In this ambitious work, author Janneken Smucker provides a fascinating account of Amish quilts by placing the quilts into the context of history, culture, art, economy, and community. The in-depth book presents more than 100 spectacular color photographs that provide visual context for the well-researched and written text. Smucker is a fifth generation quilter. As a quilter, she understands the meticulous skill and aesthetic nuances needed to produce a magnificent quilt. Her enthusiasm of quilts led her to an assistant curator position at the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a woman of Mennonite heritage, she inherently better understands the Amish culture than many others who have written about Amish quilts.
Hawley, Jana. 2015. "Review of Smucker, Janneken. Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press." Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies 3(2):238-40.