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Amish Love: Ohio StarAMISH LOVE: OHIO STAR
44 inches wide x 44 inches long

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“What does the Lord require of you, but to act justly,
and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Micah 6:8

Over 300 years ago the Amish came forth out of the Mennonite community. Today thousands of these godbearing people live in Lancaster county: an hour or so away from my home in Baltimore. On a Tuesday or a Thursday I’d sneak away from all other obligations to spend the day with the Amish quilters of Intercourse, Pa. It was so easy to love them and their way, so exciting to see and to admire and to learn their quilts of vibrant simplicity.

It is no wonder that some of my first quilts were done in the Amish style: a style which finds God in all things: soil, corn soup, horses, prayer, dress, song. May I too find you God even in things I create, in Amish quilts criss crossed with eight pointed stars, with borders that are prairie pointed, done with hand stitches whose simplicity and symmetry might show you forth so that you my God may “flame out like shinning from shook foil”. (G.M. Hopkins)

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