November 30 - December 2 'Tis the Season for Quilts!
A traveling quilt show for the holidays held in partnership with IQSCM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Ring in the holidays at Joslyn November 30–December 2 with a special weekend exhibition of quilts from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska.

The eight quilts on display, each selected for their striking red and green pattern, feature traditional American designs dating to the mid-19th century. Designs include Christmas Cactus (1861; pictured), Wreath (c. 1860-1880) made in Maryland, and Rose Wreath (c. 1830-1850) and Dutch Tulips (c. 1850-1870) both made in Pennsylvania.

Red and green appliqué quilts drew their unique look from English appliqué and Germanic folk art influences. The distinctive style first appeared about 1840 in the mid-Atlantic states and continued to be made throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century.

By the mid-nineteenth century, women of middle class families could afford the bright calico fabrics needed for applique quilts. The various floral shapes were layered and stitched onto white backgrounds, creating quilt blocks and borders full of fanciful rose-covered wreaths, pots of flowers, graceful vines, berries, and birds.

Special thanks to Carolyn Ducey, curator of collections at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Established in 1997, the IQSCM has grown its collection to represent more than 50 countries and span five centuries.

What's pictured: Unidentified Maker, Christmas Cactus, 1861, made in the United States, cotton, hand appliquéd and quilted, International Quilt Study Center and Museum