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Current Exhibits



New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Carolina Lily The Gilded Lily The National Quilt
Museum Collection
Miniature Quilts


April 4 - June 24, 2014

Solo Dancer II by Eti David

In September of 2013, the European Patchwork Meeting (EPM) held its 19th celebration of quilts in the beautiful heart of Alsace, France at Sainte-Croix-aux-Mines. Just as American quilters travel to the AQS, IQA, and other quilt shows here in the United States, Europeans and others travel to the EPM to take classes, look at quilts, buy fabrics, thread, books, and other enticing items, and share in the camaraderie of fellow quilters.

The international EPM contest for 2013 was built on the theme of "Distortion". Each artist was invited to create a quilt depicting distortion - of an object, an image, a fact, a writing. Entered quilts were required to be at least 39.37"x 39.37". All techniques were accepted, as long as they matched the fundamental structural characteristics of a quilt (3 layers). Entrants could submit original work or derivative work as long as the source of inspiration was given. The quilts must have been made in 2012/2013 and must not have been exhibited in any major exhibition or published in a catalogue, book or magazine prior to entry in the competition. There were two categories: general and teacher.

Fireworks New Years Eve Ensemble by Lynette Weeks

Eleven prizes were awarded including the EPM Best of Show to Kim Hye Sook of South Korea for her quilt Dramatization of Memory in the general category, and Elizabeth Nacenta de la Croix won the Quilts Japan Prize in the teacher's category for her quilt Magic View.

The National Quilt Museum is very pleased to bring these wonderful quilts to the attention of our visitors. Such international exhibitions serve our mission to advance the art of today's quilters by bringing it to new and expanding audiences worldwide. We are the only venue for the exhibition in North America; others are Moscow, Russia; Vicenza, Italy; and Johannesburg, South Africa.

More information about the European Patchwork Meeting may be found at http://www.patchwork-europe.com/

Waterlily or Butterfly Ensemble by Karin Pfunder

New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Carolina Lily

March 14 - June 10, 2014
Each year this international contest organized by The National Quilt Museum challenges quiltmakers to create an innovative quilt based on a specific traditional pattern. Winners of the contest traditionally include quilts from many different U.S. states and several other countries.

Quilts are selected for their excellence in design and techniques, their innovations, and their contributions to an exhibit showing the wide range of designs and styles the selected traditional pattern can inspire.

In cooperation with the American Quilter's Society, a catalog is published, featuring the award-winning and finalist quilts in full color, with a photo of the maker, information about the quilt's development and patterns and tips.

Click here for the 2015 New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Nine Patch Brochure and Entry Form.

Click here to read more about the exhibit. Click here to learn more about the contest.

Reborn by Barbara Holtzman

Thank you to our sponsors:
MODA Fabrics and Janome America, Inc.

This year, participants were challenged to make an innovative quilt out of a traditional block featuring the Carolina Lily pattern.

Millefiori by Ann Feitelson

The Gilded Lily
March 14 - June 10, 2014
The Gilded Lily is the sister show to New Quilts from an Old Favorite. This exhibit features vintage Caolina Lily quilts from the 1800's and early 1900's. See how the Carolina Lily has transformed from an intricate bed quilt pattern to inspiring and vivid art.

Carolina Lily 1890


Red & Blue Carolina Lily 1910

Carolina Lily 1930

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.