Stitched Through Time: A History of Quilting

On display through September 29, 2019

The art of quilting has evolved over hundreds of years, often impacted by shifts in social class and advances in technology. This exhibit explores the progression of quilts and quilting over the course of history—examining its basic materials, its most rudimentary tools, and current day gadgets.

Featured Quilt: Red & White Stars with Garden Maze Set, c. 1880-1900, Loan courtesy of Pat Holly & Sue Nickles

Noting the changes in quiltmaking in the United States over the last two centuries, provides an overview of larger themes like technology, sociology, communication, and class. This is why quilt history enthralls me. I’ve never enjoyed the ‘dates and battles’ kind of history. I prefer to know what kind of fabric was being printed, sold, purchased, and sewn by women so they could express themselves through their quilts.

That is why I study quilt history, and why I want to share that history with you.

Judy Schwender, curator for “Stitched Through Time”

Take a guided tour through “Stitched Through Time” with exhibit curator, Judy Schwender!

Featured Quilt: Roaring Through the 1920s, 2010 by Carolyn McCormick of Colorado
Paper pieced by machine using the Add-A-Quarter ruler
Featured Quilt: Ruby Short McKim Sampler, c.1930, Loan courtesy of Edie McGinnis
Featured Quilt: Grandmother’s Pride Frakture Quilt, 1854, Loan courtesy of Chris Moline
Featured Quilt: Grandmother’s Pride Frakture Quilt, 1854, Loan courtesy of Chris Moline
Featured Quilt: Mariner’s Compass Variation, 1880-1900, Loan courtesy of Pilgim/Roy
Featured Quilt: Whole Cloth Quilt, c. 1830, Loan courtesy of Pilgrim/Roy
Featured Quilt: Medallion Quilt, c. 1840, Loan courtesy of Pilgrim/Roy
Featured Quilt: Faithful Circle Challenge Round Robin, 1997, Loan courtesy of Chris Moline
Featured Quilt: Trip Around the World, 1939, Loan courtesy of Chris Moline
Featured Quilt: Marie Webster French Baskets, c. 1930, Loan courtesy of Edie McGinnis
Featured Quilt: Pineapple, c. 1860, Loan courtesy of Pilgrim/Roy
Featured Quilt: Crazy Quilt, 1889, Loan courtesy of Chris Moline
Featured Quilt: Limbo, 2008, Loan courtesy of Helene Davis