Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Antique Quilt Exhibits: Winter to Summer 2017

Grab a friend and go!

Antique Quilt Exhibits: Winter to Summer 2017

California, Pasadena

Huntington Library. Becoming America: Highlights from the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection. The Fieldings' new wing exhibits objects from their folk-arts collection including quilts. Their focus: American ingenuity in art for utilitarian purposes by craftspeople in 18th & 19th century rural New England. Through October, 2019.

Indiana, Marion
July 20-22. Quilters' Hall of Fame is inducting Dr. Virginia Gunn this year with classes, panel discussions and several exhibits: From Ginny's collection, Sue Reich's WWI quilts, a Drunkard's Path exhibit and contemporary quilts by the late Linda Keonig.

Kentucky, Paducah
National Quilt Museum. July 14 – October 17, 2017
Serenity from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection. 

Massachusetts, Lowell
New England Quilt Museum. Gilding the Lily: Embroidery in Quilts ​Past and Present. August 31 - December 30

Nebraska, Lincoln
International Quilt Study Center & Museum/Quilt House.

Off the Grid: The Bill Volckening Collection
May 26 - August 27, 2017

Joes Meester tells us her early Dutch family quilt
will be shown at the Fries Museum

The Netherlands, Leeuwarden
Fries Museum. Chintz, Cotton in Bloom. Perhaps readers in the Netherlands can tell us more about this exhibit. Through September 10, 2017

New York, Utica
Munson, Williams, Proctor Art Institute. Crazy Quilts: Art in Pieces. Through July 30, 2017.

Pennsylvania, Doylestown
Mercer Museum. The Mary Schafer Collection: A Legacy of Quilt History, traveling exhibit from the Great Lakes Quilt Center. May 13 - August 13, 2017.

South Carolina, Charleston
Charleston Museum. This year's quilt show: Piece by Piece Quilts Inspired by Nature. Through August.

Texas, LaGrange
Texas Quilt Museum. Hearts and Flowers: Antique Quilts from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. Through October 1, 2017
From the Christ Collection

Virginia, Harrisonburg
Virginia Quilt Museum. 
Two Golden Ages of Applique. Curated by Debby Cooney. Explores various forms of textile applique
in two different eras: 1840-1870 and 1920-1940.

July 27 - 29: "Friction, Fray, and Fabric: Textiles in the First World War" - 3rd Annual Virginia Quilt Museum Symposium

Virginia, Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. A Century of African-American Quilts features twelve quilts from the collection dating from 1875. Through January, 2018.

Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and the Home, 1700-1820 includes a few quilts (one with a John Hewson panel) and a lot of early fabrics.

Wisconsin, Wausau
Wisconsin History Center. Pieces of the Past: Quilts Tell a Story. Extended through August, 2017.


  1. You missed a couple Texas places -- The Briscoe Center

    The Texas Quilt Museum

    Cheers, Beth White

  2. Thanks Beth. I'll add the Briscoe Center show. I don't list shows of contemporary quilts. The list would get too long. But those TXQuilt Museum shows look good.

  3. After getting all excited about seeing the Cuesta Benberry exhibit as we will be in Chicago in May, I checked out the museum's website. It says the exhibit is there until FEBRUARY 28, 2017 not September. You might want to change the date on your list.

  4. Thanks Judy I fixed it. I thought about going this summer. Too bad

  5. thanks for such a great list! I have to cross check it with my travel plans.

  6. Thank you for including the Pieces of the Past exhibit, Marathon County. The featured quilt is exquisite!

  7. I would be happy to send a full photo of the Pieces of the Past featured quilt, (1860s), detail and maker's bio. If you,d like.

  8. About the exhibition in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands: These fabrics were used in the costumes of some regions in our country. More information about these fabrics (that are available today) follow this link: http://www.dutchfabric.nl/ These are "the real thing"!
    The Netherlands