Tuesday, May 17, 2016


I made it to the American Folk Art Museum up at Lincoln Center area for the Spring Fling Quilt Exhibit. The weather was cool and in the end, rainy.

Best of all, I was able to take pictures without flash.   So, without any more ado, here are several of the quilts.

The first two quilts I could only get photos of parts of the quilts because of all the light reflected off the glass frames.

Golden Wedding Ring Quilt, Unknown Quilter, made in the United States, 1934-1940, cotton.
This was an impressive quilt. And, it was very large with a scalloped edge.   

Sunflower Quilt, Unknown Quilter,  possibly Pennsylvanian, 1860-1880, cotton.
The amount of work in this quilt was spectacular.  
The close quilting allowed the flowers, vines and leaves to really stand out.

Cactus Rose Quilt Block, Unknown Quilter, 1855-1865, cotton.
This was a large block, about 48 inches square.   The coloring is very bright.

Lone Star Quilt, Illinois, Mrs. David Bontrager, 1920-1930.
A very, very large quilt with wonderful matched points.   Lots of work in this one.

Log Cabin Quilt, New York City, Samuel Steinberger, 1890-1934, silk.
This quilt (full size) was striking colorwise.
Working with silk would not have been an easy so this must have taken quite a while to make

Log Cabin Quilt, Barn Raising, Pennsylvania, Lydia Peachy, 1890-1900, wool and cotton.
I always love to see how quilts differ using the same block, 
and the log cabin block lends itself easily to a lot of different looks.

One Patch Quilt, Unknown Quilter, Midwest, 1921, wool and cotton.
The quilting on this quilt is what's interesting.   

Pots of Flowers, Stenciled Painted, Unknown Quilter, New England, 1825-1835, cotton.
This was a large 'quilt'.   I was impressed by how vibrant the paint colors remained.  
Also, if you look at the fringe, you can see how much work it took to make it.

Ohio Star Crib Quilt, Polly Bontragen, 1910-1920, cotton.
Very precise piecing in this quilt and the fabric has not faded.

Center Star with Corner Stars Quilt, Unknown Quilter, Illinois, 1890-1900, wool.
This quilt was larger than a crib quilt but smaller than a full size quilt. 

Noah's Ark Quilt, Unknown Quilter, Canada, 1890-1910, embroidery thread on cotton and silk.
I think this applique quilt required as much hand work as did the Sunflower Quilt.
The appliqued patterns were very detailed, especially the people.

The museum has an extensive collection of quilts but these are the ones they choose for the Spring Fling.   It was sad to note that the majority of quilts were done by unknown quilters.   But that was par for the course for much of the folk art created by women.   At least that has changed with more recent folk art.

Thanks for stopping by...
More tomorrow about my visit to the area...