• photograph of Classic American Quilts Exhibition, quilts hanging on walls and in display cabinets

Classic American Quilts

13 March – 31 October 2010

America is not like a blanket – one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size. America is more like a quilt – many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread…

(Jesse Jackson: ‘The Rainbow Coalition’ speech, 17 July 1984.)

In a special exhibition for 2010, the American Museum in Britain showcased some of its greatest quilt treasures. Boldly patterned Hawaiian and Amish quilts were on view, as well as pieces sewn by slave seamstresses and a Baltimore Album quilt over 10 feet square.

This exhibition celebrated the publication of a wonderful new book on the Museum’s world-renowned quilt collection – Classic Quilts from the American Museum in Britain (Scala Publishers) – lavishly illustrated by crisp colour images, with each example photographed in full and in detail.