American Folk Art: Red & White Quilts

Apparently there is an incredible exhibit of red and white quilts.  Judging from this photo it might give the viewer a sense of having tumbled down the rabbit hole and is now gazing upon a whole pack of playing cards, all arranged into circular forms.  From the website:

The American Folk Art Museum has dramatically transformed the Park Avenue Armory’s historic 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall with the installation of 650 red and white American quilts, all of which are on loan from the collection of Joanna S. Rose.

While I couldn’t embed the videos I saw on their Flickr site, here’s the link to a short clip from someone who visited there.  Can I just say I’m insanely jealous?  What a sight it must be to have all those quilts flying high up in the air above you–and all red and white?  The Museum’s Flickr group–with their 355 photos at this posting–gives us viewers out here in the hinterlands, a glimpse of what it must be like.  Amazing.

This one is reminiscent of what was hanging in my hallway over Valentines’ Day.

How did I find out about this?  I read Carrie Nielson’s blog (she of Schnibble fame) and found this there.  She’s going.  I’m completely and utterly jealous.  Head over to LaVie En Rosie (the title of her blog) to read more.  She has links to slideshows, the museum, an article in the New York Times–yep, she has it all.  I’m now going to buy the magnets and download the free iPhone app.  I may also download the iPad app, just in case I’ll need it for the future.

2 thoughts on “American Folk Art: Red & White Quilts

  1. That would be such a fun trip! I love the way the quilts are displayed in a spiral. I’m just accustomed to our county fair, straight rows, and much bad, bad light.

  2. I have a stack of red fabric in my stash that was going to be an Aunt Millie’s Garden quilt but I am not sure it will ever get made. I have been contemplating the idea of a red and white quilt too. Now I have to go look for that ap -is it for the red and white quilts or for Carrie Nelson? So curious.

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