9:00 AM09:00

Stash Blast!

Join us for our first Stash Blast of the year!

We will host this event on Saturday February 9th from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Virginia Quilt Museum.

Come join us on Saturday, February 9th from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm for a fabric flea market!

Our first Stash Blast of the year will be hosted at the Virginia Quilt Museum located in downtown Harrisonburg.

Fabric will be sold at $8.00 per pound, or approximately $2.00 - $3.00 per yard.

All fabric purchases are donations that help to support the Virginia Quilt Museum.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us via email or phone at (540) 433 - 3818 / vqmevents@gmail.com

301 S. Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

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Join Our 2019 Book Club - "An American Quilt"
5:15 PM17:15

Join Our 2019 Book Club - "An American Quilt"

Join our book club for January 2019!

Joining our book club is FREE, but participants must RSVP and purchase their own books.

If you are interested in being a part of this fun group, please

RSVP via email at vqmevents@gmail.com by January 10th with your;

name, interest level in quilts, email address, phone number and one fun fact about yourself.

We will be meeting on January 15th & 29th from 5:15pm - 6:45pm at the Virginia Quilt Museum.

Our first book is featured below.

Please read pages 1-55 by our first meeting on Jan. 15th.

If you would like to purchase the book online, you may do so by clicking here.

Author(s): Rachel May  Release Date: May 1, 2018  Publisher/Imprint: Pegasus Books  Reviewed by: Micah Perks   ISBN-10:  1681774178   ISBN-13:  978-1681774176

Author(s): Rachel May

Release Date: May 1, 2018

Publisher/Imprint: Pegasus Books

Reviewed by: Micah Perks

ISBN-10: 1681774178

ISBN-13: 978-1681774176

“An American Quilt [is] nothing less than a reexamination of American history through the lens of race, class, and gender.”

It begins with the discovery of an unfinished quilt. At an archive at the University of Rhode Island a metal drawer slides out to reveal a quilt made in 1833 by a newlywed couple in Charleston, Virginia. The author’s colleague says, “It’s the back you’ll want to see.”

The unfinished back still has the hexagonal paper templates sewn in, made from mysterious scraps of documents and letters: “dear sister,” and “signed in the presence of,” “master for,”  “friendship".

Rachel May, quilter and author of the novel, Benedictines, the nonfiction Quilting with a Modern Slant, and a mixed genre book of fables and fabric collages, The Experiments: A Legend in Pictures and Words, is “dazzled,” “entranced.” She longs to unravel the mysteries of the quilt, and imagines the romantic scene in which the newlyweds quilt together by lamp light.

But the story takes a different turn when May begins to read the documentation of a family member from the 1930s. In 1952, Franklin Cushman, family historian, had donated the quilt along with other family documents to the university, including his own research on the origins of the fabrics. May opens Franklin's notebook and is startled to read his note about one of the patches in the quilt: “probably for slave gowns.”

This note impels an ambitious, exhaustively researched decade’s long project that stitches together women to men, rich to poor, past to present, north to south, enslaved people to free people. An American Quilt becomes nothing less than a reexamination of American history.

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1:00 PM13:00

2018 Joy & Comfort Winter Tea

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Join us this Holiday Season for our 2018 Joy & Comfort Tea, held on Sunday December 2, 2018.

Doors open at 12:30 pm with the main event from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This year, the tea will be hosted at the Virginia Quilt Museum, located in downtown Harrisonburg, VA.

During the event, we will hear from our first speaker, followed by a traditional English tea, and conclude with our second speaker before wrapping up the afternoon.

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Our 2018 presenters will include:

Dr. Steven Guerrier, History Professor at James Madison University

Dr. Guerrier will be discussing the importance of domesticity and female labor in the times of scarcity of the Great Depression.

Ralph P. Wakeman, Antique Sewing Machine Expert & Technician from Shenandoah Sew & Vac

Mr. Wakeman will be discussing the history of early sewing machines in the valley. Although Mr. Wakeman will be touching base on the Willcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine Company, he will mainly target the local history and home place of James Gibbs, Raphine, Virginia.

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This year, food will be graciously catered by one of our local treasures, the Heritage Bakery & Cafe. Our menu will include both Sweet & Savory items, which are listed below.

  • Macaroons

  • Linzer Cookies

  • Shortbread

  • Muffins

  • Scones

  • Granola, fresh fruit & honey

  • Hummus, red pepper, feta & arugula tea sandwiches

  • Smoked salmon, cream cheese & dill tea sandwiches

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Thank you and we look forward to hosting you!

*Tickets are limited, so please act fast if you would like to be present.

You may purchase tickets online by clicking here, which will direct you to a secure events page and payment portal.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email us at:

(540) 433-3818 / vqmevents@gmail.com

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to Dec 10

Fashions for Evergreens - Please VOTE for us!

This year, the Virginia Quilt Museum has decorated a Christmas Tree at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center for their “Fashions for Evergreens” event.

This year’s Christmas Tree theme is “Let It Snow” and was beautifully decorated by Paula & Terry Golden, Marti Graham & Digna Bourcier.

We are asking that you visit The Inn’s facebook page to “like” and “share” our tree. Your “likes” will count as a vote for our tree during this competition through December 10th.

Facebook link is located here.

We hope you enjoy this little video showing off our wonderful decorators.

Merry Christmas!

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to Nov 11

International Quilt Festival - Houston 2018

This year, the Virginia Quilt Museum is honored to have our Botanical Album quilt shown at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.


Organized by Doreen Johnson and Neva Hart

In 1858 Esther Blair Matthews created a Botanical Album quilt that depicted flowers growing in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. It also voiced her devotion to her family and country, and eventually the work found a home in the Virginia Quilt Museum. Quilts submitted for this current exhibit came from the Museum’s online SVBAQ Sew Along followers, and carry on the themes of Matthews’ famous quilt.

If you would like more information about the International Quilt Festival, please click here.

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to Oct 21

ANNUAL Online Auction!

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Don’t miss our annual online auction! 

Bidding will begin at 8:00 am EDT on Sunday, October 7 and will

conclude at 10:00 pm EDT on Sunday, October 21. 

Follow the link here to view our auction.

 This is a great source for holiday gifts, decorations and projects. Start your holiday shopping early!

The Virginia Quilt Museum is the official quilt museum of the Commonwealth of Virginia and its mission is to celebrate and nurture Virginia's quilting heritage.

Your participation in this auction will provide funding to create new Museum programs and interactive exhibits, preserve the antebellum home of the Museum, and develop more collaborative relationships with Virginia’s quilt guilds and businesses.

We live in an interconnected world. We would like to connect with every individual or business that supports quilting. With your support, we will be able to provide others with more educational program offerings, both at the Museum and offsite. 

Quilting is more than just a hobby craft; it is an artistic expression that can encompass all the joys and pains of everyday life.

We hope you will join us in spreading the joys of quilting to more people by sharing this auction on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, email, and any other way you wish!!

Thank you for your support and Happy Bidding!!

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to Oct 28

Quilts About Town 201

Quilts About Town 2018

Community Building Event


It all started in 2017 with the idea to connect the downtown community …

This is designed to be a fun, free event to help increase local business awareness and opportunities for residents to connect with Downtown.

How do you participate?!

1) Visit us at the Virginia Quilt Museum, located at 301 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg,VA 22801 and pick up a Quilts About Town brochure for each participant.

2) Make your way about town to the listed businesses that have kindly agreed to participate with us. Some locations are even giving away FREE COFFEE & TEA!

3) Read over the unique and fascinating history of these educational quilts. Upon exiting each business, please have the front desk or other staff member initial in the box that you participated.

4) When you complete all your visits, please return your brochure to the Quilt Museum’s gift shop where you will detach the portion of your brochure where you write your name, email and phone number.

*When you do this, the front desk person will then allow you into the Virginia Quilt Museum for FREE as a way of saying “thank you for participating.”

5) On October 31st 2018 we will pull names from the box and contact the lucky winners! You have the chance to win great prizes like a sewing gift basket, free admission to Explore More museum for you and your family (up to 4), $15 to the Heritage Bakery and more…

Below are local businesses that have already chosen to participate.

Thank you for your support!

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12:00 PM12:00

21st Harrisonburg International Festival

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Saturday September 29, 2018

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The Virginia Quilt Museum will be participating in the

21st Harrisonburg International Festival!

We will be displaying a quilt kindly donated to our personal collection from a former Harrisonburg resident and Tanzanian artist. To accompany the history of the quilt, we will be offering free children activities and be raffling off prizes donated from other local business sponsors.

Come join us for this wonderful, family-friendly event!

Our activity tent set up on the edge of our property, near public parking and next to the “LOVE” statue.

For more details regarding the event itself, please reference their website:


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Meet & Greet the Artists!
11:00 AM11:00

Meet & Greet the Artists!

The Virginia Quilt Museum Invites You to:
Meet & Greet the Artists

from 11:00am - 3:00pm. 
*Open Exhibit Hours are 10:00am-4:00pm

Walk & Talk with the Curator Through Our New Exhibits:
-Mountain Mist
-American Quilt Study Group Baskets
-Sacred Threads
-Viva la Difference
-This is My Name

*Walking groups will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.*

A great many thanks to the American Quilt Study Group Endowment Fund Grant
Corporate Support from Fibrix LLC, Makers of Mountain Mist Batting

*A reception to follow the event for invited guests ONLY*

ADMISSION FEES do apply for public members (see below).
Regular Admission: $7.00
Senior Citizen (65+): $5.00
Students: $5.00
Children: $3.50
Children under the age of 5 are FREE

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Quick Prep Applique with Doreen Johnson
10:00 AM10:00

Quick Prep Applique with Doreen Johnson

Learn quick and easy ways to achieve the look of Needle turn Applique’ in HALF the time. Create perfect circles, smooth stems, pointed leaves and clean curved petals.
Doreen Johnson will show you how to create turned edge applique’ shapes, smoothly and FAST using several quick and easy basting techniques.
Use these methods for nearly any Applique’ project. The Class includes an introductory lesson on prep work and also how to stitch your blocks down with nearly invisible stitches by hand or machine.

Click here for information on supplies you should bring!  You can buy tickets here online or call the museum at 540-433-3818.

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