Quilt of the Month


April 2006

April 2006

Plum Blossoms
Maker Unknown
Possibly made in Indiana
c. 1930
93.5" x 76"
IQSC 1997.007.0857
Ardis and Robert James Collection of Antique and Contemporary Quilts
Reflections of the Exotic East in American Quilts Exhibition

In the first quarter of the twentieth century, the influence of the Art Deco movement was seen in building design, furniture, jewelry and quilt design. The movement drew from a variety of influences, including the decorative arts of the Far East and Middle East. Plum blossoms, for example, have traditionally heralded the arrival of spring in both China and Japan. Although we do not know the designer of this quilt pattern, clearly she was influenced by the Art Deco movement.