The Virginia Quilt Museum showcases a variety of curated exhibits throughout the year. Exhibitions of both heirloom and contemporary quilts are changed every 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.

Questions about our exhibits? Contact our Curator, at curator@vaquiltmuseum.org
 

CURRENT EXHIBITS

September 17 - December 17, 2016
 

ON OUR MAIN LEVEL:

Midnight in the Garden of Quilts
Visiting Exhibit - Curator Polly Mello

Prepare yourself for a walk down the dark side of quilting, with quilts and ephemera from the eerily wonderful "Quilts That Go Bump in the Night" collection of Polly Mello. 

Birds are recurring motifs in quilts, but vultures? The surprising imagery of the "Midnight in the Garden of Quilts" Exhibit will be sure to catch your attention!

Birds are recurring motifs in quilts, but vultures? The surprising imagery of the "Midnight in the Garden of Quilts" Exhibit will be sure to catch your attention!

In this infamous collection of macabre quilts and ephemera, we are shining a light into the dark cobweb covered corners of quilting. It is Midnight in the Garden of Quilts, so prepare yourself to walk down the ghostly path where you will see mourning quilts, coffin drapes, quilts of presidential assassination. There are critter quilts and quilts from the headlines and the always favorite "Creepy Crib Quilts".

(This exhibit continues on our Upper Level)

Learn more about the role that quilts and other textiles played in traditional mourning practices at our upcoming Seminar, "Mourning & Meaning Through Cloth: A Textile Study Seminar".


Treasures from the Vault: New Arrivals

A celebration of several of the unique quilts that have come into the Virginia Quilt Museum's collection in the last year.


ON OUR UPPER LEVEL:

Treasures from the Vault: Crazy Quilts

Enjoy a handful of unique crazy quilts from the Virginia Quilt Museum's own collection.

Withers Crazy Quilt Top, circa 1880. Augusta County, VA

Withers Crazy Quilt Top, circa 1880. Augusta County, VA

Popular throughout the late 1800s, the very labor-intensive style of "crazy quilts" features small and irregularly-shaped pieces of fabric. Exotic blends of fabric, such as velvet, silk and satin are common, as are embellished additions like lace, ribbons and beads. Early on, crazy quilting was a national fashion among upper-class, urban women, who took full advantage of the array of fabrics available from the newly-industrialized textile industry. These quilts are called "crazy" for a reason! 

Over time, rural areas and small towns picked up on the style as well, although rural quilters typically preferred sturdier and less-expensive fabrics and employed fewer decorative embellishments.


ON OUR LOWER LEVEL:

A Potpourri of Quilts: The Floyd Quilt Guild
Visiting Exhibit - Curator Karin Tauber

This guild exhibit displays some of Virginia's finest quilting talent. Southwest Virginia, long-known for its artisan crafts and Appalachian quilt-making talents, shines in this exhibit.

The Floyd Quilt Guild's members' interests are as diverse as quilting itself.  In this exhibit, they pay tribute to time-tested styles and techniques, explore the diversity of fiber art, and study new trends as they emerge.  The quilters share a dedication to the integrity of construction while pursuing their own unique and personal creativity.

Featured in this exhibit are two unique challenges - a red, white and black color scheme challenge and a tulip flower themed challenge. Also included are four amazing "Virginia is for Lovers" Love quilts.

We LOVE this four quilt display from the Floyd Quilt Guild!

We LOVE this four quilt display from the Floyd Quilt Guild!