Current Exhibits

Bourbon Diamonds

 by MJ Kinman

Angel's Share - inspired by Angel’s Envy Distillery in Louisville, KY

September 18  - November 3, 2020

Textile artist MJ Kinman blends her favorite subjects—quilts, gems, and Kentucky bourbon—into a stunning exhibit of light and color.


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. 

New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Wheel of Fortune

Color My Wheel — First Place — Barbara Harrell — Waddell, AZ

July 10 – October 6, 2020

This exhibition features the winning and finalist quilts from around the world in a competition for the most innovative interpretations of the traditional Wheel of Fortune pattern.

Sponsored by Janome and Moda Fabrics

For the digital NQOF 2020 Gallery Guide, click here.

For a copy of the 2022 New Quilts from an Old Favorite brochure, click here.

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Women’s Right to Vote: Revolution & Evolution
Suffrage Small Quilt Challednge
Dakota County Star Quilters, Eagan, MN

Diane Murtha — Bettendorf, Iowa

September 1- October 17, 2020

This exhibition of 36 small quilts from 16 states across the country celebrate the 100thanniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution—the women’s suffrage amendment.

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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