Sew Many Quilts: Celebrating 30 Years of The National Quilt Museum
March 12 - June 8, 2021
The National Quilt Museum is the brainchild of Bill and Meredith Schroeder of Paducah, Kentucky. Both quilting enthusiasts, their goal was to start a museum that would celebrate the work of today’s quilters and advance the art of quilting by bringing it to audiences that had previously not experienced the art form. The Schroeder’s chose to build the museum in Paducah, Kentucky to give back to the community in which they have lived for many years.
The museum opened with only 85 quilts in its collection, less than a handful of employees, and several empty offices. Little did anyone know that thirty years later, the museum would be a global brand that reaches quilt and art enthusiasts around the globe and regularly welcomes visitors from all 50 US states and over 40 countries.
This exhibition includes a selection of 30 collection quilts from the very first quilt acquired by the museum to the most recent.
Modern Quilt Guild Retrospective
April 9 – July 27, 2021
This exhibit provides a glimpse into the evolution of quilts made by members of The Modern Quilt Guild during the past twelve years. Many have been exhibited at QuiltCon, the largest modern quilting event in the world, presented annually by the MQG.
by Arturo Alonzo Sandoval
March 26 - June 1, 2021
Pattern Fusion, by Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, explores quilt motifs using recycled materials for the vertical and horizontal elements. Repurposed 35 mm microfilm has an innate graphic pattern created by the microfilm text and photos. The addition of various colored Mylar, machine stitching, embroidery, and layers of netting creates several fused patterns when these materials are joined together by interlacing. Some of the results are subtle and others bold.
Whether using a floor loom, sewing machine, interlacing, or simply combining recycled or new materials in collage or assemblage processes, Sandoval pursues the cutting edge in his chosen art medium.
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."