The Virginia Quilt Museum showcases a variety of curated exhibits throughout the year. Exhibitions of both heirloom and contemporary quilts are changed every three to four months and feature quilts from our own collection as well as visiting pieces. Our normal exhibition season is mid-February through mid-December. The museum closes during exhibit changes.

 

Current Exhibits

May 17 - September 10, 2016

MAIN LEVEL

American Pride: Eagles & Stars
Quilts from the Pat and Arlan Christ Collection

“American Pride” ran deep as individuals and their families immigrated and settled in this new country.  They stood up to fight for the survival which allowed them to establish a home or farm for their family and continued to fight through the centuries to the present day. As each generation passed and each war was fought, the United States of America grew and strengthened because of such dedication and conviction of its citizens.

The Christs, husband and wife quilt collectors and historians from Pennsylvania, dedicate their exhibit of patriotic quilts to those who have served in the United States military and their families who remained at home to provide the food, clothing and materials needed to supply the troops.  These creations are a true testament of the “American Pride” that was worked into each stitch

Treasures from the Vault: A Ray of Sunshine
Curated by Kate Gallota, VQM Intern

This exhibit features a selection of Depression Era quilts that feature not only the popular patterns of the time but also popular fabrics. Tied together through the yellows in each quilt, the exhibit is named “A Ray of Sunshine”, a title that not only represents the bright and cheerful colors, but also the joy that was found in the creation of these pieces despite the trying times of 1930s America.

As could be expected, the price of fabrics during the Great Depression was too high for most women to afford, so the trend of using scrap fabric was common. Fabrics came from old clothes, recycled quilts and even feed and flour sacks.


UPPER LEVEL

Through July 20
Presidential Connections: Quilts, Virginians and the Whig Party

Guest Curator, Wayne Harrison

Just in time for the summer party convention season, this exhibit presents a series of quilts as well as material items related to presidential campaigns. All items demonstrate connections between Presidents with Virginia family connections and the Whig Party. The early-mid 19th Century political connections as demonstrated by quilt patterns and campaign memorabilia and are bound to impress any fans of American history and politics.

Opening July 26 
Inspired by the National Parks: Celebrating 100 Years

Curated by Donna De Soto

A colorful celebration of the 59 US National Parks, this collection of 177 original art quilts depicts the widely varying landscapes, flora, and fauna of the parks. Delight in the textile tributes to these national treasures— from Acadia in Maine, to Voyageurs in Minnesota, to Yosemite in California, to Haleakalā in Hawaii, to our very own, Shenandoah.

Treasures from the Vault: The Fallen
Mini Exhibit

This selection of three quilts from the VQM Collection carries the patriotic theme of this Exhibit Phase to a more personal level. Featuring three 9-11 themed quilts, this display was created in memory of our service men and women who have fallen in conflict. Reflect on the names of those who have served, and if you would like, leave a note in memory of a family member or friend who was lost in service to our country.


LOWER LEVEL
Along the Spice Route

Curated by Ann Reardon and Paula Golden

Returning crusader knights brought with them treasure chests not filled with jewels, but cinnamon, ginger, and peppercorns. The story of spices, some 5000 years old, is also the history of trade and commerce. The American continent would not have been discovered as early had it not been for the European desire to break the Arab traders' spice monopoly.

“Along the Spice Route” features 41 wall quilts depicting artistic interpretations of spices that refine modern cuisine. The exhibit offers an opportunity to discover the spices’ countries of origin, the importance of ancient trade routes, and the lasting connections between the world’s cultural heritages.