Included in  the pivotal 1971 “Abstract Design in American Quilts” exhibition, this quilt bears visual resemblance to the work of 20th-century artists, such as Piet Mondrian, who reduced natural and man-made forms to geometric abstractions. But the quilt has other contexts as well. For instance, it was made entirely from men’s suiting fabrics, suggesting that its maker had access to a large cache of worsted wool fabrics. Was he/she a tailor/seamstress? A worker in New York’s garment industry? These questions open the quilt up to much broader contexts than can be discerned simply by looking at its visual characteristics.

Pattern: 
Nine Patch
Maker: 
Maker unknown
Circa
1900
1920
Possibly made in
New Jersey
United States
72
64
IQSCM, Jonathan Holstein Collection
2003.003.0030