Here's a virtual show of red and white quilts for those of us who aren't going to New York City this week to see the American Folk Art Museum's Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts
UPDATE on March 29th. Watch this You-Tube video, an interview with curator Elizabeth Warren.
These are mostly copied from online auctions over the past five years or so.
You see red and white quilts dated from about 1840 through the 1920s
People loved that Turkey red plain cotton.
It didn't fade, it didn't bleed.
Well, once in a while you might be sold some fabric falsely advertised as Turkey red. The newer synthetic dyes often faded to peach or tan.
The earlier red and white quilts tend to be red prints
The majority are solids. This is a full-size four-block quilt.
I wonder if this one wasn't red, white and green at some point.
A not so deliberate mistake in the center.
And here's a great one from the cover of an old Coats & Clark pattern booklet.
The real show in New York is up from March 25-30
Here's what they say about it:
For six days in March, the American Folk Art Museum will dramatically transform the Park Avenue Armory’s historic 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall with the installation of 650 red and white American quilts, all of which are on loan from the collection of Joanna S. Rose. It will be the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in the city. As an extraordinary gift to the public, entry to this unprecedented event is free.Click here: