In a small Central Wisconsin town, tucked in amongst the rolling hills and buggy etched blacktop sits a quaint little Amish Quilt Shop filled with priceless treasure. Not treasure measured by gold and coins, but one filled with artwork that could fill any textile museum with a spectacular show.
There are many things I admire about the Amish. Mainly the simple ways they approach life, but quilting by far weaves its way to the top of my list.
During one of our recent summer stays in the Wisconsin Northwoods, we stumbled upon this little hidden gem. The owner, an Old-Order Amish woman, and I became fast friends over the many visits and quilts I’ve purchased.
Tracy Fredrychowski is a country girl, author, homesteader and everything simple living. She has a passion for writing about the simpler side of life, much like the life she lived growing up in rural Pennsylvania.
Her life has always been intertwined with the Amish, and it’s only fitting that she has a genuine passion for their simplicity, sense of community and God-centered lives.
Growing up in Northwest Pennsylvania she spent her childhood immersed deep in Amish Country. The clip-clop of horse and buggy woke her each morning as Amish men drove past her childhood home on their way to work. As a young woman, she was traumatized by an Amish murder that involved a family member and changed her life forever.
Even though she currently lives in South Carolina her travels take her through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin’s Amish Country every year. During those stops, she researches the communities she visits and prides herself on writing Amish fiction that truly represents the Amish culture. She considers herself very fortunate to have made friends in those communities and values the information they share and wants nothing more than to represent their lifestyle as accurately as possible.