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 1934 graduate of James Madison University (then Harrisonburg State Teachers College), and a local school teacher in Harrisonburg for four decades, Mary Spitzer Etter was an inspiration to countless young students. Although not a quilter herself, Mary was a great appreciator and collector of quilts. She not only kept many quilts made by her own family members, but she also collected quilts made by neighbors and friends.

In 1997, Mary donated her entire collection of quilts and tops to the Virginia Quilt Museum. Come view them today in our lower level galleries. 

APRIL 30th - Save the Date! The Virginia Quilt Museum is proud to host a breakfast and gallery tour as part of Spitzer Art Gallery's annual "Art on the Lawn" event. More details will be posted on our event page soon!


Postage Stamp Quilts
from the VQM Collection
(March 5 - May 7)

Responding to the theme of our March 12th Kyra Hicks lecture, "Franklin Roosevelt's Postage Stamp Quilt", the VQM has gathered a selection of postage stamp quilts for this pop-up "Serendipity" exhibit. Each quilt represents variations of the classic 1" square postage stamp quilt design, with most made in the 1940s heyday of postage stamp quilts. The quilts are on loan or donated from a variety of Museum Members and supporters.