American Quilt Classics, 1800-1980: The Bresler Collection through May

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Phebe Warner Quilt, circa 1930s Hand-appliquéd, quilted, and embroidered cotton, satin, wool thread. Collection of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina. Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler.

More than 30 years ago, Fleur Bresler purchased her first quilt, and what began as a personal hobby soon evolved into an overwhelming passion to learn about quilts – inside and out. Printed fabrics enthralled her. Quirky appliqué designs tickled her fancy. Clever designs intrigued her. More than a quarter century later, Fleur Bresler had established an impressive and historically important collection of quilts.

Between 2000 and 2001, Fleur and Charles Bresler gifted their 36-piece American quilt collection to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, N.C. Historically vast, the collection features a diversity of designs which illuminate both pattern and process. The collection ranges from late 18th and early 19th century whole cloth, white work, indigo resist dye and block printed chintz quilts to mid 19th century appliqué, stenciled, mosaic-template pieced and album quilts. It also includes fine examples of late 19th century log cabin, crazy and charm quilts as well as a handful of unique quilts from the 20th century.

These quilts hold a wealth of information about the people and times in which they were made and offer a glimpse of the creative human spirit. The quilters, many of whom are anonymous, made extraordinary artistic works out of ordinary materials. Their work has become an enduring legacy, a timeless inspiration to us all.

For more information contact the Bellevue Art Museum at 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004, phone 425-519-0770, or visit www.bellevuearts.org.

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RUTHIE STUBBS. American, 19th Century, Charm Quilt, circa 1880. Hand-pieced and quilted cotton, chintz. Collection of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, N.C. Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler.
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ELIZABETH FRAZIER. American, 19th century, Baltimore Album Crib Quilt, circa 1850. Hand-appliquéd and quilted cotton. Collection of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, N.C. Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler.

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