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Welsh quilts have long been recognized as using many of the same pieced patterns as American Amish quilts.

Research by British scholar Dorothy Osler offers convincing proof Welsh immigrants lived in close proximity to Pennsylvania Amish communities, and Amish quilters probably copied patterns such as the Center Diamond and Bars. Comparing the quilting stitches, however, reveals Amish women did not choose to copy Welsh quilting with its coiling spirals and leaves, probably carryovers from Celtic imagery.

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