RED AND WHITE QUILTS are currently on view in the Museum’s Theater Gallery until January 10, 2016. 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.
For six days in March of 2011, 650 Red and White Quilts from the collection of Joanna S. Rose were on display at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. Organized by the American Folk Art Museum, this special exhibition, Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts, took New York City by storm. The long-awaited catalog Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety, celebrating this unprecedented 2011 exhibition is now available from Skira/Rizzoli in association with American Folk Art Museum. The book offers an opulent presentation of more than 650 red and white quilts with inspiring craftsmanship and composition, a history of red and white quilts, rare perspectives on the exhibition, and a pattern index. Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety, will be available in The Collectors' Gallery this fall.


On View: Jul 25, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016

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