Sunday, March 18, 2012

2012 Shows of Antique Quilts

Algona, Iowa

Time to pack up the car for spring and summer quilt show travel. Here's a list of shows of antique quilts for spring and summer planning.

It's not quilts at the Legion of Honor but it's worth a trip.

California, San Francisco
Legion of Honor: The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860-1900.  http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/legion/exhibitions/cult-beauty-victorian-avant-garde-1860-1900

Old Maid’s Ramble Quilt, 1852-1858, Anna Zerissa Morse Thurston

California, San Jose
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles: Creating Community: Quilts as Women’s Shelter, featuring an exploration of signature/friendship quilts, through April 29, 2012.

Colorado, Fort Collins
Avenir Museum: Hawaiian Quilts: God in Expression, curated by Elizabeth Akana, through August 2

Connecticut, Hartford
Wadsworth Athenaeum: Colts & Quilts: The Civil War Remembered. For the 150th anniversary of the Civil War an exhibit of costumes, decorative arts, and paintings arranged in vignettes that narrate personal stories and reactions to the war. Through May 6.

Indiana, Bloomington
Wylie House is displaying about 20 quilts from their collection on the house's beds through March 31.

Indiana, Goshen Goshen College: Quilts from the Permanent Collection from the Mennonite Historical Library will be on display at the Good Library Gallery from March 25 to July 6.

Kentucky, Bowling Green
Western Kentucky University, The new Elizabeth Richardson Quilt Gallery will have rotating exhibits of quilts and textiles. Up now, mid-20th century quilts from the Richardson collection and 15 star quilts from the Kentucky Museum Quilt Collection.

Kentucky, Paducah Rotary Antique Quilt Show at the annual AQS event: Eagles, Stars & Bars curated by Pat & Arlan Christ April 24-28th.

Massachusetts, Lowell
New England Quilt Museum: Campaigns and Commemoratives highlights four centuries of political textiles used in quilts to support the campaigns of everyone from President Washington to President Obama. Through March 24. The Lowell Quilt Festival with shows is August 9-11.

Nebraska, Lincoln
International Quilt Study Center and Quilt Museum:
What's In A Name? Inscribed Quilts, through December 3, 2012.
Jean Ray Laury: Getting It All Together Through September 2-
A Tribute to Ardis James, through July 29.
Second Time Around: Quilts Re-made by Joan White
Quilts of the Homesteading Era.

New York, Saratoga
Brookside Museum: The Threads of Time explores the history of quilting in the county in over 20 quilts, through January, 2013.

Ohio, Kent
Kent State University Museum: On the Home Front: Civil War Fashions and Domestic Life through August 26, 2012, featuring Elizabeth Keckley's famous silk quilt.

Pennsylvania, Lewisburg
Packwood House Museum: Pennsylvania Quilts II: Patterns and Variations, June 12-October 13.
Their Annual Quilt Weekend program is August 10-12 with workshops and presentations.

Pennsylvania, Muncy:
Annual Quilt Show: July 20-21

Pennsylvania, University Park
Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State: American Quilts from the Terasaki Collection organized by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, June 12–August 26, 2012.

Chintz Quilt from the Read Family

South Carolina, Charleston
Charleston Museum: Botanical Quilts features many of their spectacular chintz quilts through April 22.
 Also Charleston Couture, featuring over 50 garments, from pleated silk gowns of the 1770s to velvet dresses worn by notable Charlestonian ladies in the 1930s, through November 4.

Vermont: Essex Junction 
Vermont Quilt Festival: The theme for the antique quilt exhibit is A Tradition of Variation. Dates: June 29-July 1, 2012

Virginia, Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg: Material Witnesses: Quilts and Their Makers features textiles made from Virginia to the Polynesian Islands. "Colonial Williamsburg curators have uncovered the stories of the past through the study and research of these quilts and coverlets, some of which were created as early as the 1830s." Through May 28, 2012.


  1. I would like to get up to the boston museums.


  2. I was going through the list of antique quilt shows thinking I sure wish I could go to one of these Then I got to the last one in Williamsburg, and YEAH! we're going to be in Williamsburg in May. I'm so excited! Thanks for the info.

  3. Thank you for listing the shows, I leave Australia in 3 days for Palo Alto, looks like I might be able to visit SF and SJ! Oh WOW!!!!

  4. I'm hoping to stop at the CT and Williamsburg exhibits on our drive down to FL next week! Thanks!

  5. Was just amazed when I brought your blog up on the computer, the first thing I saw was Algona, Iowa. That's where I live. Tried to enlarge the photo, but couldn't figure it out to well. Will send the reference to a person who collects Algona (and Kossuth county) postcards and photo's to see if he can identify the people and event. Let me know if you find anything out. Thanks - Robert Kent, in Algona, IA.

  6. Road trips are fun - especially short ones, like to Colonial Williamsburg, just an hour away. Thanks to you, I won't miss it!