Thursday, March 24, 2011

Red and White Quilt Festival

Applique Peony or Lily Quilt, 96 x 100" Circa 1850
Due to the major Red and White Quilt exhibit: Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts that is about to open in New York City sponsored by the American Folk Art Museum, there is a heightened interest in all things Red and White. "The largest exhibition of quilts ever to be held in New York City, the installation will include 650 American red and white quilts from the private collection of Joanna S. Rose."  What an amazing collection, unrivaled in focused breadth, I daresay.
Volume, volume, volume and yet incredible unique quilts.

Taryn has organized an online exhibit and the 1st photo shows my contribution.  A graphic red & green peony quilt that is hand pieced, hand appliqued, and hand quilted, with early fabrics dating from 1830-1850.   This quilt is from the pre- civil war era.

The quilting is wonderful, with quilting around the piecework and in elaborate straight line, feathered, maple leaf, and sunflower designs in the background.   And it almost goes without saying the turkey reds are absolutely amazing.  I'm only showing the ones with blue right now but there are several with yellow motifs.

Don't forget to stop by Taryn's blog and see all the quilts (mainly antiques or inspired by antiques) on the online exhibit.


  1. I love the quilt you have shown us! I so wish I could be there for this event. I can't imagine the excitement that will be going on there. What a thrill for all those who are able to attend!

  2. I have a quilt almost identical to the one above. Red and white with the green stem and flower. Came down thru the family. Has 3 names stitched on it. Made by some Wilson women around the Wardensville, W.V. area. Will send you a picture if you are interested.It came with an odd homespun wool and cotton,blanket. Apparently woven on s small loom and several pieces seen together to make it larger. Wool is dyed dark blue. Story was some of the family fought for the north and others for the south and this blanket was made for a northern sympathizer.

    1. I would love to see your red/white quilt. You can email me. I can't reply directly since you don't have an email with your blogger profile.


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