Please contact Susan K. Edwards, Director of Marketing for more information and photos. (270) 442-8856 x214
PADUCAH, KY - AUGUST 10, 2012 — The National Quilt Museum is celebrating its 7th annual “Kidz Day in the Arts” on Saturday, August 25th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It’s also “Community Day,” the one day of the year everyone is admitted into the museum’s galleries for free. Many activities reflect this year’s theme, “The Spirit of the Olympics.” There will be a variety of free indoor and outdoor activities. The inflatable games on the lawn will be back and you can join Library Lady, Retta Folsom and her Puppets for storytelling at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The Paducah Fire Department will be bringing a fire truck and its fire safety trailer to the event. The trailer simulates the conditions in a smoke-filled house. Paducah Fire Chief Steve Kyle says, “Children enjoy crawling through the trailer; however, the experience teaches children how to safely evacuate a home in the case of a fire.” For a complete schedule of activities, go to www.QuiltMuseum.org/Kidz.
Thanks to our sponsors, you are invited to enjoy free ice cream from Paducah Bank’s WOW Ice Cream Truck and a free lunch provided by Texas Roadhouse from 11:30 – 1:00 pm or while supplies last. Pepsi MidAmerica is providing free drinks and water.
The Exquisite Stitch: 200 Years of Hand Quilting Exhibit to Open
June 8, 2012 - The National Quilt Museum is pleased to announce The Exquisite Stitch: 200 Years of Hand Quilting Exhibit is set open June 15. Some of the finest hand quilted antique and contemporary quilts from around the country will be featured. A fine hand stitch has traditionally been the mark of excellence. "Since the stitch defines quilting, it's important to consider the beauty of hand stitching," said Judy Schwender, Curator/Registrar, for The National Quilt Museum. "If you are a fan of hand quilting, this exhibit is not to be missed!" The quilts will be at The National Quilt Museum from June 15 through September 11, 2012.
Stefani & John Fordyce travel more than 300 miles to redeem Paducah Getaway contest awards
May 15, 2012, Paducah, Ky., - A Bethany, Missouri couple is enjoying a three-day two-night visit to Paducah this week. Stefani and John Fordyce are cashing in on a Paducah Getaway package that Stefani won after visiting the National Quilt Museum booth at the American Quilter's Society Quilt Show & Contest in Des Moines, Iowa last September.
Stefani attended the Des Moines quilt show with her sister, who is an avid quilter. She is a retired Social Studies teacher and is enjoying Paducah's rich history while taking in the Quilt Museum and fabric shops. She is currently creating an Underground Railroad quilt with her friends.
"The artwork in the quilts is just beautiful," said Fordyce noting the exhibits on display at the National Quilt Museum. She referred to the craftsmanship of the quilts as artwork. "That's what they really are."
Stefani is joined by her husband John. He compared Paducah to Charleston, South Carolina. "The shops, the buildings and the historic downtown...they're all similar-except Charleston has the ocean and Paducah has the rivers," said John.
When asked how the trip when, here is their response:
"Susan, We were very well taken care of during our trip to Paducah, Please thank everyone for the kindness given to us on this trip. The Whalers Restaurant, Shandies, Kirchhoff's Bakery & Deli and the Pasta House were excellent. What a treat!
Our tour guide (Paducah Ambassador, Scotty) provided by the Vistors Bureau gave us such interestering information about the town and we so enjoyed sitting on the benches by the River and watching the boats and people. What a beautiful place.
The Quilt Museum was fantastic. This will be a future trip during Quilt week for some of us. Already talking it up. I feel so privileged to have won this trip. My love for art quilting has differently increased.
Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE WORK YOU PUT INTO MAKING OUR TRIP "A TRIP OF A LIFE TIME". THANK YOU CO-SPONSORS FOR MAKING THIS TRIP POSSIBLE!"
Hope to see you in Des Moines
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2012
Contemporary Fiber Art Exhibit from the United Kingdom Comes to The National Quilt Museum
PADUCAH, KY, March 19, 2012 – The National Quilt Museum is pleased to announce the newest exhibit, acCENT! Art Quilts of the United Kingdom. The exhibit features quilts made by some of the most respected contemporary fiber artists in the United Kingdom. On exhibit for the first time in the United States, this exceptional exhibit has already gained acclaim in Europe.
These stunning and innovative quilts encompass a diverse range of topics. Some of the pieces address serious issues in the United Kingdom including politics, crime, health concerns, and the role of the police force in society. In contrast, some of the other quilts on exhibit are much more abstract. "More than anything, the styles, techniques, and materials used will challenge American audiences. For example, a quilt in the exhibit entitled Inspiration, by Becky Knight, is predominantly made out of newspaper clippings," Museum CEO Frank Bennett remarked. "We are very excited to get this exhibit. It really shows how diverse cultural influences impact artists." acCENT! Art Quilts of the UK will be on exhibit at The National Quilt Museum from March 16 to June 12, 2012. Click here for additional information and photos.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2011
December 16, 2011 - The National Quilt Museum is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Basket-themed New Quilts from an Old Favorite contest. Annually, the Museum challenges today's quiltmakers to create original quilts based on a classic block pattern. This year's challenge was to create a quilt giving the Basket pattern an innovative twist. The 18 finalists and winning quilts will be on exhibit at The National Quilt Museum from April 6 through July 10, 2012. The exhibit will then travel to other venues through December 2013. An exclusive exhibit book featuring full-color photos will be published by the American Quilter's Society and available early next year.
Finalist's quilts that will be featured in the exhibit include:
Additional photos of the contest winning quilts is available. Contact Susan Edwards at (270) 442-8856.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 2, 2011
Quilt Journeys: Three Quilters Exhibition Opens at The National Quilt Museum
PADUCAH, KY, December 2, 2011 - The National Quilt Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its new exhibit, Quilt Journeys: Three Quilters on December 9, 2011. The exhibit follows the artistic journey of three internationally recognized fiber artists: Doreen Speckmann, Diane Gaudynski, and Dorris McManis. Speckman was one of the first artists to reach celebrity status in the quilt world. Gaudynski is one of the most respected and admired machine quilters in the world. McManis, having worked in quilting for decades, is most well known for having created one 12" quilt every week for an entire year. This exhibit runs through March 13, 2012. "Like most journeys, it isn't the destination that is the story, it is the process of getting there and how they find their 'voice' during their journey that's interesting," said Judy Schwender, curator/registrar for The National Quilt Museum. The Quilt Journeys: Three Quilters exhibit was inspired by Journey Stories, a touring exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street program. Murray State will host the Smithsonian exhibit in cooperation with the Kentucky Humanities Council. That exhibit can be seen January 28 to March 10, 2012 at Murray State. The National Quilt Museum exhibit was funded with a grant from the Murray State University Office of Regional Outreach.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2011
Museum Expands Annual Holiday Tradition
PADUCAH, KY NOVEMBER 18, 2011 - The National Quilt Museum is adding "Story Time with Mrs. Claus" to their annual holiday tradition of decorating pre-baked sugar cookies with quilt designs. Adults and youth alike are invited to enjoy the holiday festivities Saturday, December 10th between noon and 2:00 p.m. Participants will create their "Quilted Cookies" with colorful icing and candy embellishments. Cookies, icing and embellishments are provided, while supplies last. Mrs. Claus, who is taking a pause from her North Pole duties, will be in the lobby reading holiday stories. Bring your camera for photographs. No reservation is needed.
Becky Glasby, Director of Education, and volunteers will help participants with quilt-related designs. "It's always fun when you get to 'eat' your project," Glasby said. "This year we are thrilled Mrs. Claus has taken time out of her busy schedule to join us for story time!"
The Old and the New at The National Quilt Museum
PADUCAH, KY, OCTOBER 6, 2011 – The National Quilt Museum is pleased to announce the opening of two new exhibits,. Quilting Reinvented: Longarm Quilters of the 21st Century and antique quilts in A Sense of Balance. The longarm quilts will be on exhibit October 7, 2011 through January 13, 2012 and features the work of top practitioners Marilyn Badger, Rene Haddadin, Richard Larson, Linda McCuean, Sharon Schamber and Linda Taylor. These contemporary fiber artists use the longarm quilting machine, which has revolutionized the art of quiltmaking. A Sense of Balance explores how quiltmakers of the past balanced form, color, and line in their quilts, whether consciously or unconsciously. This exhibit is curated by Gerald Roy and features quilts from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection. It is on exhibit through December 6th.
NEW LEADERSHIP ANNOUNCED AT THE NATIONAL QUILT MUSEUM
Board Taps Nationally Acclaimed Business Writer and Consultant Frank Bennett as New Executive Director
PADUCAH, KY June 22, 2011 — The National Quilt Museum announced today that acclaimed business writer and consultant Frank Bennett has joined the Museum as the new Executive Director. Bennett, most recently from Dallas, Texas, is best known for writing the business leadership book, The Breathing Organization. He has also lectured and conducted marketing and management workshops at over one hundred for profit, non-profit and scholastic organizations nationwide including the University of North Florida, Harvard University, Nuvox Communications and Microsoft Corporation.
"Through its extraordinary exhibitions, educational programs and commitment to advancing the art of Quilting, The National Quilt Museum touches hundreds of thousands of people every year. I am honored to be involved with such an important and relevant organization," Bennett stated earlier this week.
"For our first 20 years, the Museum has been a 'Mecca' for the quilting world," said Ann Hazelwood, President of the Museum's Board of Directors. Having a national figure the caliber of Frank Bennett join the Museum speaks to our commitment to continue to lead the way for the art of quiltmaking and quilting for future generations."
The Museum will hold an open house between 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. to meet and greet the new director Thursday, June 30. A formal press conference will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the lobby to formally introduce the new Executive Director. Everyone is invited to attend.
6th ANNUAL KIDZ DAY IN THE ARTS – COMMUNITY DAY
PADUCAH, KY AUGUST 19, 2011 — The National Quilt Museum is conducting its 6th annual "Kidz Day in the Arts" on Saturday, August 27th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It's also "Community Day," the one day of the year everyone is offered free admission into the museum's galleries. Many activities reflect this year's theme, "Happy 20th Birthday to The National Quilt Museum!" All activities and crafts are free. Enjoy free ice cream from Paducah Bank's WOW Ice Cream Truck. You are invited to bring your picnic lunch and enjoy it on the Museum's lawn. Pepsi MidAmerica is providing free drinks and water. The inflatable games are back and you can meet our local Super Hero, Quilt Man, 10:30 to noon. New this year, Blowing up Smiles – Balloon Animals & More, SuSu the Living Quilt Mime and Quilt Science activities by Jason Lindsey of Hooked on Science. Join Library Lady, Retta Folsom and her Puppets for storytelling at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. For a complete schedule of activities, go to www.QuiltMuseum.org/Kidz.
THE NATIONAL QUILT MUSEUM TO PARTICIPATE IN BLUE STAR MUSEUMS
The National Quilt Museum is one of more than 1,300 museums to offer free admission
“The National Quilt Museum joins the rest of the country in thanking our military personnel and their families for their service and sacrifice,” said Director of The National Quilt Museum, May Louise Zumwalt. “We are a National treasure in a local setting and we encourage everyone to visit.”
PADUCAH, KY, May 24, 2011 – The National Quilt Museum is hosting a Torah Quilt Display entitled, “Sacred Patterns: Quilted Meditations on the 54 Torah Portions,” The First Five Books of the Hebrew Bible. The quilts were made by Deborah Hagen from Austin, Texas, and will be on display June 3, 2011 through Mid August 2011. Hagen will hold a one hour lecture at the Museum explaining her work at 2 p.m. both Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5. The exhibit and lecture series are free in the Museum Gallery Hall thanks to its sponsors: Temple Israel and Fountain Avenue United Methodist Church. The quilts are on loan from the Agudas Achim Congregation in Austin, TX.
“This exceptional display at The National Quilt Museum, explores the depth and wonder of the Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible) through the art of quilting,” said Gregory Waldrop, Pastor at the Fountain Avenue United Methodist Church in Paducah, Kentucky. “Each of the five quilts tells important stories from the book it represents.” Due to the inspirational nature of these quilts, this free display makes a perfect outing for any faith-based group. Discounts are available for groups of ten or more wishing to see the main gallery quilt exhibit.
2 New Exhibits Open: “New Quilts From an Old Favorite 2011: Orange Peel” and “The Color Orange: Antique Quilts from the Pilgrim Roy Collection”
PADUCAH, KY, MARCH 11, 2011 – The National Quilt Museum announced it has opened two new exhibits: “New Quilts From an Old Favorite 2011: Orange Peel” and “The Color Orange: Antique Quilts from the Pilgrim Roy Collection.” Both exhibits will run March 10 through June 5, 2011. The exhibit of winning quilts from this year’s annual New Quilts from an Old Favorite (NQOF) contest opens at the museum, and then travels to venues around the country for two years. Thousands of quilt lovers have enjoyed these traveling exhibits at museums around the country. A book featuring full-color photos of the finalists and award winning quilts, biographical information about each quilter, and tips, techniques, and patterns, is produced by the American Quilter’s Society.
The other exhibit, “The Color Orange: Antique Quilts from the Pilgrim Roy Collection” features cheddar and chrome orange electrified quilts from the 19th and early 20th centuries. See how quiltmakers of the past used these colors in their quilts. This exhibit is curated by Gerald Roy.
THE NATIONAL QUILT MUSEUM OPENS TWO NEW EXHIBITS:
PADUCAH, KY FEBRURY 25, 2011 — The National Quilt Museum announced the opening of two new exhibits, “Quilts of the Rocky Mountain West” and the “School Block Challenge.” Both exhibits will run February 25 to April 4, 2011.
Also opening today is the exhibit that includes all the entries of the “School Block Challenge,” an annual contest for youth. Participating schools, home school and youth groups are given packets with three fabrics from the contest’s sponsor, MODA Fabrics. Students are then required to incorporate all three fabrics in their block. A reception and awards ceremony will be held Saturday, March 5th from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. All students will receive certificates and participation ribbons. Winners and honorable mentions will also receive their award checks. The reception is open to the participants of School Block Challenge and their friends and families.
Winners from the “2011 School Block Challenge” Contest Announced
Paducah, KY January 17, 2011– The National Quilt Museum is pleased to announce the winners from the 2011 School Block Challenge. The annual contest is a national competition open to students in grades pre-K – 12 and is sponsored by the National Quilt Museum and MODA Fabrics. This years’ challenge attracted 129 submissions from 41 schools in 16 states across the country. All quilt blocks will be on exhibit from February 25 – April 4 at the National Quilt Museum with a narrative written by the students about their block’s design. Winning blocks will be on display in the lobby until August.
Winners and all participants will be recognized at a reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, March 5 from 1 – 3 p.m. Local residents and media are invited to attend to meet these amazing young quilters and learn more about the annual School Block Challenge.
Sponsored by MODA Fabrics, this year’s blocks were constructed by individual students and by small groups. Participants were given packets with three fabrics from MODA Fabrics, and students were required to use a piece of all three in their blocks. Quilters from the children’s community often assist the students as their projects develop. The blocks are judged in categories of K - 4th grades, 5th - 8th grades and 9th - 12th grades. A grand prize award is also given to the overall outstanding quilt block.
Winners from the “New Quilts From an Old Favorite” Contest Announced
Paducah, KY January 7, 2011 – The National Quilt Museum is pleased to announce the 18 winning quilts of the 2011 Orange Peel-themed New Quilts from an Old Favorite annual contest. These innovative quilts represent quilters from 14 U.S. states and Canada. The Museum challenged today’s quiltmakers to create original quilts based on the classic Orange Peel block pattern. The Museum will exhibit the 18 finalists and winning quilts March 10 through June 5, 2011. The exhibit will then travel to other venues through December 2012.
“These are not your grandmother’s quilts!” exclaimed Judy Schwender, Curator and Registrar for the Museum. “Contestants interpreted the Orange Peel design in imaginative ways, providing a wonderful look at the skills, techniques and creativity of today's quiltmakers.” Support for the contest is provided by MODA Fabrics, Janome America, Incorporated and Clover Needlecraft Inc.
A book featuring full-color photos of the 18 finalists and their award winning quilts, biographical information about each quilter in addition to tips, techniques and patterns will be published by the American Quilter’s Society. A book signing by the quilters will be held at the Museum on Friday, April 29, from 10 a.m.-noon.
Quilters wishing to enter the 2012 contest, “New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Baskets,” can request an entry form by sending an SASE to NQM, PO Box 1540, Paducah, KY 42002-1540 or visiting the museum’s website at www.quiltmuseum.org. Jacob’s Ladder is the theme for 2013.
Orange Peel Contest Winners:
Other quilts which will be featured in the exhibit include:
Stained Glass Appeal by Mae Adkins of Casa Grande, AZ
THE NATIONAL QUILT MUSEUM HONORS PADUCAH’S RIVER FRONT WITH EXHIBIT
PADUCAH, KY DECEMBER 9, 2010 — The National Quilt Museum honors Paducah’s river front with their new exhibit, River quilts featuring The Everchanging River. “As a river town, Paducah, Kentucky, is planning many changes to its riverfront and we wanted to honor those changes with this exhibit.” Said Judy Schwender, Curator and Registrar for The National Quilt Museum. “More than 30 quilters were asked the question, what is a river? They were then given a piece of river fabric along with the entrance and exit points. All their quilts are hung side by side to create a 49 foot river.” Twenty-two additional river-themed quilts by noted quilt artists, round out the exhibit. The exhibit runs December 9, 2010 through March 7, 2011. This exhibit is sponsored by AT&T, The Real Yellow Pages.
CONTEMPORARY BRODERIE PERSE OPENS AT THE NATIONAL QUILT MUSEUM
PADUCAH, KY NOVEMBER 22, 2010 — The National Quilt Museum opened the newest exhibit, “Contemporary Broderie Perse,” Friday. The exhibit runs November 19th through February 15, 2011. “This is an exhibit not to be missed,” said Judy Schwender, Curator and Registrar for The National Quilt Museum. “It represents an incredible level of workmanship. It is very rich visually, and a delight for the eye and the soul!”
Broderie Perse, or cut-out chintz appliqué, is a technique combining collage, fine appliqué, and fine quilting. Broderie Perse presents a high point in the art of quilting and deserves the admiration and attention of all who appreciate fine needlework. This new exhibit is an extraordinary collection of quilts exemplifying contemporary Broderie Perse.
THE NATIONAL QUILT MUSEUM HONORS VETERANS WITH FREE ADMISSION
PADUCAH, KY OCTOBER 29, 2010 — The National Quilt Museum continues their annual tradition of honoring our nation’s veterans and active military with free admission for them on Veteran’s Day, November 11th.
The National Park Service Explores Expanding the Lewis & Clark Trail