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Red and White Quilts Are Stunning!

by Beth Cooper

Red and white quilts are gorgeous. Beautiful. Lovely. The classic combination of these two colors has a rich history and continues to captivate quilters.

Red and white quilts have a long and fascinating history that dates back to the 19th century. These quilts gained popularity during a time when quilting was not just a creative outlet but also a means of resourcefulness. The stark contrast between the bold red and crisp white fabrics made for visually striking quilts, even in a time when color dyes were limited. Red and white quilts were particularly prominent during the mid-1800s in America, known as the Victorian era.

This is a display of the red and white quilt collection of Joanna S. Rose.
You can read more about her display at the International Quilt Museum by clicking here.

Red and white quilts were not just admired for their aesthetics; they also held symbolic significance. Red was often associated with love, warmth, and passion, while white represented purity and simplicity. Many red and white quilts were crafted for special occasions such as weddings, signifying the unity of two individuals and families. These quilts also found their way into everyday life, providing comfort and functionality in the form of bed coverings and warmth during the colder months.

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This is the Ruby’s Sensation quilt. You can find the pattern by clicking here.

Despite changing trends in quilting over the years, the allure of red and white quilts has endured. They are a timeless representation of the artistry and craftsmanship that quilting entails. Today, quilters continue to create stunning red and white quilts, both by staying true to traditional patterns and by incorporating modern design elements. The red and white color palette remains as captivating as ever, and these quilts are sought after by collectors and enthusiasts alike.

Red and white quilts are more than just beautiful pieces of textile art; they are a testament to the history and creativity of quilters from generations past. The striking contrast between these two colors has a timeless appeal that continues to captivate and inspire quilters today.

Ready to make your own red and white quilt? Check out this Kansas Red & White pattern from Missouri Star! You can find it here.
Want to make a red and white Cornered Drunkard’s Path with Jenny? Check out this awesome tutorial!
Did you can find loads of tutorials on quiltingtutorials.com? It’s like YouTube but only for quilters!

We can all agree that red and white quilts are certainly eye-catching! If you’re getting ready to start a new project, maybe you will want to make it red and white! Happy sewing!

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