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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Virginia Quilt Museum

Hi Everyone,

I just heard that yesterday was only our second day in the 90s this year, and boy, it was hot.  Even worse, it is going to be hotter today. How is the weather where you are?

In case you missed my post from a few months ago, I was thrilled to have two of my quilts selected to hang this summer at the Virginia Quilt Museum as part of an exhibit featuring quilts from the Tidewater area of Virginia.  The Tidewater area is also called "Hampton Roads" although I have no idea if the parameters of both of those areas are identical.  I've included a map so you can get an idea of the area included.  This is the South Eastern corner of Virginia.

The area is home to bases for every branch of the military and has other resources which gather people not just from all over our country, but also from all over the world.  Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the US is right here, so we also have a big historical flavor.  These factors, and others, contribute to a wonderful diversity reflected in gorgeous quilts of all types.

The exhibit has been hanging for about a month and I was excited to see it.  Saturday, June 7 was a reception for the artists.  I'm not sure just how many quilters are featured, but many of them were able to be there.  I wasn't sure if photography would be allowed, but it turned out that you could take a photo of a quilt that you made--so I have pictures of my quilts, but not of any other.  That is so sad--there were some wonderful quilts ranging from antiques to modern and everything in between.

Omigosh, the quilt I made from Sue Garman's pattern, is hanging on the main floor.

We looked over the main floor and then went upstairs but didn't see my second quilt.  Finally my Mom said she saw it in the basement.  I didn't know that there was a basement, but not only was my quilt (and a lot more) there, but so was the party!

In fact, my quilt was directly behind the refreshment table, which made it difficult to get a good (or any) picture.  Once everyone gathered down stairs, remarks were made:  Wilma Gerald, the exhibit curator spoke as well as several artists.  Once the formal part was over, we took a photograph of all the artists in attendance.  Wilma is standing on the left in the red and black.  I'm in the middle back.

It is such an honor to be included in this exhibit.  The quilts are all spectacular.  If you are going to be in the Shenandoah Valley this summer, make sure to stop by.  Actually, if you are ever in the area, you should stop in as the museum always has wonderful exhibits.

Have a great day!


  1. Congrats on having your quilts chosen to hang in the display. What a nice honor for such pretty quilts!

  2. Congratulations! I'm planning to get up there later this week. Our new home is just about 30 minutes from Harrisonburg so I expect to see all their exhibits now. I'l probably start volunteering there later this year. Your quilts are beautiful!

  3. Congratulations! How great that you were able to attend the artist's reception. Both quilts are beauties.

  4. How fun to have your quilts in the exhibit! Your OMG quilt is awesome!!!

  5. Congratulations! That must have been both fun and exciting.

  6. How exciting and wonderful for you JoAnne. Your quilts are both very beautiful - well done!

  7. Yay!!! I am so happy!!!! That's super cool! Glad you got good pics.

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