Quilt of the Month


December 2003

December 2003

Blue Resist Whole Cloth
Maker Unknown
Made in the United States
c. 1790-1830
95.5" x 87.5"
IQSC 1997.007.0914
Ardis and Robert James Collection of Antique and Contemporary Quilts
Quilts in Common: Quilting Around the Globe and Across the Centuries Exhibition
Indigo Gives America the Blues Exhibition

Bold, yet graceful floral baskets and undulating vines create a stunning design in this quilt. Unlike common calico fabrics with white designs on indigo-blue background, this quilt is made of cotton with a blue pattern on a white ground. These expensive, labor-intensive textiles were mostly found in America and are often called "American Blue Resist." Scholars are still searching to uncover the mystery of where and how these extraordinary fabrics were made.