American Quilts, Iris and Jay Leonard Collection

A stellar collection of American quilts was acquired by Kohler Foundation through the generosity of Iris and Jay Leonard. Quilts dating back to the mid-1800’s, with pattern names like “Wreath of Flowers,” “Dresden Plate,” “Shoo Fly,” “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul,” and “Rose of Sharon,” represent some of the best in quilts. Many of the examples came from Pennsylvania; one, a “Rose of Sharon” quilt, was documented as being the first prize winner at the 1866 Hughesville, PA Fair. Sizes range from miniature to doll and crib quilts to full and king size quilts. They are beautifully crafted and tell the story of their times through technique, pattern, fabric, and color. Twenty quilts were gifted to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and twenty were gifted to the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts. Both institutions are excited to add these amazing quilts to their permanent collections.