Image: Signature Quilt Top - Applique - Geatrill Et Al, (detail), multiple artists, 1911, Rochester, New York, cotton. Collection Mingei International Museum. Gift of Pat L. Nickols. Digitization made possible through the Quilter's Guild of Dallas, Quilt Accessibility Project. Photo by Tim Siegert. 2012-35-182

On View

Jul 25, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016

Curated By

Christine Knoke

Red and white has been a classic color scheme for American quilts since the nineteenth century. Their popularity exploded among quilters when a synthetic inexpensive red dye was introduced in 1868 and became widely available. Numerous quilting patterns incorporating red designs against a white ground were introduced, including Ocean Waves, Drunkard’s Path, Baskets and Pinwheels. Also on view is a redwork quilt, a type of needlework popular during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century that uses red thread on a plain white ground.