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Current Exhibits


Motion from the Contemporary QuiltArt Association

School Block
The Heart
of America
The National Quilt
Museum Collection
Miniature Quilts

Motion from the Contemporary QuiltArt Association

November 21, 2014 - February 23, 2015
Motion is a key concept in design. By combining elements such as line, shape, and texture that make the eye move over the work, an artist can convey motion. Movement can be suggested visually through repetition, directional lines, placement of objects, diagonal lines, and gestural lines. A symbolic representation of movement can create an exciting abstract composition.

As a group, CQA is diverse in styles, media, and techniques. Members are not restricted by traditional definitions of quilting, but are driven to express thoughts and feelings through the medium of quilting. Design, style, color, technique, and composition are all addressed in members’ work. Surface design by some CQA artists includes dyeing yardage, painting, stenciling, and printing on materials to create special effects. Some work abstractly; some create representational images. The only constant is that CQA members continue to move and expand the definition of the quilt as art.

More information about Motion form the Contemporary QuiltArt Association, may be found here.

On the Move by Ruth Vincent

Guests enjoy studying Marianne Burr's quilt.

Dreams by Maria Michurina
Diatom 7 (detail) by Carla Stehr


Brownian Motion (detail) by Barbara Nepom
School Block Challenge

January 9 - March 10
The School Block Challenge is our annual National youth contest. Participants from Kindergarten through 12th grade are challenged to create a quilt block that incorporates three fabrics. This is the 22th annual School Block Challenge with over 500 participants and over 300 quilt blocks.

Click here to read more about School Block Challenge.

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Grand Prize
It's Our World - We Will Change It!
Brooke Garland, Izzy Washburn, Amerlia Boone, Phoebe Ramsey, Sophia Edwards, Emma Story, Addison Noles, Halle Piercy, Taylor Cunningham

K- 4th 1st Place
The Pineapple
Jaden Holcomb

K- 4th 2nd Place
The Bird
Troy Meade

K- 4th 3rd Place
Callie's Compass
Callie Messick

K- 4th Honorable Mention
Pleasant Hill
Julia Wilkinson

5th - 8th 1st Place
Infinity Tree
Jesse Siegmund

5th - 8th 2nd Place
Spiraling Into Space
Ethan Hill

5th - 8th 3rd Place
Floral Wreath by MH Designs
Cameron Tiefenthaler


5th - 8th Honorable Mention
Shooting Star
Rebecca DiCosola

5th - 8th Honorable Mention (Homeschooled)
The Brainstorm
William Smee

5th - 8th Honorable Mention
Spaced Out
Anna Garrard

9th - 12th 1stPlace
Abby Hill

9th - 12th 2nd Place
Beyond Infinity
Monica Jones, Zada Campbell

9th - 12th 3rd Place
T'was the Night Before Christmas
Deja Howard, Mary Haddock, Destiney Delao


9th - 12th Honorable Mention
The Grinch Stole Christmas
Amanda Rollins, Molly McCall, Caitlin Wayne, Brittany Smith, Katie Marcum

The Heart of America

January 9 - March 10
The National Quilt Museum invited members of quilt guilds in Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota to submit quilts that represent their best work for a special juried exhibit titled Heart of America. This exhibit highlights the work of quiltmakers who are the mainstream of quiltmaking today.

Click here to read more about the exhibit.

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Paisley Melody by Kathleen Moorhead Johnson

Selvage Star of Bethlehem by Mayleen Vinson
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 320 quilts from over 350 different quilt makers 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 received thousands of submittals 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 quality and diversity of the Museum collection and we will continue to expand it as time goes forward.

Click here to 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

There and Back Again by Teri Barile
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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."

If you would like to learn more about miniature quilts, a companion book entitled Oh, Wow! The Miniature Quilts and Their Makers is available.