Community exhibits

Farmer House museum

For the 2018 Quilt Show, the Farmer House Museum is proud to present an exhibit and trunk show by SandBar Quilts. Partners Sandra Andersen and Barb Sturbaum have known each other since 1978. Sandra began quilting in 1980, while Barb caught the "bug" in 1990. Since then they have built up a stash, purchased machines, taken classes, and studied as many types of quilts and styles as they could find. Barb likes traditional patterns, but enjoys modern fabrics as well as historical styles. Sandra is the more modern of the pair and is also an avid machine quilter. Both have award winning quilts to their credit. A year ago, Sandra suggested that they form a partnership to sell the many accumulated quilts they both had after gifting many to friends and family. Their partnership, SandBar Quilts, has an Etsy site and can be found at local juried cart fairs. In 2017, the pair were accepted into the Talbot Street Art Fair in Indianapolis.

The Farmer House Museum will also be showing quilts and sewing notions from our permanent collection. We will be open all hours of the Quilt Show and also for an evening reception Friday March 2 from 5pm–9pm. The Farmer House Museum is located at 529 N. College Avenue. Admission is always free. Please call (812)336-5597 for more information.

Mathers Museum of World Cultures

“Sisters of the Cloth: This is Our Story”

“Sisters of the Cloth: This is Our Story,” an exhibit exploring the lives of African American quilters will be featured at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures this spring. The exhibit will be presented in conjunction with the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. 

The exhibit will present works that are individual reflections on what each member feels portrays her life. “Each one of us has taken different paths to become what we are today,” notes Margarita Jean-Baptiste, president of the guild. “Members will have the opportunity to represent themselves, and the audience that see our pieces will see the many stories of modern African American women.”

The Sisters of the Cloth Quilting Guild was founded in 1999 and is located in Fort Wayne, IN. The guild’s motto, “Each One Teach One” is indicative of its twofold purpose:  teaching the craft of quilting to all who are interested, and preserving the art of quilting for future generations. In 2012the guild was invited to participate in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, an annual event celebrating cultural traditions.

“Sisters of the Cloth: This is Our Story” will be on display January 30 through May 6, 2018. The Mathers Museum of World Cultures is located at 416 North Indiana Avenue, Bloomington. Its exhibit 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. Admission to the museum is free.

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. If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please call 812-855-6873.

Wylie House Museum Antique Quilt Exhibit

Built in 1835 as the home of Andrew Wylie, Indiana University's first president, this stately brick house is now a museum recreating the early Wylie years. The museum is pleased to host a collection of antique quilts for its participation in this year's Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. Visitors will enjoy quilts as they move through the home. Both nineteenth and early twentieth century quilts will be on display, featuring traditional patterns, pieced and quilted by hand. Hours are 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Thursday-Saturday during the IHQS. Wylie House is located at 307 E. 2nd Street. Free admission.

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WonderLab Museum

WonderLab is an award-winning science museum where visitors can explore the science of everyday life and the connections between science and art. Wonderlab will be featuring a quilt exhibit of geometric shapes by Brenda Roach. The museum, located at 308 W. 4th Street, is one block from the Convention Center via  the B-Line Trail and is on the free bus route. Admission is FREE for adults, age 18 and older, with an IHQS wristband or stamp on March 1 - 3. The museum is open 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

About the Exhibit:

Geometric shapes and the color wheel can be combined to offer seemingly infinite opportunities for design. The quilts displayed in this exhibit show a few of the ways  the artist has used these elements and how she has used quilting to enhance the designs.  WonderLab will also have hands-on activities related to patterning and colors.

Brenda Roach is a former French and Spanish teacher who is very grateful for the roles that quilting and quilters play in her life.   

Monroe County History Center

Monroe County is turning 200! In honor of this auspicious occasion, the Monroe County History Center challenged our local community textile artists to design quilts inspired by the Monroe County Bicentennial logo. Whether pieced or appliqued, traditional or modern, each entry was limited in size and was required to incorporate some feature of the bicentennial logo. Beginning on February 27 through June 2, we invite you to join us at the History Center to admire the amazing creativity of our local quilt artists and stand in awe of their celebratory quilts.  

The Monroe County History center is located at 202 E. 6th Street.  It will be on the free shuttle route from the IHQS and admission is free when showing IHQS stamp.