Current Exhibits

H2OH! from SAQA

June 25 - September 19, 2017

Water is the uniting theme in this show organized by Studio Art Quilt Associates. Artists interpret one of our most vital, powerful, and enjoyed resources.

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Growing Power: Quilts by Jane Sassaman

April 14 – July 11, 2017

Jane Sassaman is an artist, educator, author, and fabric designer. Her innovative quilts have been shown in many national and international exhibits, including Quilt National 1989 through 2005 and Contemporary American Quilts, the first major exhibit of American contemporary studio quilts in England. Her quilt “Willow” was named as One of the One Hundred Best American Quilts of the Century. Jane’s love for historic decorative arts can be seen in all facets of her work, but it is especially evident in the exuberant fabric she is currently designing for FreeSpirit. Her latest book, Patchwork Sassaman Style, beautifully illustrates her fabric “in action.”

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A Walk in the Woods: Quilts by Pat Durbin

April 14 – July 11, 2017

Pat Durbin creates quilts that resemble paintings using fabric and thread. She often uses her husband's landscape photography to inspire her scenes. Her quilt "Forest Walk" won 3rd place in the Paducah AQS show 2010, also a 3rd place in International Quilt Festival in Houston 2010. It is now in the Museum's collection.

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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 500 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.

Purchase our collection book.

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.



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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