The Amish are a conservative Christian group that came to the United States
starting in the mid-1700s seeking religious freedom. They came mostly from
Switzerland and Germany and settled on farms primarily in Pennsylvania,
Indiana, and Ohio. From the mid-nineteenth century on, Amish women made
quilts for personal use, dowries, and gifts - focusing on their practical
value rather than their artistry. They continue to make the quilts today,
often specifically for sale.