This exhibition in the Foster and Muriel McCarl Gallery of the Abby Aldrich Folk Art Museum will feature 12 nineteenth-century quilts made in and around the Baltimore area. The exhibition showcases fine examples of the Baltimore quilt tradition with a sampling of quilts made in nearby counties as well as in parts of Virginia.
Some of the most highly-treasured quilts of the 19th century are the distinctive appliquéd album quilts made in Baltimore between 1845 and 1855. The third largest city in the U.S. during the 1840s, Baltimore also boasted the largest seaport and had a strong textile industry. These colorful, elaborately designed bed coverings are a feast for the eyes. This exhibition is underwritten in part by multiple gifts to the Quilt Exhibition Fund. June 9, 2012 through May 11, 2014.