Saturday, September 1, 2012

Antique Quilt Exhibits: Fall 2012

Get the family together and plan a trip to a museum exhibit of antique quilts. Here's a list by state for  fall 2012 through the end of the year. (The dogmobile photo from 1912 is from the Library of Congress.)

California, Sacramento.
Piecing the Past Together. Through December 20.
California State University Libraries.


California, San Jose
Collecting Treasures: Celebrating 35 Years. San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.
November 13 – February 3, 2013
Includes early and historic quilts in the collection, along with recent acquisitions of contemporary fiber art, costume, and ethnic textiles.


From the American Folk Art Museum

Iowa, Davenport
Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum. Figge Art Museum.
November 3, 2012-February 3, 2013. The Museum has loaned 27 quilts across a range of dates and styles.

Kentucky, Paducah
National Quilt Museum.
My Accidental Quilt Collection: From the Alan Luger Collection.
Through January 14, 2013


 Massachusetts, Deerfield
Celebrating the Fiber Arts: The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery, Historic Deerfield.
Through December 30, 2012
A new permanent textile gallery with this year's exhibit: 10 early quilts and coverlets.

Massachusetts, Lowell
American Textile History Museum, Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War.
Through November 25, 2012
Curated by Madelyn Shaw and Lynne Bassett. Catalog will be available.
See the ATHM website here:http://www.athm.org/exhibitions/current_exhibitions

New England Quilt Museum: Great Quilts, Great Stories, Treasures from the Permanent Collection. Through December 29, 2012. Co-Curators: Pamela Weeks & Kate Hanson Plass.

Nebraska, Lincoln
International Quilt Study Center and Quilt Museum:
What's In a Name? Inscribed Quilts.Through December 3
World War II Quilts from the Sue Reich Collection. Through February 10, 2013.
Indigo Gives America the Blues. Through June 2, 2013
Perfecting the Past: Colonial Revival Quilts. December 7 - September 1, 2013

New Jersey, Woodbury
Stitches Through Time: A Legacy of Quilts. Gloucester County Historical Society.

More than 30 quilts dating from the 1830s-1930s. It's unclear when this will come down..
New York, Saratoga
The Threads of Time. Brookside Museum. Through January, 2013.
Explores the history of quilting in the county in over 20 quilts.

 Ohio, Wilmington
Patterns & Prints: Quaker Quilts & Textiles, Quaker Heritage Center of Wilmington College. Through December 14, 2012.  A dozen quilts and coverlets from Clinton County’s Quaker families plus household and clothing textiles, made and collected by Quaker families in Southwest Ohio dating from the 1830s through the 1990s.

South Carolina, Charleston
Geometric Quilts. The Charleston Museum.
Through December 9, 2012.
This year's exhibit features pieced quilts displaying a myriad of designs created from just a few distinct shapes.

Texas, LaGrange
Celebrating Great Quilts! Antique Quilts from the International Quilt Festival Collection.
Texas Quilt Museum. Through December 30, 2012.



Virginia, Ferrum
The Great Western Virginia Cover-Up: Historic Quilts & Bedcovers. Ferrum College's Blue Ridge Institute & Museum.Through spring, 2013. 32 quilts and 20 coverlets from the 1700s to 1950.

Virginia, Williamsburg
Quilts in the Baltimore Manner. Colonial Williamsburg. Foster and Muriel McCarl Gallery.
Through May 11, 2014.
A dozen quilts reflecting the strong textile industry and innovative quiltmaking styles of America’s largest seaport of the period 1845 to 1855. Curated by Linda Baumgarten and Kim Ivey.

Wisconsin, Cedarburg
A Thread Runs Through It. Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts.
Through January 6, 2013. The Koval Collection of antique quilts with other shows

I'll update this with winter and spring shows in December, 2012.


  1. The one in Lowell sounds like a good one to visit. I am close enough to go to Boston area, so need to plan a trip up there for a visit and some shopping.


  2. Great post, Barbara! Thanks for pulling these together!!

  3. Here's a rather long link to more info about the shows at Sacramento State University:


  4. Great to see the new Wisconsin Quilt Museum listed - it's really well done & Cedarburg is a special place to visit - The Cheddar Quilts display earlier this Spring was terrific!

  5. Don't forget the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA -- the ONLY institution in the northeast devoted SOLELY to the study, exhibition and promotion of traditional & contemporary quilts.

    Running through October 14: BACKSTITCH, A 25-Year Retrospective of Advances and Milestones in Quilting.

    Oct. 18-Dec. 29, 2012: GREAT QUILTS, GREAT STORIES, Treasures from the Permanent Collection.