Current Exhibits

Never Forget: Quilts from the 9/11 Memorial Museum

Reflections by Martha Kotter

July 30  - November 2, 2021

The National Quilt Museum is honored to host a collection of quilts from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum for an exclusive exhibition in commemoration of the 20th anniversary  of the  September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,977 people, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six. 

The National Quilt Museum pays tribute to all first responders and frontline workers for their constant sacrifice and dedication. 

First responders can enjoy FREE admission to the museum and “Never Forget: Quilts from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum” for yourself and a guest from July 30th to November 2nd, 2021.

Primal Forces: EARTH

Presented by SAQA

September 17  - January 11, 2022

Forty artists have been selected for the SAQA Global Exhibition Primal Forces: Earth by juror Sue Cavanaugh. This exhibition is the first in a three-part series to premiere at The National Quilt Museum over a six-year period.

This exhibition illustrates that all life on this planet depends on earth: it nurtures us through the soil beneath our feet. However, it can be a destructive force as well. Seismic activity and mudslides have shaped the landscape for millions of years and taken a toll on living beings as well. We are in an era of tremendous change in earth as well, due to shifting balances brought on by human activity.


Stitched In All Sizes

Reflection #3 by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

 Stitched in All Sizes features a selection of quilts from the museum’s collection showcasing artistry on both ends of the scale, from our smallest miniature (3.75 inches!) to our largest bed-sized quilt (110 inches), and highlighting the connections between them. 


Silhouette Quilts

by Maggie Weiss

Iris by Maggie Weiss

August 13  - October 12, 2021
The Corner Gallery

Maggie’s goal as an artist is to create a compelling surface that invites the viewer to react, take a closer look and to strive to bring beauty or awareness into the world. 

The Silhouette Quilts exhibition combines the principles of composition, design and collage with art cloth and quilt making, to make it the best of both worlds.



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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