Winter 2017 Newsletter

2017 Exhibit Schedule

"Saturday Night at the Honk-y Tonk Saloon" by Robin Gausebeck, Rockford, IL

"Saturday Night at the Honk-y Tonk Saloon" by Robin Gausebeck, Rockford, IL

Quilt as Desired
October 14, 2016 - February 14, 2017

Mary Kerr curates this exhibit of antique quilt tops finished by modern long arm techniques.

School Block Challenge
January 13 – March 28, 2017
The annual K-12 student contest for youth across the country to create an original quilt block incorporating three specific fabrics.

Neighborhoods Coming Together: Quilts Around Oakland
February 17 – April 11, 2017
In honor of Black History Month, the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland, CA shares a collection of their quilts exploring how their communities are linked.

New Quilts from an Old Favorite & Antique Flying Geese
March 31 – June 20, 2017
Finalists and winners from the annual competition are showcased along with traditional examples featuring the theme of the Flying Geese piecework.

April 14 – July 11, 2017

H2Oh! from SAQA
June 23 – 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.

Serenity from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection
July 14 – October 17, 2017
The concept and feeling of serenity is explored in this mix of antique and contemporary quilts. The exhibit compares our perception of “modern chaos” and “the good old days.”

Light Show from CQA
September 22 – December 12, 2017
Members of Washington’s Contemporary QuiltArt Association challenged themselves to explore many ways of capturing “light” in this collection of quilts.

Quilts of the Lakota
October 20, 2017 – January 2018
Members of the Lakota Sioux have transposed their heritage of painted buffalo robes to star quilts that maintain their cultural and tribal identity.


School Block Challenge in Gallery

School Block Challenge is an annual, nationwide quilt block contest and exhibit for students in grades K-12th. It's co-sponsored by the National Quilt Museum and Moda Fabrics. Moda provides three challenge fabrics which must be included somewhere in each block. Block entries are also required to have some type of machine or hand stitching. Students are encouraged to use their creativity, imagination and math skills in designing and constructing their own quilt blocks.

Students work under the guidance of a classroom teacher, homeschool curriculum, youth group leader, scout troop, 4-H club, etc. They can work individually or cooperatively as they discover how the art of quilting relates to other school subjects and their own interests.

A Grand Prize winner is chosen from all of the blocks, winners are selected in each of the following categories: K-4th, 5th-8th, 9th-12th and prizes are awarded.

The National Quilt Museum encourages the next generation of quilters through the School Block Challenge contest and exhibit--and hopes that it inspires all quilters both young and old!

Learn about the School Block Challenge here.

Matching Campaign

End of Year Matching

Time Left to Donate for 2016 Matching:

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Quilts for Quilting

Storyteller, donated by Gail Garber

It's time for the National Quilt Museum's 2017 Quilts for Quilting Campaign to begin. The Quilts for Quilting Campaign is one of The National Quilt Museum's largest and most important fundraisers. Last year over 500 quilt enthusiasts participated. We hope that you will participate this year and help the Museum achieve its fundraising goals.

How it works? The program is simple and everyone can participate. To get involved simply donate a full size quilt or miniature quilt to the Museum for fundraising purposes. The quilt can be a new creation or an antique and it can be any size. Most donated quilts will be a part of one of our three annual auctions. In a few cases they are held to be used in later events. The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization so all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

The Museum is currently in its 6th consecutive year of growth. This is only possible do to the generosity of the people that fund our efforts. The dollars raised from this program and others have helped us expand several programs and diversify promotional efforts. Ultimately, the contributions of people passionate about quilting have led to thousands more people experiencing the work of today's quilting community through educational programs, in-facility exhibits, traveling exhibits, and other programs.

In addition to helping the Museum, each contributor will receive a free gift.

How to donate your quilt to the "Quilts for Quilting" campaign:
Send quilts to:
National Quilt Museum

215 Jefferson Street

Paducah, KY 42001

Please write "Attn: Q for Q" on the box.

Please include your name, address, and contact information so that we may send you a receipt and a gift.

There is no limit to the number of quilts you may donate to the campaign. We welcome multiple donations. If possible, please donate by April 1, 2017.

If you have any questions about this program please contact Frank Bennett at or 270-442-8856.

Faces at the Museum

Emily HendrixIn early February Emily Hendrix joined The National Quilt Museum staff as the new Auctions and Quilts for Quilting Program Coordinator. While Emily is new to the staff, she is not new to the Museum. Emily is an example of how Museum youth education programs have helped thousands of kids develop a passion for quilting.

Emily has been involved with Museum education programs since she was seven years old. She was first introduced to the Museum through her county 4H club. Over the last 13 years, she has honed her quilting skills in numerous Museum education programs including Junior Quilters, Quilt Camp, and others. In a case of the student becoming the teacher, in recent years she volunteered her time to help the next generation of quilters learn their craft.

Emily showing off her quilting at age 7

As Auction and Quilts for Quilting Program Coordinator, Emily will be working to help the Museum procure donations for our annual fundraising auctions.

You can contact Emily at

A Word from our CEO

Remember the National Quilt Museum When Making Planned Giving Decisions

By Frank Bennett

With tax season upon us, it’s a good time to discuss the potential tax benefits that can come from making short and long term financial contributions to The National Quilt Museum.

As you know, The National Quilt Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization primarily funded through the generosity of the quilting community. Our efforts to promote the work of today’s quilting community worldwide require significant resources to sustain, as such; we need everyone who is passionate about quilting involved with our efforts.

While there are many ways to help the museum, today I’m going to talk a little bit about planned gifts and estate planning. A planned gift is a philanthropic gift that is funded either during a donor’s lifetime or after the donor’s death. There are many financial instruments available that offer the opportunity leave a legacy of philanthropic support while at the same time receiving significant tax benefits.

There are dozens of planned giving vehicles including life insurance, company stock, living trusts, retained life estates, charitable lead trusts, charitable remainder trusts, and many more. In many cases, the tax advantages can be substantial especially on appreciated securities and properties. When you include all income, estate, and capital tax savings and also take probate expense savings into account, often the total savings you receive can come close to the amount of the gift.

Please consider making The National Quilt Museum part of your long term planned giving. Your generosity will play a part in helping the quilting community to sustain and grow for years to come.

Everybody’s situation is unique. We recommend sitting down with your financial advisor to discuss which options are best for you.

*This article is not intended to serve as financial advice. Please meet with your financial advisor before making any decisions.

2016 Visitor Map

The National Quilt Museum was visited by people from over 40 countries in 2016!

    • Argentina
    • Australia
    • Belgium
    • Brazil
    • Canada
    • China
    • Colombia
    • Costa Rica
    • Denmark
    • England
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Ghana
    • Guatemala
    • India
    • Ireland
    • Isle of Man
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Kuwait
    • Lithuania
    • New Zealand
    • Norway
    • Panama
    • Philippines
    • Poland
    • Puerto Rico
    • Russia
    • Scotland
    • Singapore
    • South Africa
    • South Korea
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Thailand
    • Wales
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