Quilts and Color

Last week, a Master Gardener friend called and asked if I wanted to take a day trip to Boston. Silly question because the answer to a day trip to Boston is always “of course.” 🙂

She is a member of the Museum of Fine Arts and from April 6 to July 27, 2014 they are sponsoring a wonderful exhibit –  Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection.

This collection is from the Pennsylvania area in the 1800’s. The fabrics are fascinating, the hand quilting is amazing, the colors jump out at you, and it put me in awe of our predecessors quilting skills.

It also made my imagination go wild. Who used these and were they a comforter to keep warm on a cold winter night or a piece of art to adorn a wall? Did one person sit by candle light in the evening to work on these magnificent pieces or did a group of women gather together to do the stitching? The stories I imagine they could tell.



The weather was gorgeous for our hour and a half drive, and we had a great day admiring this historical quilt collection, exploring the Museum and having a wonderful lunch outside in their garden area. Quilts and gardens – now that’s a good day.

I didn’t take as many photos as I usually do because my friend believes that a person constantly snapping pictures is not really experiencing the event. It is always good to look at life through another perspective, but I wish I had quickly snapped a few more.

Have a colorful week whether that is indoors or outdoors. For me, it was a long, wicked winter, so I will be outdoors soaking up color in my garden while I work. 🙂

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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6 Responses to Quilts and Color

  1. Joyce says:

    Wickedly beautiful! I am also always intrigued by the history of these treasures. I love the strong, balanced patterns developed by women who had no formal art training. Each of your examples shows extraordinary skill in design and hand stitching.
    I’m glad you enjoyed your day in Boston!


  2. WOW that first quilt…the red & green? I’d pinned the applique portion of it last week seeing it on another blog! I love that quilt and all traditional ones / the more that I see of ‘modern’ quilts, the more I know my taste is with tradition. Next time DO NOT LISTEN TO THAT FRIEND AND TAKE MORE PICTURES and you can tell her that I said so, lol! 🙂


  3. Beautiful quilts with so many secrets untold. At least we know now about sharing the story on the label.


  4. Grandma Kc says:

    Those are amazing and what a wonderful way to spend the day. I’ve only been to Boston once and spent most of the 3 days there working. Someday I want to go back and actually see the city. Gorgeous quilts!


  5. They look very cheerful with all the bright colours.


  6. Karen says:

    What a delightful trip into Boston…good weather, an interesting show and lunch in a garden. I agree with Deb, next time don’t listen to your friend. I like to look back on photos that I have taken from time to time to remember something special I have seen.


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