Current Exhibits

Block of the Month: Round 2 

Light in the Darkness - Stacey Williams (Adams, TN)

October 23  - January 30, 2021

This exhibition showcases the quilts made by members of The National Quilt Museum’s Block of the Month Club.

Each month quilters were challenged to experiment with new techniques and styles while having fun connecting with quilters from all over the world.

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60K Log Cabin Quilts

 by Amy Pabst

The Witching Hour

November 6  - January 19, 2021

The Log Cabin block is one of the oldest and most recognizable and versatile American quilt patterns. This series focuses on miniature scale and explores the unlimited layout and design options of the Log Cabin. There are over 60,000 individual fabric pieces used for the quilts in this exhibit.


Park Bench Stories

 by Leni Levenson Wiener

The Woman in the Shawl

September 11  - December 8, 2020

Park Bench Stories consists of 39 pieces that represent people who have come to sit on a park bench at some point during a day, a week, or longer. The bench is implied until the very last piece in the exhibition, which shows the empty bench. Until that point, viewers are invited to imagine for themselves the bench and its location. The interactive connection makes this a good exhibition for school groups, writers’ groups as it inspires viewers to create their own stories based on the pieces. Those interested in fiber art, art quilts or the psychology of body language also find this an intriguing exhibition. 

Inspired by Endangered Species: Animals and Plants in Fabric Perspectives

Curated by Donna Marcinkowski DeSoto

Elegant Sunbird by Nancy Evans

October 9 – January 12, 2021

Lively, colorful and skillfully made fabric “portraits of endangered species bring them to real, vibrant life. The 182 quilt portraits feature animal and plants from all over the world.


OURstory: Human Rights Stories in Fabric

Curated by Susanne Miller Jones

"Colorblind" By Mary Jane Sneyd

June 8 – December 8, 2020

In 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which had been drafted by a committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt. It delineated the rights to which all humans in all countries should be entitled. Forty-six artists from six countries created this collection of 62 art quilts based on those rights. This poignant collection includes quilts celebrating the heroes who fought for rights long denied to various groups of people as well as the events that drew the attention of news media as well as the public. Personal stories round out the collection. Viewers will be moved and encouraged.

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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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