Thursday, October 16, 2014

Vintage Quilts: Freeing Color

While modernists were struggling to free color from
imagery, quiltmakers were nonchalantly
setting a standard for abstraction that is hard to meet.

Quilts born of necessity and available fabric
seem perfectly modern when displayed on a wall.

Even quilts made in conventional patterns
can look like mere structure for applying color
(sort of like toast as a structure for applying butter.)

Color depends on technology. It's only in the
mid-20th century that dyers have been
able to give consumers a true range of colors.

Although some turn-of-the-20th-century
women did quite well with the limited
shades available at the time.


  1. These quilts are nothing short of thrilling! Thanks for pointing out how quilt-makers, through necessity, came up with modern looks long ago.

  2. Marvelous quilts - thank you for sharing!

  3. Encore merci for these inspiring quilts !