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San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

Written by Sarah. Posted in travel

It’s been a month since my trip to the left coast but I’ve got one last piece to share! Towards the end of the trip, I was looking for things to do in the San Jose area because I had plans to check out the Computer History Museum (which is awesome) in Mountain View with Jon. I really hadn’t planned on visiting San Jose at all so I hadn’t looked into any site to see there. But I was pleasantly surprised when I found the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.

It’s very small, more of a gallery than museum in my opinion, but the Museum of Quilts and Textiles has so many amazing pieces. It totally inspired me. I’ve never really been excited about quilting. Don’t get me wrong, I own some gorgeous hand-made quilts and I appreciate the art. But I’ve never felt like I wanted to put one together myself. The quilts at this museum really made me think about quilting in a new way. We’re not talking about Star and Double Wedding Ring quilts here.

martha wolfeDeath Ride”  by Martha Wolfe

The exhibit started with some quilts by Ros Cross. Her most famous quilt (Pancakes, Butter, and Syrup Quilt with Bacon Rug) is part a private collection so I didn’t see it. But the other quilts were so cool. A lot of playing with lines and shapes, all very untraditional. This one was my favorite, lines of colored stitches with long threads are all that’s quilted here. It’s like a mixture of quilting and embroidery just really simply done by stitching a few rows next to one another. 

ross cross

There was a gallery of small quilts inspired by California. My favorites were photorealistic. I could hardly believe they were made of fabric. I had my nose practically up against them, trying to take in all of the tiny details.

lin schiffner“Postcard from Home” by Lin Schiffner 

Many of the quilts in the main gallery were part of the Quilt National competition. I wasn’t able to photograph them but you can see some of them here. All of the quilts on display were amazing and none of them were traditional. I was blown away by the way the quilts were being put together, the details and the transformation that these artists put these materials through. And, of course, there were some amazing themes being tackled in these pieces including over-medication, green energy, and carbon footprints.

quilt museum

Since quilting has never really been my thing, I was surprised that I’d wanted to visit the museum (especially considering parking in San Jose almost left me in tears, but we don’t need to get into that). I’m so glad that I did, though. Quilts are pretty exciting!

Do you quilt? Have you visited the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles?

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