Opens October 20, 2017



Patchwork or pieced quilts consist of geometric shapes sewn together to form a larger pattern. The quilts in this exhibition display a myriad of designs created from a few distinct shapes. Squares, rectangles, triangles, diamonds, hexagons and curved shapes are transformed into intricate and delightful patterns.

One of the joys of quilting comes from arranging colorful bits of fabric into patterns. Add a touch of geometry and these bits are elevated into stunning works of art. The abundance and variety of fabrics available helped to popularize the pieced quilt in the 19th and 20th centuries. During difficult times, such as the Civil War, World I and II, and the Great Depression, quilt making was a great way to recycle fabric scraps into practical, but beautiful, utilitarian items.

Star of Bethlehem, mid 19th century Star of Bethlehem, mid 19th century
Log Cabin in Sunshine & Shadows, 1880 Log Cabin in Sunshine & Shadows, 1880
Ohio Star, mid 19th century Ohio Star, mid 19th century
Drunkard’s Path, c. 1900 Drunkard’s Path, c. 1900