The Michigan State University Museum has a special quilt exhibit “Unpacking Collections”. It is the legacy of Cuesta Benberry, an African American quilt scholar. It is being held in the Heritage Gallery and has been extended through December 12, 2010.
The museum owns one of the largest and best quilt collections in the world. Unfortunately, most of it is stored and available only by prearranged small group tours.
When Rick Cohen, owner of RJR Fabrics saw the collection, he told me “It’s the best museum collection I’ve ever seen.”
His company did two reproduction collections using quilts from the MSU Museum collection for the basis. One was based on a post Civil War quilt and the other was based on a 30s quilt. They were great fabrics, but it has been several years and the fabrics are no longer available.
The museum also wrote a book published by C & T about the quilt collection. It is also out of print.
All of this is to say that the MSU Museum quilt exhibits are worth a visit. You can call the museum for hours and directions at 517-432-1472 or visit their website at www.museum.msu.edu.