About the Poos Collection
One of the largest privately held quilt and textile collections in the world. It is named after Martha Poos, a grandmother who quilted and instilled her love of quilts to the curator Kay Triplett. Originally, the collection was compiled from estate sales and small antique shops. However, as the collection has grown, the variety of sources for the collection has grown as well.
It has a large collection of antique quilts with an emphasis on pre-1860 quilts. These vintage bed coverings can be divided into four main categories: white on white quilts, red and green quilts, indigo quilts, and chintz quilts. Some age appropriate vintage fabric is also a part of the collection.
Recent additions to the ever growing collection include folk art textiles and contemporary quilts. Many of these quilts are award winning for their use of fabric or artistry. The folk art textiles are from around the world with a particular emphasis and variety of West African textiles such as adire indigo or ashoke/aso oke, kente, and Ewe woven prestige cloths or garments.
About Quilt & Textile Collection
QTC was formed in 2011 entirely to manage and share the Poos Collection. Because many of the quilts and/or textiles are fragile, it isn’t possible to exhibit them on a regular basis. Nor is it possible for everyone to have access to the extensive collection. However, through books, presentations, and special exhibitions, the Poos Collection can be shared on a larger basis around the world.
Biographies of the QTC's Co-Founders
Lori Lee Triplett
Lori Lee Triplett, Business Manager for Quilt and Textile Collections, has successfully combined a variety of passions which include research, writing, and performing into the quilt world. As a lecturer and instructor she brings her experience from stage, screen, and radio to make the presentations fun yet educational. Depending on which program she is performing, you may meet one of her guests from abroad, sing-a-long with a song, or even participate in solving a mystery. She enjoys presenting at local quilt guilds, but also presents at national conferences and has made appearances internationally.
As an award winning writer Lori has written more than 14 books and numerous magazine articles. Her most recent book written with her sister, Indigo Quilts, covers the history of indigo from Africa to America. Additionally the book includes detailed photos of African textiles and antique quilts from the Poos Collection as well as five projects. The Indigo Quilts book received the Lucy Hilty Research Grant and the Meredith Scholar Award. The successful Chintz Quilts from the Poos Collection launched in the fall of 2013 and was co-written with Kay Triplett and Xenia Cord. Lori is a frequent writer for multiple quilt magazines and journals with more articles on the way. Research is complete for their next book, Prairie Quilts.
She is a member of the American Quilt Study Group, American Quilter’s Society, National Quilt Museum, Heartland Quilt Network, and The International Quilt Study Center & Museum. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts with honors, and a Masters of Arts from the UMKC Theatre Department. Additionally she has a law degree from UMKC School of Law where she received multiple awards.
Kay Triplett is the Curator for Quilt and Textile Collections, a company that manages the Poos Collection - one of the largest privately held quilt and textile collections in the world. Although it was named to honor her grandmother, Kay is the collector and creator of the collection. She rescued her first quilt on a family picnic as a child in elementary school. From there, the collection was enhanced during more than four decades of searching out textiles in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
As her collection grew, her knowledge of historic textiles grew, which led to extensive research with an emphasis on pre-19th century quilts and textiles. She is a long time member of the American Quilt Study Group, where she shares her knowledge with other quilt historians. Additionally, she participates in the Quilt Study program, reproducing or creating quilts inspired by historic quilts.
Kay is a frequent writer for the quilt magazine Quiltmania with more articles on the way. Her first book, Red and Green Quilts from the Poos Collection, continues to be a best seller. Her next book, Chintz Quilts from the Poos Collection, was co-written with Lori Lee Triplett and Xenia Cord. Her most recent book written with her sister, Indigo Quilts, covers the history of indigo from Africa to America. The Indigo Quilts book received the Lucy Hilty Research Grant and the Meredith Scholar Award. Her next book focuses on the quilts of pioneers from the prairie, where she grew up.