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 also closes for one week between exhibits.
September 18 - December 15
Mountain Mist Quilts - 20th Century Favorites curated by Neva Hart
In 1929, making wall art was not the intention of Stearns & Foster Company of Cincinnati, Ohio when their Mountain Mist batting division started printing quilt designs on the wrappers for its all-cotton quilt batting products. The highly successful marketing strategy to sell batting by giving away pretty quilt patterns with easy-to-use instructions influenced styles of the Colonial Revival period and fostered quiltmaking for almost 90 years. This exhibit features quilts made from some of the earliest Mountain Mist quilt patterns, which have remained favorites into the 21st century.
AQSG Basket Quilts
This traveling exhibit includes 25 quilts made by members of the American Quilt Study Group which have been inspired by a 19th century quilt, quilt top, or block with one or more baskets. Many museums, historical societies, and individuals have given permission for some wonderful quilts in their collection to be used for inspiration.
Sacred Threads curated by Sarah Entsminger
Sacred Threads is an international exhibition of quilts exploring themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace and brotherhood, grief, and healing. The objective is to create a dignified exhibition of artwork that touches all those who view it on both a spiritual and personal level. It serves as a vehicle to share the experiences of quilters whose stories may be a source of healing and strength. From each biennial exhibition, a smaller selection of works that illustrates the purpose of Sacred Threads is chosen to travel to a variety of venues throughout the US for the interim two years.
Treasures From the Vault: This is my Name curated by Gloria Comstock
The signature quilt has been popular, particularly from the Baltimore Album time period (1840-1860). This exhibit elaborates on examples of the various signature quilts that are in the permanent collection of the Virginia Quilt Museum. Selected are quilts that are signed by the quiltmaker or that indicate to whom the quilt was gifted. The advanced technology of ink made it possible for people to write their names on fabric. Many signatures were embroidered as well. These quilts are living documents commemorating the average person.
Viva La Difference by the Apple Valley Needle Threaders, Berryville, VA curated by Nyra White and Pam Pampe
A rare look into an area guild that features an assortment of quilts, quilted clothing, and quilted home objects. Each piece reflects the personality and talent of the maker. Whimsical and authentic in content and variety, this selection serves as inspiration to all who strive to tell their story through needle arts.
Questions about our exhibits?
Contact our Curator, at firstname.lastname@example.org