Expanding the Collection: Recent Acquisitions
Opening December 6, 2013
Q: What does an antique Tushtuk (patchwork wall hanging) from Central Asia have in common with a quilt by contemporary artist Joy Saville?
A: Both were acquired in 2011 by the International Quilt Study Center & Museum!
Come see these two pieces as well as many other Quilt House acquisitions made since we opened in 2008.
Design Dynamics of Log Cabin Quilts
Opening March 7, 2014
"Design Dynamics of Log Cabin Quilts" presents a stunning group of quilts that represent the variety found in this most popular of late-nineteenth century patterns. Quilts in this exhibition were drawn from the Jonathan Holstein Collection, one of the most well-known quilt collections in the United States.
Modern Marvels: Quilts Made from Kits, 1915-1950
Opening June 6, 2014
Quilt scholars recently became aware of just how many surviving Depression-era quilts were made from commercially-marketed kits. Using a kit to make a quilt seemed modern and efficient to the women of the 1930s.
"Modern Marvels: Quilts Made from Kits, 1915-1950," demonstrates that women could and did use kits coupled with their own needlework skills to produce a dazzling array of beautiful quilts.
Opening September 5, 2014
Guest-curated by Lynn Setterington, "Signature Cloths" focuses on sewn signatures as visual ciphers and as a method of social engagement, with emphasis on the autographs of ordinary people. Key examples will shed light on the benefits of slow and shared engagement. The exhibition will showcase historical and contemporary quilts made by people from different parts of the world and signatures cloths that emerged from Setterington’s studio explorations.
Reflections of the Exotic East in American Quilts
Opening December 5, 2014
"Reflections of the Exotic East in American Quilts" presents beautiful examples of the profound influence Asian art and culture had on American quiltmaking during the past 200 years. Quilts from this period reflect the ongoing Western fascination with the “Orient,” whose geographical boundaries stretched from the Middle East to the Far East, but whose more essential meaning was one of mystery and exotic allure.