The museum’s collection of quilts and related textiles is the result of the generosity of donors and the farsightedness of curators who shared their sentiment. Begun in 1924 with the accession of a pair of pieced pillowcases, the collection now includes almost two hundred pieces with many styles and techniques of American quiltmaking represented. The quilts date from about 1800 to the present. Since quiltmaking is such an important Pennsylvania craft, it is fitting that many of the quilts reveal a particularly Pennsylvanian sensibility. Another strength of the collection is the number and variety of crazy quilts.


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