Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Red and White Quilts

Karen at the Selvage Blog recently did a series of blogposts on the Red and White Quilt exhibit in New York City. It was a spectacular show and I was thrilled to be able to visit the show vicariously through Karen's blog. I would have loved to have been able to see the quilts in person!

My MIL and FIL had these quilts at their house and gave them to me quite a while ago. I have been wanting to take pictures of them outside for a few weeks now but the weather did not co-operate until this past weekend. The sun finally came out and I even had two people here to hold the quilts for me while I took pictures! 

The quilt below is made from two red print fabrics which I am sure were a brighter red when the quilt was made. These first two quilts are hand-quilted and are still in very good condition.  We think all three were made by my husband's great-grandmother.
 This spectacular applique quilt top was made in 4 blocks which were then sewn together. The applique stitches are very tiny. It is not quilted yet--I would like to have it quilted by hand some day. It needs some type of border, I think.
You can see my tulips and daffodils blooming in my garden in these pictures. We were supposed to spend this evening outside--cutting the grass, weeding, trimming back last year's perennials in the backyard, etc. but as soon as we were ready to go outside, it started to rain and thunder started to rumble in the distance. So, instead of gardening, I am inside blogging about my red and white quilts!  Do you have any red and white quilts to share?  I feel inspired to make my own red and white quilt...


  1. Thanks for sharing your red and white treasures. The last feather applique is spectacular! I think you are right about a border.

  2. These are spectacular red and white quilts! There is not a single quilt in my family that isn't made by me. I am working on my first red and white quilt now.

  3. Such beautiful quilts!

  4. Beautiful quilts, I love red & white quilts...how Canadian! I'm inspired by these antique quilts & hope to make an heirloom of my own one day, for my family in red & white. What a treasure to have & know the history as it's passed through the generations.