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This remarkable early "soft sculpture" art quilt and accompanying rug were chosen to be included in the first major museum exhibition of non-traditional quilts, "The New American Quilt," which was presented in 1976 by the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York (now the Museum of Arts and Design). "The New American Quilt" also included works by Helen Bitar, Lenore Davis, Radka Donnell, Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade, Elizabeth Gurrier, Susan Hoffman, Joan Lintault, Molly Upton, Wenda von Weise, and Katherine Westphal.

Ros Cross was born in the United Kingdom and says,"The pancakes quilt was my response to the onslaught of American food (huge proportions) upon my arrival from the UK in 1973." The quilt and rug are pictured and discussed on page 313 of Robert Shaw's recent book American Quilts: The Democratic Art, 1780-2007 as well as his earlier book The Art Quilt.

The quilt is made to fit over a standard full size bed for exhibition. It is in very good condition, with just a few very small spots of rust where pins were inserted years ago. We are currently cleaning these, and they should be barely noticeable if at all when we are finished. The rug is in excellent condition.


Pancakes, Butter ane Syrup Quilt with Bacon Rug

Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)

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Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)

Bottom left and right: Toward Barred Island (detail) by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade