Quilts & Textiles
Ranging from the eighteenth to mid-twentieth centuries, the American Museum’s collection of over 200 quilts is acclaimed as the finest of its type in Europe and the equal of many premier collections in the United States. Over 50 quilts are always on view in the Textile Room (on the first floor of the Museum) and throughout the Period Rooms. Also on display in the Textile Room are a selection of Navajo weavings, hooked rugs, and woven coverlets.
New hanging frames and lighting units have recently been incorporated into the room. These improvements have enabled us to display a wider variety of textiles from our collection. Much of the funding for this refurbishment came from raffling a magnificent quilt made from blocks stitched by the Museum’s members and volunteers from designs found on objects in the Museum.
Classic Quilts from the American Museum in Britain (Scala Publishers, 2009) is available for purchase.
Classic Quilts from The American Museum in Britain
50 star pieces from the American Museum's quilt collection are showcased in this lavishly illustrated publication. Each entry features photographs of the full quilt, as well as detail shots of interesting design elements (such as signatures, quilting designs, and backing fabrics).
Quilt Display and Storage at the Museum
There are over 250 quilts in the collection at the American Museum. Displaying them in the space available is tricky. ...
We have a wonderful range of quilting expertise around us in the local area and they love to share their love of the craft!