Fall 2017 Newsletter

A Word from our CEO

Once-In-A-Lifetime Artistic Collaboration Coming to the Quilt Museum in 2020

By Frank Bennett

In April 2020, the visual arts will come together with music to create a special and unique once-in-a-lifetime event.

For years, Paducah has been known as Quilt City USA. In addition to quilting, Paducah enjoys a vibrant and diverse arts community which includes visual and performance artists of all kinds. In April 2020, two of Paducah's most well-known arts organizations will come together for one spectacular event. The respected and admired Paducah Symphony Orchestra, which has been playing too sold out crowds in the Western Kentucky area for over 35 years, will perform a full concert from The National Quilt Museum main gallery. The event is going to be called Symphony at the Quilt Museum. It will feature over 50 professional musicians led by Artistic Director and Conductor Raffaeli Ponte.

The date has not been finalized, but we are tentatively looking at the Wednesday of 2020 AQS QuiltWeek. More information will be provided through the museum's website and social media as we get closer to the event. Don't miss this rare collaboration of quilts and music!


This summer over 60 kids participated in the National Quilt Museum's Quilt Camp. In this video, Education Director Becky Glasby talks about the program and this years' projects.

2018 Quilt Camp will take place in late June and registration opens March 15.


Paducah experienced clear skies to witness the great American eclipse on August 21st. Experience the eclipse as people did at the museum and see some interviews with people who experienced it in the video above.


2017 Exhibit Schedule

"Repetition 4 Earthlight" by Louise Harris

Light Show from CQA
September 22 – December 12, 2017
Members of Washington’s Contemporary QuiltArt Association challenged themselves to explore many ways of capturing “light” in this collection of quilts.

Quilts of the Lakota
October 20, 2017 – January 2018
Members of the Lakota Sioux have transposed their heritage of painted buffalo robes to star quilts that maintain their cultural and tribal identity.

Tall Girl: A Body of Work
October 20, 2017 – January 2018
In this exhibit, Carol Larson tells the story of what it was like to have her growth intentionally stunted when she was an adolescent because it was thought at the time that tall girls could have fewer opportunities in life.


Are you watching Quilt Museum TV? Over 100,000 quilters and quilt enthusiasts watched the first episode of Quilt Museum TV. The show features unique perspectives on exhibits, educational programs, and activities at the museum. We will be releasing new episodes monthly.

To watch subscribe to The National Quilt Museum YouTube channel. The show will also be available on the Museum's Facebook page and on Local Channel 2 in the Western Kentucky area.

Faces at the Museum

Emily HendrixIn early February Emily Hendrix joined The National Quilt Museum staff as the new Auctions and Quilts for Quilting Program Coordinator. While Emily is new to the staff, she is not new to the Museum. Emily is an example of how Museum youth education programs have helped thousands of kids develop a passion for quilting.

Emily has been involved with Museum education programs since she was seven years old. She was first introduced to the Museum through her county 4H club. Over the last 13 years, she has honed her quilting skills in numerous Museum education programs including Junior Quilters, Quilt Camp, and others. In a case of the student becoming the teacher, in recent years she volunteered her time to help the next generation of quilters learn their craft.

Current Exhibits

12julAll Day15octFreehand Patchwork by Danny AmazonasTraveling Exhibit

20sepAll Day05novPat Kroth: Not Just Fabric and ThreadCorner Gallery

11octAll Day14janQuilts of ValorTraveling Exhibit

18octAll Day28janContemporaneo - ContemporaryTraveling Exhibit

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Calendar of Events


01nov12:00 pm12:00 pmBOTM New Pattern ReleaseBlock of the Month Club

05nov2:30 pm4:30 pmJunior QuiltersYouth Education

07nov1:00 pm2:00 pmVolunteer MeetingInformation

28novAll DayCLOSED: In observance of ThanksgivingHours of Operation