This treasury of Amish patchwork artistry will introduce quilting enthusiasts to a wealth of traditional designs as ingenious as they are beautiful. Based on concepts and unwritten rules that have long governed Amish quiltmaking, most of these lovely patterns date from the late 1800s to the early 1930s. Ms. Lawson, a well-known quilt designer, first devotes a chapter to Amish color combinations, color suggestions, and possible decorative combinations. She then goes on to offer expert advice on borders, patterns, quilting, backing and binding, and more. Dimensions, full-size patterns, and over 100 black-and-white illustrations show how to make 48 beautiful Amish-style quilts, including such intriguing examples as "Botch Handle," "Hole in the Barn Door," "Sunshine and Shadow," and "Wild Goose Chase." In addition, you'll find patterns and instructions for creating such favorite quilting designs as teardrops, feathers, cables, stars, baskets, and floral and foliate motifs. Often spectacular, embodying an amazing diversity of patterns and combinations, Amish quilts are among the most sought-after of all quilting patterns. This book provides a comprehensive, inexpensive source of Amish quilt motifs geared to needleworkers at all levels of expertise.