Visions of Sugar Plums: Some Quilted “Eye Candy” for the Holidays

It’s December! We know it’s a busy time for everyone, so this week we invite you just to sit back and enjoy this “virtual quilt show” of quilts vintage and new that speak to the season in their colors, themes, or traditional pattern names. All of these beautiful quilts appear in the documentary Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics. We hope you’ll be enticed to explore further; we’ve included a link to the episode trailer for the episode in which each image appears.

We start with this beautiful “confection”…

Renaissance Revival, made by Mariya Waters, 2007, courtesy of The National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY; appears in Why Quilts Matter, Episode 3: The Quilt Marketplace.

Here’s another red-and-green beauty from the talented Ms. Waters. Check out the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G quilting!

Federation Tessellation, made by Mariya Waters, 2001; appears in Why Quilts Matter, Episode 3: The Quilt Marketplace.

Although its maker calls this next quilt Indiana Starburst, one of the traditional names for the pattern is Star of Bethlehem.

Indiana Starburst, made by Judy Laval Morton, 2008, photo by Michael Wheatley Camera Arts; appears in Why Quilts Matter, Episode 6: How Quilts Have Been Viewed and Collected.

Here’s a stunner from the 19th century…

Hearts & Oak Leaves, maker unknown, c. 1850, photo by Geoffrey Carr, formerly in the collection of Shelly Zegart; appears in Why Quilts Matter, Episode 3: The Quilt Marketplace.

Can’t you just feel the cold winter winds blowing in this next quilt, made by New England quilt artist, Nancy Halpern?

Archipelago, made by Nancy Halpern, c. 1983, courtesy of the New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA; appears in Why Quilts Matter, Episode 3: The Quilt Marketplace.

We finish with a 19th-century sampler quilt that features a special surprise. See if you can find it!

Sampler Quilt with Santa Claus printed square, maker unknown, c. 1880, photo by Geoffrey Carr, formerly in the collection of Shelly Zegart; appears in Why Quilts Matter, Episode 2: Quilts Bring History Alive.

Stay safe, warm, and healthy this busy season, and as you make your holiday list, don’t forget to include Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics. Our special holiday offer makes it an even more attractive gift for your quilting friends, your guild or public library…or for Santa to tuck in your stocking this December.

Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics - 2012 Holiday Offer

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