Blue and White Antique Quilts

The blue and white display towering down from the ceiling at the International Quilt Festival-Houston was spectacular. As I continue to think about exhibition months later, it dawned on me I hadn’t written about the nearby antique quilt exhibit, also in blue and white. The quilts were on loan from the collection of the International Quilt Festival.


So, I thought I’d share a few with you. The “Ohio Stars with Vine Border” is like one in the Poos Collection and featured in the Indigo Quilts Book. However, this version added a frame in blue that really separated the stars and border adding to the graphic nature of the design.


Instead of the traditional “Oak Leaf and Reel” quilt, this exhibit had “Oak Leaves and Indigo birds.” Yes! Sweet little birds in the border with grapes for the birds to eat. The addition of the hearts in the four corners of each block creates a small secondary pattern.

Also, on display was a “Delectable Mountains” quilt in a unique center medallion format. It was surrounded with flying geese and fringe. The T-Block Variation has a wonderful wide and bold border setting it apart. Blue and white quilts have stood the test of time, popular for centuries, the color scheme continues to be popular today too.

 

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