New Exhibit Featuring Red & Green Historical Applique Quilts

Aug 31, 2015 12:07:06 PM / by AccuQuilt

We are excited to welcome Red and Green: An American Quilt Icon, to the AccuQuilt Gallery. This amazing exhibit includes seven historical appliqué quilts that mostly showcase red and green fabrics. The cross-cultural influences are evident in these quilts with their stunning English appliqué, vibrant Germanic folk art, and a plethora of American manufactured cotton fabrics. The exhibit will run through October 28.

These mysterious and unique quilts were first discovered around the mid 1800s in the Mid-Atlantic states when millions of Europeans immigrated to the U.S. and migrated west in search of inexpensive land among other things. The few necessities they took with them were bundled inside their prized red and green appliqué quilts.

Red and green floral designs were popular in nineteenth-century American decorative arts, so this became a popular color scheme for quilts. Further, it was only when fabrics were being manufactured in America did it become more affordable to the middle class. With colorful cotton fabrics readily available, middle class women started making appliqué quilts, an intricate style of quilting that quickly became common. Their impressive designs are now on display in many museums across the nation.

The Red & Green Exhibit is a small sampling of the nearly 200 red and green appliqué quilt collection at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE. The IQSCM is home to the largest publicly held quilt collection in the world.

Although the makers of the quilts are unknown, some of the states they likely reign from include Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware, and Maryland. See a few of the exquisite appliqué quilts from the exhibit below.


#7 web crop
Princess Feather, Circa 1870-1890


#4 crop
Hearts and Spades, Circa 1840-1860


#5 resized
Pots of Flowers, Circa 1850-1870


You can view the Red and Green: An American Quilt Icon at the AccuQuilt Gallery Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. by appointment.


Topics: Applique, Red & Green Exhibit, Quilting Stories


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