The Virginia Quilt Museum collections consist of quilts and related material culture which are associated with the history or the current field of quilting and which have been purchased, donated, or obtained through an exchange. The Museum subscribes to the standards and guidelines put forward by the American Alliance of Museums for the conservation, preservation, and storage of artifacts and provides the highest level of care appropriate to their collections.

VQM categorizes our collections into four categories:
• Permanent Collection
• Sewing Machine Collection
• Education Collection
• General Ephemera Collection

The Permanent Collection consists of quilts that are of high quality historical, aesthetic, or technical significance and reflect the Museum’s focus on quilts of Virginia. See the items from our Permanent Collection here.

The Sewing Machine Collection includes sewing machines in good repair significant to Virginia history or the history of the sewing machine.

The Education Collection includes quilts that may be used for hands-on educational purposes, this is a teaching collection that can be taken to quilt guilds and other venues.

The General Ephemera Collection contains objects that contribute to the history and interpretation of the quilts in the VQM collections or to the history and interpretation of the Warren-Sipe House, home of VQM an a building of historical significance within the community of Dayton, Virginia.

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