A Year of Needlework
Every year, the quilting world puts on great quilt shows and festivals, and 2009 will be no exception. Whether your love is history, fine handwork, or machine quilting, we've searched the world to share exhibits you'll definitely want to visit if you can.
Discover how needlework created by early-American women provides unique clues to family geneology and American history. "Who's Your Daddy? Families in Early American Needlework," currently on display at the Winterthur Museum, in Winterthur, DE, runs through Jan 9, 2009.
Visit the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, NE to learn how American and European women used applique to create the look of expensive Indian textiles. "Chintz Applique: From Imitation to Icon" is on display now through May 17, 2009.
"Quilts: Art with a Capital Q" continues now through March 29, 2009 at the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, Holland. The exhibit is accompanied by a series of quilt-related events and activities.
Visit an eight-day festival featuring the work of quilters from around the globe. Called "the largest quilt show in the world," the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival will take place in--where else?--Tokyo, Japan, January 16 - 24, 2009.
Enjoy quilts, classes, and more while strolling through the historic Royal Exhibition Building (designed by prominent 19th-century architect, Joseph Reed) for the Australasian Quilt Convention, held February 26 - March 1, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.
Learn about the extraordinary use of color and the stunning geometric designs created by the Amish of three distinct communities of Pennsylvania as the Textile Museum in Washington, DC presents "Constructed Color: Amish Quilts" from April 4 - September 6, 2009.
View the first-ever one-person exhibition highlighting the work of a contemporary quilt artist, Paula Nadelstern, at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. The show, which runs from April 21 - September 6, 2009, will feature a retrospective of Paula's Kaleidoscope quilts.
The Swiss Quilt Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary from June 4 - 7, 2009 in Solothurn, Switzerland. The theme for this year's festival is "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow."
Spend a weekend savoring quilts, gardens, and history at Hever Castle, a 13th-century castle and the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, located in Kent, 30 miles from Central London. The Hever Castle Annual Patchwork & Quilting Exhibit will be held September 12-14, 2009.