Quilt Museums, Introduction

Quilt Museum

Note from Rita Farro

When I started to write this article, I intended to make a list of some of the best quilt museums in the United States. The first thing I realized is that there are FAR TOO MANY MUSEUMS to make a comprehensive list. The second thing I discovered is that these museums came into being because of the passion of ONE PERSON — usually a woman — who dreamed about creating something beautiful so that other people could enjoy it. So, the history of a quilt museum is much like the history of the individual quilts they honor. I love that . . . it feels like the perfect circle.

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Blue Basket, Paragon Needlecraft Company Kit #01101, Circa 1950 Maker Unknown Ardis and Robert James Collection The International Quilt Study Center & Museum

Blue Basket, Paragon Needlecraft Company
Kit #01101, Circa 1950
Maker Unknown
Ardis and Robert James Collection
The International Quilt Study Center & Museum

No two quilts are alike. Just like snowflakes (or people), every quilt is unique and has its own story. When you look at any quilt, you might notice the different fabrics, the use of color, the design, the stitching . . . and maybe you get a sense of the person who created it. But who was that person? And what was their story? The sad truth is, those stories were often lost. Even quilts considered to be exquisite works of art have anonymous, mysterious makers.

Maybe that speaks to the humility of quilters. They didn’t know they were creating a work of art. They were simply doing something they loved . . . probably to give as a gift to somebody they loved. Their work was rarely signed.

But NOW WE KNOW. Quilts are one-of-a-kind unique works of art that deserve to be admired, viewed and honored. The good news is that no matter where you live in the United States, chances are there is an excellent quilt museum within driving distance.

Depending on your quilt interest and your location, you’ll want to do your own Google Search! But, just to give you an idea of what’s out there, over the next few weeks we’ll highlight a few outstanding quilt museums.

February 6, 2019 – Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO
February 13, 2019 – National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY
February 20, 2019 – The International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Lincoln, NE
February 27, 2019 – A Sampling of the Wonderful Quilt Museums in the USA

 

Quilt Museums, Introduction

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY

International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Lincoln NE

 

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