A Stitch in Time

Editorial Staff Opinion

Imagine this: you’ve gotten hold of an antique quilt, perhaps 150 years old. It’s in pristine condition. It has an attractive pattern—a classic wedding ring, say, or log cabin, or even a crazy quilt. It is probably not the sort of object a museum would want, but it preserves a rich history all the same, of its maker, the family that retained it, and the craft itself.

Massachusetts quilts

Editorial Staff

Recently more than two dozen of the most significant quilts discovered to date by the Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project went on view at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell in the exhibition Massachusetts—Our Common Wealth: Quilts from the Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project, which runs through September 20. So far, some six thousand quilts have been documented as a result …

On Chintz: A Conversation with Rosemary Crill

Editorial Staff Exhibitions

To coincide with its current exhibition, Chintz Appliqué: From Imitation to Icon, the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Nebraska (IQSC) recently invited Rosemary Crill, senior curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum and author of the new book, Chintz: Indian Textiles for the West (V&A Publishing, 2008), to speak on the history of this fascinating fabric. Crill surprised …

Amish Quilts and Recent Acquisitions at the Textile Museum

Editorial Staff Exhibitions

When the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was founded in 1997, an important aspect of its mission was to promote scholarship by exhibiting its vast collection at institutions throughout the world. Tomorrow a group of the center’s Amish quilts goes on view at the Textile Museum in Washington in the exhibition Constructed Color: Amish …

Chintz Appliqué: From Imitation to Icon

Editorial Staff Exhibitions

Visitors to the exhibition Chintz Appliqué: From Imitation to Icon are amazed by the size, elegance, vibrant color, and meticulous craftsmanship of these quilts.  On view through May 17 at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, these twenty-one American quilts represent “one of the earliest and most influential international quilt styles,” according to curator Carolyn Ducey. One of the …