The collection houses the largest publicly held quilt collection in the world. also their holdings are not limited to just American quilts as there are over 3500 quilts that range from from the early 1700s to the present and more than 25 countries are represented.
The online data base is easy to use and if type in a key word of crazy quilt there are enough returns to keep you browsing over your lunch hour.
I have been browsing the museum sites again and rediscovered the Boston Museum of Art site. One of the gems I found is a pattern book in the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau style.
Eugène Grasset (1841-1917) was a Paris-based designer who in 1897 produced a classic book on pattern and design. Plants and Their Application to Ornament is a type of model book. Illustrations of plant-based design motifs are sure to delight readers here.
The Metmuseum has produced a series of YouTube videos in a series of lectures under the title of “Sunday at the Met”
Cochineal produces a red crimson dye. Elena Phipp, Textile historian takes us through its history via the textile collection at the Metropolitan Museum.
The story starting off with the history of red as a colour and following the history of dyes stuff around the globe you can easily listen and stitch to Cochineal Red: The Art History of a Colour (that is what I did ) so settle back and hear a very interesting well researched lecture on the history of this dyestuff.