March 12th - June 8th, 2021
The National Quilt Museum is the brainchild of Bill and Meredith Schroeder of Paducah, Kentucky. Both quilting enthusiasts, their goal was 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 Scheroeders chose to build the museum in Paducah, Kentucky to give back to the community in which they have lived for many years.
The museum opened with only 85 quilts in its collection, less than a handful of employees, and several empty offices. Little did anyone know that 30 years later, the museum would be a global brand that reaches quilt and art enthusiasts around the world and regularly welcomes visitors from all 50 US states and over 40 countries.
The National Quilt Museum promotes the growth and expansion of quilting by bringing the art from to new audiences around the world through: Exhibitions, Educational programs and workshops, Quilt preservation efforts, and Advocacy.
The museum's in-facility exhibitions change 8-10 times per year, so visitors will enjoy a unique experience every time they visit. Today's the museum's collection exceeds 650 works of art and continues to grow. In addition to exhibiting the exceptional works from our collection, throughout the year the museum also features exhibits on loan from the most skilled and respected artists in the world.
In-facility exhibits are only a cornerstone of the museum's programs. As part of our mission to bring modern quilting to audiences around the globe, museum traveling exhibits are enjoyed by audiences at institutions and events around the world. In recent years, our exhibits have been seen in South Korea, Japan, and Germany.
The museum also offers a number of digital experiences, including Quilt Museum Digital, which offers subscribers the opportunity to see exhibits, artists interviews, collection discussions, and more from the comfort of their homes. The Block of the Month Club program is a free digital offering, where over 18,500 quilters learn new skills and enjoy camaraderie with other quilters around the world.
The museum offers adult programs such as workshops with renowned quilt instructors and tours to groups of all sizes. One of the top programs is the Creative Stitch Experience, which includes a specialty guided tour and hands-on class where participants create a quilters souvenir.
The museum is committed to furthering the future of quilting by offering a variety of youth programs, hands-on activities and tours. Our most well-known youth program is the School Block Challenge, an annual quilt block competition and exhibit open to students in grade K-12 nationwide. Youth from over 25 states regularly participate in this program. Other youth programs include Junior Quilters, a monthly club for beginning quilters, and Quilt Camp, where each summer 60 children sew their own quilts.
The museum believes that every quilt is an artwork that should be maintained and preserved so it can be experienced by future generations. As such, we are committed to being a leader in quilt preservation education. In addition to our commitment to store, handle, exhibit, and ship quilts from our collection using the highest quilt preservation standards and protocols, the museum acts as an educational source for organizations and the general public.
The National Quilt Museum is committed to the growth and expansion of quilting. We want everyone to experience the work of these amazing artists and make it a part of their lives.