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Current Exhibits


Motion from the Contemporary QuiltArt Association

Deceptively Simple
Split Nine & Nine Patch

The National Quilt Museum Collection Oh WOW!
Miniature Quilts

Motion from the Contemporary QuiltArt Association

November 21, 2014 - February 23, 2015
Motion is a key concept in design. By combining elements such as line, shape, and texture that make the eye move over the work, an artist can convey motion. Movement can be suggested visually through repetition, directional lines, placement of objects, diagonal lines, and gestural lines. A symbolic representation of movement can create an exciting abstract composition.

As a group, CQA is diverse in styles, media, and techniques. Members are not restricted by traditional definitions of quilting, but are driven to express thoughts and feelings through the medium of quilting. Design, style, color, technique, and composition are all addressed in members’ work. Surface design by some CQA artists includes dyeing yardage, painting, stenciling, and printing on materials to create special effects. Some work abstractly; some create representational images. The only constant is that CQA members continue to move and expand the definition of the quilt as art.

More information about Motion form the Contemporary QuiltArt Association, may be found here.

On the Move by Ruth Vincent

Guests enjoy studying Marianne Burr's quilt.

Dreams by Maria Michurina
Diatom 7 (detail) by Carla Stehr


Brownian Motion (detail) by Barbara Nepom
Deceptively Simple: Split Nine & Nine Patch Quilts

September 12 - January 6, 2014
These quilt blocks are simple to sew. All the seams are straight, with no inset angles. A quiltmaker can explore the infinite possibilities of these units in the overall design of an entire quilt top just by rearranging the value structure (the light and dark aspect). Quilt artist render this design in variations. See these lovely quilts at the museum until December 9th.

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Broken Dishes Variation, Pennsylvania Dutch c. 1890

Split Nine Patch, Perkiomen Valley, Pennsylvania

The National Quilt Museum Collection

The National Quilt Museum's main gallery is made up of quilts from the Museum's own collection. Currently, the Museum has over 320 quilts from over 350 different quilt makers in our collection. At any given time, 50-60 of these quilts are on display in the gallery for the public to view. The rest of the collection is housed in our temperature and humidity controlled vault.

Our collection is made up of some of the most extraordinary quilts ever produced. The majority of the quilts in our collection are award winners from regional and national contests. Others have been chosen for a number of different reasons including their uniqueness or their historic relevance. The collection is quite diverse, including quilts of many different styles from quilters throughout the world. If you would like to get information on the collection, the Museum produces a collection book with information on each of the quilts. The book is available through our online shop.

How do we choose the quilts for our collection? The Museum received thousands of submittals for collection consideration each year. A collection committee made up of well respected quilters and appraisers makes the final decision on which quilts will ultimately become part of the collection. Only one exception to this process exists. Each year the winning quilts at the AQS Paducah Quilt Show are added to the Museum's collection without having to go through the typical process for selection.

We take great pride in quality and diversity of the Museum collection and we will continue to expand it as time goes forward.

Click here to purchase our collection book.

The museum's collection became available online in partnership with the Alliance for the American Quilt through the Quilt Index. To see all of the museum's quilts, visit www.quiltindex.org.

Oh WOW! Miniature Quilts

There and Back Again by Teri Barile
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Miniature quilts have grown in popularity and sophistication over the past several years. These quilts are made to scale as any size quilt would be; they are simply smaller in scale. As a general rule, to be considered a 'miniature quilt' a quilt must be no more than 24 inches on a side

The first reaction people have when they see these tiny wonders is "Oh, Wow!" Says National Quilt Museum founder Bill Schroeder, "No better words could describe this remarkable collection of miniature quilts. The more carefully you look at them, the more you will agree."

If you would like to learn more about miniature quilts, a companion book entitled Oh, Wow! The Miniature Quilts and Their Makers is available.