Antique Quilt Trunk Shows

Classic Quilt Programs

Exploring the Poos Collection

Exploring the Poos Collection

Learn the origins of the Poos Collection, one of the largest privately held collections in the world. This trunk show presents a variety of different antique and contemporary quilts as well as textiles from around the world.

Pieces of the Prairie

Pieces of the Prairie

Travel back in time with Esther, a pioneer woman, to hear her tales about her fellow pioneers and quilters. She will bring all 19th century antique quilts that reflect the prairie lifestyle.

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Red and Green Quilts for Christmas…Not!

Explore some of the red and green quilts in the Poos Collection and learn about the history of Turkey Red dye. All the antique quilts featured are from the 19th century, when Turkey red was at its zenith.

Chintz

Fabric Detective: The Case of the 200 Year Old Chintz Birds

Fabric Detective: The Case of the 200 Year Old Chintz Birds

Help the Fabric Detective Maude Bannister examine details of the crime through antique fabric and quilts. Research together to solve the case of chintz birds, but don’t be confused by red herrings or “criminals” hiding in the textiles.

Fabric Detective: The Case of the Chintz Columns and Calico Cloth

Fabric Detective: The Case of the Chintz Columns and Calico Cloth

The Fabric Detective is at it again and Maude Bannister needs your help to solve the case. Together you’ll examine the history of Chintz using 19th century antique fabric and quilts.

Celebrating the Blues

Celebrating the Blues: Africa to America

Celebrating the Blues: Africa to America

Explore Africa’s use of indigo and the impact on America dyeing and fabric. Examine indigo textiles and quilts from multiple continents and 4 centuries.

Indigo, Africa’s Gift to the World

Indigo, Africa’s Gift to the World

Learn about the history of indigo in Africa and see samples of African textiles and garments. Then explore how the African influence in textiles spread to other countries.

Out of Africa

Out of Africa

Meet Mary MacAlister, a missionary who went to Africa to teach only to become a student of the amazing Africans and their textiles. Mary will regale you with her tales of Africa while showing you a sampling of West African textiles featuring different methods of dyeing, weaving, and indigo resist.