1:00 pm13:00

Comfort and Joy Quilt Turning Tea

  • George Washington Hotel

Attendees May Purchase Tickets By:

1) Paying Online Using the PayPal Button Below

*IMPORTANT!: Participants purchasing their event ticket via online who also wish to bring a quilt for inclusion in the "Quilt Discovery" Turning program must complete the form below (scroll to bottom of page) immediately before or after purchasing their ticket via PayPal.


2) Mailing Your $40 Check to:
Virginia Quilt Museum (Attn: Tea)
301 S. Main St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

*IMPORTANT!: Participants purchasing their event ticket via mail who also wish to bring a quilt for inclusion in the "Quilt Discovery" Turning program must print and include THIS FORM and mail along with their check. Forms must be postmarked by Nov. 24th.


3) Paying in Person at the Museum


Completion of this form by NOVEMBER 25TH is REQUIRED for all attendees who wish to have their quilt "discovered" in the "Discovery" Quilt Turning program. One quilt is allowed per attendee. We look forward to seeing your quilt!

Name *
Address *
Phone *
Please select "I Agree" below to signify your acknowledgement of the above terms *
10:00 am10:00

Annual Membership Meeting

2016 Annual Membership Meeting
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016
10am @ Asbury Methodist Church

As a member-serving museum, our 530+ Members are the core of our institution. Members are our greatest allies, financial supporters, and volunteers.

If you are a Member of the Virginia Quilt Museum, please consider joining us for this year's Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, November 12th at 10am. The Annual Meeting, held next door to the Museum at Asbury Methodist Church, includes a short business meeting featuring a recap of this year's activities and a sneak-peek of what is on the horizon, followed by a special program on our most significant acquisition of 2016, the circa 1830s Elizabeth Neff Quilt.

Learn about all things "Neff Quilt" (pictured above with VQM Curator and Registrar Gloria Comstock), from the quilt's design, technique and fabric, to its fascinating journey from Shenandoah County to San Diego and all points in between. Featuring the intricate genealogical research trail that led VQM and Shenandoah County Historical Society researchers to the doorstep of the original owner, Elizabeth "Bettie" Neff, this presentation will be sure to fascinate all quilt lovers!

All attendees are invited by our Hospitality Committee to enjoy some breakfast light bites just before and during the meeting. After the meeting, we encourage all Members to stroll next door and enjoy our current exhibits.

PLEASE NOTE that this event is open to VQM Members only.
To join the Museum, please CLICK HERE

Oct 22

Annual Seminar - "Mourning and Meaning Through Cloth"

  • Virginia Quilt Museum

"Mourning and Meaning Through Cloth" 
A Textile Study Seminar
Oct. 21-22, 2016


For FULL Seminar Information, visit the Seminar Page.

From the Collection of Polly Mello

From the Collection of Polly Mello

Interested in participating in the Death and the American South book signing with Opening Speaker Dr. Craig Friend?

Purchase Death and the American South using the PayPal button BELOW by Friday, October 7th and  pick-up your book at the signing!!

A VERY limited number of extra books will be available for purchase in our gift shop during the Seminar. Purchase your book today for guaranteed availability!


PLEASE NOTE that Seminar pricing is discounted for VQM Members. If you are are not yet a member but would like to take advantage of these reduced rates and get a year's membership to the Museum, please also join the Museum when you pay for your tickets.

To become a member via online payment, simply scroll down to the bottom of the page and join at any level via PayPal. You may join immediately before or after purchasing your Seminar tickets. 

To become a member by check, simply print and mail our individual membership form 
along with your Seminar registration form. Be sure to add your membership fee on top of your seminar total!



To register and purchase your tickets for this Seminar, you have three options:

1) Print, Complete & Mail this registration form by Oct. 15th with your check made out to Virginia Quilt Museum to:
Virginia Quilt Museum, 301 S. Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801

2) Call the Museum at (540) 433-3818 and purchase your ticket with a credit card by phone.

3) Pay online by choosing from the following Pay Pal Options:

1) VQM MEMBERS ONLY - Full Seminar Ticket ($115)
ONE CLICK "BUY IT NOW" - Entire weekend rolled into one ticket with a VQM Member Discount

1) VQM MEMBERS ONLY: Full Seminar Ticket

2) NON MEMBER Full Seminar Ticket ($135)
ONE CLICK "BUY IT NOW" - Entire weekend rolled into one ticket

NON MEMBERS ONLY: Full Seminar Ticket

3) VQM MEMBER Pick & Choose
SHOPPING CART INSTRUCTIONS - First add mandatory registration fee to cart and then select "continue shopping" to add other a la carte program items

3) VQM MEMBERS ONLY: Seminar Program Options / Pick and Choose

4) NON MEMBER Pick & Choose
SHOPPING CART INSTRUCTIONS - First add mandatory registration fee to cart and then select "continue shopping" to add other a la carte program items

4) NON MEMBERS ONLY: Seminar Program Options / Pick and Choose

NOT YET A VQM MEMBER? Join at the same time as you purchase your Seminar ticket and save $!

Unsure of your Membership status? Email Lisa, our bookkeeper at and request to know if you are currently a member* 

          *We appreciate your patience, as our bookkeeper only works one day per week

VQM Membership Levels
Family Level - Give 2nd name


Problems with PayPal or Questions about your Online Purchase? Contact Kim at or call the Museum at (540) 433-3818

11:30 am11:30

Artists' Reception

Exhibit Phase III Artists' Reception

Come out to our final Artists' Reception of 2016! In celebration of our third exhibit phase, meet members of the Floyd Quilt Guild alongside their beautiful quilts. As always, guests will be encouraged to enjoy a light reception and make their way through our other exhibit galleries. 

8:00 am08:00

Stash Blast: A Fabric Flea Market

  • Hampton Inn

Stash Blast: A Fabric Flea Market

This edition of Stash Blast will hit the road, traveling to Christiansburg and setting up "shop" at the location of the quarterly Virginia Consortium of Quilters meeting, the Christiansburg Hampton Inn.

Whether attending the meeting or not, we hope you will stop by the Stash Blast room and support the VQM with your purchase of fabric.

Great deals on fabric for YOU and a great fundraiser for US! It's a win-win!

10:00 am10:00

Inspired by the National Parks: Gallery Opening and Community Art Show (Arts and the Parks Series)

  • Virginia Quilt Museum

The Grand Finale of July's Arts and the Parks Series, Join the Virginia Quilt Museum and the Arts Council of the Valley for
Inspired by the National Parks: Gallery Opening and Community Art Show 

Don't Forget! 
Purchase your Inspired by the National Parks: Their Landscapes and Wildlife in Fabric Perspectives book today! Exhibit Curator Donna DeSoto will be available during the Artists' Reception for an informal book signing.

Purchased books will be available for pick-up beginning July 26th. Books will not be shipped.

10:30 am10:30

Craft Your Own Adventure: Kids Story and Craft Morning (Arts and the Parks Series)


KIDS AGES 3-7 will enjoy National Park-themed story time followed by some fun arts and crafts, and will leave the Museum ready for their next summer adventure in the great outdoors!

7:00 pm19:00

Sharing Your Outdoor Adventure: Digital Storytelling 101 (Arts and the Parks Series)

  • Court Square Theater

"Sharing Your Outdoor Adventure: Digital Storytelling 101" 

Do you frequently take pictures or videos while hiking, camping, biking or boating? If so, join Apple Distinguished Educator and 2015 Shenandoah National Park Artists-in-Residence, Stace Carter, for a fun and informative workshop on how to take your outdoor oriented digital media pieces and turn them into memorable
digital "stories". 

Tickets are just $5! Buy yours today!  

10:30 am10:30

Craft Your Own Adventure: Kids Story and Craft Morning (Arts and the Parks Series)

As part of our "Arts and the Parks" July series, bring your little ones to the Museum on July 13th and July 27 for "Craft Your Own Adventure: Kids Story Time and Craft Morning"!

KIDS AGES 3-7 will enjoy National Park-themed story time followed by some fun arts and crafts, and will leave the Museum ready for their next summer adventure in the great outdoors!

5:00 pm17:00

July First Fridays: The Art of Storytelling (Arts and the Parks Series)

Kick-off the Virginia Quilt Museum's July Arts and the Parks series with a FREE First Fridays evening of outdoor adventure story telling for the whole family! 

Bring the kiddos by for 6:30 and 7:15 story times featuring outdoor adventure-themed books shared by librarian Bly Brown.

Older kids, teens and adults - we've got something for you too! Retired Game Warden and humorist Frank Mundy will share hilarious but true anecdotes from his many years in the outdoors, including the story of the telepathic illegal fishermen and the dove hunters with a cannon. Get ready to enjoy the comical side of the great outdoors!

Jul 30

Arts and the Parks Series (full month schedule)


When you think about the National Parks, do you think of quilts?  You would if you have seen any of the 177 art quilts made by people across the country in honor of the National Park Service Centennial.  Each small quilt represents flora, fauna, or landscape of one of the 59 National Parks and they are coming to the Virginia Quilt Museum July 26! 

But there is no need to wait, because the Virginia Quilt Museum is celebrating the NPS 100th Birthday with “Arts and the Parks”
all month long!

Jul 31

Online Silent Auction

CHRISTMAS IN JULY Online Silent Auction

Support the Virginia Quilt Museum during the entire month of July by bidding on a variety of one-of-a-kind quilted items in our
Online Silent Auction!

7:00 am07:00

Program at The Valentine Richmond History Center

  • The Valentine Museum

Join the VQM for a Fun Day of Textiles and Quilts in our State's Capitol!

June 24

Calling all textile lovers! If you have never had a chance to go to the renowned Valentine Richmond History Center, here's your chance! Join a group of quilters, textile enthusiasts, and history nuts on a fun-filled afternoon exploring one of Richmond's most beloved museums and historic sites - The Valentine and, (part of the Valentine's campus) - the Wickham House.

The featured presentation is a "Collections Up Close" program by Kristen Stewart, the Natalie Klaus Curator of Costumes and Textiles at the Valentine. This presentation will include a number of pieces from the collection with special connections to Virginia's South Central Region.

Kristen Stewart, Natalie Klaus Curator of Costumes and Textiles

Kristen Stewart, Natalie Klaus Curator of Costumes and Textiles

*NOTE: Street parking around the Valentine Museum is limited. Please consider city parking decks and carpooling.

Limited seating available - advanced reservations required.
Purchase your tickets below.

Afternoon "Locals Only" Curator's Program
1:45pm @ The Valentine



Buy your event tickets above via PayPal, or call the Museum at (540) 433-3818 to pay by phone. Contact Events Coordinator Barbara Roadcap at with questions.

10:30 am10:30

Artists' Reception featuring Pat and Arlan Christ Presentations

  • St. Stephen's United Church of Christ

Artists' Reception
featuring Lecture Double Feature
by Pat and Arlan Christ

Join the Virginia Quilt Museum for one of our much loved Artists' Receptions, this time preceded by two very special lectures by Pat and Arlan Christ! 

In addition to the opportunity to meet with Pat and Arlan Christ, curators of the "American Pride: Stars and Eagles" exhibit, guests to our reception will have an opportunity to chat with artists featured in the "Along the Spice Route" Exhibit, (as well as select artists represented in that exhibit), and Wayne Harrison, co-curator of the "Presidential Connections" exhibit. 

Please note that attendance at the 3pm Artists' Reception is FREE with either a lecture ticket purchase or purchase of Museum Admission. See flyers for details.

Purchase Your Lecture Tickets below via PayPal, or by mailing a check by Wednesday, June 8 to:
VQM, 301 S. Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801
*Walk-Up Tickets Available for an additional $5 per ticket*

*Two books by the Christs will be available for sale and signing on the 11th. Books are reserved and sold on a first come, first served basis. If you would like us to hold a book or books for you, please select the proper option when you check out below.*

Ticket Options
Hold Book in My Name for Book Signing (both books $20)
5:00 pm17:00

June First Fridays

  • Virginia Quilt Museum

Join the VQM for our next round of monthly First Fridays Downtown programming, this time featuring the next edition of our 2016 Community Quilting Bee PLUS "A Trip Around the World of Spices: Spice Identification", a companion activity to our new Along the Spice Route exhibit. Bring your sniffer and be ready to identify some of the most loved spices in our modern international cuisine.


2:00 pm14:00

Artists' Reception featuring Connie Norton and Violet Cavazos

  • Virginia Quilt Museum

Come meet Connie Norton & Violet Cavazos
at our April 30th Artists' Reception!

Attendance at the Artists' Reception is FREE
to Museum Members and Visitors


Please note that the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival is being held at 3pm in the city lot behind the museum. Parking in that lot will be prohibited.

We recommend arriving to Harrisonburg early and/or looking for parking in the bank lot across the street from the Museum or in Water St. parking deck, just two blocks away.

9:00 am09:00

Art on the Lawn Breakfast (with Spitzer Art Center)

Calling all Art Lovers!

A shot from 2015's "Art on the Lawn" event

A shot from 2015's "Art on the Lawn" event

In recognition of the VQM's current Mary Spitzer Etter exhibit, the Museum is excited to partner with Harrisonburg's Spitzer Art Center as the host of this year's "Art on the Lawn" kick-off breakfast. Enjoy a FREE light breakfast and coffee at the VQM while viewing the Spitzer exhibit, and then head west (just a 3 minute drive or 12 minute walk) to Spitzer Art Center.

Housed in and around Mary Spitzer Etter's family home, the Art Center's second annual "Art on the Lawn" event will feature indoor and outdoor art demonstrations, children's activities, live music, and food.  A fun and free event for the whole family!

Also participating in the day's events in celebration of the life of
Mary Spitzer Etter:

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society. Enjoy FREE admission to the Society's Cromer-Trumbo House in Dayton, beginning at noon. The house is furnished with Mary Spitzer Etter's collection of Victorian and early twentieth-century household items, toys, and decorative arts.

The Cromer-Trumbo House in Dayton

The Cromer-Trumbo House in Dayton

JMU Libraries Special Collections Department. Interact with select items representing Mary Spitzer Etter's connection to her alma mater, Virginia's State Normal School, (today JMU), including an audio recording of an interview with Mary regarding her days as a student in the early 1930s.


Stash Blast! A Fabric Flea Market
9:00 am09:00

Stash Blast! A Fabric Flea Market

  • First Presbyterian Church

Join us on Saturday, April 9th, 2016, for the VQM's Stash Blast: A Fabric Flea Market at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Harrisonburg. Fabric will be sold by weight, approximately $2.50-$3.00 per yard. Stop by between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM to browse our selection and discover treasures to add to your stash! For more information, contact Barbara Roadcap at

All proceeds benefit the operational funds of the Virginia Quilt Museum.

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Stash Blast Shop Sponsor
Drop Off Locations

Interested in donating your extra fabric to the cause? Yardage, fat is all welcome!

Please visit the Museum or these quilting and fabric shops to drop off stash donations for the Stash Blast. While you are there, be sure to thank them for their support of the VQM! 

The Quiltery in Fairfield, VA
Sew Classics Fabrics in Harrisonburg, VA
The General Store   Moneta VA
Attic Treasures & Sew Easy Sewing in Occoquan, VA
Fabric and Fellowship, Pearisburg, in Pearisburg, VA


5:00 pm17:00

First Fridays - A Trip Around the World of Textile Art!


Textile artists’ demonstrations:
Sadie Hawkins on her loom
Plus needlepoint, rug hooking, quilting, and weaving

Stop by to enjoy art in action, conversation with the artists, and the amazing quilt exhibits as well. 

Admission FREE!

1:30 pm13:30

Kyra Hicks "The Roosevelt Postage Stamp Quilt"

The Christopher C. Grandle Lecture Series presents
Kyra HicksFranklin Roosevelt's Postage Stamp Quilt

Saturday, March 12
St. Stephen's Church
358 S. Main St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

BOOK SIGNING at Museum to follow
$15 member / $20 non-member
(Price includes Museum Admission)

Buy tickets online below using PayPal, or mail a check by March 8 to the Museum at: 
301 S. Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801. Please include "Kyra Hicks" in the note line and be sure to include the names of all ticket holders.

Kyra Hicks Lecture & Booksigning: Includes Museum Admission

A Saturday morning search of African American newspapers from the 1930s uncovered a startling headline: "President Roosevelt Gets Present of Novel Quilt Designed By Indiana Woman."

Who was this Hoosier quiltmaker? What inspired her to gift the President of the United States with a quilt? What was so "novel" about the bed covering that Black newspapers across the country carried its story? Where is the celebrated quilt today?

Come get answers to these questions and more in this lecture by quilter, historian, and author of  Franklin Roosevelt's Postage Stamp Quilt, Kyra Hicks. 

Learn more about Kyra and her research on her website - 

PLUS! Make March 12th a Bedcover Celebration Day!
The Heritage Museum in neighboring Dayton also presents:

Kathleen Wilson
 “Appalachian Coverlets: Heirlooms for the Next Generation”
382 High St, Dayton, VA 22821

Suggested Itinerary:
1) visit Dayton for Kathleen's lecture and a viewing of the "Colorful and Cozy Coverlets" exhibit
2) enjoy lunch in Dayton or Harrisonburg
3 join us at the VQM for Kyra's presentation

Feb 28

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show

Mid-Atlantic Quilt 
featuring VQM Guild Partner Opportunity Quilt

Thursday Feb 25 - Sunday Feb 28th
10am to 5pm
Hampton Roads Convention Center

Come check out the VQM booth at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, the largest quilt show on the East Coast! Chat with Museum staff and volunteers about the Museum and purchase a raffle ticket for our current raffle quilt, "Shenandoah Delight"

 SVQG 2016 Raffle Quilt

2016 Season Opening
10:00 am10:00

2016 Season Opening

  • Virginia Quilt Museum

2016 Season Opening
Featuring the unveiling of vQM's new Conservation Room!

Come help us celebrate the kick-off of our 2016 Season on Tuesday, February 2nd!

To some, February 2nd, 2016 will simply be Groundhog Day. For us at the VQM, February 2nd is much more - it is our Opening Day of the 2016 Season!

New Exhibits will be opened and guests will be invited to view the unveiling of our new "conservation lab"! Visitors are encouraged to bring in a quilt from their own collections to the lab for an abbreviated version of our "Talk About Quilts" quilt assessment program. For our smaller visitors, make a Groundhog quilt block at the Children's Quilt Corner and get your picture taken next to your favorite quilt!

Trivia Teaser -  A free VQM pen or magnet to anyone who can tell us where in the movie "Groundhog Day" there is a special quilt sighting! A free guest pass if you can tell us what the pattern is on the quilt!

VQM 20th Anniversary Community Day
10:00 am10:00

VQM 20th Anniversary Community Day

In honor of the Museum's 20th Anniversary, we invite our local community to join with us in celebration! On November 28th, bring your driver's license or other form of identification showing your Shenandoah Valley address, and get in to the Museum for FREE! Come see our new 20th Anniversary display, learn about what quilts from your home county may be in our collection, and take a chance at winning one of several prizes! 

In lieu of admission, visitors will be invited to drop a donation of their choice into one of our Giving Tuesday donation jars. Join us in supporting several local non-profits this Holiday Season!

Counties included in this FREE ADMISSION promotion include: Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta and Rockbridge.

Scrappy Quilt Class
10:00 am10:00

Scrappy Quilt Class

Taught by Phyllis Reeves
St. Stephen's United Church of Christ
358 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Everyone has fabric scraps from past projects. An easy way to use those scraps is to make an Aura quilt with teacher Phyllis Reeves. Purchase your own background fabric, a pattern, and a V-block ruler.  Make 9" blocks in class, with instructions provided to make other block sizes to achieve a different look. Click here for full details.