Red and White Quilts

Over the weekend when I was in the “sewing cottage” I got looking at some weird old Red & White blocks I had put up on the design wall…


and that reminded me of the terrific catalog of the amazingly beautiful show of red and white quilts at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC in March 0f 2011…”Infinite Variety” presented by the American Folk Art Museum…the 653 quilts loaned by the collector Joanna S. Rose.  The show was open free to the public for only six days…March 25-30, 2011.  In 2015 the catalog was published “Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety”…


Can you even IMAGINE what it must have been like?





and then I got wondering why, in all my wanderings and searchings over the years I had only ever seen one red and white quilt, which I didn’t buy (maybe Mrs. Rose had already bought them all?)

On Monday we went to Etcetera Antiques in Salem, a fixture of a store run for 50 years by Cindy Day who is so very knowledgeable.  We went to pick up a Louis Bunce painting her niece is loaning to the upcoming Louis Bunce shows at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and the Bush Barn Art Center.  Cindy told us the sad news that she is closing her store at the end of February and moving to Portland, opening two stalls at Stars Antiques Mall in Sellwood.  While R and Cindy were talking about paintings I prowled the store.  She is beginning to organize her move and things are chaotic…and on sale.  At the bottom of a stack of stuff on a chair I found…!!?..yep, a very nice red and white quilt…handquilted…in perfect condition with no stains or musty odors…



and when I got home I grabbed the “Infinite Variety” catalog and found the pages relating to this pattern…”Snail’s Trail” or “Indiana Puzzle”??


I folded the “new” quilt and put it on a chair where I stared at it off and on, only hours later realizing it has a wonderful anomaly…can you see it?



Now I’m thinking red and white thoughts again…





    1. I’m guessing not on purpose Linnea…I made such a mistake once and find it hilarious, but as Deb said it could have made her pack it away…I hope not since it is beautiful…

  1. What a wonderful find! Glad you found it.The blooper puts a smile on my face… I had to wonder if that is why it was in such good shape… the maker was a little put out at the mistake ,in the chest or closet it stayed??… well,I love it! Your weird blocks are unique, and charming.

    1. San I sadly did not see the Armory show in person…though can only imagine the absolute state of awe I’d have been in…in the book the collector said something like “I didn’t realize how many I had (653)…I’m not really a collector as much as I love the fun of the hunt…” Her husband asked her what she wanted for her 80-th birthday and she said to see all the red and white quilts up. She donated 50 to the American Museum of Folk Art, and they made the show happen…

  2. it makes me happy that you found your red & white quilt! but sad that Cindy is moving to Portland. i stopped there before Christmas in hopes of finding “my” Christmas present, but tho the sign said open, the door was locked. she is a lovely lady and i have found some wonderous treasures there.
    and i must say thank you for the joyous red & white post on this, another day of white…red adds such an element of excitement!!!

    1. I knowe…we’ll miss indy Day for sure. We have some lovely things from her shop…including my first brown and white plate in 1980 (check with Irene on that one!)

  3. The Armory always hosts fascinating shows! I’ve never been but know through hearsay or photos. The Roberts attempted to attend the swings show several years ago but the line was very long. All they saw of the show was through the windows.

  4. Glorious posting! So cheerful, complex and involved. The ‘anomaly’ is one snail catching the other’s toe. My aunts of long ago were quilters and crocheters of excellent ability, yet could be very casual about suddenly altering the perfect march of pattern. I loved seeing that. Thanks for this dizzying display of red and white!

    1. Suie-Del I agree totally…I LOVE the anomalys…makes me like the piece all the more because it is SOOO easy to do with a repetitive pattern like that. Thanks for the lovely encouraging words, as \usual…xo

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