Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ruby Jubilee Quilts

This year's Houston International Quilt Festival was the fortieth show. To celebrate, founder Karey Bresenhan mounted a spectacular display of red and white quilts. Reminiscent of the 2011 Museum of American Folk Art's "Infinite Variety" shown at the Armory in New York, the exhibit at Quilt Festival was intriguing because the quilts were made between 1974 and 2014. Within the limitations of what can be considered a red and white quilt, we could look up and see forty years' worth of trends in styles, designs, techniques and fabrics. All types of quilted fiber art hung back to back and side by side, a carousel of creativity, united in the graphic possibilities offered by red and white. That was one heck of a Ruby Jubilee!