School Block Challenge 2021
January 15 – April 6, 2021
The National Quilt Museum inspires the next generation of quilters through the School Block Challenge, which is an annual, nationwide, quilt block contest and exhibit for students in K-12th grade. Sponsored by Moda Fabrics and coordinated by Becky Glasby, NQM Director of Education.
Block of the Month: Round 2
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.More Info
60K Log Cabin Quilts
by Amy Pabst
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.
Southern Quilts: Celebrating Traditions, History, and Designs
Mary W. Kerr, Curator
December 11 - March 9, 2021
The American South has a rich quilting history, steeped in tradition and passed down through the generations. The glorious designs, colors and patterns are unique to this region of the United States. The quilts created here reflect the influence of multiple cultural traditions brought to the region over the last four centuries. The earliest patchwork quilts came from traditions in the British Isles. Unique designs and artistic interpretations emerged as German, Scots Irish and other European settlements converged in the American South. Each quiltmaker made her choices based on the styles, patterns, traditions, and fabrics available to her at that time.
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."