Wisconsin Quilt Museum

 When I first walked inside the gallery of the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, I stood still in amazement. What once stored bales of hay, now showcases amazing quilts from antique to contemporary. It’s a gallery like none other I’ve seen.

The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts is located in historic Cedarburg, WI. (Add it to your bucket list.) In 1988,  a group of quilters in southeastern Wisconsin founded the Wisconsin Quilt History Project, Inc., whose mission is to preserve the history and creativity expressed in quilts through documentation and research.  Since 1988, over 8,000 quilts and their stories have been captured in an award-winning book, Wisconsin Quilts:  History in the Stitches, (second edition, 2009).

In 2001, a farmstead was purchased and a massive fundraising and refurbishing process began. The gallery and education center opened in August of ’11. Last week was my first, but not my last visit!

“Quilts on Review”:  Cheddar Quilts, A Nancy Zieman Retrospective, and Works from The Chicago School of Fusing!

  • A contrast of old and new—the unique cheddar color incorporated in Carol Butzke’s collection of antique quilts (left) with two examples from the Chicago School of Fusing.

Wisconsin Quilt Museum

  • This is the view when stepping into the gallery. I paused and took in the view.

Wisconsin Quilt Museum

  • More of the cheddar quilts…

Wisconsin Quilt Museum

  • If you’ve never been in a haymow, the architecture if fascinating. Wisconsin Quilt Museum
  •  If you look along the back wall, you’ll see a few of my landscape quilts. Truth be told, my quilts were too small for the grandness of the gallery.


Wisconsin Quilt Museum



  • Can you guess which landscape quilt I named “The First Day of Summer?”


Wisconsin Quilt Museum



  •  The curator nicely grouped three of my floral quilts together. The “Spiderwort” design fit on the door! (Spiderwort is an indigenous flower that grows almost like a weed in my garden!)


Wisconsin Quilt Museum



  •  I’ve designed several barn scenes. How appropriate for this setting!


Wisconsin Quilt Museum



  • This is one of my first landscape quilts entitled, “Winter in my Backyard.”

Wisconsin Quilt Museum

  •  The gift shop was built around the silo. The old feed storage system makes for an interesting quilt display.


Wisconsin Quilt Museum



  •  Quilt details abound at this gallery.

Wisconsin Quilt Museum


Wisconsin Quilt Museum



  • I was the noon speaker at their first University Days. In over 30-years of giving seminars, this was my favorite classroom.


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  •  During the remainder of the day, mini-classes took place below the gallery in the old milking parlor. The cows never had such culture! (The old milking parlor was completed gutted out and a new foundation replaced the old one.)

Wisconsin Quilt Museum

Watch Landscape Quilting Workshop online!

For the next three weeks, you can watch the 3-part series that Natalie Sewell and I did on Landscape Quilting Workshop. We take you through the process, creating mini-quilts. Check out the show online! The workbook that accompanies the series gives all the details.


Landscape Quilting Workshop  by Nancy Zieman & Natalie Sewell



Watch this episode on your local PBS station, online, or on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone. Have you downloaded the app?

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