2017 Special Show & Community Exhibits

IHQS Special Exhibits

Quilts of the National Parks

Indiana Heritage Quilt Show is proud to announce the special exhibit, “Inspired by the National Parks” will be available for viewing at our 2017 show.

Fifty-nine National Parks are portrayed, featuring a trio of quilts for each park:  a landscape, a flora and a fauna for a total of 177 quilts!  This exhibit was developed to help celebrate the 100th Birthday of our National Park Service.

An accompanying book, “Inspired by the National Parks” by Donna DeSoto will also be available for purchase. We invite you to find your park and discover the unique fabric representations of each one.

Karen Hampton of Hampton Art Studios

We will be featuring Karen Hampton of Hampton Art Studios in Evansville, Indiana this year. Karen’s art quilts feature many innovative techniques and materials to create display and wearable pieces.


Community Exhibits

The Farmer House Museum

The Farmer House Museum, a museum of family and community,  will be presenting a special exhibit “Dolls and Their Quilts” during March 2017 as well as quilt, sewing and textile items from our permanent collection to celebrate the IHQS’s 26th year. We will be open during all quilt show hours and on Friday March 3 we will have a reception for the exhibit from 5-9 pm. The Farmer House Museum is located at 529 N. College Ave. Admission is always free. Please call (812) 336-5597 for more information.

Mathers Museum

The Mathers Museum of World Cultures will host a groundbreaking exhibit next spring.  “Quilts of Southwest China” will open at the museum January 21, 2017. The exhibit includes 24 quilts, or bedcovers as they are often referred to, depending on the function and number of layers of cloth quilted together. These works and other household items have been expertly fashioned, like American quilts, from small pieces of fabric patched and appliquéd together to form artistic yet functional textiles, and the research and collecting done for this exhibition provides some of the first documentation of the making and use of these textiles.
In addition to the MMWC, other project partners include Michigan State University Museum (East Lansing, Michigan, USA), Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA), Yunnan Nationalities Museum (Kunming, Yunnan, China), Guangxi Nationalities Museum (Nanning, Guangxi, China), Guizhou Nationalities Museum (Guiyang, Guizhou, China), and the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Lincoln, Nebraska, USA).
“Quilts of Southwest China” will be on display at the museum through  May 7, 2017.  The Mathers Museum of World Cultures is located at 416 North Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana. Admission to the Mathers Museum of World Cultures is free. During normal hours of operation, the MMWC exhibition hall and Museum Store are open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Free visitor parking is available by the Indiana Avenue lobby entrance. Metered parking is available at the McCalla School parking lot on the corner of Ninth Street and Indiana Avenue. The parking lot also has spaces designated for Indiana University EM-P, EM-S, and ST permits. During the weekends free parking is available on the surrounding streets. An access ramp is located at the Fess Avenue entrance, on the corner of Ninth Street and Fess Avenue. Reserved parking spaces are available on Ninth Street, between Fess Avenue and Indiana Avenue. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please call 812-855-6873.

WonderLab Science Museum

Local quilt artist, Julie Higgins, will be featured in this year’s exhibit during the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show.
WonderLab is an award-winning science museum that encourages visitors of all ages to explore the science of everyday life and the connections between science and art. The museum and gift store, located at 308 W. 4th Street, is one block from the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center via the B-Line Trail and is on the free IHQS bus route. The museum is open 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. during the IHQS with extended evening hours until 8:00 p.m. on Friday.
Information: 812-337-1337 ext. 25 or wonderlab.org.

Wylie House

Quilt historian and folklorist, Teri Klaussen will speak on:  “Polk’s Fancy: A southern Indiana quilt pattern of the Mexican War era” Friday, March 3 at 2:00pm.  If you enjoy learning about historic quilts, patterns, and quilters, this talk is for you!  Antique quilts are displayed throughout the 1835 Georgian-Federal style historic home. The museum exhibits primarily hand pieced and hand quilted quilts, drawing upon its own collection as well as those on loan from local collectors. Wylie House Museum is the home of the first president of Indiana University. Hours are 10 am- 4 pm, Thursday-Saturday during the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. Wylie House is located on the free bus route at 307 E. 2nd Street. Free admission with wristband or hand stamp.

Monroe County History Center 

“Dialogues: Contemporary Responses to Marie Webster Quilts” will be on display at the History Center February 1 – April 28,2017.  This juried exhibition of contemporary quilts by midwestern members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates will delight and inspire you!  Since 1911, when Webster’s quilts were first published in the Ladies Home Journal, Marie Webster’s designs became legendary and encouraged the use of nature as a primary source of design. Her designs were formal and symmetrical, and the unity of design and function contributed to the beauty and stunning elegance of her quilts. The artists in the “Dialogues”  
exhibit, while no longer bound to functional design, have responded to Webster’s legacy in the spirit of modern times. They have freely experimented with her design elements creating quilts that are brightly colored, profusely detailed, and very different aesthetically from the classic Webster quilts—yet unmistakably inspired by them.
The History Center is accessible to people of all abilities.
Located at 202 E. 6th Street, it is on the free bus route and FREE with Indiana Heritage wristband or hand stamp, during quilt show only.
Visit www.monroehistory.org for further information.