American quiltmakers have been drawn to two-color quilts for nearly two centuries. Made using pieces of a single solid-color fabric (or one featuring a tiny design) sewn onto a white background, such quilts are highly graphic, emphasizing pattern rather than a pleasing mix of various colors. The Briscoe Center’s Winedale Quilt Collection contains a variety of two-color quilts, both pieced and appliquéd, some of which date from the mid-nineteenth century. The highly graphic two-color quilt style emerged in the 1840s after a large variety of commercially-produced cotton fabrics became affordable to middle-class households. Examples also included several traditional Hawaiian quilts, which feature abstract appliquéd patterns meant to represent native plant forms. Boldly Graphic brought these quilts together for the first time.
/ / Boldly Graphic: Two-Color Quilts from the Winedale Quilt Collection