The city of La Grange is a low-key and relaxing small
Texas town, but it soon will welcome visitors from all over the
world as quilt artists and aficionados come to see the
years-in-the-planning Texas Quilt Museum.
Nestled in the scenic hills of central Texas in
Fayette County, the Museum is the culmination of a lifelong dream
of fifth-generation Texas quilters and cousins Karey Bresenhan and
Nancy O’Bryant Puentes, also the President and Executive
Vice-President, respectively, of Quilts, Inc., producers of trade
and consumer quilt shows around the country.
The Museum, located at 140 W. Colorado in La Grange,
opened last month and features 10,000 square feet of exhibition
space and includes a museum store, and the Pearce Memorial Library
and Material Cultures Center, named for the pair’s grandmother, and
also contains workspace for exhibition preparation.
The inaugural exhibit showcases more than 60 quilts
featured in the book Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts
1986-2011 (UT Press). It’s the third volume in a trilogy
documenting the state’s quilt history.
“With this being the 175th anniversary of the
establishment of the Republic of Texas, we definitely wanted the
first quilts that the public will see in the Museum to be from the
Lone Star State,” Bresenhan says. “But future exhibits will feature
incredible quilts from all over the world.”
The Texas Quilt Museum is housed in two buildings
that date back to the 1890’s in the heart of La Grange’s downtown
historic district. And while much has been renovated and restored
in the buildings, they definitely maintain the flavor of past
“We fell in love with these structures as soon as we
saw them, and felt immediately that they would make a wonderful
home for the Museum,” Puentes says.
“What could be better than viewing great quilts in a