Thursday, January 9, 2020

Antique Quilt Shows Through Spring 2020

Cabin Fever? How about a road trip
to see an exhibit of antique quilts.
Here's a list through Spring 2020

Nora Ezell, Star Puzzle, 2001

Alabama, Montgomery
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Pieces and Patterns: Quilts of West Alabama. Museum collection of quilts from Gees Bend and other locations.
February 13 through May 10, 2020


California, Folsom
Folsom History Museum. Quilted Treasures: 40 Years of Memories, the 40th Annual Quilt & Vintage Clothing Show, through April 19, 2020.

Connecticut, Hartford
Connecticut Historical Society, Connecticut Quilts, curated by Lynn Z. Bassett.
Through May 16, 2020. Tours of the exhibit every Saturday.

Indiana, Indianapolis
Eiteljorg Museum. Quilts: Uncovering Women's Stories, March 7 - August 9, 2020.

Massachusetts, Lowell
New England Quilt Museum. New York, New York! NEQM Collection Quilts from New York State.
Plus: "Amish Quilts from the Collection" includes nine Amish quilts & a selection of miniature quilts from the Dorothy Bosselman Collection of miniature Amish quilts. Through April 4, 2020.

Mississippi, Oxford
University of Mississippi Museum. Southern Quilts. Up till when?

Nebraska, Lincoln
International Quilt Study Center & Museum

Old World Quilts. The earliest quilts in the collection, curated by Carolyn Ducey. Through July 12, 2020.

New Views: Shape Shifters. Recent acquisitions. Through March 29, 2020.

New York, Long Island City
Self-Taught Genius Gallery (American Museum of Folk Art). Signature Styles: Friendship, Album, and Fundraising Quilts
January 22 – May 1, 2020

New York, Owego.
Tioga County Historical Society Museum, Annual quilt show through March 28

Netherlands, Leiden
Textile Research Center. American Quilts: 200 years of everyday techniques and innovation. February 6 - June 25,  2020.

Ohio, Kent
Kent State Museum. Ohio quilts from the collection. Through April 12, 2020.

Ohio, Lebanon
Warren County Fairgrounds. Annual Lebanon Quilt, Vintage Textile Market. March 20th - 22, 2020. Warren County Historical Society will display a special exhibit all weekend.

Pennsylvania, Pennsburg
Schwenkfelter Library. Crazy for You: Crazy Quilts and Objects of Memory.
Opening April, 2020
In conjunction with the annual Penn Dry Goods Market: Lectures & sales. May 15 & 16th, 2020. Presenters include: Jane Lury, Lynn Bassett, Barb Garrett, Kim Ivey and more.

South Carolina, Columbia
McKissick Museum, Piece by Piece: Quilts from the Permanent Collection. Three rotations illustrating the evolution of this textile tradition.
Through July 18, 2020.

Virginia, Harrisonburg
Virginia Quilt Museum. Treasures from the Vault exhibit looks at the Suffrage movement through the quilts of the women who lived during that time period. February 18 - July 11, 2020.

Washington, LaConner
Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum. Recent Acquisitions.
Through February 23, 2020.

Wisconsin, Cedarburg
Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiberarts. Infinite Ivory and Blue. Two-color textiles from the 1800s to the present.
February 6 – April 26, 2020


  1. A small local show: https://www.bestofthefox.com/2020/01/08/historic-quilts-on-display-through-the-month-in-woodstock/a2ohf7p/

    If weather permits I hope to get there next week.

  2. Thanks, Nann. I added it. Get that goat cart out and plow through the drifts.

  3. I hope to get to the Woodstock IL show as well. I love a local show. Thanks for posting.

  4. Yay! There's one in the PNW. Will have to figure out where that is then see if I can make it happen 😊

  5. Thanks for the heads up. It looks like 3 are within easy 1 day of me, and another if I want to stay over night. I appreciate that you do this periodically!

  6. Barbara....Thanks for your show lists. I was in Washington D.C. in October and read your fall list. Low and behold, there was the display at the DAR Museum. I dragged my sister to it and we so enjoyed the quilts and the rest of the building display. I would not have known about it without your email list! Thanks so much. Arden

  7. Not related to current shows, there's a photo on this long blog post by genetic genealogist Roberta Estes of a quilt by her great-grandmother she says was in the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. I checked my copy of Patchwork Souvenirs - this one from Indiana is not in the book. It's the 6th photo in the post: https://dna-explained.com/2020/01/11/what-is-a-quilt-52-ancestors-268/

  8. Cheryl ---thanks. I added it to our list. As I recal over 20,000 quilts were entered. We defintiely don't have them all.

  9. We were in Elkhart, Indianna, from South Africa in 2011, on a road trip, found the Shipshewana quilt show quite by accident while exploring the areas wonderful quilt garden route. What a treat - quilts in half the hall, vintage cars draped with vintage quilts in the other!! Not sure if it's an annual event, it was absolutely wonderful, and hubby lived the cars... :-)

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