Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts


Greetings fellow STITCHers! My name is Nicole Smith, and I am the newest addition to the Stitch and SewDaily team. I currently live in Brooklyn, New York with all of my sewing machines and embarrasingly large fabric stash, and previously was the lead editor of SewStylish and associate editor of Threads. I am so excited to start this new adventure and chat with all of you about the great world of sewing.

One of the greatest things about living in the Big Apple is the incredible museums that are constantly there to expose New Yorkers and their visitors to new artists and their works. Among my absolute favorites is the American Folk Art Museum. This year they are hosting their "Year of the Quilt" and to put the icing on the cake, they are topping this momentous occasion with Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts.

Starting on March 25th, the Armory's 55,000 square foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall will house more than 650 red and white quilts in an awe-inspiring installation that spans up to the hall's ceiling for six days. Each of these dynamic quilts is on loan from private collector Joanna Rose. The incredible display was created by Thinc Designs and will allow spectators a close-up view of selected quilts thanks to strategically placed platforms throughout the space. I absolutely cannot wait to spend an afternoon in late March wandering about the exhibit, surrounded by 300 hundred years of sewing history.

During Infinite Variety's time at the Armory, the American Folk Art Museum will be hosting several events for the community. They include Quilt Conversation with Alex Anderson and Paula Nadelstern on March 26th and A History of Red and White Quilts presented by curator Elizabeth V. Warren on March 27th. Check the American Folk Art Museum's website for both prices and tickets.

Also currently on view to celebrate the American Folk Art Museum's "Year of the Quilt" is Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum through April 24th, and Super Stars: Quilts from the Collection through September 25.

For those of you that cannot make it to NYC, or just want to carry the red and white inspiration around with you, there is an Infinite Variety app that is compatible on iPhones, iPod touches, iPads and Android smart phones. It includes a digital guide of the exhibit and showcases all quilts included.




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Nicole Smith

About Nicole Smith


My name is Nicole and I am a contributing editor for Stitch Magazine. I'm originally from Texas but now live in Brooklyn, NY where I try to squeeze my fabric collection and my six sewing machines into a Flatbush apartment.

Previously I was the Lead Editor of SewStylish magazine and Associate Editor of Threads magazine. I was also the Crafts & Decorating editor of Adorn Magazine and worked in the fashion and beauty departments of Teen People and Seventeen Magazine.

My second book, Dorm Decor (Chronicle Books) with Theresa Gonzalez, is available now. My first book entitled Fashion DIY (Sixth & Spring Books), which I co-authored with Carrie Blaydes, is also available now. I'm currently working on my third title to be published by Lark Books in 2012.

One thought on “Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts

  1. Do you have any additional information about the Infinite Variety app? When is it going to be available? Is it something definite, or just a “possibility”?