“Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts” The Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio, through January 21, 2018

December 26, 2017

Hexagon Quilt , possibly made in Kentucky, about 1860–1880. Collection of International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 1997.007.0598      Photo is the Museum’s.

Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts
is at  The Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, Ohio,   through January 21, 2018

For nearly 300 years, quilt makers have created a  range of designs using the versatile mosaic patchwork technique. The 19 quilts in Elegant Geometry highlight mosaic quilts. Mosaic quilters wrapped and sewed cloth around identically sized, geometrically shaped paper pieces. They then stitched the tiny units together into intricate patterns. The earliest quilt in the exhibition originated in 18th-century England. British colonists brought the technique to the New World, where American women embraced it.

 

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