The museum will be closed 1/17 & 1/18 for installation

Regular museum hours will resume 1/19.


Reflections: Fiber Art History in America

Lecture by Paul J. Smith, Director Emeritus of Museum of Arts and Design, New York

Sunday, January 28
2 - 3pm

Members $15.00    Non-Members $25.00



In this 45-minute lecture, Paul Smith takes us on a journey of the last 100 years of American Fiber Art, with emphasis of Mid-20th century activity. Smith will speak about schools and movements that fostered textile as a medium, as well as the legacy of artists who uniquely manipulated cloth. Many of these pivotal artists were inspired by ethnographic textiles which Paul Smith collected alongside his tenure as Director of Museum of Art and Design in NYC.

Please join us for the opening reception of A Geographical Journey: The Paul J. Smith Textile Collection immediately following the talk from 3pm - 5pm.


Call for Artists

Silicon Valley Creates & SJMQT

deadline February 25, 2018

Silicon Valley Creates (SV Creates) and the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is seeking proposals for a new project based, Artist-in- Residence program at Santa Clara’s Valley Medical Center’s (VMC) Women & Children’s hospital wing. This newly renovated facility dedicated to pediatric, newborn and women's health is seeking a resident artist to develop a project that takes inspiration from the stories of patients, staff and visitors at the new Women & Children's Center at VMC, our county's 'safety net' hospital.

The project will be complete when the final artwork is installed in the hospital, allowing for continued public access.


From Sabine Reckewell's Linear Interventions, SJMQT 2017.

From Sabine Reckewell's Linear Interventions, SJMQT 2017.

"This place is a
dream come true."


A Geographical Journey

The Paul J. Smith Textile Collection →

Without A Net

Susan Else →



A Cambodian Journey

Stories Told by Textiles and Costumes of the Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe →

Talismanic Tresses

Vien Le Wood →



Purchase Our 40th Anniversary Catalog

This exhibition catalog documents Expressions of Identity: 40th Anniversary Exhibition, and includes quality color images of artworks collected in the last five years at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.  Highlights include a foreword by Curator of Exhibitions, Amy DiPlacido, essay by Director Nancy Bavor, and essays and images from Northern Californian artists Joan Schulze, Susan Else and Flo Oy Wong.

Contact to make an order. 


The Museum offers classes on everything fiber-related, from the methodologies of quilters to the conservation of fiber-crafts.


SJMQT relies on the generosity of its many benefactors.  Show us how you support what we're doing.  Please donate today.

Event Calendar

Check out our events –– don't forget first Fridays of each month – admission is free from 7pm to 9pm.

From Nancy Bavor– our museum director

Nancy makes a guest appearance on the Crafty Planner podcast where she discusses the ins and outs of the museum and the role of quilting in creative expression.

In Motherhood Moment's "Area Attractions", Nancy answers questions about SJMQT and its role as an often misunderstood and unexpectedly inspiring museum destination.