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 are teaming up to create the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt! Using one quilt block from each and every Missouri county and the independent City of St. Louis, we’re looking to create a quilt featuring the unique characteristics of Missouri culture and style. Block submissions should feature or represent important aspects of the geography, culture, or landmarks of their respective counties, e.g. buildings, prominent landscape features, historic events, etc. Missouri Star Quilt Company will assemble the blocks into a quilt, which will then be shown at events statewide during the Missouri Bicentennial! Help us spread the news about this fantastic tribute to the Show-Me State’s history and heritage.


Block submissions should be 6.5” x 6.5,” as they will be finished at 6” x 6.” Entries should have no embellishments, contain no copyrighted images, and be made of 100% cotton fabric. A description of the significance of the feature must accompany each submission. Block submissions will be accepted from organizations – e.g. local quilting guilds – and individuals now through Monday, September 2, 2019.


Multiple submissions for the same county will be judged according to whether they have met criteria, level of creativity and craft, and description of significance. The judging committee will include representatives from Missouri Star Quilt Company, The State Historical Society of Missouri, and Missouri State Quilters Guild. Judging will take place following the close of submissions in September 2019, with blocks selected for the quilt notified in by December 31, 2019.


To submit an entry for the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt, complete the online form, print your confirmation email, and then mail your quilt block and a copy of your confirmation email to the State Historical Society of Missouri, Att: Missouri Bicentennial Quilt, 605 Elm Street, Columbia, Missouri, 65201. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your submission to get your quilt block back if it is not selected. Please do not send your quilt blocks to Missouri Star Quilt Company.