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American Folk Art Museum: Year of the Quilt

The American Folk Art Museum has named 2011 the Year of the Quilt. Learn more about three quilts from its collection. 

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Pieced Planning

The Triangles and Flying Geese Quilt came to the museum with no information. “I was just overwhelmed by the planning and work that went into it,” Elizabeth says. “Look at all those thousands of tiny triangles—each one is like a fabric encyclopedia.” As a general rule, quilts are dated by the age of the newest fabric used. This quilt was probably created between 1875 and 1900.

Photo: Triangles and Flying Geese Quilt. Artist unidentified. United States; 1875–1900. Cotton, 83x78”. Gift of Leo Rabkin, 2008.20.1. Courtesy of Rizzoli and the American Folk Art Museum.

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