October 20 - January 16, 2018
Members of the Lakota Sioux have transposed their heritage of painted buffalo robes to star quilts that maintain their cultural and tribal identity. More Info
October 20 - January 16, 2018
In this exhibit, Carol Larson tells the story of what it was like to have her growth intentionally stunted when she was an adolescent because it was thought at the time that tall girls could have fewer opportunities in life. More Info
September 22 - December 12, 2017
The artists from Washington’s Contemporary QuiltArt Association create a unique sensory experience that takes the viewer through an electrifying adventure of light.More Info
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 500 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.
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."