The Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum (SQTM), located in Carrollton, Georgia, showcases rotating exhibits of quilts and fabrics representing the South's rich textile and agricultural heritage. Opening its doors in 2012, this museum is a popular tourist hotspot for those who want to get a taste of the history of textile works throughout US history.
The Southeastern Quilt & Textile Museum is
committed to education and presentation of quilts and textiles. The SQTM
collects, exhibits, preserves, promotes and interprets the heritage, art and
production of quilting and textiles in the southeastern United States.
Programs and galleries
of the Museum interpret and embrace the ever-changing craft of quilting. It is
the only museum in the Southeast dedicated exclusively to textile arts,
production and the craft and artistry of quilting. Since 1998, members of the
Georgia Quilt Project and the Georgia Quilt Council tirelessly planned and advocated
for the creation of a quilt and textile museum in the southeast. In 2009, the
Georgia Quilt Council formally selected Carrollton as the home of the
Southeastern Quilt & Textile Museum (SQTM). On September 15, 2012, the SQTM
opened its doors to the public.
Located just outside
of Carrollton's Historic Adamson Square, the museum is located in a re-purposed
cotton warehouse. The exterior of the building is adorned with the work of
nationally recognized sculptor, Gordon Chandler, who has generously loaned two
of his metal quilts to the SQTM.
Exhibits at the museum have
featured traditional and contemporary quilts by both solo artists and various
regional guilds, and a partnership with the Center for Public History at the
University of West Georgia has enabled the museum to exhibit highlights of the
history of the local textile industry.