October 27, 2021: A Wonderful Quilt Exhibit at Boston MFA and more Cocheco show quilts

Greetings dear readers! What a month it’s been for me re quilting – the trunk show, our guild’s show, and a great quilt exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts too! My dear friend Liz and I went to Boston last Friday to see ”Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories.” Liz has been a friend for 37 years and plays autoharp and recorder in our band ”Tutto Bene” – she’s in the center of the photo below. That’s me with the accordion🙂.

So fun to have a museum and lunch outing with a friend! The exhibit was fabulous and I’ll be sharing photos a few at a time over the next several posts.

We had a beautiful, warm, sunny day for the trip. The diverse nature of the quilts was pretty amazing – the curator did a great job!

The information provided was excellent:

The first 2 quilts used flag/patriotic imagery

Gee’s Bend:

I liked the special edge detail on this:

In the next room was this fabulous Bisa Butler quilt! Sorry I didn’t get a photo without heads obscuring some of the piece, but it was popular! Also didn’t get the more detailed info on the piece. Butler is a wonderful artist and I’m sure we’ll all be seeing more of her in the future!

What an absolutely marvelous use of fabric and color and composition!!

Many more photos from this exhibit in future posts, but now I want to share some more quilts from the Cocheco show. First up is this quilt:

Isn’t it fun?! I actually made the center many years ago using fabrics I had painted in a class. It languished in my closet for years and I donated it to our guild’s silent auction a couple years ago. Guild member Cindy got it and finished it beautifully!

Love the classic traditional style of this one; I love quilts with pieced centers and appliqued borders:

What a great job Martha did with this cat pattern!

Nice piecing and quilting on this one:

Great interpretation of this pattern and meaningful to her!

Lovely applique work here:

Gorgeous colors on this quilt!:

I think that’s enough visual stimulation for one post! I’ll be continuing to post photos of both of these events in the next several weeks. There is nothing, however, as good as seeing quilts in person, so I highly recommend that if you live within reasonable driving distance of Boston, you go see their quilt exhibit. I believe it is up till sometime in January.

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi

22 thoughts on “October 27, 2021: A Wonderful Quilt Exhibit at Boston MFA and more Cocheco show quilts

  1. Carol in Texas October 27, 2021 / 3:02 pm

    Martha Wilson’s quilting on her cat quilt is just stunning. I am not a big fan of machine quilting, but every now and then I see a machine quilted quilt that is made even better by the quilting designs done by the machine quilter. This one is just terrific!

    • gladiporsche October 30, 2021 / 11:38 pm

      I agree – she did a fabulous job! She did excellent work on my Japanese quilt.

  2. Wendy C Reed October 27, 2021 / 3:41 pm

    OH how I want to get to this exhibit. I’m hoping to get there before it closes. Thanks for sharing such great photos. It must have been fun to see your little top finished and in the show. It is gorgeous. Love the colors. Thanks for sharing these great photos.

    • gladiporsche October 30, 2021 / 11:38 pm

      Thanks Wendy. Please do try to get to the museum – well worth it!

  3. Pat in WNY October 27, 2021 / 3:55 pm

    I really appreciate your sharing your wonderful photography of the quilt shows you are able to attend, especially since traveling long distances is out of the question for us these days. Opening your posts is always a promise of a feast for the eyes!

    • gladiporsche October 30, 2021 / 11:39 pm

      Thanks so much Pat. I’m really happy to be able to share!!

  4. acityquilter October 28, 2021 / 12:51 am

    gorgeous photos….and wow the cocheco show quilts…things have really ramped up since i last went about 8 years ago….much more technically advanced…

    • gladiporsche October 30, 2021 / 11:40 pm

      Thank you Grace. I’m lucky to be in such a great guild!

  5. Rina Spina October 28, 2021 / 6:36 am

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful show! I would love to see them in person, but I live so far, there is still an ocean between Boston and Sicily!
    Love all the quilts and the magnificent work done on quilting them! Such a treasure made with fabrics and thread!
    Rina, from Sicily!

    • gladiporsche October 30, 2021 / 11:43 pm

      Thank you for commenting! I love to share photos of quilts and am so happy to be able to see shows again. I’m hoping to get to Sicily some day – had a trip to your island planned for last year but it was cancelled because of the pandemic 🙁.

      • Rina Spina November 1, 2021 / 1:55 pm

        Please, Let me know when you are coming, I’ll love to meet you in person!🤗

  6. barbvedder October 28, 2021 / 12:13 pm

    I hope to make it to Boston to see these quilts. Thanks for the preview.
    Thanks for sharing more lovely quilts from your show. What a talented group of quilters!

    • gladiporsche October 30, 2021 / 11:45 pm

      Thanks Barb! We have an excellent guild! Please do try to get to Boston for the MFA show – it’s amazing and well worth the trip!

  7. Maggie Hawk October 28, 2021 / 6:06 pm

    Please consider not raking your leaves but letting them remain on the ground to return to the earth with their nutrients. They’re really, really good for the soil. And, think of the energy you’d have used that can be put in your quilting!!! 🙂
    Maggie in Washingtpm

    • gladiporsche October 30, 2021 / 11:48 pm

      You are absolutely right! I’ve been reading recently how much better it is to leave the leaves and think I have convinced my husband to let them alone this fall!

  8. Kyle October 28, 2021 / 9:06 pm

    Seeing quilts live and in person is always the best

    • gladiporsche October 30, 2021 / 11:48 pm

      You are so right! It’s heaven seeing quilts in person again!

  9. Cynthia @ wabi sabi quilts October 30, 2021 / 8:29 am

    Oh, what a feast for the eyes and I look forward to more. Thank you for posting! I follow Bisa Butler on IG – she’s amazing!

    • gladiporsche October 30, 2021 / 11:52 pm

      I look forward to sharing more. I try not to follow too many people on Instagram so I’m not inundated with posts, but after reading your comment, decided to follow Bisa. You’re right – she’s amazing!

  10. marissthequilter October 30, 2021 / 10:29 am

    That certainly was visually stimulating. Thanks for sharing your images. It must have been wonderful to visit the Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories with your long-standing friend. I enjoyed reading the information on the exhibition as well as the quilt photos you shared.

    • gladiporsche October 30, 2021 / 11:56 pm

      Thank you Mariss. And thanks for your recent post. Loved seeing the art work and really was impressed with Rosalie Dace who is a wonderful speaker! So satisfying to see textile art being taken seriously as “art.”

      • marissthequilter October 31, 2021 / 6:38 am

        Yes, Rosalie Dace is remarkable. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the discussion

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