I’ve always loved the artistry found in hand-made quilts. Thinking of each piece being stitched together is amazing and the colourful and bold geometric designs never go out of style. Whether you layer them up or use just one as an accent, quilts add rich colour and lots of warmth.
The American Folk Art Museum currently has a beautiful exhibition on right now in New York featuring hundreds of antique red and white quilts. The exhibit features over 600 quilts from Joanna Rose, a New York collector’s collection of 1500 antique quilts. Martha Stewart recently taped a segment for her tv show and blogged about the exhibit with some great photos that I wanted to share with you.
Apparently red and white quilt design was one of the most popular colour combinations because the special Turkey red dye was especially colour fast and wouldn’t fade or run. Since the early 1800’s, red and white quilts reigned supreme and showcased the quilter’s incredibly creative imaginations. Quilts like these were often created by women in sewing circles or quilting bees and were sometimes used as fund raisers.
You can read more about this exposition on 1stdibs.com
Maybe it’ll leave you dreaming of a red and white quilt on a bed in a sunny bedroom like me…
Cottage bedroom by Sarah Richardson Design.