Quilts and color

Saturday, I woke up bright and early prompted by a very exciting plan to ogle at age old beauties in dazzling colors. I was literally swept off my feet by their intensity and warmth. Only a handful of quilts had white or cream in them. I thought you might like to have a personal chitchat with them, they sure are exuberant and bold even in their conversations.. ( ' v ' )

 Double wedding ring in a deeply romantic purple setting and jewel tones

Mariner's compass with a surprise white and plaid combo

twinkling stars and matching border

Windmill blades swirling in contrasting colors and playful borders.

This is for you, Stephanie! Polka dot love :)

 circular motifs in white spaces

Barn raising quilt in silks and velvets. Notes below said Mrs. Herrick was 81 years old when she made it as a gift for her daughter.

silk embroidery on velvet centers was so tiny and detailed.

a closer look at the colors.

Pomegranate tree and a beautiful vine on Star of Bethlehem quilt. 

Another Star of Bethlehem quilt in cotton prints, one of the fussy cut diamonds in the center looked misplaced, maybe it was done on purpose to stray from perfection.

Chain star in envious colors and adorable feed sack prints.

I found it hard to pull away from this cutie!

Anyone hungry for a 'bunch of grapes ' ?

this Coxcomb variation is dream like with its symmetry and stunning quilting background

Oriental 'fans ' inspired by Japanese traditional design

delicate touch with fine embroidery and echo quilting

Scrappy strings form a charming Four block star variation 

I feel sorry that the full picture of this quilt came out blurry, I hope this gives an idea of how it looks as a whole with zigzag border and stars on four corners.

'Seven sisters ' were mesmerizing in porcelain blues and muted browns.

Streak of lightning made me feel like a kid longing for a lollipop in front of candy shop. I want to make a quilt just like this one.

Field of diamonds, the name says it all :)

Most of the fabrics seem like wool and twill. It has many sweet prints like small florals or dots in unexpected colors mixed with checks all over.

Thank you for stopping by and keeping me company for a quick glimpse into this beautiful collection. There are 59 amazing quilts in Piligrim/Roy exhibit which runs at MFA in Boston until July 27th. If you are in town by chance, don't miss it. Have a wonderful week! ( ' u ' )


Stephanie said...

How I would love to see these beauties in person but I did enjoy sharing them right here with you. Works of art/heart. It's obvious to see where today's "modern" quilters get their inspiration. Love the polka dots and the plaid and cream Mariner's Compass is most unusual but striking. I love the rich use of velvets. Perhaps it's because I love texture in quilts. :o) Thank you for taking us to the exhibit with you.

Sujata Shah said...

Pratima, Such beautiful photos of the quilts! I missed it when we were there to bring Kavita home. I wish I had stayed an extra day. Glad to see them through your eyes.

Martha said...

Thank you for the wonderful tour, Pratima. Since I can't travel to Boston, I really appreciate you sharing photos of these beautiful quilts.

Candace said...

Oh Pratima - seeing these has made my day! If I didn't know they were vintage, I would have though they could be made in our day! You were so fortunate to be able to spend your day with these beauties! Thank you so much for sharing.

Michaelanne said...

My goodness these are AMAZING!!! The "chain Stars" made me almost fall of my chair!! SUCH a FANTASTIC color combo! Thank you for sharing all of these!!!