Patches of history

first_imgThe quilts on display were made by rural black women in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi and share certain characteristics, such as bold stripes, bright colors, large designs, asymmetry, multiple patterns, symbolic forms and improvisation. “All of the quilts, with a few exceptions, were made for family and bed,” Willwerth said. “Generally, these were poor people making these things to keep themselves warm.” The quilts are often made from discarded clothing. Jan Emanuel of Pasadena is a member of a group called the Quilting Sistahs that will have an exhibit at the museum at 7:30 p.m. May 22 to contrast traditional and modern quilt making. The exhibit also will feature quilting workshops in June and July, and a Patchwork Picnic on July 26. For additional information about the exhibit, call (626) 577-2660, Ext. 10. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 PASADENA – With temperatures in the 90s, quilts are probably the last thing on many people’s minds. But Pasadena Museum of History officials hope a new exhibit will cause the public to cozy up to the subject. “African American Quilts from the Robert and Helen Cargo Collection” will be on exhibit this Saturday through Aug. 5 at the museum, 470 W. Walnut St. The collection, which includes more than 1,500 quilts and 400 quilt tops, most from Alabama, is considered one of the most significant quilt collections in the United States. Thirty quilts will be on display, including works by Lureca Outland, who recently celebrated her 104th birthday. Ardis Willwerth, director of exhibitions and public programming, said there are three reasons to visit the exhibit. “Come and see individual artists – quilting is an art form just like painting and sculpture. Come see traditional, beautiful work that has gone on for hundreds of years. “Come see a third, interesting new idea. Just as blues and jazz were brought over here from Africa, so there is a type of African-American quilting that illustrates these ties to Africa,” she said. Cargo, a quilt historian as well as a collector, has predicted that African-American quilts would replace Amish quilts as the most desired by collectors. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more