Monday, June 25, 2018

Antique Quilt Exhibits: Summer & Fall 2018

Grab a friend and go to a show of antique quilts this summer and fall.

Alabama, Birmingham
Birmingham Museum of Art. The Original Makers: Folk Art from the Cargo Collection, an exhibition featuring more than 160 outstanding works of folk art from the Museum’s permanent collection. Through December 30, 2018.

Buzz Saw by Docella Johnson

Arkansas, Little Rock
The 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 and up through Fall, 2019.

Indiana, Goshen
Goshen College. Amish Arts 1900 – 1940: from the Pottinger Collection.  Good Library Gallery, September 23 through November 18.

Illinois, Springfield
Illinois State Museum. Bicentennial and Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection includes at least two quilts, one a G.A.R. fundraiser, the other Albert Small's 120,000 piece hexagon quilt. Through February 3, 2019.

Iowa, Winterset
Iowa Quilt Museum. Waste Not, Want Not, curated by Virginia Berger. Through January 27, 2019

Kansas, North Newton
Bethel College, Kauffman Museum, Better Choose Me: Collecting and Creating with Tobacco Fabric Novelties, 1880-1920. Through January 20, 2019.

Kentucky, Bowling Green

Western Kentucky University Museum. Kaleidoscope. Thirty quilts from the collection. Through December, 2018.

Kentucky, Paducah
National Quilt Museum. Kansas City Star Quilts from Edie McGinnis's collection. September 7 – December 4, 2018

Massachusetts, Sturbridge
Old Sturbridge Village. Early New England Quilts: Repurposed, Refashioned, and Recycled. Highlighting some of the ingenious ways women reused, re-purposed, and refashioned materials into quilts. Through February, 2019.

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

Color and Contour: Provencal Quilts and Domestic Objects from Kathryn Berenson's Collection.
Through October 28, 2018
Mark Dunn Collection. Through January 10, 2019

Cheddar Quilts from the Joanna S. Rose Collection
Through  February 3, 2019

5 Southern Quilts From the Kathlyn Sullivan Collection. Through February 17, 2019.

Nebraska History Museum, Color Quest. Quilts from the collection. Through January 5, 2019. https://history.nebraska.gov/color-quest

Nebraska, Omaha
Joslyn Museum. Pattern and Purpose: American Quilts from the Shelburne Museum. October 6, 2018 - January 6, 2019.

New Jersey, Morristown
Morris Museum. Stitch by Stitch: Quilts and Coverlets from the Permanent Collection. "Get cozy with the Morris Museum’s expansive collection of quilts and coverlets, many exhibited for the first time." Through December 9, 2018.

Ohio, Cincinnati
Cincinnati Art Museum. The Fabric of India, handmade textiles, exhibit from the Victoria & Albert Museum. October 19-January 6, 2019. Travels to Sarasota, Florida in 2019.

Pennsylvania, Bedford
National Museum of the American Coverlet. Comfortable Cousins: Related Quilts & Coverlets from a Golden Age. Catalog available. Through spring, 2019.

Pennsylvania, Pennsburg
Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center. Perkiomen Valley Quilts, a show of antiques from the collection and contemporary versions of the split nine patch. Through November 16, 2018.

Virginia, Harrisonburg
Virginia Quilt Museum.
Mountain Mist Quilts: 20th Century Favorites, examples of early patterns and 21st century versions. Color catalog available.

Treasures From the Vault: This is my Name, curated by Gloria Comstock. Signature quilts.
Through December 20, 2018. .http://www.vaquiltmuseum.org/

Virginia, Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
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 fabric. Through 2018.

France, Paris
America as Patchwork. Quilts in the United States. Salle Capitant, 21 Place Du Panthéon. Quilts from the collection of Charles-Edouard de Broin, curated by Professor Géraldine Chouard of Paris-Dauphine University, November 20 through December 1, 2018.


  1. The Morris Museum is only 10 minutes from my house and I'm really looking forward to their exhibit. Thanks for the advance notice :)

  2. http://www.smofa.org/45th-quilt-show

    This is a yearly quilt show of curated current quilts by Utah quilters. Always a delight.

  3. Laurel---I only include antique quilt shows---the post would be miles long if I did current quilts.

  4. Thank you Barbara for such a comprehensive list.
    I will get to see the Milford exhibit

  5. I have a little help from my friends in New England.

  6. Yes, thank you for the list, even if I can't go to the shows I can do some
    research and see what I can find out online.

  7. I just visited the Texas Quilt Museum -- my 3rd or 4th visit. This time I wandered through the very nice library. I was delighted to discover the large, flat map drawers which when opened revealed large pieces of toile from one of the donors. I could have spent a long time looking - had to leave too soon.