Current Exhibitions

Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts
October 21, 2017–January 21, 2018 | Fifth Third Gallery

Hexagon Quilt (detail), possibly made in Kentucky, about 1860–1880. International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 1997.007.0598

For nearly 300 years, quilt makers have created a dazzling range of designs using the versatile mosaic patchwork technique. The 19 quilts in Elegant Geometry highlight the skill, intelligence, and artistry of the women who practiced mosaic patchwork quilting during its early years. Mosaic quilters wrapped and sewed cloth around identically sized, geometrically shaped paper pieces. They then stitched the tiny units together into intricate patterns. The earliest quilt in the exhibition originated in 18th-century England. British colonists brought the technique to the New World, where American women embraced it. American quilts in Elegant Geometry date through the 19th century and were made by women from Eastern and Midwestern states including Kentucky and Ohio.

Elegant Geometry is organized by the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Click here for information about the Quilting Competition.

Find out more stories and facts about quilts here!

Click here to view the family guide for the exhibition.

Pop-Up Quilting Demonstrations
Don’t merely marvel at the intricate designs of Elegant Geometry—learn the techniques! Cincinnati fabric store Silk Road Textiles will offer pop-up demonstrations. Featuring a variety of historic and modern quilting techniques, each demonstration will provide new insights into the skilled craftsmanship featured in Elegant Geometry.

Saturday, January 6, 1-3 p.m.: Needle Felting
Included with Museum admission.


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Antique Christmas
November 3, 2017–January 7, 2018 | Historic Home

Fill yourself with holiday cheer by visiting the Taft’s annual display of antique ornaments, decorations, and toys. Thanks to generous lenders from Cincinnati and beyond, you can escape to a winter wonderland of Christmas past.

Handmade Angel Ornament, about 1860–1900, chromolithographic “scrap” paper, and metal tinsel. Private collection

This year, you will see toys Santa might have left in years gone by: a jack-in-the-box display, a vintage Lionel toy train set, and dancing antique dolls. Festive decorations include a miniature lighted village of German houses, a heavenly arrangement of angels, a German table-top chandelier, and feather trees. Enjoy such treats as an unusual brown-coated Belsnickle “Santa” candy container, trees with cotton fruit, and a display of vintage dime store memories.

Greenery will deck the halls and exterior of the house, and the Dining Room will be set for a holiday feast with sparkling china, crystal, and silver.

Click here to learn more about the Antique Christmas displays!

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A Sense of Home: New Quilts by Heather Jones
November 17, 2017–February 18, 2018 | Sinton Gallery

Heather Jones, Central Parkway, cotton fabric, batting, and thread, 2014, 60 x 60 in. Photo courtesy of Quilt Local by Heather Jones, published by Abrams Books. Photography by Jenny Hallengren

Self-taught quilt artist and designer Heather Jones channels the world around her into minimalist quilts that conjure modern painting. Informed by her knowledge of quilting traditions and art history, she creates both unique designs and twists on traditional patterns. A Sense of Home will feature full-size quilts, smaller fabric works, and pages from Jones’s design sketchbooks, all inspired by the Taft Museum of Art.