Unidentified maker, Applique and Pieced Hawaiian Designs Friendship
Album Quilt Top
, 1847. Cotton and ink, 108 x 90 in. Collection of Shelburne Museum, gift of Jean Lovell, 2009-11. Photography by Andy Duback.

Drawing from Shelburne Museum’s extensive historic textile collections, Ink + Icons: Album Quilts from the Permanent Collection brings together 9 exquisite bedcovers to investigate the ways quiltmakers and communities created lasting material memories by reproducing meaningful symbols and taking advantage of technological developments like reliable indelible inks to tell their stories. Objects range from carefully inscribed friendship albums and botanical compendia to red-work storybook albums, the iconic “Major Ringgold” Baltimore Album quilt, and more.

Colgate Gallery, Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education


May 1, 2019 - Opening

Oct 31, 2019 - Closing