Jail Birds at the Virginia Quilt Museum

A Court & Market Days Event - Saturday, May 31st from 9:00 - 3:00

Name another quilt museum that has a jail!

 

The Virginia Quilt Museum has its very own jail cell, for all those naughty visitors that touch our quilts. (Just kidding… or are we?) The historic Warren-Sipe House, the Museum’s home, is one of the few remaining antebellum houses in Harrisonburg. In 1993, the house was used as temporary quarters for the Circuit Court of Rockingham County while the court building was being renovated. To accommodate court proceedings a jail holding cell was built. When the museum took possession of the house in 1995, the jail was not removed.   

 

We are delighted that four local citizens have stepped forward to help the Museum utilize this wonderful piece of history as a fundraiser. Each of our jail birds need to raise $500 in order to make bail or to avoid going to jail all together. Our esteemed jail birds are James McHone of Harrisonburg, Ken Reeves of Broadway, Barbara Roadcap of Bridgewater, and Carol Rogers of Basye. Help support the Virginia Quilt Museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, by making a tax-deductible donation in the name of one of our jailbirds! Your donation of any size will help our beautiful quilt museum continue to provide exceptional exhibits, new education programs, and maintain our historic building, just to name a few ways your support helps.

Donate in honor of James McHone

James McHone of Harrisonburg

Donate in honor of Ken Reeves

Ken Reeves of Broadway

Donate in honor of Barbara Roadcap

Barbara Roadcap of Bridgewater

Donate in honor of Carol Rogers

Carol Rogers of Basye

I want to see someone else in the VQM Jail!

Silent Auction

This year's silent auction, Little Quilts, Big Talents, invites quilters from across the nation to make a small quilt, fiber art, or fabric related item to be auctioned off to benefit the Museum. All proceeds from this event support the Virginia Quilt Museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.  We hope you will bid on or donate an item to help us continue our mission of celebrating Virginia's quilting heritage.  Please help us spread the word about the auction by telling all your friends and family.  You can even share us on Facebook and tweet us on Twitter. Thank you for your support!

 

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English Teas

The lower level of the museum is transformed to an English tea room several times each year. Fundraisers for the museum, these are special events with good food, pleasant company, and a brief program. 



 

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Raffle

We are delighted to have two very different raffle quilts this year!

 

Tickets are currently available for our beautiful "Shenandoah Spring".  We are continually touched by the generosity of our volunteers who give their time, talent, and fabrics to create such lovely works of art.  "Shenandoah Spring" is a stunning and elegant quilt combining the talents of the Stitching Group of Mount Jackson, Virginia.  This happy quilt is 90" x 90" and is hand appliqued, pieced and machine quilted.  The pattern is inspired by Erin Russek's "Miss Kyra" featured in the July/August 2013 edition of McCall's Quilting.

 

Coming Soon! In honor of the Harley Owners Group (HOG) that will be in Harrisonburg from June 26 - 28, 2014, we will have a special Harley Quilt up for raffle during that time.  The quilt is in progress and nearing completion.  Check back for the first images of this fun quilt for the rider in your life.

 

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Group Tours

Special guided group tours can be arranged for adults and children. Prescheduled groups of 10 or more qualify for a discounted admission rate. To schedule your group’s visit, please complete a Group Tour Request Form and submit it to the Museum at least three (3) weeks before you would like to visit. Once your tour date has been approved and scheduled, you will receive a confirmation letter. Please contact Meegan Carr, Executive Director, with any questions.

Adult Group Request Form
Group Tour Policy - Adults.pdf
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School Group Request Form
School Tour Policy.pdf
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Quilt Study Roundtable

Several times annually, the museum sponsors presentations by well known quilters and quilt historians on quilts through history, dating of quilts, conservation and care, and specific quilters from the past.

 

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Classes

Classes are periodically held at VQM for adults wanting to learn new techniques, for children at all levels of sewing skills, and for groups such as Girl Scouts.

 

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Museum Hours

Tuesday - Saturday

10:00 - 4:00

Virginia Quilt Museum
301 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
 
Phone: 540-433-3818

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Little Quilts, Big Talents 2014

Silent Auction to benefit the Virginia Quilt Museum

Bidding for the In-House Silent Auction items ends on August 23, 2014

Next Online Only Silent Auction

November 10 – 29, 2014

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2014 Raffle Quilts

Wheels On Fire,” a commemorative Harley-Davidson quilt - Congratulations, Jo Ann Emmons!

Shenandoah Spring,” a delightful impression of spring in the Valley

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