Amish quilts are usually associated with spareness. The iconic Center Square quilts made in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania utilize a minimalist pieced pattern and subtle, though intricate, quilting. Less well known are unorthodox Amish quilts, including Crazy quilt interpretations. These two examples take different approaches: on top, the Pennsylvania Amish maker fit Crazy blocks into a standard, contained format while on the bottom, the Iowa Amish maker seemingly threw caution to the wind, combining colors and patterns not normally associated with Amish quilts.
Pennsylvania (top), Iowa (bottom)
International Quilt Museum, Ardis and Robert James Collection