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Red And White Quilts To Buy

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Red And White Quilts To Buy

Bribes. Betrayal. Industrial espionage. The history of red and white quilts; how Turkey red fabric, the bright colorfast cotton coveted by Europeans in the eighteenth century, made its way to America reads a bit like a historical spy novel. Who knew European textile manufacturers were sending spies to the Levant to steal the secret formula

We live in a world that is infatuated with color, and perhaps no color has influenced the world of quiltmaking more than Turkey red. Since the early nineteenth century, the combination of Turkey red cotton and white fabric has been a classic color scheme. Aside from the simple and graphic appeal of the contrast, quilters loved Turkey red because it was colorfast and did not fade.

The earliest use of Turkey red in American quilts began around 1830 as quilters used small-scale floral and geometric prints, primarily in appliqued pieces. By 1840, white and red fabric quilts became popular and the trend lasted for twenty years.

In 1868, a synthetic version of the alizarin dye was invented, which lowered the price of the fabric and ushered in a second craze of Turkey red and white quiltmaking. Respective to quilters in their own regions, European textile manufacturers also catered specifically to the quilting market by printing whole cloth panels and cheater-cloth patchwork fabric motifs in the last half of the nineteenth century.

For advice from Linda Pumphrey on keeping the contrast in two-color quilts, check out this article, and be sure to add Red & White Quilting to your library of quilting books!

Joanna Rose donated the Infinite Variety quilts in honor of her husband Daniel and their 63rd wedding anniversary. In the fall of 2021, Mrs. Rose and her family oversaw the transfer of the quilts from their home to the International Quilt Museum.

Add a touch of texture and style to your home with this lovely quilt set. Brimming with charming style, this set is the perfect way to effortlessly refresh your space. Showcasing an embossed floral, geometric pattern, this quilt set is a must-have for your home. Try tucking it into your master suite bed to outfit your space in a refined and timeless style, then add a few vibrant floral pillows, a soft pink throw, a plush white shag rug, ruffled curtains, and a distressed white headboard for a country-chic look that you are sure to love.

Let your troubles float away on the sweet summer breeze with the quilt set. A large-scale dandelion print in white on a soothing soft gray creates a look for your home as sweet and romantic as midsummer wishes and dreams come true. Finished with intricate floral medallion stitching.

Today we're featuring free patterns for sparkling Red and White quilts! (For Part 2 of this series, CLICK HERE.) To go to a pattern: Scroll down the page until you see the quilt you like, then click on the words "CLICK for PDF download" (or the hyperlinked website name) in the title above the quilt.

Generations of quilters have been captivated by the simple beauty of red-and-white quilts. Today's quilters are no different. Whether it's humble patchwork or more complex designs, a quilt stitched in only red and white fabrics speaks to the hearts of so many quilters. In Red & White Quilts, 14 of our generation's top designers share their takes on red-and-white quilts, ranging from vintage-inspired beauties to more modern styles. From patchwork to applique to English paper piecing, designers including Lisa Bongean, Sue Daley, Kim Diehl, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Carrie Nelson, Camille Roskelley, and Jen Kingwell offer a one-of-a-kind collection sure to inspire you to create your own legacies in red and white.

In this eagerly anticipated sequel, 14 featured red-and-white quilt designs check all the boxes: antique, classic, contemporary, and many styles in between. Patchwork, appliqué, and medallion quilts from world-renowned designers accompany antique quilts from unknown--yet uber-talented--quiltmakers.Enjoy making


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