This quilt, now part of the collection of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, once was part of Esprit’s collection. Its graphic checkerboard pattern, with saturated solid-colored fabrics, shares much with Esprit’s 1980s color-block aesthetic. Anecdotally we know that Tompkins sent his designers to the quilts for inspiration. The next image reveals what likely is one result of this assignment.

Pattern: 
One Patch
Maker: 
Maker unknown
Circa
1900
1920
Made in
United States
67.5
67.5
IQSCM, Ardis and Robert James Collection
1997.007.0469