By: Jonathan Gregory
Rose Frances Good Kretsinger stands out as one of the most talented quiltmakers of the twentieth century. This article examines primary sources to discover the artistic and stylistic influences upon Kretsinger during her formative years. She was influenced by a creative atmosphere in her family’s home and by the ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement she studied while enrolled at The Art Institute of Chicago at the turn of the twentieth century. These influences predisposed her to ideas of the Colonial Revival Movement. From these varied influences, Rose Kretsinger developed a personal aesthetic philosophy she recorded in The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America, the book she co-authored with Carrie A. Hall in 1935. She also expressed that aesthetic in her life and in the exceptional body of artistic quilts she produced.