The Berne, Indiana Amish settlement is a pretty conservative one. The church districts south of Berne, near Geneva, tend to be most conservative, with the ones north of town being more progressive. But they are all pretty conservative. Many of the Amish-made quilts sold in stores tend to be geared towards tourists, which means bright pretty patterns. Amish quilts for home-use tend to be plainer and this photo is a good example. This is a quilt belonging to the late Elizabeth Coblentz, a nice peach-colored quilt hanging out on the line. This quilt, like many in the Berne area, are solid-colored and plain, but no less intricate in their construction. You can see a sampling of more elaborate Amish-designed quilts in this video tour of the annual Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm's annual quilt auction (held each fall).
Love everything about the Amish. 🙂
Just spent last weekend up in Berne. Such a nice place, very friendly people. My favorite Amish settlement here in Indiana is the area around Montgomery, Odon and Loogootee. The Gasthof Amish buffet is amazing and there is the sweetest Amish couple that sell their homemade preserves in front on weekends. The best apple and pear butter ever!
Angie, yep, I just did the Gasthof buffet last summer...Yum, as far as buffets go that is a pretty tasty one!
When we were up in Berne I know I saw one of the houses you had photographed that was shown in the Amish Cook's Anniversary Book. It looked a little older, maybe it was being used as an outbuilding? Anyway, I saw that and immediately said "That's in the Anniversary book!" lol