Creating Family Traditions in Owning an Amish Quilt (part 2)
Collecting these Amish quilts is a wonderful way to bring your family together and create a tradition that will last a lifetime and into future generations. The way these Amish quilts are created already represents a sense of tradition and unity that your family can continue back home. You can start by planning a family trip to one of the many Amish communities throughout the country. This is a great and exciting way to start the tradition of Amish quilt collecting. Getting to see the Amish first hand and how they live is a wonderful way to bring the family together and have fun seeing how other people live. If you can't manage to make a trip out to Amish country, you can always bring Amish country to you via the internet. Amish quilts have become so popular around the world that the demand for their quilts has required that they be sold not only in community markets, but also in the many markets that exist in cyberspace. This may seem like a contradiction to the way the Amish choose to shun modern society and technology, but it sure makes it easier for those who love to collect their beautiful quilts to have instant access to them.
In addition to collecting Amish quilts, you might also consider purchasing a handmade Amish cedar hope chest to keep and protect the Amish quilts you buy. The Amish are just as well known for their traditional woodworking skills as they are for their quilting. Rather than using power tools and factory made nails and screws, the Amish make their furniture and other wood crafts using hand tools, wooden pegs, and traditional interlocking joints. An Amish made cedar hope chest is something that young girls can use to collect the things that they will use when they grow up, get married, and have a family of their own. Many of the items that end up in a hope chest are handed down from mother to daughter throughout the generations. Things like handmade linens, family heirlooms, meaningful jewelry, and of course a beloved Amish quilt. This old tradition is something that can be started in your own family and is a wonderful bonding activity between mother and daughter.
Hopefully, as the years pass by, your children and grandchildren will continue these traditions and will embrace them the same way you embrace the traditions of your own family's past. A beautiful Amish quilt and sturdy cedar hope chest will last generations and can become something that is treasured by family members well into the future.
Creating Family Traditions in Owning an Amish Quilt (part 1)