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

times.

“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

historic building?”