Show Your Passion For Quilting


The past two years have been filled with challenges and changes for all of us. We have felt it at home, in our communities, and in almost every other aspect of our lives. At the National Quilt Museum, we have reimagined many aspects of our operations, from how often we clean our door handles to how we provide services to both our local and worldwide communities. We are thankful that so many of you offered the emotional and financial support which we needed during this pandemic period. From online programs to NQM’s commitment to collect and present the work of today’s finest fiber artists, our museum rose to meet evolving challenges with determination and innovation. Whether you made a gift, participated online, or visited the museum, we could not have been successful without you.


Here are some of the highlights from 2021:

  • NQM added 7 quilts to our collection.
  • NQM opened 19 new exhibitions, traveled shows to 11 other institutions, and presented the work of 300 artists.
  • More than 22,000 participated in our online programs, such as Block of the Month.
  • NQM safely served hundreds of school-age students.
  • Since Kentucky’s “reopening” in May, attendance at NQM has outpaced 2019.
  • Matt Collinsworth was hired as the 6th director/CEO in the museum’s history.


The National Quilt Museum opened its doors to the quilting and art-loving world 30 years ago.Since that time, themuseum has remained a powerful and productive force in Paducah and beyond. Since 1991, the museum has collected and preserved 660 of the world’s finest quilts and provided exhibition space for thousands of artists. In an age when most art museums have struggled to include work by women artists, more than 90% of NQM’s collected and exhibited works were made by women. Since NQM’s opening, we have welcomed nearly 1 million visitors and presented more than 250 exhibitions. NQM has served 90,000 K-12 students and generated more than $300 million in total economic impact. We believe that, with your help, our next thirty years will be even better.Our vision for the future includes more innovative exhibitions and programs, continued service to the quilting community, building new audiences at home and around the world, and improved and enhanced facilities. We hope that you share our enthusiasm and join with us to make NQM an even brighter star in America’s cultural constellation.


Moda will generously match gifts made to
NQM inDecember 2021 and January 2022.


Current Exhibits

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