Renwick Gallery

Going West! Quilts and Community (Renwick)Now through Jan. 21, 2008

Going West! Quilts and Community reveals the essential role that quilts and the making of quilts played in the lives of women on the frontier. The exhibition features 50 quilts from the first quarter of the nineteenth century to the 1930s—on loan from historical societies and museums in Nebraska—that were brought on the journey as cherished memories or made once women established homes on the prairie. Going West! includes a wide variety of quilts, from the familiar log cabin and lone star patterns to variations of the fan and wagon wheel to crazy quilts, doll and children’s quilts and community signature works. Each quilt reveals the extraordinary creativity of the individuals who made them and help to tell the stories of Americans who forged west and of the country’s pioneering spirit.

We stumbled upon this exhibit our first day in DC. The quilts were quite wonderful and truly inspiring. These are just a few of the 50 on display.

This black and gold name quilt was made in and before 1907 and alot of it was machine quilted. All the names in this square are done on a sewing machine. Beautiful work.

I really loved the pattern and vibrancy of this quilt. What fun.

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4 responses on “Renwick Gallery

  1. Gayle from MI

    HI Frieda,
    Thanks so much for posting pictures of these quilts. It always amazes me when I see the art these old quilts display. I alos LOVE to see the ones that are done on the machine.
    Happy New Year
    Gayle

  2. Karen

    I saw and loved this show, too, on our recent trip to DC!

    Where did you find these images? I wanted to post some in my own blog, but couldn’t take any as they allowed no flash photography in the quilt exhibit. I found your blog looking for some images, and wondered if you knew where others were.

  3. Frieda

    Karen,
    I took these pictures without my flash. I was looking around for a no photo sign and didn’t see it until after I had take the pictures, but no one stopped me and there were guards in the room. I always set my camera for no flash when in a gallery setting. There was a book on this exhibit at the store, I’m sure you could order it.

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