2019 Current Exhibits

EXHIBIT II July 23– December 14, 2019

From the Hills and Hollers of West Virginia:  An Exhibit by Members of West Virginia Quilters, Inc.

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Curator: Barbara Green   

Third floor galleries IV and V

Quilting is an art form that is as old as the hills, and West Virginia Quilters, Inc. is proud to present some shining examples from the hills and hollers of West Virginia.  West Virginia Quilters, Inc. is the statewide quilting guild from West Virginia that grew out of the statewide quilt documentation project 25 years ago.  Our art, both traditional and contemporary, has flourished throughout the years and we are excited to present our juried exhibit.


Donna DeSoto, curator  

Second floor galleries I, II and III, and MacGruder gallery

Elvis Lives! In fact, there have been a number of Elvis sightings at the Virginia Quilt Museum!

On the heels of Inspired by the Beatles and  Inspired by the National Parks comes Inspired by Elvis. Fiber artists from Singapore to Australia to Slovakia to Canada to California all were motivated by one common force: a love and appreciation of Elvis Presley. The 94 (36” x 36”) quilts in this collection represent a wide range of techniques, interpretations and abilities. Master artist work is displayed along side quilts by first-timers.

Subjects depict quilts of Elvis in his early life and of Elvis the entertainer. More than 60 of them depict a famous Elvis song, from whimsical to abstract portrayals. Try to guess the names of the songs as you look at the list of those included.

 West Virginia Child of the Civil War


Third floor hall.

The quilts in this exhibit are from our permanent collection. They were crafted during West Virginia’s split from Virginia during the Civil War. These quilts ask the question of what life was like for women during this time period.

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Shenandoah Stars by the Shenandoah Valley Quilt Guild

Curator: Josephine Millett

First floor galleries A and B

The Shenandoah Valley Quilters Guild held their first meeting on January 25, 1987.  Some of those original members are still active in the Guild.

The meetings are held on the third Saturday of the month at Sunnyside Retirement Village in their community room at 9:30 am. Following the business meeting, there is “show and tell” and a program and several times during the year a visiting nationally recognized quilter will hold a lecture and quilt class.

A Quilt Show is held every other year and many of the quilts to be in this exhibit have won ribbons in those shows.  The quilts are as diverse as their members, residing in the Shenandoah Valley from as far north as Winchester and to the south below Staunton.

As a service project, the Guild members make comfort pillows for Breast Cancer patients, and Lap quilts for the Hospice units of the three hospitals in the area, Winchester, Sentara, and Augusta

Questions about our exhibits?

Contact our Director at director@vaquiltmuseum.org