In search of beauty ?

This is a small but fine collection of American quilts for sale with an emphasis on traditional Amish quilts from Pennsylvania and Ohio (1870 - 1920).


The private collection of Monika Willi - one of the oldest Amish quilt collections in Europe - was assembled almost 30 years ago. So far it was displayed in important museums in Switzerland and France:



Amish Quilts at the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva and the Musée d'Impressions sur Etoffes, Mulhouse 1975


Quilts des Amish 1870-1930 at the Musée des arts décoratifs, Lausanne 1988


Going West at the Schweizerisches Landesmuseum, Zürich 1994. Exhibition catalog to order

    L’étoffe du relief – Quilts, boutis et autres textiles matelassés, at the Musée d’art et d’histoire Genf 2006, and at the Musée d’impressions sur Etoffes, Mulhouse (May -  December) 2007

Special exhibition of amish quilts and dresses at the Deutsches Textilmuseum Krefeld (18.05 - 24.08.2008)
Von Diamanten und Lumpenpüppchen - Quilts und Kleider der Amish. Exhibition catalog available.

  Up to date:

The Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2009
A Festival of Fabric, Needle and Thread

Friday, January 16 - Saturday January 24 2009
Exhibition venue: Tokyo Dome
Location: 1-3 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo JAPAN

"Treasured Amish and other American Antique Quilts: New World Quilts of 19th Century America"
This exhibition will display a selection of amish masterpieces from my collection, together with antique quilts from the collection of the Musée d'art et d'histoire, Geneva.


A choice of exquisite quilts from the collection

Pennsylvania or Ohio
circa 1900
Cotton 197 x 180 cm

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
circa 1880
Wool 187 x 187 cm

circa 1880
Wool 215 x 186 cm

The collection stresses abstract design, bold color combinations and fine workmanship. This group of quilts contains very traditional quilt patterns such as:
Diamond in the Square, Bars, Inside Border, Sunshine and Shadow, 9-Patch, Star of Bethlehem, Baskets, as well as unique design creations. It expresses the spiritual environment and formal inventiveness of the women who produced these quilts in America at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century.

For further information please contact Monika Willi
Hottingerstrasse 14a
CH-8032 Zürich
Tel. +41(0)1 251 23 52

e-mail: amish(a)


Exhibition catalogs to order:


A catalog ( total 110 pages, available in German or French) contains a 10 page article Schlichtheit und Perfektion: die Quilts der Amischen, written by Monika Willi and illustrated with full size color reproductions of quilts from her collection. Catalog price: SFr. 23.- (+ mailing). Order by :

e-mail: amish(a)

L’étoffe du relief. Quilts, boutis et autres textiles matelassés“. Exhibition catalog, total 264 pages, 303 illustrations, including a great number of articles written by numerous specialists, among others Alexandre Fiette, Jacqueline Jacqué, Monika Willi etc. Orders can be made under :

e-mail: info(a)

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