When I was in Boston recently, I made sure I reserved tickets to the Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts that highlights stories behind 300 years of American quilts. Even before that, I was thinking of putting together a post on quilted jackets and fashion so I then realized I could combine the two.
My friend Eleanor wore a short quilted jacket from Lindsey Berns on our trip to Nantucket last year that was so chic even one of our waiters complimented her on it. Bode is another fashion brand known for quilted fashions too and I even saw a few cute pieces at the 25th Street Flea Market this past weekend.
I put together some of my favorite quilted fashions with my favorite quilts from the exhibition to get you started. The accompanying exhibition catalog Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories would make a great gift for the holidays.
Quilted jackets like this Quilted Patchwork Jacket look good with pants, jeans, or even over a dress.
Florence M. Cowden Peto, Pot of Flowers with Wild Geese, early 1950s
Bisa Butler, To God and Truth, 2019
Mrs. Cecil White, “Scenes of American Life”, about 1920
C. Winne, Crazy City, 1885
Unidentified Maker, Quilt, 1830s
Tomie Nagano, Indigo Colour Mixture, 2004
Unidentified Maker, Whole Cloth Quilt, 1750-1800
I forgot to take a photo of the label for this quilt. I took photos of the exhibition for Instagram Stories and wasn’t initially planning to use them for a blog post so I apologize if some of them are not the best images.
Unidentified Amish artist, Floating Bars, about 1940
Unidentified Maker, Album Quilt, 1847-50
Celestine Bacheller, Pictorial Crazy Quilt, about 1880
I really love the color and pattern of this Johnny Was Flora Quilted Velvet Coat.
Harriet Powers, Pictorial Quilt, 1895-98
Lillie Mae Pettway, Housetop, 12-block Variation, 1965
This Johnny Was Annika Quilted Patchwork Jacket is currently on sale.
Unidentified African American Maker, Double Wedding Ring, about 1940
Creola Bennett Pettway and Georgianna Bennet Pettway, Bricklayer or Courthouse Steps, about 1955
This Sea Floral-print patchwork cotton blanket would make a great gift for the holidays.
Rachel Carey George, Housetop, Half Log Cabin, 1935
Unidentified Maker, Carolina Lily, 1830-45
Richard H. Rowley and Louise Rowley, A Century of Progress, 1933
Susan Hoffman, Coastline, 1975 – this was really amazing in person