Current Exhibits

School Block Challenge

January 17, 2020 - March 31, 2020

Congrats to Hannah Williams of MO - Grand Prize winner of the 2020 School Block Challenge with her block Friends. School Block Challenge is co-sponsored by Moda Fabrics United Notions and features blocks by kids in grades K-12 from across the country.

This year includes:

  • 331 students
  • 293 total entries
  • 27 states & 1 APO school

All winning blocks can be seen on our website and you can see all 293 entries in the upcoming exhibit January 17 - March 31, 2020.
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A Joint Exhibition of Art Quilts from Brazil and the Contemporary Quilt Art Association

Quilt Block (R)Evolution by Barbara Fox

Quilt Block (R)Evolution by Barbara Fox

October 18, 2019- January 28, 2020

For the past nine years the Contemporary Quilt Art Association (CQA) from Washington State has been sending art quilts to the Patchwork Design show in Sao Paola, Brazil and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to be exhibited side by side with Brazil quilt artists.

The goal of this exhibition is to give United States viewers a chance to see the Brazil and U.S. art quilts in a show, just as Brazilians have been able to do in the past.

There was not an assigned theme so that each artist could continue to work in his or her chosen style or theme. Surprisingly there did appear common themes in the two groups, as artists from both countries explored life, the home, abstract art, and social comment.



Social Justice Sewing Academy

The Corner Gallery

January 15, 2020 - March 10, 2020

Now open in the Corner Gallery is the Social Justice Sewing Academy exhibit!
SJSA is a youth program that combines creative expression with social justice activism through the art of quilting. The powerful imagery made by young artists across the country is then embroidered and embellished by SJSA volunteers before they are quilted and exhibited.

On exhibit through March 10, 2020. #NQMcornergallery
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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."