Kaleidoscope showcases thirty rarely seen or previously unseen quilts. Made in twenty-eight different
patterns, they range in age from the 1820s through the 1970s. While many of these
quilts illustrate high levels of artistry, others are less accomplished in their execution.
Regardless of the skill level involved, they illustrate many of the quiltmaking techniques
and patterns represented in the collection and are part of the rich cultural tradition
of quiltmaking in Kentucky that extends back more than 200 years.
One of the highlights of the exhibition is the first public display in Bowling Green
of the circa 1880 Kentucky Sun Quilt. The symbol of the Kentucky Quilt Project's landmark exhibit and book, Kentucky Quilts: 1800-1900, the acquisition of this remarkable textile was made possible by the generosity of
the Board of the Kentucky Quilt Project as well as monetary contributions from the
Board of the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society, the Ridley Group of Wells Fargo Group,
KHQS members, and numerous private citizens.
See more examples from the Kentucky Museum's quilt collection in KenCat, our online catalog.