Freehand Patchwork by Danny Amazonas
July 12 - October 15, 2019
Danny is internationally recognized for his unique artistry and amazing use of color. His eye-catching artwork incorporates thousands of pieces of fabric.
"My work eventually evolved from mosaic patterns into free-form. In 2012, using a new technique unprecedented in the field of fiber art, 'freehand patchwork' was born. Freehand patchwork is an unorthodox technique that is like painting with colorful fabric. The beauty of the original textile designs are fully expressed while freely interpreting the image of the textile art. This is something extraordinary that could not be achieved in painting. Using just a rotary cutter, overlapping layers of fused fabric and exposing the raw edges is something traditional quilters rarely do.
This exhibition of my quilts will help visitors understand how my artwork has developed through years of learning and finding new techniques. But most importantly, I think visitors want to see through my mind, by observing the artworks to make that connection."
Playing With Purpose: A Quilt Retrospective by Victoria Findaly Wolfe
June 28 - October 8, 2019
Take a deep look inside the evolution of one of today's most important modern quilt artists through her diverse and exciting body of work.
Every time Victoria makes a quilt, she attempts to approach it with fresh eyes and without preconceptions, thus keeping the conversation of possibility in design open. Findlay Wolfe’s work masterfully balances the genres of art quilts, traditional, and modern quilts with a flair for bringing the fine art of quilting to the modern age. Her books explore the process of creativity—patterns to make something beautiful and get the most out of what is being made. As a teacher, she encourages learning the skills to sew, as well as exploring the creative process to design your own unique quilts.
She works in all facets of the quilting world, first as an artist, then as a fabric designer and store owner. She exhibits, teaches, and lectures all over the world.
Tula Pink: Personally Tula
Featured in our Corner Gallery
June 21 – September 17, 2019
Tula Pink is an illustrator, fabric designer, quilter, and author. She explores new ideas and techniques in this collection of creative, unique, and original quilts.
Tula’s main function in life is fabric design. Her signature designs have been adapted to fabrics, woven ribbons, paper products, needlepoint kits, embroidery patterns and sewing machines and can be found in independent fabric shops and retailers all over the world. Tula is most recognized in her industries for her dark sense of humor, a flair for hiding animals in the strangest of places (artistically, not literally) and her boldly unique use of color and pattern. Tula comes from the “more is more” school of design where there is never enough space and always room for that one last thing.
Today Tula Pink works closely with the good people at Free Spirit Fabrics to develop multiple fabric collections every year, is an Ambassador for BERNINA sewing machines, develops collections for Aurifil Threads and Renaissance Ribbons and writes books for F+W Media about quilting and sewing. She works all day everyday and gets very cranky when she is asked to leave the studio or if Tula Pink is her real name.
April 5 - July 23, 2019
This exhibit is curated by Qin Zhang.
Jiaxie was an incised wooden block textile dyeing technique that was in vogue in Tang Dynasty (618 AD-907 AD) in ancient China. It was widely used throughout East Asia in antiquity. Specimens of early Jiaxie can only be found in few well-known museums, such as the British Museum in UK and Shosoin in Japan, as their treasure textile collections.
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, however, 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 wish and desire for love and better life even in the old days when there was no freedom for love or marriage.
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 www.quiltindex.org.
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."