Current Exhibits

Rita's Quilt

March 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020

In September 2019, Shannon Downey purchased an unfinished embroidered map of the United States and a container of supplies at an estate sale with the intent of finishing the project.  The quilt had been started by 99 year old, Rita Smith before she passed.  Little did she know that this project would become a global phenomenon. 

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OURstory: Human Rights Stories in Fabric

"Colorblind" By Mary Jane Sneyd

June 8 – September 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 Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts

The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts by Cassandra Beaver

March 13  - July 14, 2020

This collection of modern quilts, constructed by Cassandra Beaver between 2014 and today, encompasses a variety of aesthetics and techniques including use of negative space, minimalism, modern traditionalism, and improvisation.

 

 

Musica! Celebration of Music — with a Visual Twist
By the Studio Art Quilt Associates

Sonata for a Stone by Paulette Landers Ranier, Oregon, USA

March 6 – July 7, 2020

Pablo Picasso said, "To draw, you must close your eyes and sing."  This exhibition explores all the wonderful ways in which music can serve as inspiration for the creative process.

Both music and art elicit emotions, create different moods, suggest movement, and can reflect light, depth, and color. Over time many artistic practices and processes have been shaped by sound and visual expression. The boundaries between music and art blur, as one becomes inspiration for the other.

 

 


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."


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