftsmanship. The bold, graphic patterns sparkle in rich solid colors, and the beautifully flowing hand-quilting stitches demonstrate a high level of skill that many of us aspire to.

As traditional as they are, the drama and simplicity of Amish quilt patterns make them seem as much at home in a city apartment as in a rural farmhouse. They can be as fresh and contemporary as any modern quilt being designed today, and in fact, some modern quilt designers acknowledge the Amish as one source of their design inspiration.

Quilts from Urban and Amish
“Lone Star” (top) and “Urban Ohio” (bottom) from
Urban and Amish

Myra Harder is a designer whose passion for Amish design is rooted in her childhood, when her family lived for a time in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In her new book, Urban and Amish, Myra demonstrates the versatility and timelessness of Amish designs by using them as a jumping-off point for her own new designs. For each traditional Amish quilt pattern in the book, she presents a fresh update.

Quilts from Urban and Amish
A very traditional “Amish Bars” inspired a horizontal bar quilt, “Horizon Lines.”

Quilts from Urban and Amish
The classic “Trip Around the World” became “Trip to New York,” inspired by Myra’s memory of seeing buildings reflected in the Hudson River on a family trip to Manhattan.

Quilts from Urban and Amish
The iconic “Amish Nine Patch” is reimagined in the warm, inviting “Southern Comfort.”

Urban and AmishMyra designed the quilts in Urban and Amish with the fabric in mind: large pieces and simple patchwork place the emphasis on the beautiful prints she chose to feature in her "urban" updates. What gorgeous prints in your stash would lend themselves to one of these patterns? Perhaps you have a stack of solids just waiting to be transformed into a stunning Amish quilt. Whether you opt for traditional or modern, or a coordinating pair (wouldn’t that be fabulous?), these quilts will bring beauty and comfort to any setting.
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What’s your style: Urban, Amish, or a little of both? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Urban and Amish eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Rivka, who says:

“Love traditional Amish, am very impressed by Myra’s interpretations. The book seems wonderful.”

Rivka, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


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