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Boldly Graphic: Two-Color Quilts from the Winedale Quilt Collection 


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Puss in the Corner, Kathleen McCrady Quilt History Collection, 2011-380-2
Snowflake, Gift of Lucile R. Lockwood in memory of Sally Killough Rack, 2010-115
Mokihana and Maile Lei, Joyce Gross Quilt History Collection, W2h001.041.2008

The Briscoe Center presents Boldly Graphic: Two-Color Quilts from the Winedale Quilt Collection. Fifteen quilts will be on exhibit in the Meadows/Terry Education Center Building at Winedale. The exhibit is free and open to the public, running February 22–25, 2018. Exhibit hours are Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Winedale is located at 3738 FM 2714, four miles northeast of Round Top, Texas. For more information, please call 979-278-3530 or email winedale@austin.utexas.edu. 

American quiltmakers have long been drawn toward two-color quilts. Usually made with pieces of a single solid-color fabric sewn onto a white background, such quilts are highly graphic in nature, emphasizing pattern rather than a pleasing mix of various colors. The Briscoe Center's Winedale Quilt Collection contains many such quilts, both pieced and appliquéd, dating from 1845. Examples also include several traditional Hawaiian quilts, which feature abstract appliquéd patterns meant to represent native plant forms. This exhibit brings these quilts together for the first time. 

The highly graphic two-color quilt style began in the 1840s once a huge variety of commercially produced cotton fabrics were available and affordable to many households. Quilt historians today recognize that the two most popular color combinations were blue and white and red and white. Blue-and-white quilts flourished in the second half of the nineteenth century. Red-and-white quilts, especially popular between the 1880s and the 1920s, claim a close second in popularity.

The Winedale Quilt Collection is a scholarly resource that supports the study of quilts and their history. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to American quilts and quilt history materials documenting the role of quilts in American culture. The collection contains more than 500 quilts and spans 200 years of quiltmaking. It covers a broad range of quilts with a special emphasis on those made in Texas or brought to Texas in the nineteenth century. In 2016, the Briscoe Center worked with University of Texas Press to publish an extensive survey of the collection, Comfort and Glory by Katherine Adams, the collection's longtime curator. 

 

 

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