Bill Volckening - November 2019 Speaker

About Bill


Bill Volckening calls himself a quilt magnet because of his uncanny ability to find great quilts, but he did not originally set out to be a quilt collector. When he bought his first quilt in 1989, he intended to display it on a wall in his home, but realized the quilt was too old and valuable to hang perpetually. So he found another quilt and planned to rotate the two. As the decor evolved, he bought quilts to fit in with the furniture or paint color. When he moved into his first house, he had more he bought more quilts. Still, collecting quilts was just a hobby.

At times, Bill made efforts to share quilts with local quilt guilds, women’s groups and in exhibits. But for years his collection was unknown to most people. He bought a lot of quilts online, and steadily built the collection despite having little involvement with the quilt community. He collected for 20 years and hardly anyone knew.

In 2009, Bill showed his collection of New York Beauties to a local quilt study group, and the quilt history enthusiasts gave him a new perspective on his collection. It was something more. He made an effort to share the quilts from that point forward, and it led to many opportunities; most notably, his new book “New York Beauty, Quilts from the Volckening Collection” published by Quiltmania in France (2015). 

Quilts from The Volckening Collection’s “Greatest Hits”


Bill’s latest book: Inspired Free-Motion Quilting - - available through C&T and other sources.