Monday, June 24, 2019

Antique Quilt Exhibits: Summer & Fall 2019

Most shows won't let you touch.

Here's a list of shows worth visiting and meetings worth attending through fall 2019.

Alabama, Tuscumbia
Belle Mont Mansion,  The annual quilt show at this museum: Antique Quilts from the Tennessee River Valley. October 2 - 31, 2019

Arkansas, Little Rock
Old State House Museum. A Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans. Years ago the late Cuesta Benberry curated this exhibit of quilts from the collection, now rehung, up through Fall, 2019.

Historic Arkansas Museum. Stitched Together: A Treasury of Arkansas Quilts (from the collection)
Through October 31, 2019

California, San Jose
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. Gems From Our Past. Quilts from the Collection.
August 28 - October 13, 2019.

Colorado, Golden
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. In The British Style: English Paper Pieced Quilts and Antique Paper Pieced Quilts from the RMQM Collection. October 21 - January 18, 2020
Exhibit Opening Reception: Friday, October 26th, 6:00pm

Connecticut, Hartford
Connecticut Historical Society, Connecticut Quilts, curated by Lynn Z. Bassett.
Opening October 11, 2019

Florida, Sarasota
Ringling Museum of Art, The Fabric of India, 140 pieces from London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.
July 7 - October 13, 2019

Georgia, Atlanta
September 27 -29, 2019. Atlanta Quilt Study Symposium. 

Georgia, Carrollton
Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum. Antique Quilts from the Collection of Marti Michell
October 3 -January 25, 2020

Iowa, Winterset
Iowa Quilt Museum, Stitched Through Time: A History of Quilting, curated by Judy Schwender.
Through September 29th, 2019

Illinois, Burr Ridge
Robert Vial House. Quilts from the Depression
Thursdays & 1st  Sunday of each month through October.

Maryland, Baltimore
Maryland Historical Society. In conjunction with the exhibit Hometown Girl: Contemporary Quilts of Mimi Dietrich the museum will show some of its many Baltimore style quilts. Through 2019.

Massachusetts, Lowell
The New England Quilt Museum's current show of antique quilts features samplers, old and new, plus a tribute to the much missed Sue Garmanwho did wonderful interpretations of antique quilts. Sue's show up till December 29, 2019.

Nebraska, Lincoln
International Quilt Study Center & Museum

Whimsy. Through November 30, 2019.

Old World Quilts. The earliest quilts in the collection. Through December 11, 2019.

October 9-13. American Quilt Study Group's Annual Seminar is in Lincoln this fall.

New York, Long Island City
American Folk Art Museum's Self Taught Genius Gallery. A Piece of Yourself: Gift Giving in Self-Taught Art. Through December 31, 2019

North Carolina, Raleigh
North Carolina Museum of History, QuiltSpeak: Uncovering Women’s Voices Through Quilts
Through March 1, 2020

September 28: Bed Turning: Diana Bell-Kite, Curator of Cultural History & Paige Myers, Textile Conservator,  will show you unusual and fragile quilts from the museum collection not in the display. Register here:

Catalog available for $20 at the museum's shop:

Ohio, Kent
Kent State Museum. Ohio Quilts from the collection.

Oklahoma, Shawnee
MOKA meeting, October 4-5, 2019. (MO,OK,KS & AR Quilt Study Group) with visits to the Mabee-Gerrer Museum and the Pottawatomie County Museum.

Oregon, Salem
Willamette Heritage Center. Stitches and Stories: Discoveries from the Oregon Quilt Project
Through December 23, 2019

Pennsylvania, Lancaster
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Decorated and Plain: A Mennonite and Amish Sampler.
Up now till when?

Pennsylvania, Lewisburg
Packwood House Museum, Pennsylvania Quilts: Made in Union County.
Through October 5, 2019 
Quilts must be viewed with a guide, 1 pm daily. Other times arranged in advance.

Pennsylvania, Pennsville
Schwenkfelder Heritage Center. Signature Quilts from the collection. 
Through November 8, 2019

South Carolina, Charleston
AQS Exhibition. The antique quilt show: From Hands Alone: Selected Quilts from the Collection of Chris Moline. September 15-27, 2019.

Texas, Lubbock 
The Museum at Texas Tech, Cotton and Thrift: Feed Sacks and the Household Fabric of Rural America. 
Through December 15, 2019

Vermont, Bennington
The Bennington Museum displays its famous Jane Stickle quilt annually---this year from August 31-October 14, 2019.

Vermont: Shelburne
Shelburne Museum,  Ink + Icons: Album Quilts from the Permanent Collection. Nine quilts.
Through October 31, 2019

Virginia, Harrisonburg

Virginia Quilt Museum, West Virginia Child of the Civil War, quilts from the collection. Through December, 14.

Washington D.C.
DAR Museum. A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology in American Quilts
Through December 31, 2019
November 15, 2019. “Culture and Technology in American Quilts: A Symposium.”

National Museum of American History, Everyday Luxury: Silk Quilts from the National Collection

Washington, Spokane
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture. Memory and Meaning: Textiles from the Permanent Collection, featuring an embroidered 17th-century Bengali quilt.  
Through January 12, 2020


  1. Thank you so much for putting this list together! I will refer to it many times this year, I am sure!

  2. Thank you!


  3. How sad that this side of the nation is so lacking, Colorado being the farthest west. The history back east is far older so more abundant in historical riches, but I'm always hopeful to see something out this direction.

  4. There is an exhibit in Bellingham, Washington state! Modern Quilts, now thru August 25, 2019 at the Whatcom Museum

  5. Such a great resource! Thank you for putting this together!