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New Exhibit: OURstory: Human Rights Stories in Fabric

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Rights! Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Aren't we all entitled to that?

In 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was drafted by a committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt. It delineated the rights to which all humans in all countries should be entitled. This poignant and timely collection is about our human rights, the groups who've been denied them, the heroes who've fought for them, as well as the events that drew the attention of news media and the public. Forty-seven artists from six countries tell those stories and some personal ones as well.

This exhibition is a visual reminder of the words of Franklin Delano Roosevelt etched next to the sculpture of Eleanor Roosevelt:  “The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man, or one party, or one nation…it must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world.”

This exhibit will be here until September 8th, 2020.

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Quilted Masks for Medical Professionals

The National Quilt Museum is helping facilitate getting quilted masks to the medical professionals that can use them as quickly as possible. We are posting needs on our own social media and sharing this information with other organizations that are also distributing the information. We hope by doing this, that we can get as many masks in the hands of the medical professionals that need them as quickly as possible. If your facility needs masks, please fill out the form below and we will get back to you within 24 hours.   [vfb id='7']  

Tutorials:

https://youtu.be/9tBg0Os5FWQ
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“What’s in a Name?” Exhibit Featured in Google Arts and Culture

One of our current exhibits, "What's In a Name?" has been recreated as a Google Arts & Culture exhibit, so now you can explore the pieces and their theme from anywhere! The quilts included are from the museum's collection, and the exhibit was curated both in the museum and online by current Intern Nancy Collins Eisenmenger. Of the theme, Nancy writes:

"One of the most difficult things for an artist to do is to name their artwork. Many artists fear that titles ‘limit meaning’ and will keep the viewer from reaching their own conclusions. Titles can be descriptive of the images, blocks, techniques, or even just a number. They can also be a play on words or symbolic of a deeper meaning. In this day and age of internet access and sales, it is imperative that artists distinguish their pieces with some kind of title. Titles can actually help a piece to sell. They can also give an intended or unintended meaning to the piece.

I am asking people to look at each piece before reading the title, and to judge the piece. What would they name the piece? I want them to also think, after reading the title, do they see the work differently?

I intentionally chose pieces with deeper meaning. The exhibit labels can give some insight in to what the artist intended and why."

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Rita’s Quilt Event (Video)

We have a brand new video on your Youtube Channel! On March 7th, 2020 we hosted the Rita's Quilt event here at the museum. We had a great turnout, and many of the artists that helped complete the project were able to attend as well. You can see the video below.

https://youtu.be/LzHFZmrvpWM

The museum is currently closed, but Rita's Quilt will be on exhibit through May 17, 2020.

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Museum Closing March 17th – 31st, 2020

The National Quilt Museum will be closing March 17th, 2020 through March 31sth, 2020 due to COVID-19 virus. We will reopen on April 1st, 2020. 

We apologize for any inconvenience our closure may cause in your travel schedule. Ultimately, the health of our staff, volunteers, and visitors must be our first priority.

Any updates will be published on our home page, www.quiltmuseum.org and on the museum Facebook. 

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New Exhibit: SAQA Musica!

A Celebration of Music - with a Visual Twist

Pablo Picasso said "To draw, you must close your eyes and sing." This exhibition explores all the wonderful ways in which music can serve as inspiration for the creative process.

Both music and art elicit emotions, create different moods, suggest movement and can reflect light, depth, and color. Over time many artistic practices and processes have been shaped by sounds and visual expression. The boundaries between music and art blur, as one becomes inspiration for the other.

Juror: Joe Cunningham

Joe Cunningham began making quilts professionally in 1979. His early mentors were steeped in quilt history and traditions, leading Cunningham to a life study in quilt history and a love of traditional technique. Over the years his quilts evolved into his own unique, personal style. His quilts are in the permanent collections of museums and numerous private collections. Cunningham's books on quilts include his 2010 book of Men and the Art of Quilting, the Shelburne Museum's exhibition catalogue, Man-Made Quilts: Civil War to the Present, and his essay for the de Young Museum show "Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown.

Studio Art Quilt Associates, INC (SAQA) is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilts "a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form is stitched layers structure."

Founded in in 1989, SAQA now has over 3,700 members worldwide: artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators, and art quilt enthusiasts.

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Come see Rita’s Quilt this Saturday!

We have an exciting event coming up this Saturday, the Rita's Quilt Event! What started as a small unfinished project found at a garage sale has now turned into a national phenomenon. When Shannon Blank found an elderly woman's unfinished project at a garage sale, she decided to take it on and finish it. She called out to her followers on Instagram in hopes of simply getting some help to complete it. But after over 1,000 volunteers offered to help, the project got a lot of attention from the media including BCC, NPR, and many more news outlets.

This quilt will be unveiled here on Saturday, March 7th, at 1pm. It will be on display until May 17th.

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New Exhibit: Stitched in all Sizes

"Stitched in all Sizes" features a selection of quilts from the museum's collection showcasing artistry on both ends of the scale, from the smallest miniature (3.75 inches) to our largest bed-sized quilt (110 inches), and highlighting the connections between them.

As Registrar and Collections Manager of The National Quilt Museum, I have the honor of caring for the more than 650 quilts in the museum's collection as well as the hundreds more that rotate through our galleries each year. I work with our collections in depth, often having the opportunity to examine and study them at length. I've loved being able to connect with the art and artists in this way.

This exhibit is my dream exhibit: as a guest curator, I was able to design it based on my interests, and what quilts I wanted to see together. I've been quilting since 2014, and between my daily work at the museum and my own quilting journey, it always comes back to the miniatures! I am awestruck by quilts of all sizes, but small quilts fascinate me the most. I've always wanted to see some of these tiny quits hang next to their larger "collection mates" so we could marvel and compare the differences and similarities.

Some of the pairs and groupings are by the same artist; one set is from a husband and wife; some are scaled versions of classic blocks; some of them just seemed to me like they wanted to share a wall together! I hope you enjoy exploring these connections as much as I have.

Laura Hendrickson

2020

This exhibit will be on display until March 3rd.

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New Exhibit: School Block Challenge

The National Quilt Museum inspires the next generation of quilters through the School Block Challenge. Moda Fabrics provides three challenge fabrics which must be included in each block. Entries must also contain some type of machine or hand-stitching.

This annual nationwide quilt block contest and exhibit is open to students in grades K-12. A Grand Prize winner is chosen from all of the blocks; winners are selected in each of the following categories: K-4th, 5th-8th, and 9th-12th. Prizes are also awarded to all of the winners of each category.

The School Block Challenge is on exhibit Jan. 17 - March 31, 2020.

The School Block Challenge 2020 contest sets new records for: Most states represented in a single year, second highest number of entries, and several new states joining the contest for the first time!

This year we had 331 student participants with 293 entries including: 27 states & 1 APO (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MO, MT, NE, OH, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI).

For more information about the winners, simply follow this link.


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Block of the Month: February 2020

February’s block is inspired by a pair of Nancy Ann Sobel quilts, both titled A Midwinter Night’s Dream. After the completion of the larger quilt, Nancy challenged herself to miniaturize it, and guest designer Laura Hendrickson took it one step “smaller” to create this month’s pattern. 

Laura also curated the Stitched in All Sizes exhibit, which includes quilts from the museum’s collection and showcases artistry on both ends of the scale: from our smallest miniature (3.75 inches) to our largest quilt (110 inches) arranged in mixed pairs and groupings. Visitors are encouraged to look beyond the size of a quilt and find connections between them.

Join the Facebook community: Block of the Month Club

 Not on Facebook? Patterns are also available on the museum's website

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New Exhibit: Social Justice Sewing Academy

Founded in 2017, the Social Justice Academy (SJSA), is a youth education program that bridges artistic expression with activism to advocate for social justice. Through a series of hands-on workshops in schools, prisons and community centers across the country, SJSA empowers youth to use textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation and community cohesion and become agents of social change. Many of our young artist make art that explores issues such as gender discrimination, mass incarceration, gun violence and gentrification. The powerful imagery they create in cloth tells their stories, and these quilt blocks are then sent to volunteers around the world to embellish and embroider before being sewn together into quilts to be displayed in museums, galleries and quilt shows across the country. This visual dialogue bridges differences in race, age and socioeconomics and sparks conversations and action in households across the country.

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Reminder: All Financial Donations before January 31st are matched!

Don't forget to show your support and donate to the National Quilt Museum!

Mark Dunn with Moda Fabrics has agreed to match all donations to The National Quilt Museum made between December 1, 2019, and January 31, 2020.  Your donation of any amount will be matched during this time.  Please help us make the most of this opportunity by giving to the year-end matching campaign.  The museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization primarily funded through quilters like you and we need everyone passionate about quilting involved!

Please take a moment and show your support for the future of quilting by donating to this campaign. 

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Block of the Month: January 2020

While attending UC Berkeley, Sara Trail created a quilt in memory of Trayvon Martin, and her love for sewing and passion for social justice intertwined. After graduating from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, she founded the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) to be a platform where youth create art that engages and educates communities.

Through a series of hands-on workshops in schools, prisons, and community centers across the country, SJSA empowers youth to use textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation, community cohesion, and become agents of social change. Many of our young artists make art that explores issues such as gender discrimination, mass incarceration, gun violence, and gentrification.

 The January block is designed by Melinda Newton, a sewist, knitter, and designer in Maryland. Her design was inspired by Leland, a SJSA youth artivist from Baltimore, MD.

Join the Facebook community: Block of the Month Club

 Not on Facebook? Patterns are also available on the museum's website. 

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Quilts of Valor Event

When the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) was founded in 2003 by Catherine Roberts, its mission was to cover our nation’s military touched by war – that is, to cover them with quilts and honor their service. As of today, nearly 200,000 Quilts of Valor have been presented.

The Quilts of Valor Foundation will present these quilts to veterans and military who have been touched by war at the presentation ceremony to be held at The National Quilt Museum on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at 2 p.m.

To do that, a team of volunteers donates their time and materials to make a quilt collaboratively.

The A 50 State Salute exhibit features quilts made in patriotic designs from the simple to complex. Members of QOVF range from young beginning quilters in the "Under Our Wings" program to experienced members who have been making Quilts of Valor for many years. These quilts are meant to inspire all levels of quiltmakers and showcase the many possibilities for expressing gratitude to our military through quilts.

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Paducah Fiber Artists Playlist (Video)

In December of 2019, the Paducah Fiber Artists had a special corner gallery exhibition here at the museum. We have rounded up all of the interviews from various artists that were a part of this exhibition and made a playlist on our YouTube channel! Click on the video below to see the exhibits and the artists that contributed to this exhibit.

This exhibit will be here until January 29th, 2019.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kd-a9RvxwpU&list=PLfAwG6abz7bzVuNdT1sjp3Ah20CAdq-j2
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New Quilt Museum TV (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H4ghzCnCKg&t=448s

In this episode of Quilt Museum TV, We discuss our new exhibits: Quilts of Valor, Jane Dunnewold: Inspired by the Masters (corner gallery), and CONTEMPORÂNEO - CONTEMPORARY. Each of the exhibits will be here until:

Jane Dunnewold: Inspired by the Masters - January 7th, 2020

Quilts of Valor - January 14th, 2020

CONTEMPORÂNEO - CONTEMPORARY - January 28th, 2020

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New Corner Gallery Exhibit: Inspired by the Masters by Artist Jane Dunnewold

Artist Statement: The initial inspiration for this work was paintings by Henri Matisse, which I saw as part of a traveling exhibition. The vibrant colors and wild layers of pattern grabbed me and wouldn't let go. In the space of an afternoon, my quiet palette flew out the window and color vibrated in my head.

While pondering how to use what had inspired me, I made another discovery: the simple purchase of a needlepoint picture of birds bathing in a fountain, purchased at Goodwill, launched many hours on eBay. Suddenly all kinds of vintage embroideries and needlepoint pieces were objects I absolutely had to own.

Who can say how threads of experience and serendipity morph into a plan for an entire body of work? I can say that one afternoon, playing in the studio with soy wax dye crayons and silk noil, I suddenly remembered one of my favorite paintings by Henri Rousseau. The jungle-like scenes I drew with crayons were added to the pin-up wall. Several recently acquired embroideries were auditioned as a portion of an old quilt; Grandmother's Flower Garden pattern. The completion of that piece led to a second Flower Garden piece. By the time it was completed, an exciting new approach to combining visual elements had engaged me. The series comes full circle with the inclusion of Grandmother's Matisse's Flower Garden.

My goal is to honor the master artists (male and female) who inspire me; as well as the makers of the hand-stitched embroideries I incorporate into my work. I am the bridge between fine art and craft- linking them inextricably together in a dance of old and new- paint, thread, and intention.

Materials: Raw silk noil and Ecco felt, fused layered with vintage embroideries (needlepoint, hand embroidery, crochet, and assorted other fine needlework). Painted with textile paints, dyed and steamed, soy wax dye crayons, Inktense block, machine quilting and hand stitching, hand embroidery.

Techniques are all my own- based on 25 years of fidgeting, fudging, and making do.

The exhibit will be at the museum until January 7th, 2020.

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Block of the Month: December 2019

Quilting is an art form for people around the world, of all backgrounds and interests, and includes a wide variety of styles and techniques. This month our inspiration comes from quilts in our collection made by male artists such as: Scott Murkin, Jonathan Shannon, Michael James and more. Every quilter finds their own voice through fabric and we’re honored to have Nicholas Ball as our Guest Designer. This month, Nicholas shares with us his passion for improv piecing and a look at his own quilt style.

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Cowgirl Boots & Jacobean Appliqué

During the month of November, we’ve been taking part in a 30-day Instagram and Twitter challenge called #museum30, in which museums and museum professionals share a look into the work we do based on daily one-word prompts. For day 17, the prompt was “unique,” and we decided to share something that wouldn’t normally be found in a quilt museum: a pair of bright floral cowgirl boots!

The boots belonged to quilter, author, and teacher Patricia (Pat) Campbell (1941-2013). Those of you familiar with her work will recognize her style in these instantly. Pat, who claimed the color magenta as her “neutral,” was renowned for her appliqué skills and design work, and pioneered a Jacobean appliqué style using bold, bright colors; featuring flowers, birds, and swirling vines in elaborate combinations.

One of her most well-known quilts is Jacobean Arbor, pictured below. It was a big hit in 1990, when using black as a background for neon colors was considered a bold move. And as you can see by her many award ribbons, it was a great choice!

Jacobean Arbor is now part of the museum’s collection, and one of 33 gorgeous quilts Pat donated to us. In addition to the quilts, we were also given her portfolios full of original drawings and patterns, fabric sample cards from the lines she designed for Benartex and Timeless Treasures, photos like the ones included here, several silk scarves, and the boots. It’s wonderful to be able to see the range of her artistic processes and inspirations.

The boots were made by M. L. Leddy’s, in Fort Worth - a “Handmade Texas Legend.” While we don’t know much about how she came to own them, Pat must have treasured them. Like the boot-making Leddy family, Pat was proud of her Texan identity, and incorporated it into both her personal style and her quilts. She called Texas “an attitude, not just a place.”1

Pat rocking a different but equally fabulous pair of boots

Quilts of Pat’s such as Mexicali Rose, Sashay to Santa Fe, and Tex-Mas are examples of how she creatively brought Texas and appliqué quilting together. Since we’re near the holiday season, we hung Tex-Mas (made in 1994) in the museum’s gallery last week.

It’s full of Southwestern flair, including a chili-pepper wreath and of course, cowgirl boots. It’s also embellished with sparkling yarns, ribbons, and metal conchos.

Here’s a peek at the label on the back, complete with hand-drawn details:

We are so proud to be able to share Pat’s work and honor her legacy, whether through hanging her quilts in our gallery (or other museums’ galleries!), creating Block of the Month patterns based on her quilts and style (find the free pattern here!), or by sharing what we know about her through this blog and our social media. The atrium within the museum
has also been designated as the “Patricia B. Campbell Memorial Garden” by her husband, John Van Pelt. We love telling her story, and are so honored to be the museum who shares her work with the world.

Pat in her signature magenta, in front of the prize-winning Jacobean Arbor

1 Marcia Simmons, “Appetizing Appliqués,” Dallas Life Magazine, February 14, 1993.

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Artist Highlight- Cathy Erickson

In this video, we talk to Cathy Erickson, a contributing artist to the exhibit "CONTEMPORÂNEO - CONTEMPORARY." Cathy chats about the exhibit and the differences between the American and Brazilian pieces. She also discusses the processes and materials that brazilian artists use to make their quilts.

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Rita’s Quilt

Rita's Quilt is a project to finish a deceased women's quilt project. Shannon Downey went to an estate sale of a 99-year old woman Rita Smith. Rita had started an enormous quilt project, but unfortunately passed away before it was finished. Shannon saw a bin filled with the unfinished pieces and became "emotional and overwhelmed." She bought the fabric for $6 and a called out on Social Media for people to help finish it.  There are now over 1,000 volunteers to help Shannon with this project. With over 100 embroidered hexagons, they have their work cut out for them! Over 30 of the volunteers are based in Chicago, with others all across the US and Canada. A local quilting studio offered its space for those working on the project.  The quilt will be unveiled at the National Quilt Museum on March 7th at 1pm in the main gallery.  Image from BBC 
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#Museum30 November 2019

#Museum30 is an annual photography-based social media challenge designed to allow museum professionals to share interesting  aspects of their work. The first #museum30 began on in 2017, and was created by Gracie Price (@magnifyingzoology).

This year it kicks off on November 1st, and each of the 30 days has a different prompt, like “Shadows” or “Unique Object.”  We’re joining in on the fun, and we’ll be posting for the prompts on all of our social media platforms. To follow along, look for our photos on:

Facebook 

Instagram: @nationalquiltmuseum

Twitter:  @natquiltmuseum

You can follow Gracie at:

Instagram – @magnifyzoology

Twitter – @magnifyzoology

Blog - https://magnifyingzoology.wordpress.com/about/

Want to join in on the fun? You can play along by posting your own photos for each day. The list of prompts is below. You can also follow other museums’ posts by checking the #museum30 tag.

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Block of the Month: November 2019

Inspiration this month comes from the Quilts of Valor exhibit, and our guest designer is Morgan of Modernly Morgan. Her 'Americana Star' block puts a fun, fresh twist on a classic shape.

Morgan is an Air Force wife and says, "I've taught at two elementary schools on two bases, known lots of families affected by everything that goes along with military life and this felt like a nice way to honor those who've served, been injured, or given the ultimate sacrifice for their country."

This month, BOTM club members can enter to win a copy of the book Quilts of Valor: A Fifty State Salute when they complete their ‘Americana Star’ blocks before November 30th. Enter the giveaway!

Visit Quilts of Valor Foundation to learn how to get involved with their mission to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

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National Quilt Museum Featured in Quiltfolk Magazine

Some of our junior quilters along with our Director of Education Blecky Glasby, were interviewed for an article in the magazine Quiltfolk! This magazine highlighted some of the children that are a part of our junior quilters program. They also took pictures of the kids with their quilts, and some beautiful photos of the museum as well.  Quiltfolk magazine highlights different states across the world, showing each state's quilting history and current quilting community.  To purchase the magazine, you may purchase a copy in our gift shop or off of their website here
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New Episode of Quilt Museum TV

We have an all new episode of Quilt Museum TV! In this episode, we talk to our Curator, Rachael Baar, about the new corner gallery Exhibit. We also talk to our Director of Education, Becky Glasby about the Block of the Month Exhibit.  There's also a special clip from our Census Quilt Kickoff, featuring Michelle Elison, who is the Partnership Specialist for the Philadelphia Regional Census Center. And finally, there is a very special quilt highlighted as well. Artist Melinda Bula talks about her quilt "And Our Flag Was Still There." The entire video is posted to our YouTube Channel,  or you can watch the video by clicking the image. 
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Exhibition – Old Glory

Old Glory was born when red, white, and blue vintage quilt tops were finished by longarm quilters who share a military connection. The quilters received the top, backing, and the instructions “quilt as desired.” They donated their time and talent. We chose to work with “forgotten” tops - the ones that were damaged, unfinished, ill-made, or unremarkable. These tops were not destined to be completed, enjoyed, or treasured. What we now share is pure magic! This exhibit was created to promote the Quilts of Valor program. We choose to focus on our patriotic heritage and further serve the military family that we have been fortunate to be a part of. These quilts debuted at the 2017 Quilts of Valor show and now are traveling as a collection. When they have completed their travel the quilts will be auctioned to raise funds for Quilts of Valor.
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Exhibition – Quilts of Valor

When the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) was founded in 2003 by Catherine Roberts, its mission was to cover our nation’s military touched by war—that is, to cover them with quilts and honor their service. To do that, a team of volunteers donate their time and materials to make a quilt collaboratively. As of today, nearly 200,000 Quilts of Valor have been presented.

The Quilts of Valor Foundation will present these quilts to veterans and military who have been touched by war at the presentation ceremony to be held at The National Quilt Museum on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 2 p.m. The “50 State Salute” exhibit features quilts made in patriotic designs from the simple to the complex. Members of the QOVF range from young beginning quilters in the “Under Our Wings” program to experienced members who have been making Quilts of Valor for many years. These quilts are meant to inspire all levels of quiltmakers and showcase the many possibilities for expressing gratitude to our military though quilts.

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Exhibition – CONTEMPORÂNEO-CONTEMPORARY

October 18, 2019 – January 28, 2020 For the past nine years the Contemporary QuiltArt Association (CQA) from Washington State, has been sending art quilts to the Patchwork Design show in São Paolo, Brazil, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to be exhibited side by side with Brazil quilt artists. The goal of this exhibition is to give US viewers a chance to see the Brazil and US art quilts side by side just as Brazilians have been able to do in the past. There was not an assigned theme so that each artist could continue to work in his or her chosen style or theme. Surprisingly, there did appear common themes in the two groups, as artists from both countries explored life, the home, abstract art, and social comment. The Brazil artists over the years have continued to explore the abstract with an emphasis to adding depth to each piece using embellishments. While the Contemporary QuiltArt Association artists created mainly abstract art quilts in its early years, they have started moving towards abstract realism with often very little physical depth in each piece.
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Artist Highlight- Pat Kroth

This brand new video highlights Pat Kroth, our current corner gallery artist. Her unique style and use of found objects creates dimension both in the artwork and the stories behind them. Pat Kroth tells the stories behind her quilts, as well as some of her other pieces she has completed.  Her Exhibit will be here at the museum until November 5th, 2019.  https://youtu.be/6H8Htxh-MBI
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Block of the Month: October 2019

Happy October! This month our inspiration is taken from the CONTEMPORÂNEO – CONTEMPORARY exhibit which runs October 18, 2019 – January 28, 2020. Featuring quilts by Brazilian artists and members of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association (CQA), the exhibit gives viewers a chance to see these unique quilts side by side.

Our guest designer is Silvia Sutters and she takes us for a journey into improv piecing for the October Block. “Improvisational piecing is a great way to make a quilt without a lot of planning and restrictions. Use what you have, break some rules, make it wonky, and have fun!”

Each block, just like each quilt in the exhibit, will be a unique creation by You, the quilter. So let’s make some improvisational blocks!

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Victoria Findlay Wolfe (Video)

In Victoria Findlay Wolfe's exhibit "Playing with Purpose: A Quilt Retrospective" which is open through October 8, 2019 visitors experience the evolution of her artistic style. This retrospective includes her first quilt, her most recent quilt, and every stitch in between. In the video linked below, Victoria shares details about how they were made and what inspired them.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PWemip8WBc&t=40s
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Block of the Month Exhibition

We have a wonderful new exhibit featuring quilts from Block of the Month Club members. Each of these quilts are made up of 12 different blocks inspired by museum exhibits and designed by various quilters. 11 quilts were selected out of 94 entries from Round 1 which occurred from April 2018-March 2019. Each of these quilts have so much variety, and showcase the creativity of the artists. A couple of these artists paid a visit to the museum to see the exhibit! Jill Moore came by to see her quilt as well as all of the other quilts that are a part of this group. We also had Missy McKenna visit the exhibit and see the other entries. It was a pleasure meeting them and chatting about their participation in the club. This exhibit will be on display until October 29th.  
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Block of the Month: September 2019

Triangle Trifecta is inspired by the Corner Gallery exhibit "Tula Pink: Personally Tula." Designed by Jess Finn from Paper Pieces, the block is constructed with English Paper Piecing (EPP), the method used by Tula in her exhibited quilts.

Jess says, "I firmly believe that EPP is popular to this day not only for its accuracy but also because of portability. I designed the Triangle Trifecta to show you how seamless             Y-Seams can be with EPP, and also to give you the opportunity to explore fussy-cutting with English Paper Piecing.

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  Triangle Trifecta
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The Importance of Preservation

We say "acid-free" a LOT here at the museum, and we're very happy to share with you just how important that buzzword is for textiles. These bolts of fabric probably date to around the 1990's and are lovely shades of "Country Teal" and "Garden Green" - until they are unrolled. The photos show that where the fabric at the center of the bolts rested against the cardboard, it has been significantly discolored. Since some of our earliest quilts date back to 1980, imagine what they would look like now if we didn't take care to store them in the right materials!   
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School Block Challenge

The School Block Challenge is great program for our young children in the community. Each of them can apply to be a part of the program, in which they will receive 3 fabrics to use for their block. Children from grades K-12 are allowed to participate in the challenge. They are also allowed for an adult to help them, or they can work in groups together. The sign up your child for the program, you can follow the link here
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Street Fair 2019

This past weekend on August 17th we had a great time at a local street fair! The street fair is a event that is hosted by Market House Theatre for kids to come out and have a good time before school starts. Our Education Department set up a stand for an activity to do with the kids. Each child got to  make a  bracelet out of fabric strips. They all had a blast getting to know what programs and services the museum offers to the community.   
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National Quilt Museum and Quilts of Valor Announce Partnership

The Quilts of Valor Foundation and The National Quilt Museum Partner to Help Both Organizations Expand Programming and Better Serve The Quilting Community

The two service organizations play critical roles in expanding the reach of quilting

Paducah, KY, August 21, 2019 - The Quilts of Valor Foundation and The National Quilt Museum are two of the most widely recognizable and respected service organizations in quilting. The National Quilt Museum promotes the growth and expansion of quilting by bringing the work of today’s quilters to new audiences through exhibits, education programs, preservation, and advocacy efforts. The Quilts of Valor Foundation works to cover all service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts.

Both organizations are 501c3 nonprofits primarily funded through the generosity of people and organizations passionate about quilting.

Through this partnership, the two organizations will jointly work to help each other reach larger audiences. The partnership was kicked off at the annual Quilts of Valor Conference in Grand Rapids on August 20, 2019 during a speech by National Quilt Museum CEO Frank Bennett. “Our two organizations serve the quilting community and are reliant on the quilting community for support. For us both to achieve our global missions, we need everyone passionate about quilting involved with our respective organizations. Through this partnership, both organizations will be able to bring our message to wider audiences,” stated Bennett.

Along with other combined communication initiatives, the two organizations are going to make it possible to become a member of both organizations online from either website. If you sign up to become a member on either the Quilts of Valor website (www.QOVF.org) or The National Quilt Museum website (www.QuiltMuseum.org), you will be given the option to become a member of both organizations with just one click. “We think everyone that cares about the future of quilting should support both of our organizations, so we are making it possible to get both memberships on either of our websites,” explained Quilts of Valor Executive Director, Tammany McDaniel.

In addition to the combined effort to increase memberships, the two organizations will regularly use each other’s communication platforms to share news about projects and events. Both organizations annually reach audiences in the hundreds of thousands with their newsletters, email, blogs, social media, and videos.

About The National Quilt Museum

Now its 27th year, the National Quilt Museum promotes the growth and expansion of quilting by bringing the work of today’s quilters to new audiences through exhibits, education programs, preservation, and advocacy efforts. Their primary campus in Paducah, KY sees visitors annually from all 50 states and over 40 foreign countries. Between in-facility and traveling exhibits, more than 150,000 people per year experience the art form in person through museum efforts.

The museum is committed to teaching the next generation of quilters, and its education programs annually attract more than 4,000 young people and adults. Educational opportunities include the School Block Challenge, Quilt Camp, and the museum’s acclaimed hands-on program, The Creative Stitch, in which people of all ages with no previous experience learn to make a quilt block.

The National Quilt Museum has won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for seven consecutive years, making it one of the top tourist attractions by visitor review in the world. The museum made Southern Living’s “Top 15 Museums in the South” list in 2017 and it has been mentioned in Midwest LivingCNN Travel, USA TodayNational Geographic, and many more. Paducah, Kentucky is a UNESCO Creative City. For more information go to www.QuiltMuseum.org.

About The Quilts of Valor Foundation

The Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 with a dream, literally a dream. Founder Catherine Roberts’ son Nat was deployed in Iraq. According to Catherine:

The dream was as vivid as real life. I saw a young man sitting on the side of his bed in the middle of the night, hunched over. The permeating feeling was one of utter despair. I could see his war demons clustered around, dragging him down into an emotional gutter. Then, as if viewing a movie, I saw him in the next scene wrapped in a quilt. His whole demeanor changed from one of despair to one of hope and well-being. The quilt had made this dramatic change. The message of my dream was:

Quilts = Healing

The model appeared simple: have a volunteer team who would donate their time and materials to make a quilt. One person would piece the top and the other would quilt it. I saw the name for this special quilt. It was a Quilt of Valor, a QOV.

Our volunteers have now awarded 225,533 Quilts of Valor. Our actions resonate across age groups and we often see husband/wife teams of topper and long-armer working on these visual representations of service, patriotism and gratitude. We are reaching youth and the new quilter through our Under Our Wings® Program. Youth from 4-H, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts complete a QOV and award it to service member or veteran. We are reaching out to hold instructional classes in retirement communities, engaging veterans in using an art form both for expression and healing, and bringing back sew days throughout the country. Each year on National Sew Day, we encourage quilters to make at least one block which can be used locally or sent to a group in need of fabric for piecing tops. Our National Block Drive garnered over 12,000 blocks in a 9-month period, all of which are being pieced and quilted for award in 2019. For more information go to www.QOVF.org.

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Quilt of celebrities signatures on display

We chatted with Bill Ford a local community leader, to talk about "The Signature Quilt", a quilt on display here at the Museum. This quilt has dozens of autographs of Singers, Comedians, Artists, Astronauts, and other performers that were collected together to create this piece of art. This quilt was created by the artist Ami Simms by sending a letters to each celebrity asking them to each sign the piece of Muslin she included in the letter. Below is a list all of the names in included in the quilt: Henry Aaron, Eddie Albert, Alan Alda, Muhammed Ali, Woody Allen, Herb Alpert, Robert Altman, Morey Amsterdam, Loni Anderson, Julie Andrews, Paul Anka, Ann-Margaret, Eve Arden, Neil Armstrong, Mary Kay Ash, Isaac Asimov, Fred Astaire, Gene Autry, F. Lee Bailey, Lucille Ball, Roger Bannister, Bob Barker, Christian Barnard, Peter Benchley, Milton Berle, Carl Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein, Shirley Temple Black, Mel Blanc, Ray Bolger, Erma Bombeck, Victor Borge, Ernest Borgnine, Helen Gurley Brown, Art Buchwald, William F. Buckley, Carol Burnett, George Burns, James Cagney, Sammy Cahn, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Carter, Rosalyn Carter, Barbara Cartland, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Wilt Chamberlain, Carol Channing, Ray Charles, Caesar Chavez, Chubby Checker, Julia Child, Shirley Chisolm, Craig Clairborne, Dick Clark, Henry Steele Commager, Alistair Cooke, Aaron Copeland, Francis H. Crick, Robert Crippen, Bette Davis, Jim Davis, Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Debakey, Olivia De Havilland, John Denver, Neil Diamond, Marlene Dietrich, Phyllis Diller, Joe Dimaggio, Fats Domino, Phil Donahue, Kirk Douglas, Clint Eastwood, Dale Evans, Jamie Farr, Mike Farrell, Federico Fellini, Betty Ford, Gerald Ford, Henry Ford II, William Clay Ford, Bob Fosse, Ernest Gallo, Julio Gallo, George Gallup, Indira Gandhi, James Garner, Steve Garvey, Ted Giannoulas, Jackie Gleason, John Glenn, Jane Goodall, Lorne Greene, Wayne Gretzky, Janet Guthrie, Buddy Hackett, Margaret Hamilton, David Hartman, Helen Hayes, Jim Henson, Edmund Hillary, Bertha Holt, Bob Hope, Gordie Howe, Rock Hudson, Lee Iacocca, Jesse Jackson, Steven P. Jobs, Ladybird Johnson, Gene Kelly, Edward Kennedy, Billy Jean King, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Bobby Knight, Helmut Kohl, Ray Kroc, Ann Landers, Art Linkletter, Rich Little, George Lucas, Fred MacMurray, Norma Mailer, Henry Mancini, Marcel Marceau, E.G. Marshall, Dean Martin, Mary Martin, Walter Matthau, Ed McMahon, Arthur Miller, Claton Moore, Henry Moore, Harry Morgan, Stirling Moss, Bob Newhart, Paul Newman, Joyce Carol Oates, Sandra Day O'Connor, Laurence Olivier, Bobby Orr, Arnold Palmer, Dolly Parton, Linus Pauling, Luciano Pavarotti, Norman Vincent Peale, Minnie Pearl, Marlin Perkins, Itzhak Perlman, George Plimpton, Sidney Poitier, Vincent Price, Prince Rainier, Tony Randall, Harry Reasoner, Orville Redenbacher, Robert Redford, Rex Reed, Carl Reiner, Burt Reynolds, Sally K. Ride, John Rockefeller, Willard Rockwell, Fred Rogers, Ginger Rogers, Roy Rogers, Mickey Rooney, Carl Sagan, Jonas Salk, Gale Sayers, Charles Schultz, Tom Selleck, Rudolf Serkin, Doc Severinson, Alan B. Sheppard, Jr., Beverly Sills, Fred Silverman, O.J. Simpson, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, B.F. Skinner, Buffalo Bob Smith, Kate Smith, Roger B. Smith, Mickey Spillane, Benjamin Spock, Jimmy Stewart, Barbra Streisand, John Cameron Swayze, Loretta Swit, Elizabeth Taylor, Kurt Thomas, Danny Thomas, Marlo Thomas, Charles Townes, Garry Trudeau, Ted Turner, James Van Allen, Abigail Van Buren, Judith Viorst, Maria Von Trapp, Irving Wallace, Barbara Walters, Andy Warhol, James Watson, Lawrence Welk, William Westmorland, Betty White, Richard Widmark, John T. Williams, Jonathon Williams, Stevie Wonder, Robert Woodward, Herman Wouk, Chuck Yeager, and Henny Youngman To learn more about this quilt you can watch the video about this beautiful piece of art. 
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New National Quilt Museum TV Episode

We have just released our latest episode of National Quilt Museum TV. In this episode National Quilt Museum TV, we interview some of the children from Quilt Camp, as well the teachers that helped the kids with their quilts. Each child gets to come to camp and tour the gallery, as well as make their own quilt with the supplies provided by the Museum. The next segment is a presentation from the exhibit, Love Stories. Made by using a traditional technique called Lanjiaxie, each quilt cover tells a story through the dying process of white fabric. The last segment is an interview with Cheryl See, artist of the colorful quilt StarStruck. This twist on the Grandmother's Flower Garden was inspired by a special family member.  You can watch the brand new episode on Youtube and Facebook.  Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep up-to-date on all the latest episodes of National Quilt Museum TV. 
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Block of the Month: August 2019

"Spheres" is inspired by Danny Amazonas and his exhibit "Freehand Patchwork," which is on display through October 15, 2019. Danny’s use of color and value creates visual depth and movement in each quilt. This month’s Block of the Month pattern incorporates many of these elements so you can experiment with color, large-scale prints, and dimension. Danny’s work has been exhibted around the world, such as at the Quilt Time Festival in Japan and at the Texas Quilt Museum. He lives in Taiwan, and developed the unprecedented technique of "freehand patchwork" in 2012. This unorthodox technique is like painting with colorful fabric using just a rotary cutter, overlapping layers of fused fabric, and exposing the raw edges.” Join the Facebook community: Block of the Month Club Not on Facebook? Patterns are also available on the museum's website. "Levitate" by Danny Amazonas
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Quilters have fun at Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s Workshop

Quilters had a lot of fun learning from Victoria Findlay Wolfe this past weekend. First, Victoria took them on an in-depth tour of her current exhibit here at the museum telling them about each quilt and her process. After that, she then lead them through the workshop where they learned about putting one of her designs together. Each person took her ideas and created something uniquely theirs. Her instruction and detailed guidance through the museum gave the participants a very informative and fun weekend. 

Victoria Wolfe and also our designer for this month's Block of the Month. You can find out more about this program here

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Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

On July 16, 1969 the Apollo 11 mission launched, and on July 20th they landed on the surface of the moon. This detail of the Apollo 11 badge on "The Space Quilt" by Pat Holly & Sue Nickels memorializes Neil Armstrong's famous words on the 50th anniversary of the MoonLanding. Did you know that the borders of "The Space Quilt" by Pat Holly & Sue Nickels includes a stitched history of each space mission? (Take a closer look at the quilting in the red triangles... can you spot the shuttle with the feathered smoke plumes?)
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Young quilters have fun at Quilt Camp 2019

At the end of June we held our annual Quilt Camp for youth ages 7-17. This year 61 campers from Kentucky, Illinois & Tennessee participated in the Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced sessions. Campers spent four half-days learning a variety of quilting skills and techniques. Younger quilters focused on machine piecing, ironing, and hand tying a quilt. Returning campers expanded their skills to include rotary cutting, machine quilting, and binding! Each day they visited the galleries to experience some of the fantastic artworks. “I love teaching quilt camp because it gives the kids a chance to be creative and experience quilting first-hand. Watching them take ownership of the design process and fabric selection is exciting and inspires me every year. Knowing that these campers will go home with a finished quilt and a love for quilting and fiber art is incredible,” says Becky, Director of Education. Several parents have since commented that Quilt Camp was their child’s favorite activity this summer. Thanks to all of the volunteers & staff members who helped prepare and assist during Camp. Volunteer Lois said, "I love seeing the smiles on their faces when they finish their quilts. It's the best part!" Education sponsors generously provide our fabrics, threads, and batting to make Quilt Camp a success!

Beginner Classes

 

Intermediate Class


Advanced Class

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Block of the Month: July 2019

It's time for the new "Block of the Month." This month's guest designer is artist Victoria Findlay Wolfe. In addition to the block of the month, Victoria also has an exhibition in the museum called "Playing with Purpose: A Quilt Retrospective." In "Playing With Purpose: A Quilt Retrospective" visitors can take a deep look inside the evolution of one of today’s most important modern quilt artists. Always fascinated by color, pattern, and design, Victoria Findlay Wolfe found her life’s true joy in quiltmaking. From a young age, a wandering spirit compelled her to become “an artist.” Today, her diverse and exciting body of work stirs quilters worldwide to dig deeper, take risks, and experiment with fabric. The inspiration quilt for this block is Red Crosses, by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, quilted by Frank Palmer. "This quilt shows that I started with a 9 patch, and very quickly started changing the pattern. I explore a design until I have something I like, then I figure out how to construct it, and I make it. It is one of my favorite quilts, and taught me a lot about myself and my process as a quilter. Just keep making, your skills get better and better!” Join the Facebook community: Block of the Month Club [caption id="attachment_9392" align="alignnone" width="637"] "Red Crosses" by Victoria Findlay Wolfe[/caption]
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New Exhibit: Playing with Purpose

We have an incredible new exhibit from Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Her exhibit takes visitors through time, showcasing her quilting journey from the very beginning until recently in her career. Her quilts all have amazing character and story, growing and changing as Victoria herself does. It shows her growth as an artist and her story from painting to quilting. Her 30 foot long quilt is a sight to be seen, and took seven staff members to install this large quilt! Be sure to come visit us and these beautiful quilts. This exhibit will be here from June 28th until October 8th.
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Texas 4000 stop by for a visit

This last week we had a group of visitors come to the museum that are working on a very special project. The "Texas 4000" is a group of young adults that bike for 4000 miles to raise awareness and money for cancer. Each of these riders hope to help make a difference in these communities and show others that no matter your age, you can change the world. Their trip began at Texas, with several stops in St. Louis, Memphis, and Chicago. They continue through the Rockies, and finish in Anchorage, Alaska. [caption id="attachment_9061" align="alignnone" width="300"] Texas 4000 bikers stop by to visit the museum[/caption] To learn more about this group and all that they accomplish, you can follow their social media wall on their website. 
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Corner Gallery features Tula Pink

This exhibit showcases the colorful work of Tula Pink. Her use of patterns showcases the vibrancy of each quilt. With some many hidden gems in her fabrics, each of the traditional quilt patterns are refreshed and feel brand new again. Her fabrics and use of unique fussy cutting showcases how thoughtful she is with her artwork. This exhibit is open from June 21st until September 17th.
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History of the National Quilt Museum

The National Quilt Museum is the brainchild of Bill and Meredith Schroeder of Paducah, Kentucky. Both quilting enthusiasts, they aimed to start a museum that would celebrate the work of today’s quilters and advance the art of quilting by bringing it to audiences that had previously not experienced the art form. The Schroeder’s chose to build the museum in Paducah, Kentucky to give back to the community in which they have lived for many years. The $2.2 million facility sits two blocks from the Ohio River in historic downtown Paducah. The National Quilt Museum is one of the top 10 museums in Kentucky and a popular destination for groups of all kinds.
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Hollis Chatelain workshop painting with Procion Dye

Two and three day on-site workshops with renowned quilting educators provide adults of varying skill levels the opportunity to learn new skills. In this workshop, you will learn how to paint images with Procion dyes on cotton from instructor Hollis Chatelain. Learning to control the dyes will be emphasized. Among other things, we will cover blending, layering, special effects, and painting without bleeding. All of these techniques can be used to create images as complex as portraits or as simple as a line on a scarf. Additionally, we will explore new ideas about how to use quilting to enhance the look of your painted cloth. The main objective is to use quilting lines to create depth, texture, tension, or shadowing which will give a new dimension to your quilt. This workshop will be held May 30 - June 1, 2019 in the classrooms at the National Quilt Museum. Learn more and register
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Museum quilts featured at Japanese Quilt Time Festival

The Quilt Time Festival was held in Yokohama, Japan from May 30 to June 1, 2019. Naomi Ichikawa, editor of Quilt Time magazine, partnered with the National Quilt Museum to borrow 24 quilts from the museum's collection for a special exhibit during their annual show. Festival organizers recreated our building inside the exhibition hall, even adding brick siding and a green lawn to the impressive facade. Episodes of "Quilt Museum TV" were shown on a TV inside the entrance way, along with several large photos of our actual building and galleries. Last year, Naomi curated the exhibit "Japanese Quilt Artists Who Have Influenced the World," which brought work by more than a dozen Japanese quilters to the National Quilt Museum. We're happy to see our international partnership continue. Watch this video for a walk-through of the exhibit where our building was recreated to display the quilts borrowed from our collection.
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Block of the Month: June 2019

Lise Bélanger's quilts are colorful (or colourful, she is from Canada!) and engaging. She brings us this whimsical "Bird Watching" pattern for our June Block of the Month, which is inspired by her own "Behind the Seams" exhibit. What a treat to have this artist share insight into her techniques! Lise was born and raised in the charming town of Trois-Pistoles, Quebec, located on the southern shore of the St. Lawrence River. At an early age, she discovered her passion for creating and sewing. A self-taught quilter, Lise Bélanger is an accomplished textile artist right down to her fingertips, and the winner of international quilt contests. Join the Facebook community: Block of the Month Club We loved meeting Lise when she visited in April. You can listen to her discuss here work in the May episode of Quilt Museum TV.
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Elmer Day

May 25th marked the 30th birthday of Elmer the Elephant, a popular children's book character about a patchwork elephant. The McCracken County Public Library hosted an "Elmer Day" event, the only one listed outside of Europe! Education Director Becky Glasby led an Elmer Day craft activity. Participants were able to make their own patchwork elephants using squares of quilting fabric. The museum and library collaborated last fall to create a story walk along the museum's sidewalk with pages from "Elmer's Special Day."
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Blue Star Museum program

Active duty military and their families receive free admission to the National Quilt Museum through Labor Day as part of the Blue Star Museum program. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families. The program began on Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, and will end on Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day.
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Volunteering at the National Quilt Museum

Become a volunteer for the National Quilt Museum! Museum volunteers meet visitors from around the world and enjoy a fun atmosphere around extraordinary art. The National Quilt Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that relies heavily on volunteers in order to achieve its goals. Volunteers fill important roles in several museum departments including interacting with museum visitors as docents in the gallery, helping the Education Department with youth programming and helping the Curatorial Department with exhibit changes. No experience necessary. For more information visit us for an upcoming volunteer meeting.
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Visitors are impressed by artistry in miniature quilts

Miniature quilts continue to grown in popularity and sophistication. As a general rule, a miniature quilt is no larger than 24"x24". These quilts include the same techniques as larger quilts, but often with intricately tiny pieces and made with a lot of patience and attention to detail. The first reaction people have when they see these tiny wonders is "Oh, Wow!" said 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." Below are a few of the miniature quilts from the collection of the National Quilt Museum. Every time visitors come to the gallery, they will find a selection of miniature quilts are on exhibit. Indigo Lights II by artist Jane Hall is only 12.5" by 12.5". More Carrots Please by Jean Biddic is 16" x 16". Butterfly Fandango by Scott Murkin is 19.5" x 19.5".
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Block of the Month: May 2019

Our guest designer this month is Jo Avery of myBearpaw from Scotland! Her "Dancing Oak Leaf" design is May's Block of the Month pattern. It's inspired by our "New Quilts from an Old Favorite" competition and exhibit. This year's theme is Oak Leaf & Reel and the contest quilts are at the museum through June 25th. Jo Avery has been sewing and quilting since she was a child and began writing her blog, myBearpaw, a decade ago. Her love of intricate techniques such as needle-turn appliqué and embroidery combined with a passion for colourful improv piecing allows her to embrace both traditional and modern aesthetics. Jo enjoys inspiring others through her studio workshops in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the annual sewing retreats she organises. She is also an Aurifil Designer with two collections available. Jo says "The inspiration for this month’s block was Oak Leaf and Reel from the New Quilts from an Old Favorite contest. I love oak trees and 8 years ago we planted 200 as part of our woodland in Scotland. They are always behind the other trees, taking much longer to come to life in the spring and hanging on to their autumn leaves long after all the other trees have lost theirs. It’s good to see them dancing in the winter winds when everything else is bare. The name of the block also plays on the other meaning of the word “Reel”—a Scottish dance. I have given the block my own modern spin by using just a quarter and emphasising the ‘ring’ element." Join the Facebook community: Block of the Month Club Next year's “New Quilts from an Old Favorite” competition is open to quilts that are innovative interpretations of traditional “Wheel of Fortune” patterns. The original quilt entered for jurying should be recognizable in some way as related to those patterns. Entry deadline is November 4, 2019.
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Annual Future of Quilting (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SthNxFzCMGA&t=234s

Annual Future of Quilting Speech by National Quilt Museum CEO, Frank Bennett at the museum on April 22, 2019.

Please forward to everyone passionate about quilting

Go to www.quiltmuseum.org/getinvolved for information on how to get involved with the museum.

www.quiltmuseum.org/planmygift for options on how to financially support the museum.

The National Quilt Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that belongs to, is primarily funded by, and supports the quilting community.

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New Quilts from an Old Favorite 2019 gallery guide

New Quilts from an Old Favorite gallery guides are 48 pages and feature a large photo and description of each entry juried in to this year's contest. They are exclusively sold in the museum's gift shop for $10. Several of the artists will be at the museum to sign these booklets on Friday, April 26th at noon. Today’s quilt-makers were challenged by The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky to create original quilts based on classic Oak Leaf & Reel block patterns. Twenty-eight quilters from 15 U.S. states and Taiwan, Germany, and Israel modified Oak Leaf & Reel block designs in imaginative ways, providing a wonderful look at the skills, techniques, and creativity of today's quiltmakers. Support for the contest is provided by MODA Fabrics and Janome America. Check out this year's winners
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Mary Fons sees “Corona II: Solar Eclipse”

During Quilt Week, Mary Fons takes a moment to "fan girl" over finally getting to see "Corona II: Solar Eclipse" by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry in person! Mary visitied the museum with Quiltfolk magazine to learn more about our youth education programs. Her mother, Maryanne Fons, has a quilt in the museum's collection. Mary Fons is a writer, quilter, editor and lecturer with experience creating original content across a variety of media.
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Blueprints from the National Quilt Museum

Check out some blueprints we found of some of the original drawings for The National Quilt Museum! The National Quilt Museum opened its doors in 1991 and has been a strong advocate and supporter of the quilting community ever since. We are honored to play a significant role in both the quilting community and the art community as a whole since our founding. At the museum, you will find exceptional quilt and fiber art exhibits, providing workshops, and promoting the art of quilting. We have a collection of more than 600 quilts, in addition to traveling exhibits that change every few weeks. The National Quilt Museum is the brainchild of Bill and Meredith Schroeder of Paducah, Kentucky. Both quilting enthusiasts, they aimed to start a museum that would celebrate the work of today’s quilters and advance the art of quilting by bringing it to new audiences. The Schroeder’s chose to build the museum in Paducah, Kentucky to give back to the community they called home for many years. Over the years, the museum has grown to become a destination for quilting and fiber art enthusiasts worldwide. Annually, we receive visitors from all 50 U.S. states and over 40 foreign countries from every continent.
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April 10th officially recognized as ‘Yo Yo Club Day’ in Paducah

The City of Paducah named April 10 the official Yo Yo Club Day last year. This official day honors the Yo Yo Club group who spent more than 20 years demonstrating hand quilting at the museum. To give back to the museum, the Yo Yo Club raffled their quilts and gave the proceeds to the National Quilt Museum. Volunteers and supporters like the Yo Yo Club fill important roles in several museum departments. We rely heavily on our volunteers to achieve our goals. Volunteers contribute to the museum by interacting with museum visitors as docents in the gallery, helping the Education Department with youth programming, and helping the Curatorial Department with exhibit changes. Are you interested in volunteering at the National Quilt Museum? No experience is required! Museum volunteers meet visitors from around the world and enjoy a fun atmosphere around extraordinary art. For more information about volunteering at The National Quilt Museum, contact Melanie Myers at 270-442-8856 x209.
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“The Beatles Quilt” turns 21!

"The Beatles Quilt" turned 21 years old in April! Sisters Pat Holly and Sue Nickels created this quilt together and won Best of Show at the American Quilter's Society Quilt Week in 1998. Growing up, The Beatles were up-and-coming and these sisters shared a bedroom and a love for the band’s music. Those memories and a TV series called The Beatles Anthology would inspire them to start a two year journey on a collaborative quilt piece. They started this work of art in 1996 using a 90’s method called “stitched raw machine applique.” Their quilt will be on display at the museum during the 35th Anniversary AQS QuiltWeek: Spring Paducah. Be sure to check out the video of these sisters discussing their work at The National Quilt museum last year: [embed]https://youtu.be/lqlR5rIEFHQ[/embed]
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Love Stories exhibit of traditional Chinese textiles

“Love Stories” came to visit us and tells the story of quilt making during the Tang Dynasty in China (618AD to 907AD). See how quilters used a carved wooden block technique to make ceremonial quilts. Jiaxie was an incised wooden block textile dyeing technique used by the Tang Dynasty (618 AD-907 AD) in ancient China. It was widely used throughout East Asia in antiquity. In the 19th century, the color of Jiaxie in China remained only blue and the material evolved from silk to cotton. As a result, Jiaxie had become Lanjiaxie (Blue Jiaxie) and from luxury goods for royal family to ordinary people’s commodity. In Southeastern China, Lanjiaxie became a special quilt cover for marriage, which played an important role in local people’s life. A set of special etiquette, production process and use customs were designed and the patterns or images on quilt covers were usually from the Chinese ancient dramas of romance, such as hero and beauty, gifted scholars and nice ladies, indicating people’s wishes and desirees for love and better life even in the old days when there was no freedom for love or marriage. The National Quilt Museum is the first location in North America to showcase this exhibit. See these amazing pieces in person before July 23rd.
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‘Stories of West Africa’ showcased at National Quilt Museum

We are showcasing Stories of West Africa by Hollis Chatelain through July 9th! Hollis Chatelain is an internationally recognized and award-winning artist specialized in textile painting. Through her works that address challenging social and environmental themes, she uses a distinctive style characterized by a dream-like use of color and imagery. Hollis’s dye-painted scenes of multi-culturals life convey the untold stories of women, children, families, and the earth, and have been described as "easy to gaze at, but hard to forget." With an educational background in design and photography and over 35 years experience as a professional artist, Hollis' work can be found in public and private collections throughout the world. In addition to creating her art, Hollis holds lectures and workshops in the United States and abroad, instructing students in subjects including color, drawing, design, dye-painting, and quilting techniques.
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HERstory artist Carol Vinisk

Color, creative forces and life’s vibrant energy is what artist Carol Vinick has shared with the National Quilt Museum! Carol Vinisk has two quilts on display for the HERstory exhibit. In these pictures she poses with her quilts "Fanny Lou Hamer" and "Sojourner Truth." Inspired by color, the fiber itself and life's vibrant energy, Carol sits down and allows the creative forces to go from there! Carol’s work is inspired by social issues, nature, literature, travel, and her love of playing with color and fibers. She works with cotton, silk, and wool. Her work is a combination of commercial fabrics, and fabrics that she has hand dyed, painted, or felted.      
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Auctions at the Quilt Museum

Did you know when you join us for an auction that all money raised goes to The National Quilt Museum? We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization primarily funded by quilters. This wonderful quilt by artist Barbara Polston entitled, "Spinning in Total Control" is available for bidding in the National Quilt Museum Benefit Auction. It is machine pieced, quilted and appliqued. Her use of black and white fabrics with Batik fabrics and hand beading creates a wonderful feast for the eyes. This quilt measures 27" x 28" and has a sleeve for hanging. To look at items or bid go to quiltmuseum.org/auction. If you are interested in contributing quilts or supplies to the auction, we accept donations all year: quiltmuseum.org/quilts-for-quilting/
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Round 2 Block of the Month begins

Happy April! We're excited to drop the 1st pattern for Round 2. Inspired by the Pat Campbell Collection at the museum, April's block experiments with Pat's style & flair. Patricia Campbell was a quilter and artist known for her unique Jacobean style, use of vibrant colors, and mastery of appliqué techniques. The National Quilt Museum is honored to include 33 of her quilts and her archives in our collection, gifted to us by her husband, John Van Pelt. Pat taught workshops around the country and sold patterns with her unique and fanciful appliqué designs. The vibrant colors and “fantastical flowers” in Pat’s work inspired this month’s Block of the Month pattern. We pulled shapes and elements from several of Pat’s quilts and used them to create the templates for April’s pattern. You can use these as they are, or as a starting point for creating your own fantasy elements. Join us on Facebook! [caption]Quilt: Tree of Life II by Pat Campbell[/caption]
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Block of the Month club Round 2 starting soon

Have you heard about The National Quilt Museum’s Block of the Month Club? This free and interactive club is designed by quilters for quilters and helps bring the love of quilting to new audiences across the world. Through the Block of the Month Club, The National Quilt Museum aims to challenge quilters to experiment with new techniques and styles while having fun and learning more about the museum in the process! We encourage group members to use this group to connect with other quilters, ask for advice, or share projects that they have completed. We love to hear from the quilting community! On the first of each month, at 12 pm CST, we will share a FREE pattern to a 10 inch finished block that is inspired by an exhibit at The National Quilt Museum. Each block is designed by a unique artist, adding their own personal style to each pattern while still encompassing the exhibit or theme for the month. At the end of the 12 month cycle, participants will have the chance to piece these blocks together and make a sampler representing a whole year’s worth of quilting! Participants who follow block requirements and complete the challenge at the end of 12 months will be eligible to receive an EXCLUSIVE limited edition quilt label courtesy of The National Quilt Museum! (A printable label will be available to all who finish the Round 2 sampler quilt regardless of block requirements.) Join the Block of the Month Club community on Facebook! Not on Facebook? Patterns are also available on the museum's website.
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“We Can Do It!”

“Rosie” is the name given to women whose work helped to win World War II. We are sure you are familiar with the iconic “We Can Do It!” poster! In 1943, J. Howard Miller produced this with the intention to inspire women to work outside the home. Today is National "Rosie The Riveter" Day. There were many women that filled many factory jobs left vacant by men who went to fight in the war. Check out the lyrics in the background of this beautiful piece! You can see this quilt "Rosie the Riveter" by Linda MacDonald in the HERstory exhibit through April 9, 2019.
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“Mount St. Helens, Did you Tremble?” inspired by poetry

Today is World Poetry Day. One of the quilts in our collection has its own poem. "'Mount St. Helens, Did you Tremble?' is the fabric scene that is the form of my fancy. It is the image of the words that flew through my mind and became a poem, as I watched the spectacular sunset through the pine trees on the hill near us the night of May 25, 1980, the day of the secondary eruption of Mount St. Helens.” -Joyce Peaden One vast chalk sky White powder on my feet Mount St. Helens, did you tremble? Will the world turn to sleet? Are the slivers of your rocks Spewed on field and hearth Wind borne, or trailing sky sphere On the turning of the earth? What tortured, gnarled, writhing In your depths, or in the sea of molten lava of the deep confused the errant atoms, vapors, gases? Mount St. Helens, will you sleep? Would you, if you were alive, Accept your holocaust? Would you, Could you think, redeem your people? Bones, brains, and blood are lost. Silica angels flying skyward, Children. Tenants among the trees, men of cameras, pens, tools, and meters measuring White, like Lot’s wife, in the salten seas. One vast chalk sky White powder on my feet Mount St. Helens, did you tremble? Will the world turn to sleet?
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Lucille Ball honored in HERstory exhibit

This quilt “Lucille Ball: A Multimedia Megastar" of Lucille Ball was included in the HERstory exhibit. Inspred by the star of "I Love Lucy," Artist Meena Schaldenbrand used cotton, net, lace, beads, sequins, pearls, ric-rac, trims and yarns to hand embroidered and free-motion quilt Lucy’s hair and face. She free motion embroidered text onto the quilt. Tubes and couched yarns completed this vibrant piece! Meena visited the museum earlier this month to see both of her quilts included in the exhibit. The second quilt is "A Loving Tribute to Mother Teresa: Turning Negatives Into Positives"
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Celebrating National Quilting Day

The third Saturday in March is National Quilting Day. This annual holiday originated in 1991. The National Quilt Museum partnered with The Quilt Alliance to hold a kickoff event on March 16, 2019. Quilt Alliance's executive director Amy Milne was the guest of honor, and was invited to thread the needle. The public was invited to attend this special event at the museum in downtown Paducah, Kentucky. The event was free and visitors were invited to stay and enjoy the museum galleries afterward. Pictured above: Artist who carved the wooden needle, Director of Education Becky Glasby, Amy Milne from Quilt Alliance, and CEO Frank Bennett. [embed]https://youtu.be/hrJO7mID8qM[/embed] Mark your calendars for next year's celebration on March 21, 2020.
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2019 Quilt Camp registration now open

We love seeing our community’s youth create beautiful quilts! Have you registered your child for Quilt Camp 2019? donation to cover a scholarship or help with supplies would be appreciated. You can note “quilt camp scholarship” or “quilt camp” in the special instructions field on our website, or the memo field on your check. Thank you so much for asking to help!    
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Women’s Suffrage Centennial Chorus visits museum

Raising awareness about the role of women in history can be found in many works of art at The National Quilt Museum. On March 11th, we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of women’s right to vote with a live performance from the Women's Suffrage Centennial Chorus. “We want all women to know our right to vote is a prize. We need to treasure it because it didn’t come easy.” - Women's Suffrage Centennial Chorus For more information, check out the WKMS article about this inspirational visit.
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Sue Tharp finishes Round 1 “Block of the Month Club” quilt top

Each month during the volunteer meeting, quilters are invited to "show and tell" their current projects. Volunteer Sue Tharp participated in the The National Quilt Museum Block of the Month Club. The last pattern of Round 1 was released a week ago, and Sue has already completed the block and assembled all twelve blocks into a completed quilt top. She used a limited color pallete of primarily solids to complete her quilt. We can't wait to see it once it's quilted!
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Local students introduced to the art of quilting

Museum Education Director Becky Glasby shows a group of elementary school students the back of Sedona Rose by artist Sharon Schamber. School tours are a great way to introduce young people to the work of today's quilters, and hopefully instill a life-long love of quilting. The generosity of individuals like you who love quilting makes it possible for the museum to offer tours to students free of charge. As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, donations can be tax deductible: Make a donation today!.
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HERstory artist Mary Kay Davis

Mary Kay Davis visited the museum to see the HERstory exhibit. Her quilt "LBD: Coco Chanel" is one of over 100 quilts included in the exhibit. This exhibit, on display through April 9, features quilts inspired by strong women in celebration of the anniversary of the 19th amendment. Mary Kay began quilting in 1996 on a “quilt-as-you-go” project and hasn’t stopped since. She loves a good challenge and has entered numerous quilt shows and contests. Her quilts have won national contests and she contributes to books and magazines including 500 Traditional Quilts and 100 Tips from Award Winning Quilters from AQS.
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QuiltCon 2019

Museum staff had a great time at QuiltCon in Nashville, Tennessee! Memorable moments inclue a future quilter rocking our button and Laura checking in with Naomi Ichikawa, editor of Quilt Time magazine. She curated the exhibit "Japanese Quilt Artists Who Influenced the World" and is coordinating for 24 of the museum's quilts to be exhibited at the Quilt Time Festival in Japan this May.
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Membership has benefits… become a Friend!

The support of people like you who are passionate about quilting allows the National Quilt Museum to provide programs that bring the work of today’s quilters to audiences around the world. Becoming a member is one of the best ways to financially support our mission. As a friend, you receive free gallery admission and many other benefits too! The National Quilt Museum's "Friend of the Museum" program is an opportunity to show your support of the quilting community. Your tax-deductible donation makes our mission to support quilters and advance the art of quilting possible. This program funds our world-class exhibits annually viewed by over 40,000 people from all 50 states and over 40 foreign countries. Your contribution also supports our educational programs, which touch the lives of thousands of youth and adults every year. Show your support for quilting by becoming a "Friend of the Museum" and help us advance the art! As a 501c3 non-profit institution all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Betty Ford-Smith: Keeping Tradition Alive

Betty Ford-Smith started making Pine Cone Quilts in 2004 under the apprenticeship of a 92 year old African American woman known as Miss Sue. She “became obsessed” with these quilts and wanted to teach others how to make Pine Cone Quilts. The Pine Burr design is also known as the Pine cone, Target or Bullseye block and Cuckleburr in the south. It is the state of Alabama’s state quilt block. The “Pine cone Patchwork” derives its name from the long leaf pine cone, when looking at the bottom of a pine cone you can find this design. The elders of the past and present weave these beautiful designs in quilts while hosting quilting bee’s in their communities. This quilt is not exclusively African American but is often shown in books discussing African American quilting. The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina wear the Pine cone Patchwork insignia on their traditional regalia. The exhibit is in The National Quilt Museum's Corner Gallery February 1-April 16, 2019.
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New Exhibit: 2019 School Block Challenge

School Block Challenge is an annual, nationwide quilt block contest and exhibit for students in grades K-12. Moda Fabrics provides three challenge fabrics which must be included somewhere in each block. Block entries are required to be 16"x16" and must include some machine or hand stitching. A Grand Prize winner is chosen from all of the blocks. Winners and honorable mentions are selected in each of the following categories: K-4th, 5th-8th, 9th-12th. Winners are awarded a cash prize. All blocks submitted are included in the exhibit. These quilt blocks are on exhibit through April 2, 2019. View winners and get more information about the contest
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National Quilt Museum School Block Challenge Program

School Block Challenge is an annual, nationwide, quilt block contest and exhibit for students in grades K-12. It's co-sponsored by the National Quilt Museum and Mood Fabrics. Moda provides three challenge fabrics whence must be included somewhere in each block. Block entries are also required to have some type of machine or hand stitching. Students are encouraged to use their creativity, imagination, and math skills in designing and constructing their own quilt blocks.

Students can make a block on their own, at school in the classroom, in a home school program, with a scout troop, 4-H club, etc. They can work individually or in pairs or groups as they discover how the art of quilting relates to other school subjects and their own interests.

A Grand Prize winner is chosen from all of the blocks, winners are selected in each of the following categories: K-4th, 5th-8th, 9th-12th and prizes are awarded.

Interested in participating? Visit quiltmuseum.org/sbc

The National Quilt Museum encourages the next generation of quilters through the School Block Challenge contest and exhibit-and hopes that it inspires all quilters both young and old!  

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Tax benefits of donating IRA minimum distributions to the museum

If you have contributed to a tax-deferred IRA over your working life, there are several tax benefits related to donating this money to a 501c3 nonprofit organization like the National Quilt Museum. If you withdraw from these accounts at any time you will be required to pay income tax on the withdrawal. At 70 ½ years, in most cases, you will be required to make annual withdrawals from your account. Failure to do so can result in significant penalties. If you are fortunate enough to not need your distribution for living expenses, you can avoid the income tax bill by donating your withdrawal to The National Quilt Museum or other nonprofit organizations. What you need to know:
  • You must be at least 70 ½ years of age.
  • You may transfer up to $100,000 a year to The National Quilt Museum or other qualified nonprofits without paying income tax on the transaction.
  • Couples can exclude up to $200,000 in taxes in some cases depending on how they file.
  • In some cases, you can roll a 401k over into an IRA and take advantage of these benefits.
  • You do not have to donate the entire withdrawal; you may take some of the money and donate the rest.
  • You don’t need to itemize your taxes to take advantage of this benefit.
  • Funds must be directly transferred from your IRA trustee to the 501c3 nonprofit organization to take advantage of the tax benefits.
The tax benefits of donating funds from your IRA to The National Quilt Museum can be significant. If you are interested in potentially making a donation to The National Quilt Museum in order to take advantage of these tax breaks, please contact Museum CEO Frank Bennett at 270-442-8856. Please consult a financial professional before making any decisions. The National Quilt Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with federal tax ID number 61-1193387. This article does not serve as financial advice. Every situation is unique. Please get advice from a financial services professional or attorney before making any decisions.
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2019 Adult Workshops

Did you know The National Quilt Museum offers the opportunity for adults of varying skill levels to learn new skills through two and three day on-site workshops with renowned quilting educators? Here is our list of workshops for 2019: Portrait Collage Workshop with Lola Jenkins March 14-16, 2019 Make a collaged portrait quilt using a personal photo as your inspiration. Discover a variety of skills to give your quilts a "WOW" factor.
Dye-Paint Your Images Workshop with Hollis Chatelain May 30-June 1, 2019 Learn how to paint images with Procion dyes on cotton and how to use quilting to enhance the look of your painted fabric.
Cascade Curve Braid Workshop with Victoria Findlay Wolfe July 19-20, 2019 Enjoy the curves! - with this eye-popping curved braid pattern. This class will focus on curved piecing, cutting, and pinning for success.
Photo-Inspired Fusing Workshop with Lenore Crawford October 3-5, 2019 Create unique designs from your own photos. Learn how to combine simple techniques like fusing, fabric painting, and top-stitching to make one-of-a-kind quilts.
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HERstory honors Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is the youngest recipient to ever win a Nobel Peace Prize. She won the award for her determined and outspoken appeal for worldwide access to education. Artist Gabriele DiTota was so impressed with Malala’s story and inspiration to educate others during a time of oppression in countries like Pakistan that she dedicated her HERstory exhibit quilt to her. Gabriele used techniques with painted, stamping and raw edge appliqué. She used materials such as including cottons, inks and acrylic inks to create her quilt.
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Keep Quilting Alive!

Show your commitment to the continued expansion of quilting by donating to the National Quilt Museum. Demand for youth education programs continues to expand. In addition to our long running programs -- Junior Quilters, School Block Challenge, and Quilt Camp -- the demand for on-location educational programs is increasing as schools and other organizations look for ways to augment their curriculums. Most youth programming is free to participants. Our staff works closely with museum specialists and textile conservators to make sure that the over 600 quilts in our collection and future acquisitions are cared for in a manner that will preserve them for centuries. Preserving the amazing artwork of today's quilters for future generations is one of our most important missions. The museum was mentioned in print, television, and digital media hundreds of times over the last year including CNN Travel, Martha Stewart Living, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, and Midwest Living. Media exposure introduces millions of people to the art form that would not otherwise be exposed to it. Make your donation before January 31st in order to have your financial contribution matched by a generous donor.
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School Block Challenge 2019

Have you heard about our School Block Challenge exhibit? The National Quilt Museum loves seeing these student’s work. Quilting and work with different textures teach great skills to learn and hobby to enrich their lives. 267 entries from 25 states are in the gallery, all made by students across the country in grades K-12. Here we have the winners of the 2019 Challenge featured! https://quiltmuseum.org/education/contests/school-block-challenge/    
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HERstory tribute to Alice Paul

"It’s About Justice: Alice Paul" by artist Janice Paine-Dawes is part of the HERstory exhibit. Alice Paul was a leader of the suffragist movement that led to the 19th Amendment. Artist Janice Paine-Dawes says, "I use ages old techniques of coaxing pigment from nature to dye natural cloth resulting in a contemporary fine art textile. Each cloth is unique with complex colors and patterns. She does not use harsh chemicals in my processes on silk, linen and fine cotton, and her clothing is upcycled from fine quality name brand manufacturers, sourced from second hand shops to remain as green as possible. My inspiration comes from a suggested theme or the materials themselves. I've always said I am seduced by the cloth. When dyeing fabric with natural materials such as rust, an image may come forward that becomes the basis for the completed design. I work intuitively and let the design morph into what it wants to be.”
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HERstory quilt: Phyllis Diller

Visit the HERstory exhibit and experience artist Denise Currier’s dramatic interpretation of Phyllis Diller, an American actress and standup comedian, in her quilt, “Humor Has It: Phyllis Diller.” HERstory celebrated the strong women of both past and present times through multimedia quilts of all varieties. Artist Denise Currier is an award winning Multimedia Fiber/Textile Artist with over 42 years of Art experience. Beginnings as a sketch artist, photographer and watercolorist, she also prints her images with archival art ink mediums onto paper, fabric, coffee filters, and screen-prints with heat set techniques. Manipulated fabric, weavings, hand spun and knitted threads, copper and metal, handmade beads, screen prints, airbrush painting, fabric and thread/yarn dying, oils and watercolors are art medium elements that add to her art creations. “Most would agree that the beauty in everything reflects my philosophy. My personal art aspirations are themes from occurrences with Life’s complexities that afford the permission to play. In-studio play leans towards a whimsical series of those reflections. Visual interests are influenced by the Desert and Mountain ranges with travels and surrounding studio activity. The enjoyment of bringing outdoor fresh air into the home is how I derived from a young age, with a daily ritual and passion to create upon freedom in time and space. Completion of a piece is crucial to my personal growth while my mind is then steered into the next inspired design. I stress the importance of observation and attention to detail, which keeps me inquisitive and inspires my new ideas. Art is in each of us, we who choose and afford the freedom to express, will absorb critique from those of understanding and instill satisfaction to completion. Something from nothing natural or synthetic brings society to attention. May we as artists and those with artistic appreciation walk a path that creates a destination most desire, admire and acclaim.” - Denise Currier For more information about the HERstory exhibit, go to www.quiltmuseum.org/herstory.
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13th Quilt Japan exhibit

We proudly displayed the 13th Quilt Japan exhibit here at The National Quilt Museum in January! Since the 5th Exhibition, it has become an international contest and one of the most prestigious. The 13th competition drew 341 quilt entries from 12 countries. Judging took place in November 2015, and 79 quilts in both traditional and contemporary categories were selected for display at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in April 2016. This traveling exhibition features 35 of these stunning quilts, all by Japanese makers. The history of JHIA starts in 1964, when Tadanobu Seto founded the Vogue Handicraft Consulting Association. In order to perpetuate the handcraft culture in Japan, it was essential to educate highly-skilled craftspeople to teach. By 1969, the completion of instructor education was highly regarded, and it was accredited by the Minister of Education and Cultural Sports in Japan. That was the time when Vogue Handicraft Consulting Association changed its name to Japan Handicraft Instructors’ Association. Forty-four years have passed since then, and JHIA continues to educate instructors and promote handicraft activities. Currently, the number of instructors is over 12,000, consisting of eight specialized divisions: knitting, embroidery, lace, patchwork quilt, painting, hand weaving, leather craft, and flower art. Within the membership, 6,000 are quilters. More information on this exhibit
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Artist Joanne Baeth with “Majestic Flight”

Joanne Baeth shows her support for the museum while standing next to her quilt, "Majestic Flight." The National Quilt Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization primarily funded through the generosity of quilters like you. As the current generation of quilters is getting older, the need to take steps to guarantee that our extraordinary and unique art form will continue to grow and expand into the future becomes more urgent. Our website includes information about how to support the museum.
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Paducah Fiber Artists in Corner Gallery

In 2005, a community of textile and fiber artists emerged and continues to gather once a month for Potluck and Show and Tell. Other than a Facebook page, there is no formal structure to this organization -- no membership, no dues, no mission. For the past 13 years, The Paducah Fiber Artists (who hail from Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri) have been woven together by their mutual respect and appreciation for the creative process. Their longevity is the result of an openness to new ideas and concepts, the mentoring of emerging textile artists, and a warm welcome to artists from around the world whose occasional visits bring fresh inspiration and connectivity to the global fiber arts scene. Several members of the group came to see their work on display. Showcasing a wide variety of textile art forms for “NOW & THEN” included wearables, weavings, basketry and much more and continue to know exactly how to showcase the journey, the friendships, the influences, and the individual styles of each of the artists. The early founders, friends who have moved away, and the regulars and recently arrived artists of today. Whether near or far, now or then, this intertwined and ever evolving network of talented individuals will forever be the “Paducah” Fiber Artists.
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Quilt Museum TV: December 2018

This episode of Quilt Museum TV features the opening of the exhibit HERstory: A Celebration of Strong Women. Over 100 quilts featuring groundbreaking and innovative women are featured in this exciting exhibit. This segment includes coverage of the quilts in the exhibit as well as the celebration event that invited the community to view the artwork and reflect on the question "Who Inspires You?" Several artists from the exhibit Paducah Fiber Artists: Now and Then discuss their passion, purpose, and techniques. CEO Frank Bennett also discusses the importance of the museum's annual Matching Funds Campaign which runs through January 31, 2019. [embed]https://youtu.be/ett8GtaP2Fk[/embed]
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HERstory: a global celebration of amazing women

HERstory celebrates amazing women! The exhibit showcased “A Celebration of Strong Women,” curated by Susanne Miller Jones.

84 artists from seven countries created tributes to women well known to us, as well as those who worked behind the scenes, through the art of quilting. Lovely quilts celebrate strong women who cracked glass ceilings and those who made discoveries. Women who shook the world by breaking into fields previously reserved for men are commemorated, as are those who were the first to do something before any man. The quilts within this exhibit honor athletes, authors, artists, aviators and astronauts, business leaders, educators, entertainers, mathematicians, scientists, writers and world leaders. Throughout history, women struggled to have a voice and we won that right in 1920, the right to vote. The HERstory exhibit celebrates the amazing things that women everywhere have accomplished in the past and present. The HERstory book, HERstory Quilts:  A Celebration of Strong Women by Susanne Miller Jones, is available from Schiffer in the museum’s gift shop. The exhibit will be at The National Quilt Museum through April 9, 2019. For more information, go to www.quiltmuseum.org/herstory
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Donations matched through end of January

Mark Dunn with Moda Fabrics agreed to match all donations to The National Quilt Museum between December 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019 for the Matching Funds Campaign. The museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization primarily funded by quilters like you. We need everyone passionate about quilting involved and your gift will help us achieve our mission to sustain and expand the quilting community for future generations. We want to thank those of you who contributed for your support of the National Quilt Museum. Your contribution makes it possible for the museum to continue to bring quilting to new audiences and preserve the amazing work of today's quilters. Author Ann Hazelwood shows her support for The National Quilt Museum. Please show your support for the museum, for more information go to [button text="quiltmuseum.org/matching" link="http://quiltmuseum.org/matching" style="default" size="large" target="_self" display="inline" icon="no"]
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Quilt Museum TV: November 2018

Marilyn Belford enthusiastically shares stories from the myths that inspired her work in the Corner Gallery's current exhibit, Mythical Quilts. This exhibit features works such as "The Wrath of Poseidon," "Medea Escaping," and "Persephone Rising." She discusses her process and her collaboration with quilter Jamie Wallen. Viewers will also get a glimpse into the 13th Quilt Japan (Quilt Nihon) exhibit currently on display through January 15th. The first segment of "Preservation Corner" offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how our quilts are stored when not on display. [embed]https://youtu.be/LwMK1D34cbA[/embed]
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Support the museum by donating quilts and quilting supplies!

Show your support for quilting by donating items to benefit The National Quilt Museum! Several years ago, The National Quilt Museum began the successful "Quilts for Quilting" campaign. This fundraiser for the museum is an opportunity for all quilters to pay it forward by donating quilting supplies, quilts, and other items. These donations are used for several auctions throughout the year. Over the years, people passionate about quilting have donated over 5,000 items to the museum for this program. The National Quilt Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization funded by people passionate about quilting. This program is a win for everyone! Donations end up in new hands and homes of people who will appreciate them. 100% of the money raised goes directly to the museum's general fund. Auction attendees are primarily quilters and quilt collectors. They are most interested in fabric, notions, patterns, quilt kits, quilts, and other items related to quilting. How to donate your items: Download and print the Auction Donation Form to send with your donation Send quilts and items to: National Quilt Museum Attn: Q for Q 215 Jefferson Street Paducah, KY 42001 Please include your name, address, and contact information so that we may send you a receipt. There is no limit to the number of quilts and other items you can donate to the campaign. Donations are accepted year-round, and now is a great time as part of your fall cleaning and holiday preparation. If you have any questions about this program please contact Lori Robbins, 270-442-8856 x207.
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The magic behind Marilyn Belford’s “Mythical Quilts”

Artist Marilyn Belford talks to visitors and media about her exhibit "Mythical Quilts" at The National Quilt Museum. Marilyn Belford is an award-winning quilter, well known for her realistic fabric portraits and art quilts. In talking about her portrait quilts, Marilyn says, “A face expresses much emotion. It can tell a complete story in a single viewing. I try to stitch a personality rather than just a face. It is in the details that the emotions rest. I try to give my students the technical background to enable them to produce a portrait in fabric that makes their loved ones seem to breathe.”
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Miniature Masterpieces by Pat Kuhns

These miniature bed quilts are amazing with intricate and tiny pieces and stitches. They are recent acquisitions to the museum's collection. Below the miniature quilts, the artist also made custom sheets for each bed that match the quilt. Artist Pat Kuhns is known nationally for her award-winning miniature quilts. Since 2005, she has been competing in quilt contests throughout the United States. She has a large collection of small beds in all sizes and enjoys making miniature/doll quilts to display on them. Kuhns has exquisite execution when it comes to the intricate details of these miniature masterpieces.
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Edie McGinnis discusses the Kansas City Star (Video)

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Curator of the exhibit Kansas City Star, Edie McGinnis, talks about the exhibit and how she became interested in the Kansas City Star Quilts. This was filmed in the galleries of The National Quilt Museum.

Exhibits like Kansas City Star Quilts are primarily made possible through the generosity of the quilting community. For information on how to support The National Quilt Museum go to www.quiltmuseum.org/GETINVOLVED.

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Quilt Museum TV: September 2018

This episode of Quilt Museum TV features Edie McGinnis, curator of the Kansas City Star Quilts exhibit. She discusses the quilt she made using one of the newspaper's original patterns with feed sack fabric, working as a writer for The Star, and bringing this collection of quilts together. Education Director Becky Glasby also discusses how to participate in the 2019 School Block Challenge. [embed]https://youtu.be/uQr220szmz4[/embed]
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“9.11.2001” quilt honors the fallen

“9.11.2001 represents our national tragedy through a series of imagery,” writes quilter Claire Gardner. “Nine blue fabrics, for the ninth month, with dark to light blue fabrics signify rising to hope from darkness. Standing together as an eleven are the Twin Towers, using 3,052 different fabrics representing each person who died at the WTC, Pentagon, and on the four airplanes. Floating the sky, surrounding and supporting the eleven, are stars, with 50 different white fabrics for each state. The pearl buttons spell 2001 in Braille. The imagery is used to represent our nation's overall blindness to the attack, the pearls for all the journalists killed while working. The red and blue borders represent the fearless firefighters and police officers who responded. The rope signifies the many knots of friendship tied across our country since 9.11.2001.” Half inch squares made for the Towers to be VERY dense. We could not quilt through them, only around the Towers." 50 citizens sent fabrics for the image of the eleven/twin towers within three weeks of being asked. Almost every step of the construction process was helped by Claire's family and friends. She writes, "There were many 12 to 18 hour days, even a few days for me without sleep." Aunt Erna, her sister Julie, her Mary friends, Patti, her mother-in-law Marcie, and others, all contributed their time and talent. Claire writes, “This project is a reminder that with perseverance, family, and friends, we can accomplish our goals. Hopefully no quilter will have to do another commemorative quilt of this magnitude. And let it be known that this quilt, alongside the hundreds of other September 11th quilts worldwide, is a reminder that we will forever honor and remember the innocent and brave.” From the Collection of the National Quilt Museum.        
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Foundation Paper Piecing (Video)

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National Quilt Museum Director of Education, Becky Glasby, demonstrates foundation paper piecing quilting technique. This tutorial features the NQM Block of the Month Club September 2018 pattern, "Gliders."

Designer & instructor: Becky Glasby; Education Director

To join the group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NQMBlockoftheMonth

Video & editing: Emily Hendrix; Digital Marketing Director

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Kris Vierra workshop

Quilter Kris Vierra shows her support for the museum. She is at the museum this week teaching her "Easy Machine Methods" workshop. Students learned new techniques for English Paper Piecing and applique using sewing machines. Kris currently has two quilts in the museum's collection: "Tiger, Tiger" and "Star of India."

Workshop Students

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Quilt Museum TV: July 2018

In this episode, Curator Rachael Baar introduces the Van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge exhibit, Susanne Jones and two artists from Fly Me to the Moon discuss their quilts and the impact of the exhibit, and see coverage of a recent adult workshop with guest instructor Melinda Bula. [embed]https://youtu.be/4Hr413Bosj4[/embed]
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Governor’s Scholars summer tours

Several groups of Governor's Scholars Program students visited the museum. These high school students come from all across the state of Kentucky, and attended the five week summer program at Murray State University. Students select "majors" such as music, history, art, astronomy, film studies, anthropology, and communication. Pictured below are students from the creative writing program. After a tour of the galleries, their professor challenged the students to find a quilt on display to serve as a prompt for a story. You can see them in front of their chosen quilts, writing in their notebooks. We love seeing which quilts the students selected, and how inspiration travels across art forms. Student group tours are provided for free through the support of our donors, and can be tailored to many subjects.
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Quilt Museum TV – July 2018 (Video)

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Quilt Museum TV from The National Quilt Museum featuring the exhibit Fly Me to the Moon, artist Barbara Schneider, and kids participating in Quilt Camp.

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Quilt Museum TV – May 2018 (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqlR5rIEFHQ

In this episode we feature an interview with artists Pat Holly and Sue Nickels in the museum galleries. 2018 is the 20th anniversary of The Beatles Quilt. Watch as Pat and Sue talk about the process of making the quilt and its popularity today. Also in this episode, special discount on upcoming workshops at the museum with artists Melinda Bula, Kris Vierra, Jacquie Gering, and Gail Garber.

For workshop information go to www.quiltmuseum.org/workshops

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Quilt Museum TV – April 2018 (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60QuWg1BrQU&t=5s

Episode includes exhibits "Japanese Quilt Artists that Influenced the World" and "Personal Horizons: Regina Benson".

Interviews with artists Alicia Sterna and Leslie Johnson who both participated in New Quilts from an Old Favorite.

The National Quilt Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization primarily funded through the generosity of people passionate about quilting. Get involved at www.quiltmuseum.org/GETINVOLVED

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Quilt Museum TV- March 2018 (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T02QLmRLsyY&t=598s

This episode features an interview with artist Mark Sherman, our Junior Quilters, the exhibit New Quilts from an Old Favorite, and our Quilt Block of the Month program.

Block of the Month Group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/NQMBl...

Quiltmuseum.org/2018 exhibit schedule

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Quilt on thumbnail is Mark Sherman Wisteria.

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Quilt Museum TV – Quilt Camp 2017 (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVowKfNfkVE

Quilt Camp is one of The National Quilt Museum's most popular youth programs. Kids ages 7 to 17 choose their own fabrics, learn to use a sewing machine, rotary cutters, how to quilt and how to tie a quilt. Each day campers will receive a snack and explore the Museum galleries and be inspired on their journey as quilt artists.

Special thanks to sponsors Moda Fabrics, Janome America, Oliso, Aurifil Threads, Hancocks of Paducah, Karen Kay Buckley Products.

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CEO Frank Bennett – The Future of Quilting (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EK393qCgXA

National Quilt Museum CEO and advocate for the sustainability and expansion of the quilting community, Frank Bennett talks about the future of quilting and how museum education programs and exhibitions are getting people more involved with quilting at all ages.

The National Quilt Museum supports the quilting community by bringing the work of today's quilters to new audiences worldwide.

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Kaffe Fassett Exhibit- Promotional (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1QmH_r_ehU

Kaffe Fassett is a world-renowned artist, writer, and teacher. His unique sense of color and passion for the creative process led to the creation of awe-inspiring quilts. His work is collected by art lovers worldwide including celebrities such as Barbra Streisand and Shirley MacLaine.

The National Quilt Museum supports the quilting community by bringing the work of today's quilter to new audiences worldwide.

The museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

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12th Quilt Japan Exhibit (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZooF0i9JSk

May 13th - August 9th, 2016

The exhibit 12th Quilt Japan features quilts from the Japan Handicraft Instructors Association (JHIA) contest. The contest takes place every two years and is the largest quilt contest in Japan. Well over 300 people submit artifacts for the contest every year.

The quilts in this exhibit represent the very best of this year’s contest entrants. Museum visitors will see 32 quilts made by some of the most talented and respected artists from Japan and the Pacific Rim.

The National Quilt Museum supports the quilting community by bringing the work of today's quilter to new audiences worldwide.

The museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

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  • New Exhibit: OURstory: Human Rights Stories in Fabric

    Rights! Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Aren't we all entitled to that? In 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was drafted by a committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt. It delineated the rights to which all humans in all countries should be entitled. This poignant and timely collection is about our human rights,…

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  • National Quilt Museum Mentioned in Governor’s Daily Update

    The National Quilt Museum illuminated in green lights was on Governor Beshear's daily update on May 7th, 2020. The National Quilt Museum lit up green to support frontline workers and honor those that have passed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the Carson Center for helping us with the lights.

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  • Quilts of Valor – Honoring Our Heroes

    This is a mini-documentary filmed at the National Quilt Museum. This documentary features over 20 military heroes receiving Quilts of Valor at a ceremony on January 17th, 2020. The speaker is Veteran and Museum Docent, Robert Worden. Filmed and edited by Steven Phalen.

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  • Quilted Masks for Medical Professionals

    The National Quilt Museum is helping facilitate getting quilted masks to the medical professionals that can use them as quickly as possible. We are posting needs on our own social media and sharing this information with other organizations that are also distributing the information. We hope by doing this, that we can get as many masks in the hands of…

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  • “What’s in a Name?” Exhibit Featured in Google Arts and Culture

    One of our current exhibits, "What's In a Name?" has been recreated as a Google Arts & Culture exhibit, so now you can explore the pieces and their theme from anywhere! The quilts included are from the museum's collection, and the exhibit was curated both in the museum and online by current Intern Nancy Collins Eisenmenger. Of the theme, Nancy…

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  • Rita’s Quilt Event (Video)

    We have a brand new video on your Youtube Channel! On March 7th, 2020 we hosted the Rita's Quilt event here at the museum. We had a great turnout, and many of the artists that helped complete the project were able to attend as well. You can see the video below. The museum is currently closed, but Rita's Quilt will…

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  • National Quilting Day CANCELED

    Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, we are canceling National Quilting Day March 21st. We expect to bring back this event on March 21st, 2021. To stay up-to-date on our operating hours, please check our website or our Facebook Page.

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  • Museum Closing March 17th – 31st, 2020

    The National Quilt Museum will be closing March 17th, 2020 through March 31sth, 2020 due to COVID-19 virus. We will reopen on April 1st, 2020.  We apologize for any inconvenience our closure may cause in your travel schedule. Ultimately, the health of our staff, volunteers, and visitors must be our first priority. Any updates will be published on our home page, www.quiltmuseum.org and on…

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  • The National Quilt Museum was featured in Southern Living!

    We were featured in the article on Southern Living of "12 Cool Things To Do on Your First Visit to Paducah, KY" . The museum is located in the heart of the downtown area, with lots of restaurants and things to do all within walking distance. To view more activities to do in Paducah, you can visit the Visitor's Bureau…

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