16 Quilt Museums To Visit In USA


Several quilts that inspired me, A LOT

  • Improvisational Quilt by Anna Williams of Baton Rouge

Anna Williams’ quilts are a source of inspiration for me. I love all the tiny pieces and the casual but powerful overall designs. Years ago my sister Eileen and I sat in front of one of Anna’s quilts for half an hour (at the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society in Paducah) and really studied it. Then we challenged each other to make a quilt that would just like one that Anna would make. It wasn’t easy. When we were finished, we mailed photos of our quilts to her. She wrote back saying that she was happy we liked her quilts. She didn’t offer an opinion about whether our quilts looked like hers, though.

You can read more about Anna on “Barbara Brackman’s Material Culture” blog: www.barbarabrackman.blogspot.com.

  • Quilt by Lori Mason

This quilt by Lori Mason is called “Eva in the Garden.” It measures 50″ x 42.” See her work at Lori Mason Designs.

It is made in honor of Lori’s late grandmother, Eva, out of her reclaimed jeans, Oxford shirts, and favorite pair of gardening shorts – hence the name Eva in the Garden.

  • Gwen’s Quilt

This stunning quilt was made and quilted by Gwen Marston of Beaver Island, MI.

Fantastic green. All that space to show off the quilting.

  • The Mercer Museum Crazy Quilt

It was for the Mercer Museum’s Folk Fest in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Embellishments include: a little clock that works, a pearl necklace, yoyo’s, a little eyeglass frame, a crocheted fan, a subway token, charms, buttons, beads, lace, crystals, a spider web made with shiny gold thread, a silk ribbon rose, a crocheted granny square, an old Girl Scout uniform button, a little doll from Peru, a tiny glove, buttons made from seashells, and much more.

The quilt was first machine pieced on a muslin foundation fabric, and then hand embroidered, embellished and quilted. Most of the fabrics are silk. This quilt was made over a period of three months. The quilt raffle raised over $2,000 for the museum.

  • Quilt from the Tokyo Quilt Festival

This quilt was exhibited at the Tokyo Quilt Festival in 2006. Unfortunately, the maker’s name is not given. This photo was posted on flickr and www.bemused.typepad.com. It has tiny yoyo’s and mini rick rack which she says are popular on modern Japanese quilts. Very creative. The Japanese seem to be masters of intricate detail.

  • Fancy Shaped Quilt

This fancy shaped quilt was made by Eileen Lovett of East Providence, Rhode Island. It’s a Thousand Pyramid quilt with an optical illusion.

  • Quilt by “Needle and Thread”

This is “Ms. Laura Jay’s Amazing Sunshine Quilt” from the photostream of Needleandthread on flickr.com. (Boy, that sentence wouldn’t have made a bit of sense 10 years ago!) She describes the colors in this quilt as “beach glass colors.” This is a very happy quilt.

  • Liberty Jack Quilt by Janey Forgan

Janey Forgan made this Liberty Jack quilt using Liberty of London fabrics. A real classic.

  • “Cuppaz” Blocks by Mellicious

I like quilts like this. Mellicious has a nice collection of quilts on www.flickr.com. Her description of this photo is: “More Jan Mullen “Cuppaz” blocks.” It looks like this quilt isn’t finished yet, but it’s going to be a good one!

  • Miniature Quilt

This miniature quilt is being held by some Barbie-like dolls! Is this clever, or what? The photo is from Steffi’s blog: http://www.steffiscandyquilts.blogspot.com/. Steffi is from Germany, but fortunately she writes both in German and English.

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