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.


Current Exhibits

February 2 - May 7 2016


Three Decades of a Quilting Friendship

Guest Curators: Constance Norton and Violet Cavazos
Well-known quiltmakers and fabric designers from northern Virginia, Constance Norton and Violet Cavazos curate this exhibit of quilts they have designed together over the past 30 years. Inspired by classes taken by art quilt pioneers Nancy Crow, Michael James, and others, Norton and Cavazos’ quilts display contemporary and traditional art quilts styles and techniques.

The Mary Spitzer Etter Collection

A graduate of James Madison University and a local school teacher in Harrisonburg for four decades, Mary Spitzer Etter was not only a quiltmaker but an inspiration to countless young students. Come view some of her quilts from the Virginia Quilt Museum’s collection.

To learn more about Mary Spitzer Etter, check out her papers collection housed in JMU’s Special Collections Department!


Quilt Study of Civil War Era Quilts by the American Quilt Study Group
(on exhibit through mid-March 2016)

Responding to the 2014 theme of the American Civil War, quiltmakers created quilts copied from, or inspired by, existing Civil War quilts. All inspiration quilts were required to be identifiable as a 'Civil War Quilt' defined as a quilt made between the years 1850-1865.    
Read more about the Civil War Quilts study.