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Block by Block: American Quilts in the Industrial Age

Block by Block: American Quilts in the Industrial Age
August 4 - November 30, 2017

In the 1820s and 30s a distinctive type of quilt developed in the United States – the pieced block-style quilt. Early examples incorporated visual elements drawn from European traditions, such as on-point settings, and strippy and center medallions layouts. American block-style quilts progressed to increasingly complex pieced patterns and overall designs of blocks separated by linear sashing, emerging as a uniquely American style.

“Block by Block” builds on guest curator Janice Frisch’s investigation of the international development of Block Style quilts for American Quilts in the Industrial Age, 1760-1870, the International Quilt Study Center & Museum’s publication documenting a multi-year cataloging project of the collection.