Current Exhibits

School Block Challenge

January 18 - April 2, 2019

School Block Challenge is an annual, nationwide quilt block contest and exhibit for students in grades K-12. Moda Fabrics provides three challenge fabrics which must be included somewhere in each block. Block entries are required to have some type of machine or hand stitching. Students are encouraged to use their creativity, imagination, and math skills in designing and constructing their own 16”x16” quilt blocks.

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December 7 - April 9, 2019

A celebration of strong women highlighting the groundbreaking accomplishments of 105 women such as Rosa Parks by artists from eight countries.

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Paducah Fiber Artists: NOW & THEN

Featured in our Corner Gallery

November 16 – January 29, 2019

It is well known that quilting and creativity are the common thread connecting people from around the globe to Paducah, a designated UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art anchored by the National Quilt Museum and a thriving fiber arts community. Though the National Quilt Museum opened its doors in 1991, Paducah’s fiber arts community is one that began to flourish around 2005 as likeminded creatives, like Aynex Mercado who moved to Paducah with the City’s Artist Relocation Program, began to seek the fellowship of other artists who were working outside the scope of traditional quilt designs. Over the past 13 years, the Paducah Fiber Artists have showcased a wide variety of textile artforms each month, including wearables, weavings, basketry and much more. “NOW & THEN” showcases the journey, the friendships, the influences, and the individual styles of each of the artists—including the early founders, friends who have moved away, and the regulars and recently arrived artists of today.

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."