Conversations with a Curator: Historic Textiles Curator Jan Hiester on Geometric Quilts
Charleston Museum Curator of Textiles Jan Hiester will lead a tour of the Textile Gallery’s new quilt exhibition featuring stunning pieced quilts from the Museum’s collection. Patchwork or pieced quilts most often consist of geometric shapes sewn together to form a pattern. Popular throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, these quilts display a myriad of designs created from a few distinct shapes. We will look at how these simple shapes are transformed into intricate and delightful patterns. In these quilts, the square becomes a stunning Irish Chain, the rectangle is transformed into the popular Log Cabin design, triangles are turned into a clever Variable Star and diamonds multiply to create a huge Star of Bethlehem. The tour takes place December 8.