One of the most significant events that helped launch the craze for quilts was the 1971 exhibit Abstract Design in American Quilts at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The curators, Jonathan Holstein and Gail van der Hoof, treated everyday pieced quilts such as this simple Nine Patch as works of art, arguing that their makers executed conscious design choices resulting in dramatic aesthetic outcomes. 

Pattern: 
Nine Patch
Maker: 
Maker unknown
Circa
1880
1900
Possibly made in
Pennsylvania
United States
85
68
IQSCM, Jonathan Holstein Collection
2003.003.0020