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Into the Wild: Quilted Creatures

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

Into the Wild: Quilted Creatures

February 26 - April 7, 2015

Quilts designs are basically pieced or appliqued. Applique is the traditional method for creating a realistic image in cloth. The vast majority of such applique quilts feature floral designs. Appliqued Rose of Sharon, Carolina Lily, Tulip, Whig Rose, Iris - the list goes on and on.

Quiltmakers of today look everywhere for inspiration, including their gardens. But instead of simply wishing to re-create blooms and vines, they have looked beyond to the creatures that make the garden their home. Frogs, mice, salamanders, birds, beetles, and butterflies have provided inspiration for the contemporary quiltmaker. You will find such fauna in quilts in this exhibit including Dancing in the Light by Ellen Anne Eddy, Feathered Beauties by Pamela Humphries, and Organic Garden by Bonnie Keller.

Phoenix Rising by Nancy Clark

Not far from the garden is the farm, and creatures there have also found a home in quilts. Ms. MacDonald Had a Farm by the Hanging By a Thread Quilt Group portrays all the denizens of a farm, while Corn Crib by Adabelle Dremann brings a pig to life. Goato and Friends by Barbara Barber is a view of the critters seen while walking a country lane.

The works of Tolkien inspired two quilts by Sue McCarty: Tribute to Tolkien and Adventure Awaits. In these two quilts alone you will find more than 25 animals. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Laura Heine draws on the work of Dr. Seuss. Other creatures from the realm of the imagination include elk and deer in Petroglyph by Patricia L. Styring and Birds of a Different Color and Migration #2 by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry. Pat Holly's exploration of the art and culture of India inspired her to create Paisley Peacock, a phantasmagorical rendering of over 30 peacocks.

Shirley P. Kelly has drawn animals her whole life. Flowers of the Crown celebrates her love of horses, Puffins is a nod to the Nova Scotia home of her mother, and Pandas ‘Round the World was inspired by a visit to the National Zoo with her children.

There is more: cats, dogs, zebras, alligators and elephants. We here at the National Quilt Museum hope you are inspired to create your own creature quilt - or just hug your pet!

Javanese Jungle by Audree Sells
Garden Maze by Irma Gail Hatcher
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.