Current Exhibits

The Quilter's Night Before Christmas

curated by Sue Reich

November 4  - January 10, 2023

It was in December 1822 when Dr. Clement C. Moore penned his immortal poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”  His intention was to present a gift of a holiday poem to his five young children. Two hundred years later, ten generations of children have fantasized about a jolly, old elf arriving with goodies each Christmas Eve.  Parents continue to carry forth the tradition of reading what is now known as “ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” To keep quilts in Christmas and to honor the 200th commemorative year of Dr. Clement C. Moore’s poem, Sue Reich challenged her quilt-making friends to pick a stanza and recreate their memories of reading this famous childhood poem. 


Say Your Piece
Black Women: Mothers, Martyrs, and Misunderstood

Curated by Stacey Watson

hope, half empty by Chawne Kimber

October 21  - February 21, 2022

Say Your Piece- Black Women: Mothers, Martyrs, and Misunderstood is the first installation  the Say Your Piece three-part series. This exhibition is curated by Stacey A. Watson, NQM Director of Equitable Partnerships, to enlighten the audience on specific issues that have and continue to affect Black women in America. It is a visual journey that includes a combination of symbolism and inspiration attached to the African diaspora, heightening our sense of cultural awareness. It is a unique experience as it provides the artists an opportunity to display what speaks to them, to you, to us.



Confessions of a Textile Conservator

Fans (c. 1892)

October 7  - January 17, 2023

Confessions of a Textile Conservator is a collection of antique and vintage quilts from around the world.  This selected group of quilts is from the private collection of Harold Mailand, textile conservator from Indianapolis, IN.


“Being a conservator of textiles and costumes has influenced my willingness and taste to collect quilts,” said Mailand.

“I hope the works in this exhibition may inspire the artist, encourage the collector, and help you the viewer to enjoy these ‘soft’ treasures.”

Tribute to the Civil Rights Movement: Quilted Swing Coats

by Patricia A. Montgomery

The Mentor Daisy Bates by Patricia A. Montgomery

August 26  - December 30, 2022

The Civil Rights Movement led by African Americans used nonviolent civil disobedience actions that transformed the United States and became a catalyst for other national and international civil disobedience actions that followed. This movement started in the courts because African Americans wanted better lives that consist of equal opportunities in education, housing, employment, and transportation.

Many African American women made major contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. These story quilts created in African American traditional quilting design and construction technique, structured in the shape of a swing coat, illustrate their stories.

There are a total of 19 quilted swing coats.



To view an interactive flip book showcasing the year's exhibitions, click here.


The National Quilt Museum Collection

The National Quilt Museum's main gallery is made up of quilts from the museum's own collection. Currently, the museum has over 600 quilts in our collection. At any given time, 50-60 of these quilts are on display in the gallery for the public to view. The rest of the collection is housed in our temperature and humidity controlled vault.

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

How do we choose the quilts for our collection? The museum receives thousands of submissions for collection consideration each year. A collection committee made up of well respected quilters and appraisers makes the final decision on which quilts will ultimately become part of the collection. Only one exception to this process exists. Each year the winning quilts at the AQS Paducah Quilt Show are added to the museum's collection without having to go through the typical process for selection.
We take great pride in the quality and diversity of the museum collection and we will continue to expand it as time goes forward.


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

Selections from the museum's collection are also online on the Google Cultural Institute website.

Oh WOW! Miniature Quilts

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

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


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