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La Grange: Texas Quilt Museum


Photo by Gensler

STITCHED TOGETHER

As your great grandmother sat around a table with fellow sewing enthusiasts, chatting about family and community affairs, piecing together scraps of fabric and cotton batting in a variety of patterns, they probably never imagined that their handiwork would one day receive its own museum. But today, quilt-making has acquired a distinct category in the canon of American decorative arts and scholarly efforts to document, analyze, preserve, and restore some of the best surviving examples now receive prominent museum resources alongside traditional objects of fine art. The Texas Quilt Museum, located in a repurposed 19th century structure and a companion building in downtown LaGrange, showcases great quilt-making from across the country and around the world. The museum opened in 2011 and, rather than maintain a permanent collection of their own, founders determined to sponsor national and international traveling exhibitions of the textile arts throughout the year. The museum hosts a changing roster of engaging shows that feature antique and contemporary quilts and focus on themes highlighting subject matter, techniques, processes and concepts. Textile scholars may also access the museum’s Pearce Memorial Library and Material Culture Study Center where archived textile samples and documentation help analyze your great grandmother’s use of fabrics, stitch techniques, and creative design.


Location

  • 140 West Colorado Street
  • La Grange, Texas
  • 78945

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Hours & Fees

  • Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 - 4 p.m.

  • Adults: $8, Students/Seniors: $6


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Completely new exhibits every quarter! These works of art which speak across the ages and began as fulfilling a basic need of warmth. The Texas Quilt Museum was a dream and a goal for decades. As its founders brought thousands of great quilts to International Quilt Festival in Houston each year since 1974, they realized many people were unable to see them because they were on view a relatively short time. They wanted a place where even more people could discover and appreciate quilts as art in a setting that showcased them for longer periods.

One of many articles about the Texas Quilt Museum.
http://www.texascooppower.com/texas-stories/travel/texas-quilt-museum