Thursday, March 31, 2011

651 Quilts Take New York City By Storm

Calling all quilters . . . I'm in awe of your skills!

I'm not a quilter, but I have enormous respect for this art. This exhibit of 651 red-and-white quilts (a birthday gift to the city of New York from collector Joanna S. Rose), drew massive crowds during its five-day run at the Park Avenue Armory.

To see millions of hand-sewn stitches in one place made me so darned proud to be a stitcher.  I enjoyed watching businesspeople on their lunch breaks (many of them men!) gawking in admiration at the handwork.

That was the scene caused by The Joanna S. Rose Quilt Exhibit at The Armory this week.  The multi-level, spiral display was extraordinary. My photos don't do it justice, but I wanted to share some favorite pieces.

Afterwards, I walked home inspired, humbled and dreaming of making a quilt some day.

Quilts suspended from the ceiling in a spiral formation

A simple rickrack design at eye level

Flowers, pinwheels, eight-pointed stars

The power of the repeated pattern

Closeup of hand-stitched artistry

See the airplane quilt at the lower left? 


My favorite quilt:  Optical illusion with lush corner details


  1. Oh Liz, I don't quilt either. But, I am positively pea green with envy about attending the show. Is about 9 hr drive for me so I really appreciate your pics, thx!

  2. I am so jealous. I saw that on Martha Stewart and just thought they were amazing. I would have loved to have seen them!