IQM Announces Red & White Quilts: Infinite Variety Book Release

IQM Announces Red & White Quilts: Infinite Variety Book Release

March 10, 2023

Since the blockbuster 2011 New York City exhibition, "Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts," the Joanna S. Rose Collection has become synonymous with this special genre of red and white quilts. The International Quilt Museum, in partnership with the American Folk Art Museum, New York, has reprinted the renowned book “Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety” (published by Rizzoli) that showcased the 2011 exhibition of more than 650 red and white quilts from the Joanna S. Rose Collection.

“The Infinite Variety exhibition was a phenomenon in the quilt world,” said Carolyn Ducey, Ardis B. James curator of collections at the International Quilt Museum. “It was a point in time that everyone remembers because if you couldn’t go see Infinite Variety, you were reading about it or hearing about it and wishing you were going.”

The International Quilt Museum was gifted Joanna S. Rose’s red and white quilt collection— exhibited in the famed 2011 exhibition at the Armory in New York City. The book includes new text about the collection’s transfer and exhibition at International Quilt Museum.

Joanna Rose chose the International Quilt Museum because it is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, has a series of streamlined processes and a skilled team to care for quilts and to ensure the quilts’ structural integrity over time. Quilts are surveyed, researched, vacuumed, and systematically re-folded to ensure that quilts can be used in the museum for exhibitions and for research for years to come. The International Quilt Museum, located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus at 33rd and Holdrege, is dedicated to building a global collection and audience that celebrate the cultural and artistic significance of quilts. Visit for more information.

Reviews of “Red & White Quilts: Infinite Variety”

“Red & White Quilts: Infinite Variety is a seriously stunning compilation.”— Country Living Magazine

“Whether you missed the exhibition or adored it, this tome [Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety] offers a compelling testament to the power of pattern.” —Architectural Digest

“Organized by type, from traditional patchworks and log cabin varieties to decorative appliqué examples, this perfect coffee-table topper spans three centuries and includes a foreword by Martha Stewart.” —Vogue