Thursday, October 8, 2015

Antique Quilt Exhibits: Fall 2015 & Winter

Time to plan an excursion to see some antique quilts
in these museum shows for fall 2015 and into the winter.

California, Santa Ana 
Bowers Museum. The Red That Colored the World; Cochineal. 100 objects-textiles, sculpture, paintings, manuscripts, decorative arts, clothing and more- the exhibition explores the history of cochineal and the seductive visual nature of red.
Through March 21, 2016

Kentucky, Paducah
Quilt Museum

Red Cross quilt from World War I

The Eleventh Hour: Quilts of World War I, curated by Sue Reich.
November 13, 2015 - February 9, 2016

Massachusetts, Lowell
New England Quilt Museum.  Red, White & Green: Antique Quilts from the Permanent Collection
November 5, 2015 - February 20, 2016

From Quilts of Southwest China

Michigan, East Lansing
Michigan State University Museum. Quilts of Southwest China. American and Chinese museums, led by the MSU Museum and the Yunnan Nationalities Museum (Kunming), have documented Chinese patchwork tradition for this exhibit up through April 30, 2016.
Quilt by an Unknown Maker, Cargo Collection
Nebraska, Lincoln
International Quilt Study Center & Museum/Quilt House

Plus: African-American Quilts from the Cargo Collection. Through May 25, 2016

Lover's Knot, mid-19th-century

Favorites from the Byron and Sara Rhodes Dillow Collection, showcases beautiful and rare chintz, toile, and calico in quilts and textiles that express the Dillows’ passion for fabric. Through August 23, 2016.

Applique quilt,
 Ernestine Eberhardt Zaumseil, ca. 1865. Chandlerville, Illinois. 
Gift of George E. Schoellkopf, 2013 (Detail)
Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York, Manhattan
Metropolitan Museum of Art. American Quilts and Folk Art includes recent quilt acquisitions in two rotations: The first with 8 quilts through January 8, 2016. The second through August 7, 2016.

Oklahoma, Kingfisher
Seay Mansion. Charity, Companionship & Comfort- A Historic Quilt Show. Chisholm Trail Museum will show 40 quilts from November 1, 2015 through the winter.

Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Nearly sixty quilts with bold palettes and inventive designs from the Pilgrim/Roy Quilt Collection.
November 7, 2015-February 7, 2016

Detail of Wheels Quilt
Collections of the Quilt Museum

Pennsylvania, Doylestown
James A. Michener Art Museum. Blanket Statements: New Quilts by Kaffe Fassett and Historical Quilts from the Collections of the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, UK.  Fifteen historical quilts from 1780 and 1949 and twenty from Kaffe Fassett's studio. November 14, 2015 - February 21, 2016.
The show will travel to the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in spring, 2016.

Virginia, Harrisonburg
Virginia Quilt Museum. The American Quilt Study Group's Civil War Era Quilt Study will be up from November through March 1, 2016.
100 Years of Quilts: The Unger Family.
Treasures of the Vault: Curator's Choice.

Virginia, Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg, McCarl Gallery. A Celebration of Quilts. Through June, 2016.


  1. I really need to get up to the New England museum, would love to see the doll quilt exhibit too.


  2. Thanks for all the info. I'll be visiting the San Jose Quilt Museum soon.