Expert Hand Quilting & Finishing Service

Have your treasured family quilt top completed. Please call Georgina at (410) 867-0665 for particulars, time frame, schedule and estimates. After speaking with Georgina, insure and ship your quilt top to Bellwether Dry Goods. We offer expert hand quilting and finishing by one of over 100 Amish and Mennonite women across the country. No Group Quilting.

Your quilt will be completed by one woman with wonderful, even stitching. Prices vary for each quilt, since cost is determined by the following: pattern of quilting and customer’s desired designs, marking and top preparation, backing and batting, total yards of quilting thread ($1-$1.50 per running yard, depending on the hand quilter), binding, laundering, insurance and shipping costs.

We have hand quilted for some of the best:

Judy Bankston
Eleanor Burns
Becky Higgins
Mimi Dietrich
Nancy Martin
Polly Mello
Judy Roche
Judie Rothermel
Judy Shapiro
Elly Sienkievicz

The following award-winning quilts were hand quilted by Bellwether Dry Goods:

Polly Mello, "Paradise Lost & Found", Quilt Odyssey 2015

Clara Murphy, Maryland State Fair Blue Ribbon

Jill Reid won Pat Yamin Judge's Choice at the New Jersey QuiltFest 2013.

AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser Karen Dever from Moorestown, New Jersey won First Place in the State Quilt Guild of New Jersey Show in June 2008.

Revonda Blanding's "Baltimore Country Cousins' Album Quilt" at the Oklahoma City Centennial Celebration of Quilts.

Donna Skvarla's "86 Henry Street" at the Oklahoma City Centennial Celebration of Quilts.

Vicki Fallon and Norma McAfee's quilts finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd at The State Quilt Guild of New Jersey Show.

Debbie Rouse's "Log Cabin Quilt" won Best Hand Quilting at Mancuso's New Jersey Quilt Fest.

Commission Quilts

Commissions are accepted for appliqued wall hanging and bed quilts.

Memory Quilts

A special quilt can be made from a loved ones clothing. All fabrics must be 100% cotton woven textiles. Call for details and specifics.


Many of our patterns are reproductions of tea towel embroidery and antique quilt patterns.

Embroidery Patterns
Penguins (7) $6
Friendship Baskets (30) $18
Blue Plate Special/Chefs (10) $6.50
Summer Camp (7) $6
Hen House Chores (7) $6
Red Work Flowers (20) $10 patterns from the 1900s
Busy Sues (7 + pieced block pattern) $6
Hillbilly Weekday (7) $6
1900s Nursery Rhymes (12) $6.50
Mama's Lil' Helper (7) $6
1940s Nursery Rhymes (12) $6.50
Calendar Kids (12) $6.50

Applique Patterns
Happy Valley $10
Butterflies $7
Polly's Posies $15
Shelburne Memories $15
Mammy's Work Is Never Done $10
Dutch Kids (7 + pieced block pattern) $8
Tulip Carousel $12

Please mail check with pattern name, pattern cost and $3 for shipping for each pattern to Bellwether Dry Goods, PO Box 6, Lothian, Maryland 20711.

Signature Quilts

Make that wedding or child’s birth truly special with a custom–designed signature quilt. We suggest a “signing space” for each family member or friend to write a permanent message to the bride and groom or new baby. Also makes a special retirement or anniversary gift.

Trunk Show/Lecture

We offer a trunk show with 15 antique quilts and 50 newly made quilts using antique fabrics and feed sacks called the "Making New From Old" lecture.

There is also a new lecture available called "The Magical Nine-Patch." Georgina will show 25-30 quilts and pass sample blocks around explaining the fun journey of the Nine-Patch and the wonderful variations. Watch a video here.

We offer patterns and Ecology Cloth (muslin) for sale after the lecture. Ecology cloth is $5 a yard, sold in 3 yard pieces. Please call Georgina at (410) 867–0665 to schedule. Lectures are $400 plus expenses.