MFA, Boston--Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection, Part 2

by Judy Tucker

Here is Part 2 of my visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, quilt exhibit, "Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection."

The next room in the exhibit had quilts with "Optical Illusions."

Here is an Economy Block quilt.  At the moment, it is a very popular quilt design in the quilting blog community and the current Modern Quilt movement. 
This quilt is from Pennsylvania, made in the 1870s.

Economy Patch

This amazing Orange Peel quilt was made in Pennsylvania in the 1880s or 1890s.

Orange Peel

Notice the secondary pattern in this quilt.  It's a Grandmother's garden with hexagons but the small black hexagons outlining large diamonds in the pattern give the quilt the look of baby's block.  Very cool.

Field of Diamonds

This is a 4 block star variation, made in Pennsylvania between 1880 and 1900.  I especially like the zig-zag border on this quilt.

Four Block Star Variation

The last room in the exhibit was "Singular Visions."  These were quilts which didn't really fit in any of the other categories. 

This Seven Sister's quilt is from Pennsylvania in the 1880s.
Seven Sisters

This was a wool tied quilt from Missouri from 1910.  It's delightful.  It is another of my favorites. 

Center Medallion Tied Childs quilt

This is Tumbler's Block.  It's quite wonky!  If you didn't know that it was made in Pennsylvania around 1920, you might think this quilt was new.  It looks like one of the current Modern Quilt Movement quilts.

Tumbler's Block

And finally,
Cross and Losses, made in Maine in the 1900s.  I really like the bold statement made by the simple nine patch blocks alternated with the bar blocks. It's a quilt I didn't really appreciate until I backed up and looked at it from a distance. 

Crosses and Losses

This is a great show.  If you are in the Boston, Massachusetts area any time before July 27, 2014, I highly recommend that you plan to visit the Museum of Fine Arts to see this exhibit.  There are so many more amazing quilts that what I shown in these two posts.  

"Quilts and Color"  is definitely worth the price of admission.   However,  if the cost of museum admission is a hurdle for you,  the MFA is waiving admission fees for a Community Day, Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10 AM until 4:45 PM.  So you could see the show for free that day. You may also be able to pick up a pass for admission at discounted rate from your local public library.

The Artist Demonstration I attended on Sunday is going to be offered again tomorrow, Wednesday April 16th, 2014. 

I hope you get a chance to come to Boston to see all these quilts!