Larger Than Life
by Velda Newman
January 9 - July 11, 2023
Velda Newman is a contemporary quilt maker and fiber artist from Nevada City, California. Her large-scale designs, portraying subjects from nature, have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Newman uses textiles and thread the way other artists use paint and brush.
Flora, Fauna, and Landscape/Paisaje
Chile Quilting and TSAO/Textile Artists of Southeast Ohio
through May 2, 2023
Flora, Fauna, and Landscape is an international project between quilters from Southeast Ohio and Chile. The exhibition was created by focus on the habitat in which each artist lives and to showcase each artist’s textile art style. There are 17 works in the collection.
Say Your Piece
Black Women: Mothers, Martyrs, and Misunderstood
Curated by Stacey Watson
October 21 - February 21, 2023
Say Your Piece- Black Women: Mothers, Martyrs, and Misunderstood is the first installation the Say Your Piece three-part series. This exhibition is curated by Stacey A. Watson, NQM Director of Equitable Partnerships, to enlighten the audience on specific issues that have and continue to affect Black women in America. It is a visual journey that includes a combination of symbolism and inspiration attached to the African diaspora, heightening our sense of cultural awareness. It is a unique experience as it provides the artists an opportunity to display what speaks to them, to you, to us.
School Block Challenge 2023
through April 4, 2023
School Block Challenge 2023 competition and exhibition is celebrating 30 years. This quilt block contest and exhibit is open nationwide to students in K-12th grade. Moda Fabrics provides three challenge fabrics which must be included in each block. Entries must also contain some type of machine or hand stitching.
Currently on exhibition through April 4, 2023.
To view an interactive flip book showcasing the year's exhibitions, click here.
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."