Block by Block: American Quilts in the Industrial Age
August 4 - November 30, 2017
Block by Block builds on guest curator Janice Frisch’s investigation of the development of block-style quilts for "American Quilts in the Industrial Age, 1760-1870," the upcoming catalog of the IQSCM’s collection. The pieced, allover block-style that would become practically synonymous with American patchwork developed in the 1820s and 1830s. Early examples of block-style quilts feature typical European elements like organization around a center medallion, wide vertical strips of fabric, and on-point settings (square blocks placed at 45° angles to a quilt’s edges). As American quiltmakers moved toward allover block patterns, they used the device of sashing—grid-like strips of solid color or print fabric—to separate blocks.