Last fall, we spent part of our vacation in Amish Country. It was a wonderful place to visit and we were excited to learn more about the Amish culture.
We were pleased to stay at a charming Bed and Breakfast in Bird-in-Hand, PA. Our room was upstairs near the front of the house and you could hear the horse drawn buggies go by every so often. The clip clopping gates of the horses was soothing, kind of like falling rain. Our bed was adorned with a pillow with a greeting in German that translates to “Good Night”.
We visited an Amish farm one afternoon and enjoyed the beautiful countryside of the region. The local Amish people were extremely friendly and eager to show you their handmade wares, fruits and vegetables that were for sale.
I was pleased to tour a few quilt stores where we saw a variety of Amish quilts, along with other more current patterns. The Amish have expanded the selections of the different styles of quilts they sell to include other types. I fell in love with a watercolor quilt we saw on display. It had double-linked hearts towards the center of the quilt. The designer had used over 300 different fabrics when she pieced together the 3,648 one and a half inch squares to create the center design. It was a spectacular quilt. Marv, however, said he didn’t much care for the quilt, so we continued to look at others. But, in my opinion, no others compared to the double heart quilt.
The remainder of the trip included a visit to Gettysburg, a stop in Scranton, PA, which boasts being the home for the hit television show, The Office, and some time back in New York city, which is always fun to explore.
When we returned back to Boise, I admired the photo of the double heart quilt again when I was organizing my photos. I really didn’t give it much further thought again, until last week, when Marv handed me a box to open for my birthday. I really had no idea what was in the mysterious box and was totally blown away when I opened the box and removed the tissue paper to unveil the beautiful double heart quilt. I was in awe, surprised, thrilled and so excited. I really couldn’t believe my eyes.
This was such a special gift and Marv explained when he saw it at the quilt store, he knew then and there what my birthday gift was going to be this year. Alecia asked to take a picture of me with my new quilt the night of my birthday and, I must admit, it is a perfect fit for our bedroom. What do you think? To really appreciate it, you must see it in person. Thanks again, Marv, for such a special birthday gift!