Founded in 1979, Quilt National was intended to demonstrate the transformations taking place in the world of quilting. Its purpose was then, and still is, to carry the definition of quilting far beyond its traditional parameters and to promote quiltmaking as what it always has been — an art form.

Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

Gallery reservations are no longer required

Masks are required. We have children utilizing our facility.

General Admission $10, $8 for students and seniors, free for Members

Join us for a Docent led exhibit tour in the gallery.

Docent Tours are offered at no additional cost to our gallery visitors.

Every Tuesday at 2pm

Thursdays, June 24th, July 8th, July 22nd, August 5th and August 19th at 2pm.

Saturdays, July 10th, July 31st, August 14th, and August 21st at 2pm.

The Quilt National ’21 catalog is now available for purchase!

Cover art: Movement #91 Zen-1 (detail) by Yasuko Saito


Q: Do I need to make a reservation?

A: When Quilt National first opened, we were limiting capacity and requiring reservations. We no longer believe that this is necessary, and are no longer requiring reservations. Tickets can be purchased in our Gallery Shop upon arrival.

Q: How much does it cost to visit Quilt National?

A: Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for students and seniors, and free for members. You can purchase a membership HERE.

Q: Will there be a closing reception?

A: Yes! There will be a public closing reception on Friday, September 3. Stay tuned for more information!

Q: I am not able to visit The Dairy Barn in person this year, can I buy a catalog online?

A: Absolutely! Catalogs are available HERE.

Q: I’m visiting Athens from out of town. Where should I stay?

A: We have many great places to stay in Athens!

Book a hotel room at the Ohio University Inn and use the group code 210903QUIL or call 866-593-6661 and mention the Quilt National rate! Visit

Book a room at the Fairfield Inn or the Hampton Inn and mention Quilt National when booking. Fairfield Inn: 740.589.5839 and Hampton Inn: 740.593.5600.


Thank you to our Sponsors:

O’Bleness Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Athens County convention and Visitors Bureau,, SAQA, Nelsonville Quilt Company, Crow timber Frame Barn Art Retreats, Moda Fabrics, Aurifil, Mountain Mist, The Robert and Ardis James Foundation


“The works in a Quilt National exhibit display a reverence for the lessons taught by the makers of the heritage quilts. Many of the works hold fast to the traditional methods of piecing and patching. At the same time, however, the Quilt National artist is intrigued by the challenge of expanding the boundaries of traditional quiltmaking by utilizing the newest materials and technologies. These innovative works generate strong emotional responses in the viewer while at the same time fulfilling the creative need of the artist to make a totally individual statement.”

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