Gramma Fannie's Quilt Barn
The very best of Amish quality handmade quilts.
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We have our own line of patterns!
At Gramma Fannie's Quilt Barn you will find hand quilted quilts and wallhangings all
locally made. Some of our quilts are appliqued to add variety. You can see
traditional, Amish, and modern patterns in our quilts. We also carry a
very nice selection of beautiful tablerunners and centerpeices, but no matter what you
purchase you can be guarenteed the best quality available.
Gramma Fannie's Quilt Barn
Why buy an Amish made quilt?
What is it that sets apart the Amish handmade quilt? Nothing compares to an Amish made quilt, the quality, craftsmanship, and beauty are one of a kind. Highest quality fabric, superior hand quilting, craftsmanship, traditional precision team work and more...
1. Here at Gramma Fannies we choose the best fabrics available. When putting the kind of time and effort that we do into a quilt, you can expect your quilt to last a lifetime.
2. The design strategies that the Amish employ have been developed and passed down and improved upon for many generations. These quilts are the best quilts you can buy and we will show you why, as you read 'The Quilt Construction Process' in the next section.
3. You will notice that each piece is fitted to the next and aligned to a point that matches the next piece of fabric. The Amish quilt is so nicely fitted together it appears almost like a picture. This is why even the most intricate patterns work together to make a perfectly symmetrical design in both the fabric pieces and in the stitching pattern on the back.
4. When you purchase an Ohio Amish quilt you may still be able to see the pencil tracings for the pattern stitches. These are the guides that are laid out in advance and are evidence that this quilt was made by hand.
5. If you look closely enough you will see that there are generally seven or more stitches per inch at any given point at any given section of the quilt; a major difference and a critical difference between the Amish quilt and a cheap want-to-be. This quilt will not come apart or separate. You can feel free to use your quilt on a regular basis without wearing it out by following our basic care instructions. These instructions come with each quilt purchased at our store.
6. All of our quilts are made of 100% prewashed cotton and each quilt is quilted by one quilter to insure uniform quilting throughout the entire quilt.
The Amish Quilt Construction Process
The construction of our quilts are often a joint effort of a community of Amish ladies. The process has three main phases which for the most part are completed by several ladies. We choose a lady for each task based on what she most enjoys and is most skilled at. The ladies can be seen working around the quilt through each stage. We would like to take you through these phases of Amish quilt construction to help you understand why a handmade Amish quilt is the best and most beautiful quilt.
1. The Preparation
A pattern is selected and fabric chosen. This is an important step as it is the foundation for the rest of the quilt. This must be perfect if the end result is to be perfect. It also will be the gauge for how much of each fabric will be needed for the quilt.
2. The Top
Each small piece of the quilt is individually cut, sometimes hundreds of them depending on the style and overall pattern. The pieces of the quilt are sewn together to the specifications of the creator of the design. This may take many days to assemble pieces to the exact position in the geometric design. Once the top is made, stencils and a special marking pencil are used to create the pattern that will be quilted then it goes to the quilters along with the batting and the quilt backing.
3. The Quilting
The back is often one solid piece of cotton fabric and is generally a solid color (no print) this brings out the quilted design that is on the front. The top, batting, and backing will be pinned into a quilt frame, stretching all three pieces tight so that the finished product will be one of quality. Then the hand stitching begins, a time consuming process. An Amish made quilt will generally have seven to eight stitches per inch which means more than 50,000 stitches in an entire quilt! Finally it is sent to the binder to finish the edges.
The quilt may take up to 9 months to complete. Here at Gramma Fannies we not only have ready-made quilts to choose from but we also custom make quilts for our customers. We would be delighted to make one for you.
Visit our location and see our great selection of Amish made quilts and wall hangings.