Quilt of the Month


January 2009

January 2009

Bars
Maker unknown, quilted initials "A A M"
Probably made in the United States
c. 1850-1870
85" x 93"
IQSC 1997.007.0757
Ardis and Robert James Collection of Antique and Contemporary Quilts
Yikes Stripes Exhibition

Exceptional quilting distinguishes this quilt. Quiltmakers who prefer quilting to piecing will find stripes pleasantly suited to their desire for a striking, yet simple-to-make canvas upon which to showcase their fine quilting stitches. The subtle, architectural stripes in this quilt call to mind the carved marble pillars that support ancient buildings like the Parthenon. Stripes in architecture can take many forms. Another striking example is the Great Mosque of Cordoba in Spain. Red and white bricks are used in the arches that support the roof. The result is a dramatic ceiling surface reminiscent of candy-stripes.