This evening our guild (Southern Comforters of Bowie, Maryland) had the pleasure of hosting speakers/quilters Georgina and Dick Fries of Bellwether Dry Goods. They have been married for 57 years, and been in the quilting business for 37 years, developing relationships with Amish ladies across the nation to expertly hand quilt quilts. They displayed and exhibited many quilts in their collection, all quilted by the Amish in beautiful hand-quilting style. As many of you know, I am a Long-Arm Quilter, and love the speed, and the look, of my finished quilts using this "technology" as we have it today.
However, there is really something special in anything hand quilted, especially "heirloom or large detailed" quilts (which I used to do back in the day...); and from what the Fries's declared, there is a fairly large need to fulfill the many requests they receive for approximately 125 Amish ladies to do just that.
The Fries's are expert at their craft; marking quilts tops in preparation for the quilting; selecting the backing/batting to be used, and binding and laundering the quilts in process.
They can be reached through their website: www.bellwetherdrygoods.com
Photos of Georgina and Dick Fries and some of their quilts