If you are like me, you love looking at quilts. Not just any quilts but handmade quilts, especially if they are made by the Amish. You see, when an Amish woman is getting ready for marriage, the women in her community often come together to make her a quilt. A wedding quilt, if you will. In some cases, she may already be courting someone. In other cases, she might just be the right age to get married but not have any particular man in mind. And, of course, in a few cases, she may already be a newlywed.
Quilts are like people: unique. An Amish women will pick out the colors, fabrics, and special pattern for her own quilt, the one that will often cover her marriage bed for years and years to come.
Unfortunately, some young Amish women are no longer interested in handmade quilts but find themselves drawn to store-bought comforters. The older and more conservative Amish women don’t particularly like this trend. They push their own daughters to opt for the quilting bees.
It was with this in mind that I began writing the Amish Quilts of Indiana series. I cannot imagine buying a store bought comforter rather than having a handmade quilt! When I was getting married, my grandmother and all the Mennonite ladies came together to make my wedding quilt. It’s a beautiful quilt in creams, whites, and mauve. I don’t use it, however—having seven dogs wasn’t in my plans when I opted for the white and cream colored fabrics—ha ha.
My Amish Quilts of Indiana series is meant to show the individual nature of the women in this particular community and their approach not just to the quilt but to what the quilt symbolizes: love, romance, and partnership.
In the first book, Annie’s Quilt, Annie’s has a very particular idea about what she does and does not want in life. However, when Gideon enters the scene, Annie soon discovers that life has a funny way of challenging her ideals. The Amish are no different than the rest of us. Dreams are often upended by reality. Annie has to make a decision whether to adapt…or risk losing out on an almost perfect future.
Sarah Price is the author of the Plain Fame series and the Amish of Ephrata series, among other books. She comes from a long line of devout Mennonites, and her writing reflects accurate and authentic stories based upon her own experiences with several Amish communities. Visit her at sarahpriceauthor.com and on Facebook.