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Diamond Star Fan


A fairly new quilt design, and becoming very popular, the Diamond Star Fan pattern makes a pieced patchwork quilt. And, Rachel Smucker of Smuckers Quilts notes that there is a great deal of quilting, but that just makes the Diamond Star Fan a beautiful finishing touch for any bed (or wall, as it makes a nice wallhanging also).

Another similar and popular pattern that can be found at Smuckers Quilts is the Hershey Star. It also contains a great deal of quilting with much intricate stitching to fill the open white spaces.

Rachel choose colors and orders the fabrics for the quilts in her shop. The quilting is then done by one of approximately 40 to 50 local Amish and Mennonite ladies who work from their homes. Rachel refers to the production of the quilts as "a sharing thing" and is happy that "quilting gives a lot of ladies jobs."

Drive down the peaceful, scenic lane and buy a quilt right off a working Amish dairy farm. The shop is filled with king, queen and twin sized quilts, as well as wallhangings, quillows, pillows and other crafts. And, you can order a special request quilt, but expect to wait 4-6 months since the production of a quilt is very time consuming!

Smuckers Quilts is located just off Rt. 23 on North Groffdale Road, west of New Holland, and is open Monday through Saturday, but closed on Sundays. For more information call 717-656-8730. Donít leave Lancaster County without stopping at Smuckers. Come see Rachelís Quilts!


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