Pasadena Museum of History Launches Centennial Year with Vibrant Art Quilt Exhibition Celebrating Creativity and Festivity

Published on Feb 16, 2024

The aptly named exhibition, Celebrate! kicks off Pasadena Museum of History’s Centennial Year offerings, showcasing an outstanding and diverse collection of fine art quilts by members of the Southern California group of textile artists, Quilts on the Wall. The individual works, which will be on view from February 24-May 12, 2024, were chosen to illustrate that we all have something to celebrate, be it big or small, significant to others or only to us.

It will run concurrently in the PMH History Center Galleries with Cabinet of Curiosities: Celebrating 100 Years of Collecting Pasadena History. This compendium of a century’s work collecting and preserving historic, significant, and fascinating items related to the history of the region pays homage to the wondrous predecessors of modern-day museums while also observing PMH’s centennial.

Celebrate! features 46 decorative quilts ranging in size from 18” x 24” to 79” x 70” that celebrate a special day, event, person, holiday, triumph, performance, accomplishment, or adventure. These pieces emphasize design over functionality and are meant to be displayed as art rather than used on beds. “Art quilting is a fairly modern medium, but the technique of quilting by joining layers of fabric together with stitching has existed for centuries,” explains Bunnie Mauldin, President of Quilts on the Wall. “Contemporary textile artists especially enjoy selecting soft fabrics and piecing them together in new and different ways, using a combination of their imaginations, creativity, and technical skills,” she continued. “Most textile artists begin by selecting an inspiration piece – perhaps a photo or memory of an experience – with the goal of creating a piece that will allow the viewer to connect with it in some way.”

Quilts on the Wall is a Southern California group of textile artists dedicated to learning about and sharing art quilts. The group establishes at least two challenges each year that allow members to create singular visions of a theme. The group’s works are featured locally and nationally in both juried and non-juried exhibitions at venues including quilt shows, galleries, and museums. Additional information is available on their website, The textile artists of Quilts on the Wall would like to thank Pasadena Museum of History for the opportunity to share our artwork and be part of the Museum’s celebration of its Centennial Year.

Hours & Tickets Celebrate! will be on view from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 pm Wednesdays through Sundays in the PMH History Center’s North Gallery, with Cabinet of Curiosities running simultaneously in the South Gallery. Admission to both exhibitions is $9 General; $7 Seniors; Free for PMH and Quilts on the Wall Members, Students & Visitors under 18. No reservations are required; check in at the Museum Store. PMH is located at 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91103; free parking is available in the Museum lot and on Walnut St. For additional information, please visit the Museum’s website,



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