Orange Flowers Four-Block Quilt is of hand appliquéd and hand-quilted cotton, circa 1880 to 1900, from Pennsylvania.
‘For the joy of It’
Judy Roche's love of 19th- and early 20th-century appliqué quilts led to a collection of more than 100 pieces that's been celebrated internationally. A selection of her collection -- 23 quilts that were chosen as a comparison to traditional Hawaiian quilts -- is on display in "For the Joy of It: Appliquéd Quilts from the Judy Roche Collection" at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, through Aug. 27.
Roche's collection, compiled over the last 30 years, is "decidedly atypical" and reflects the "joy that quiltmakers derive from their craft," the academy says. The pieces reveal individual tastes, in their mix of juxaposed motifs, border and corner treatments, colors and pairings of staid appliqué designs with energetic quilting patterns. All the quilts originated in Pennsylvania and New England, where Roche lives and vacations.
"For the Joy of It" was organized by the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa.
The Honolulu Academy of Arts is located at 900 S. Beretania St. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $7 general; $4 seniors 62 years and older, students 13 and overs and military; children under 12 are free. Call 532-8700 for more information.
The Whig Rose Variation Central Medallion Quilt is a hand appliquéd, hand quilted cotton piece, circa 1880 to 1890, originating from Pennsylvania. Both works are part of "For the Joy of It: Appliquéd Quilts from the Judy Roche Collection," on exhibit at the Honolulu Academy of Arts through Aug. 27. The 23 quilts on display, selected from a collection of more than 100 pieces, were chosen in response to traditional Hawaiian quilts.
The Kaleidoscope Red and Green Pots of Flowers Four-block Quilt Top, circa 1850, above, originates from Pennsylvania and is made of hand appliquéd cotton.