The museum acquires quilts through donations and a private acquisitions fund. Potential new pieces are reviewed by the museum’s acquisitions committee, which includes museum curators and experts in historical, international and artistic quilts. Over the years, the museum has acquired many significant collections. Major collections include:
In addition to the collections listed above, holdings include works of contemporary artists Deidre Amsden, Pauline Burbidge, Dorothy Caldwell, Nancy Crow, Radka Donnell, Chris Wolf Edmonds, Michael James, Terrie Hancock Mangat, Ruth McDowell, Jan Myers-Newbury, Ellen Oppenheimer, Emily Richardson, Faith Ringgold, Barbara Watler and others.
There are currently 30 different nations represented by quilts in the collection. This is an area of special focus as we work toward our goal of collecting, preserving and sharing quilts from all cultures, locations and eras.