Red & White Quilts by the Hundreds!

Courtesy of American Folk Art Museum, Photographs by Gavin Ashworth

It’s probably not a good sign that I just recently learned about a stunning quilt show in New York City that was on when I was there last March — and I missed it!

Am I the only one that didn’t know about the “Quilts of Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts”? More than 650 red and white quilts were on display at the Park Avenue Armory — all owned by one woman — 80-year-old Joanna S. Rose, who offered up this free exhibit. Only open for 6 days, nearly 25,000 quilters from as far away as Thailand and New Zealand attended the show.

Courtesy of American Folk Art Museum, Photographs by Gavin Ashworth

The show created so much buzz organizers from the American Folk Art Musuem in Manhatten created a free app for the iPAD where you can download photos of the exhibit and each individual quilt! Just downloaded it and it’s pretty amazing.

For those who missed it (like me) I’ve found a YouTube video to share Infinite Variety

Now, the show has started a red and white trend — it even got me going! Here’s a quick lap quilt I put together with the red and white batiks I currently have in stock — and I used a new Strip Tube Ruler by Cozy Quilt Designs to test it out. Robyn Petty of PettyQuilt Junction did the long arm for me — great work in a tight time crunch as I was in a rush to get it finished to display at the Quilts on the Tay show last weekend. Any imperfections are all mine!

My first Red & White

Cozy Quilt has posted a video on how to use the Strip Tube Ruler — it’s very easy but as I learned, doesn’t pay to be in too much of a hurry. But that’s the rule for all quilting, isn’t it? Guess that’s one of my main problems now, always in too much of a hurry.

Fabric manufacturers are now jumping on the bandwagon and coming out with new red and white lines. Benartex just introduced Montage, a new black, red and white line.

Benartex Montage Red, Black and White Line

I’d love some feedback to find out if this new craze is resonating with you. Are you thinking about doing a red and white quilt this Fall?


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One Response to Red & White Quilts by the Hundreds!

  1. Jannette says:

    I just found your blog, courtesy of the Fab Shop Hop. I’m glad to see Canadian shops in the hop! (I live in s.w. Ont.)
    I love red and white quilts, and am currently working on one for our troops, as well as a black and white and red one. I saw a few pics of that exhibit, and I would have loved to have seen it in person!

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