Quilt Notes: Commonly referred to as BLACK AND WHITE QUILT (also called BLACKS AND WHITES), the design first appeared in print in Nancy Cabot's quilt column in the Chicago Tribune on November 4, 1936 — the town she mentions in Virginia is now named Blackstone. Cabot's comments read as follows:|
"'BLACKS AND WHITES is an old pieced pattern first made in the little town of Blacks and Whites, Va., in the typical calico prints of the early 1830s. The original coverlet contained white patches with pin dots of black in contrast to black material with pin dots of white. Modernization may be achieved by the use of solid colors. The entire quilt is composed of pieced blocks set together with a nine inch border and finished with a one-half inch binding."
Traditionally and in color theory, reds are most harmonious with black (see tiling below), and blues are most often combined with white. As noted elsewhere at this site, there is also a scientific reason why these hues work so well together: the last color the human eye can discern amongst the darkest shades of color, and at night for instance, is red, whereas the last color we can discern among the lightest shades, before they appear as white, is blue. Thus to celebrate black and white as a color scheme, red tints are often added because it enhances the black so wonderfully.
On color & quilt geometry, see STAR LANE. Other quilt designs celebrating color schemes in art at this site would include:
GREEN RIVER (with Georgia O'Keeffe)
TUTTI FRUITY (with Helen Frankenthaler)
GOLDEN STAIRS (with Marcel Duchamp)
AUTUMN TINTS (with Piet Mondian)
SUNSHINE & STAINED GLASS (with Sonia Delaunay)