Infinite Variety

If you are in New York City, will you please, please, please drop what you’re doing and head DIRECTLY to the last day of this amazing installation?

Short version of the story, if you haven’t heard it: Woman turns 80.  Husband asks what she wants for her birthday.  She says, “I want to give a gift back to the City of New York, and I want to see something I’ve never seen before.”  So her husband rents out the Armory for four days and the American Folk Art Museum sponsors a showing of her collection of 651 red-and-white quilts.  Her own personal collection.  All in one place, at the same time.  ALL red and white.  Amazing.

These quilts span three centuries of handmade awesome, and I am so bummed that the show is of such finite duration.  If only it were there longer!  If only I could jet off at a moment’s notice!  So please, if you’re in New York: go, see the show, and report back to me.  I want a play-by-play of how cool it is to see spirals of folk art descending from the ceiling in a vastly limited color palette of incredible.  Am holding my breath until you get back!

Directions and subway maps at the American Folk Art Museum website.

You Might Also Like

  • Kim
    March 30, 2011 at 4:55 pm


  • Rachel at Stitched in Color
    March 31, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Wow, what a site. Such an awesome idea! They must be one amazing couple.

  • darci
    April 2, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    i did go to the show- it was amazing. at the time i didnt realize it was all from one womans personal collection. I ran in for 15min after work on my way to pick up my daughter from school and never read any of the handouts until i got home that night. I wish i could have spent more time at the show- it was so inspiring and i definitely see a red/white quilt in my future. I am still in the middle of making my first quilt but have plans for so many many more