Since the pioneer days of the American Midwest, quilts have been a cornerstone of Missouri culture, fashion, and tradition. In honor of our great state’s two hundred year 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! With one quilt block to represent every Missouri county and the independent City of St. Louis, the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt showcases the unique characteristics of Missouri culture and style.


Quilt block submissions were accepted from October 8, 2018, through September 2, 2019. Multiple submissions for the same county were judged according to whether they met criteria, level of creativity and craft, and description of significance. The judging committee included representatives from Missouri Star Quilt Company, The State Historical Society of Missouri, and Missouri State Quilters Guild. All quilt block submissions will remain available for viewing at in the gallery below through 2021. 


The Missouri Bicentennial Quilt has been completed and is ready to tour our state. However, due to our changed health environment, the exhibition of the quilt has been put on hold. In the meantime, please view all of the selected quilt blocks as well as photos and videos of the completed quilt here. An exhibition schedule will be released at a later date so check back soon.