Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wordful Wednesday: Intercourse is Lovely!

OK, before you go and label Eat Your Veggies! as an R-rated blog, take a look at this lovely quilt. It was hand-sewn in Amish Country~that would be Intercourse, Pennsylvania, right outside of Lancaster.

When
College Girl was a high school junior, she got it in her head that she'd like to attend a small college. Well, PA is full of 'em and we visited a number, including Gettysburg, Dickinson and Franklin & Marshall, which is in the heart of Lancaster.

Neither one of us had ever been to this part of PA before, and we spent one long afternoon exploring. The Amish all live out beyond the city limits. It's a real thowback to simpler times, with rolling farmland, buggies, bonnets and little towns with names like Bird-in-Hand and, of course, Intercourse.

I shot the snap above in my living room. My Amish quilt from that college visit of long ago is draped over the chair we inherited from
Aunt Julie and Moker's grandmother, Hilda. I'd just finished washing the quilt, and thought the setting would be perfect for a classic shot.

When you purchase a quilt from the Amish, you get the history behind it, too. This Double Wedding Ring Quilt was made by Rose Stoltzfus of Lancaster County, PA, in 2003. I purchased it at Christy's Quilt Shoppe on Center Street in Intercourse, PA.

College Girl, of course, decided on
a small college~in Wisconsin. But I got a beautiful family heirloom out of the bargin.

I'm sharing this special shot as part of
Angie's Wordful Wednesday. Do stop by, if you have a chance!

18 comments:

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

I have never been there either...but it seems nice!

T~T said...

quite lovely - my grandmother used to make these on a huge loom thingy - I wish I would have taken an interest

Threeundertwo said...

What a gorgeous keepsake! I love quilts.

Alicia said...

How beautiful!! What a labor of love!

Michelle said...

Beautiful! My daughters 8th grade class stopped in Intercourse on their way to Amish Country. You know there was tons of giggling when they passed through that town.

Rhonda said...

THAT is hilarious!!!! lol Beautiful quilt and even better title!

blueviolet said...

Knowing the history makes it extra special. Good luck to your daughter in cheese country.

ParentingPink said...

Hey- any place called Intercourse, PA I need to visit! LOL! Btw, I have the same "bee coffee mug" that is in the sink in your "Need to Clean Up Our Act" post. Great minds....

Happy WW!

Susie said...

That is a lovely piece!

What were the founders thinking when they named their town Intercourse?

Octamom said...

We have a double wedding ring quilt that my mother-in-law had made when we got married--but I don't think it has as 'colorful' a history as this one came claim, being made in Intercourse and all....

Blessings!

Pam said...

Visiting from SITS. I went to one of those small colleges in PA - Muhlenberg. I never did make it to Amish Country, though. I hope to one day.

Tracy P. said...

That is a gorgeous quilt! You are going to get some interesting visits from google searchers though. ;-)

Marrdy said...

My heart actually skipped a beat for a second there. What a beatiful treasure.

Michelle said...

Very cool! I've never been to Amish country, but there are so many neat little snippets like this that I hear that I definitely want to go someday. If only College Girl had chosen a PA school so you could keep on visiting!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I visited Intercourse a couple of years ago in early October. The country in that area was some of the most beautiful I've ever seen and my husband and I often talk of going back. I even visited that quilt shop where you bought this beautiful double wedding ring quilt. The prices were beyond my pocket book but I could never have chosen from all the beautiful ones anyway! blessings, marlene

Z's Mom said...

I love quilts like that...my grandma used to make them many many years ago.

How many jokes would you get if you told people you lived in Intercourse?

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