Since the pioneer days of the American Midwest, quilts have been a cornerstone of Missouri culture, fashion, and tradition.
To honor this legacy, in 2018, the State Historical Society of Missouri and Missouri Star Quilt Company, in partnership with the Missouri State Quilters Guild, teamed up to create the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt. For the next year, quilters sent in 6.5x6.5" blocks to represent the county where they live or have a connection. During the 2019-2020 winter, Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton stitched the blocks together to give the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt its final look.
Featuring blocks from all 114 Missouri counties and the independent City of St. Louis, the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt was on display in communities across the state from 2020-2022. After a final tour of State Historical Society of Missouri research centers concludes in September 2022, the quilt goes on long-term loan to the Missouri Quilt Museum in Hamilton.