San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles -- from Traditional to Cutting-Edge

Quilts and textures, ranging from traditional to cutting-edge have been a part of the American fabric since colonial days, and the quilt remains synonymous with the pioneer women who crafted beautiful works out of necessity and as one of their few luxuries of time for creative expression.


Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer, for a conversation with Nancy Bavore, the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Amanda Rawson, Manager of Museum Advancement, and Joan Phillips. Executive Director.

In honor of the quilt and related fabrics and textures, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles celebrates its 39th year as America’s first museum to focus specifically on quilts and textiles as an art form. Today there are sister quilt art centers around the country, including the University of Nebraska Lincoln’sInternational Quilt Study Center and Museum, but the San Jose museum remains as a premier American venue. The San Jose, California Quilt Museum showcases incredibly engaging works of art that appeal to Millennials and grandparents alike. This is a not to be missed destination in downtown San Jose to discover the preservation, promotion, and evolution of fiber art, and the distinctive world of quilters.