What’s Red And White And Quilty All Over?

On Monday we all took a day out of our glamorous, busy lives to trek into New York City to see the “Infinite Variety” quilt exhibit at the Park Avenue Armory. This was something we’d heard rumblings about a few months ago from various quilt blogs, and we were looking forward to it in a sort of “it’ll be a day off from work and we’ll look at quilts” kind of way. Then, in the weeks leading up to the exhibit, we started hearing a lot more rumblings from a lot more outlets about how this was a Big Event, a massive (and free!) public art installation of overwhelming beauty and grandeur. We began to feel a bit intimidated; public art installations of overwhelming beauty and grandeur are scary, yo! But we put on our brave pants and geared up for adventure, and boy we were ever glad we did.

March 28 2011

This exhibit was literally breathtaking. Literally. The display space is a 55,000 square foot hall in the Park Avenue Armory, and it was just towering swirls of 650 red-and-white quilts that started at floor level and spiraled up in brightly-lit columns. It was simultaneously staggeringly enormous and intimate and approachable, and the experience of spending a leisurely morning strolling in and among so many stunning quilts was truly one of the most delightful things we’ve ever done.

Infinite Variety Quilt Show

It was also a photography dream come true, and we took bazillions of pictures of the exhibit and of the quilts:

Mariner's Compass

Aloha Means Red And White Quilts

Deeply In Love

Quilts Toward the Exit

Big Squares Little Squares

Baptist Fans

Circular Quilting

Red and White Quilt Heaven

Orange Slices, Tomatoes, Pizza



Filed under Pins and Needles, Quilting

8 responses to “What’s Red And White And Quilty All Over?

  1. I know it’s redundant, but breathtaking is the word. Your pictures are fabulous. I just got home from NYC and it is all still settling in. At dinner, the night before we saw the show, a friend said “take breath mints. You will spend the day walking around with your mouth open.” It was good advice.

  2. Schnookie

    “take breath mints. You will spend the day walking around with your mouth open.” It was good advice.

    :^:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: For reals! I’m so glad that you made the trip to see it, and I’m glad that you mentioned it on your blog when you did — it was your recommendation that got us planning to see the exhibit all those months ago! So thanks a million!

  3. Your photos are fabulous. My camera was acting up. grrr. I just got back home to the west coast and am just catching up on some blogs. I came over via Minick & Simpson. It’s great to see everyone elses photos. What a spectacular show!

  4. Pookie

    I can’t imagine how frustrating that would be to be at that show without a camera! I’m so sorry, Sharon! But I’m glad you made the trip out East to see it.

  5. Mags

    *sigh* so beautiful. If you don’t mind, I’ll just sit here and stare for a bit.

  6. pam

    Wonderful photos! I’m so envious of the trip.

  7. I am so grateful that you took these wonderful photographs!! Didn’t have a camera in hand and these are gorgeous! First the gift of the exhibit and now the gift of these. Thank you!

  8. Susan

    It is hard to believe it has been almost a month since this exhibit. I have to get all my old blogs read before the reader “forgets” I hit. You took some unusal photographs from odd angles which sure highlighted the quilting in ways I have not seen. I have seen a lot of pictures of this exhibit as I find it fasinating…..just was not brave enough to spend the money to go to New York. Thank you for sharing your views and angles !

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