Sunday, December 9, 2012

Museum Exhibits: Antique Quilts 2013

Time to plan the 2013 road trips.
Here's a list of shows up now through the spring.

String Quilt from the Nickols Collection

California, San Diego

Quilts from the Pat Nickols Collection
Mingei International Museum, Selection from the recent gift featuring string or scrap quilts made with small pieces of leftover fabric through May 9, 2013.

Colorado, Colorado Springs
American Folk Art from the Willem Volkersz Collection
Fine Arts Center of Colorado Springs
February 9 - May 12, 2013
Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois. Illinois State Museum
Through September 8, 2013.
This expanded show, which was in Chicago last year, features antique quilts with Civil War stories plus weapons and household artifacts from the era.

Kentucky, Paducah
National Quilt Museum.
Antique Jacob's Ladder Quilts
March 14 to June 11, 2013

Jane D. Haight Webster (1808-1877)
 Indiana, South Bend
National Heritage Museum

Massachusetts, Lexington
National Heritage Museum. Threads of Brotherhood: Masonic Quilts and Textiles includes over
25 quilts, coverlets, needlework pictures, and hooked rugs with Masonic themes. Up through the spring.

Massachusetts, Lowell
New England Quilt Museum:
SILK! Luxurious Antique & Contemporary Works. April 18-July 7, 2013.

Silk Symposium
April 27, 2013
The New England Quilt Museum and the American Textile History Museum present a one day collaborative study symposium examing silk textiles and clothing of the 19th & 20th centuries.

Indigo fabrics in a doll quilt
IQSC Collection

Nebraska, Lincoln
International Quilt Study Center and Quilt Museum:
Indigo Gives America the Blues. Through June 2, 2013
Perfecting the Past: Colonial Revival Quilts. Through September 1, 2013
Posing With Patchwork Quilts: Quilts in Photographs 1855-1955. Through December 1, 2013.

Sixth Biennial Symposium: Quilts in Context: The Making of Meaning
April 26-27, 2013
Invited speakers: Lynne Zacek Bassett, Linda Eaton, Joan Severa and Janet Finley.

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.

Museum of International Folk Art

New Mexico, Santa Fe
Plain Geometry: Amish Quilts. Museum of International Folk Art. 34 quilts from the collection and local collectors.
Through September 2, 2013.

New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

New Mexico, Las Cruces
 Stitches in Time: Quilts from the Museum’s Collection. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. 32 quilts from 1830 to 1970.
Through March 23, 2014.

Elizabeth Welsh Quilt, Brooklyn Museum
New York, Brooklyn
"Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts. Brooklyn Museum.
Through September 15, 2013. Approximately 35 American and European quilt masterpieces from the Museum’s collection. Curator: Catherine Morris.

Quilt from an Odawa tribe member: Shelburne Museum

New York, Katonah

Beyond the Bed: The American Quilt Evolution. Katonah Museum of Art. February 24 - June 16, 2013.
Jean Burks, senior curator at the Shelburne Museum, explores "the wide range of antique and contemporary quilts intended as bed coverings, articles of clothing, furniture accessories, wall decoration, and finally, three-dimensional room sculpture.

Catawba County Museum Collection

North Carolina, Newton

The Quilter’s Needle. Catawba County Museum of History. 24 quilts made in Catawba County from 1790 until the 1970s.
Through May 15, 2013.

Pennsylvania, Pennstown 
Penn Dry Goods Market, May 17 & 18, 2013.  Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center. A new event combining an antiques market, featuring vintage and antique textiles, and textile-related lectures and workshops. Pennstown is in the Perkiomen Valley in Montgomery County.

Drunkard's Path
The Charleston Museum

South Carolina, Charleston
Early 20th Century Quilts. The Charleston Museum.
Through August 4, 2013

Pecos Quilts

Texas, Pecos

Pecos Quilts. West of the Pecos Museum. 26 historic and contemporary quilts.
Through May, 2013.

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.

Achsah Wilkins coverlet
Colonial Williamsburg

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.

Washington, La Conner
Historical Quilts from Oregon's Latimer Quilt & Textile Center, La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum,
March 27 - June 23, 2013

New York Beauty
International Quilt Study Center


  1. I would love to go to the ones in Mass, maybe after the holidays, something fun to do in the winter.


  2. Excited about your new book! I ran to Amazon to order it and the delivery date isn't until January 18!! Oh well, I will wait.
    Thanks so much for the museum show listing.


  3. Oh such a tempting list - wish I could go to them all! but alas will have to make do with pictures and drooling over the links. Some beautiful quilts there - thanks!
    Every Stitch

  4. ial4merI'm planning a visit to New York's Brooklyn Museum the end of March.... I'll let you know how amazing it is when I get back!

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