Baltimore Album quilt, blocks by Sarah Anne W. Lankford (1830–1898) and unknown makers, assembled and quilted by Lankford, Baltimore and Princess Anne County, Md., circa 1850. Cotton, ink, metal and glass beads, and threads of wool, silk and cotton; 99¾ by 84 inches. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, from Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection.

Quilts: Reassessing The Revival

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. — “I am surprised by how much I like double-knit polyester quilts,” observed Roderick Kiracofe. While it might be a little hard to square this comment with Kiracofe’s stature as a revered quilt connoisseur, it certainly reflects the expansiveness of contemporary textiles study and appreciation. Historically, textiles have been at the bottom of the pecking order as both a favored topic of study by decorative arts scholars and as a preferred creative medium for artists holding MFAs. But textiles and those who love them are now attracting lots of energy and attention. Take, for example, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s mind-blowing exhibition, “The Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade 1500–1800” of 2013–14, other recent shows and publications on needlework and printed textiles and fiber’s frequent appearance in the work of Nick Cave and many other contemporary artists.... Read more

Baltimore Album quilt, blocks by Sarah Anne W. Lankford (1830–1898) and unknown makers, assembled and quilted by Lankford, Baltimore and Princess Anne County, Md., circa 1850. Cotton, ink, metal and glass beads, and threads of wool, silk and cotton; 99¾ by 84 inches. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, from Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection.

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