(This blog was originally posted in 2013 - his exhibit, Collecting New York Beauty Quilts: Bill Volckening's Passion, is no longer at the museum)


Bill Volckening has many passions, he has been a US Master's swimmer, a magazine creator, an artist and an editor. Then he discovered New York Beauty quilts, all because of a girl he was dating and a visit to Shelly Zegart. The girlfriend wanted to buy an antique quilt, so he tagged along...to Shelly Zegart's apartment. (You might remember Shelly as the creator of "Why Quilts Matter?")  While he was there, he spotted a densely quilted, red, white, and green, New York Beauty quilt and fell in love with it. He decided to buy it and paid Shelly in installments. Bill has now been collecting for more than twenty years (he calls himself a "quilt magnet.") and his collection was on exhibit - Collecting New York Beauty Quilts: Bill Volckening's Passion - at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles through October 27, 2013. 

Bill and the museum have graciously allowed TQS to share some of that exhibit with our members, but if you can get to the museum to see the exhibit in person you will not be disappointed. In the video you'll also get a quick glimpse at Bill's future exhibit featuring quilts from the 1970s.

Bill has also become a quilter himself and recently won his first ribbon for his quilt "Wild-Eyed Susans" featuring wool flowers. It was a guild challenge for the Northwest Quilters that he started at a quilt retreat in Sisters. He believes he is the only one to actually finish a project from that retreat. Bill says, "I missed the memo that retreats were supposed to yield UFOs!" To learn more about the making of the quilt, click here.

 You can learn more about Bill on his website, www.billvolckening.com.




#9 Pam Landolt 2018-05-21 22:34
What a beautiful video display of amazing quilts! I can't even to begin to imagine how skilled these makers were without the aid of the modern tools we have today. Thirty seconds into the video I was happily surprised to realize that Ricky's amazing piano music was playing in the background!
#8 Janet Eidem 2016-10-14 21:04
I had the great pleasure of viewing the quilt exhibit at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in mid-September as the only one in the venue. Having traveled from Florida for another event, the show was my one other must do stop. My GPS led me astray and I finally reached the museum at 5 minutes to closing. The very gracious staff member on duty allowed me to stay until she closed a half hour after the open to public time. The show was a treasure, and seeing it as one of the last to be held in the downtown building solo made a memory for me that I will never forget. Thank you Mr. Volckening for your passion, and thank you Ricky for such beautiful music accompanying the video.
#7 Katie Bee 2016-06-14 22:46
Thank you for the music information!
#6 Ann Shibut 2016-06-12 15:31
The music is from Ricky's CD "Heart and Soul,"
Galadriel's Song.
#5 Katie Bee 2016-06-11 17:49
The quilts...specta cular. The music...Oh, I MUST know how to access the music! Ricky???
#4 Sue Boos 2016-06-08 16:51
The display is even more wonderful accompanied by the absolutely beautiful piano music. Is this Ricky? I would love to know the name of the piece and the artist, if not Ricky. Thank you
#3 Lois Pipkin 2016-06-08 16:30
I made Neimyer's paper pieced New York Beauty and knew little about this pattern. What an education this is and how amazing the past piecers and quilters were.
Thanks for this wonderful video.
#2 Mary Jo Leonard 2016-06-08 07:59
Thank you for a wonderful video! I love this pattern and especially liked seeing the transition from the original interpretations to the modern settings. The one with the World Trade Center fabric was really moving.
#1 JUDYD 2016-06-08 07:46
Great video! I would love to make one sometime.
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