Winter collage

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Red and White Quilt...

Back again sooner than planned! I have decided to join in the online Red and White Quilt Exhibit hosted by Taryn at http://reproquiltlover.blogspot.com Be sure to visit Taryn's website for a wonderful array of red and white quilts, both antique and contemporary. This is in conjunction with the upcoming Major Red and White Quilt Exhibit on display at the American Folk Art Museum in New York, running from March 25 to 30, 2011. This exhibit has set the entire quilt world all abuzz...I live in the country and large cities no longer have an appeal for me, but for a few hours, I would like to do a Star Trek Energize and spend the day at the Museum...beam me up Scottie! 
If anyone has information regarding a publication that might be available...let me know!
Back to Taryn's online exhibit! This is my contribution...

 Not much is known about this antique quilt other than when I purchased it back in 1994 or 1995, the owner stated his Grandmother had made it "many years ago." Obviously, dating it exactly would be a stretch. I think she used Turkey Red fabric and a few pieces may be something else not as stable. The white background has a stiffer feel to it and a fairly high thread count compared to the red. The blocks are hand pieced. I believe the only machine work done was in attaching the binding. It is hand quilted. The batting used is quite flat and thin and the backing is a very coarse muslin. One of the reasons I purchased it was because the gentleman's Grandmother had immigrated from Wales many years ago and our family's own roots on my Dad's side go back to Cardiff, Wales. The Grandmother eventually settled in Wisconsin in the Rudolph area. She had passed away some years prior to his selling the quilt. He said he felt no "attachment" to it and could use the money for other interests...Other than that, there is no provenance. I believe the block pattern is called "Hands All Around."  

6 comments:

JCnNC said...

OOOHHH how beautiful - I love red and white quilts and have a couple, but they have not been quilted. Mine are embroidered Redwork quilts and I really would like to have them hand quilted - costly - so may not happen right away. I would greatly appreciate it if you find out about the brochure/book on the NY exhibit if you would please pass along that information. Judy C

Taryn said...

I also have a red and white antique whose red has faded differently. Yours is very striking and I am so glad you added it to the online exhibit. Lucky, too, to have an idea of who the maker might be.

Kathie said...

Love this quilt , just beautiful
what a treasure to own. There will be a book published after the show, this show will travel thru out the US supposedly, not all the quilts but supposedly some of the quilts will.
I will post about it on my blog as soon as I find out more information.
Kathie

Lori said...

It is a beautiful quilt and you are lucky to be the owner!!

Janet said...

What a wonderful quilt to own, it would be amazing to see the exhibit, of course the book will have to do.

Pondside said...

I love that red and white quilt - it's right all year round. You're fortunate to have as much information as you have about it and to know that it 'came from' the same roots as you!