Follow The Thread
by Paula Kovarik
May 13 - August 2, 2022
The Corner Gallery
I make art with thread and fabric. Stitching is an extension of my thoughts through my hands. This slow art, textural and multi-layered, reveals a product born of concentration on an idea and hours of application. There is a point in every piece that I recognize as the moment when body, soul, and statement come together in the product. It is when I declare to myself: I stand by this work.
Through it all, I am sensitive to surprises, allowing the line and images to tell me more than I think I know. It’s about the inner coming out. It’s about defining rough-edged ideas through intimate attention to detail. It’s about the layered, ripped, cut, and sandwiched-together—producing a composition that reflects my values and my voice.
Paula Kovarik received her Bachelor of Arts in graphic design from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. As the creative director and owner of Shades of Gray, Inc., a graphic design studio, she specialized in communications. Paula’s textile art has been recognized by several national venues. She has been profiled in American Craft, Fiber Art Now and Art Quilting Studio magazines. Paula lives and works in Memphis, TN.
New Quilts from an Old Favorite 2022: Shakespeare
April 8 - August 23, 2022
NQOF: Shakespeare is NQM’s own competition and exhibition. The competition took a year off and it is now back with a regroup, refresh, and redesign. The “new” is artists must follow a theme—this year it is Shakespeare. The “old” is the artist may choose which traditional block to us in their original designed quilt. Judging is based on the innovative use and interpretation of a traditional block and the theme Shakespeare.
Australia Wide Seven
March 4 - July 19, 2022
Australia Wide Seven showcases the work of Ozquilt Network members from throughout Australia and overseas. The exhibition features 40 small artworks, each 40 x 40cm (16 x 16 inches).
These were selected by panel made up of recognized textile artists Sharon Peoples (ACT), Suzanne Gummow (SA) and Alsyn Midgelow-Marsden (NZ).
The works demonstrate the scope and variety of the ‘stitched and layered textile’ medium and address many different themes.
The Australia Wide exhibitions program is series of biennial exhibitions which tour galleries across Australia.
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 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."