The National Quilt Museum announced the opening of two new exhibits, “Quilts of the Rocky Mountain West” and the “School Block Challenge.” Both exhibits will run from February 25 to April 4, 2011.
 
 
 
Last year The National Quilt Museum invited members of quilt guilds in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming to submit quilts that represent their best work for a special juried exhibit titled “Quilts of the Rocky Mountain West.” “This exhibit highlights the work of quiltmakers who are the mainstream of quiltmaking today,” said Judy Schwender, Curator/Registrar for the Museum. This exhibit is sponsored by AT&T Yellow Pages.
 
Also opening is the exhibit that includes all the entries of the “School Block Challenge,” an annual contest for youth. Participating schools, home school and youth groups are given packets with three fabrics from the contest’s sponsor, Moda Fabrics. Students are then required to incorporate all three fabrics in their block. A reception and awards ceremony will be held Saturday, March 5th from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. All students will receive certificates and participation ribbons. Winners and honorable mentions will also receive their checks. The reception is open to the participants of School Block Challenge and their friends and families.
 
 
 
The National Quilt Museum is a non-profit institution established to educate the local, national, and international public about the art, history, and heritage of quilt making, including the diversity of quilts and their makers. Designated as The National Quilt Museum of the United States, NQM is a non-profit institution located at 215 Jefferson Street in downtown Paducah, KY. The Museum is open year-round Monday-Saturday, 10am–5pm CST. The Museum is also open on Sundays 1-5 pm April to October. For more information go to www.NationalQuiltMuseum.org The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports The National Quilt Museum with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.