Since the pioneer days of the American Midwest, quilts have been a cornerstone of Missouri culture, fashion, and tradition. In honor of our state’s 200th anniversary, 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. Using one quilt block for each Missouri county and the independent City of St. Louis, the project features the unique characteristics of Missouri culture and style.
Accepted from October 8, 2018, through September 2, 2019, county quilt blocks came in from all corners of the state. Over the winter of 2019-2020, Missouri Star Quilt Company stitched the blocks together and gave the quilt its final look.
On July 1, 2021, First Lady Teresa Parson hosted this unique Missouri treasure along with many of its talented creators at the Governor's Mansion in Jefferson City. The quilt will now move on to Perryville for a stop at the Catalyst Center for Business before traveling to Plattsburg and Macon.
As the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt travels statewide, Missourians will have an opportunity to learn about the rich geographic and cultural diversity of the state. To view the exhibition schedule for the quilt visit missouri2021.org/bicentennial-quilt.