Saturday, April 21, 2018

VA Quilt Museum Tea in Richmond May 6

From Elsa:

Enjoy a luncheon/tea at the Westin Hotel in Richmond, Virginia on Sunday May 6, 2018 at 1PM.  The program entitled "I Live in a Closet, What Will Happen to Me?" will be presented by the Virginia Quilt Museum Curator, Gloria Comstock.  Enjoy not only the program, but view the numerous educational quilts on display.  Being family or friends, give as a Mothers Day gift or treat yourself to this enjoyable afternoon of quilt information. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling the Museum.  540-433-3818 You can also send a check payable to Virginia Quilt Museum at 301 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.  Please include a note that it is for the Spring Tea.Virginia Quilt Museum, 301 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Thursday, April 5, 2018

April Program on the 10th, Friday/Saturday sewing days April 13th & 14th

Despite seeing goldfinches in my yard, the weather folks predict possible SNOW this weekend?! Yikes! Thank goodness we have a fun program to look forward to on Tuesday, April 10th. By popular demand, we are covering 4 topics -- English Paper Piecing, Pattern Designing, Applique, and Foundation Paper Piecing. These will be brief presentations by willing discussion leaders (probably 15 minutes each), and you can choose 2 topics to attend. I also was told by each of the leaders that if there is interest, a more hands-on coverage of these topics can be held at an agreed-upon "sewing day", so make your wishes known!! We are so lucky to have so much talent and generosity among us.

Since our next sewing days will be the following Friday and Saturday, we can certainly discuss some future scheduling, while the ideas are fresh in our minds. Also, thanks to so many contributions of blocks for BINGO, let's figure out how to divide these blocks among us and get some Veterans Quilts working. (I think I counted close to 50 blocks provided!)

Looking forward to seeing everyone Tuesday!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Virginia Quilt Museum

Hi Marcy,

Could you post on the blog and/or Facebook that we need volunteers to docent at the VQM on March 31June 30 and September 29, 2018.    
Members can contact me,

Also, I’ve attached information about current exhibit and upcoming events.

Elsa Brooks

Sent from my iPhone.  Please excuse any typos.

Begin forwarded message:
From: Virginia Quilt Museum <>
Date: March 24, 2018 at 10:00:24 AM EDT
Subject: VQM April News & Notes

The Virginia Quilt Museum
 Celebrating and Nurturing Virginia's Quilting Heritage
New Virginia Quilt Museum Logo
April 2018 News and Notes
Visit these exquisite exhibits
and attend the Hollis Chatelain event on April 7.
Current Exhibits Opening February 20, 2018

                      Exhibit I (Feb 20 - May 12)

Hollis Chatelain -
Stories of West Africa
This is the debut exhibition of art quilts created from Hollis's drawings included in her coloring book - adaptations of photographs she took while living in West Africa - that expresses her feelings and impressions of the West African people, telling a story of strength through family and community.  The textile medium suggests an intimacy and softness, underscoring the people's sparkle and joy.

African American Quilters: Stitching our Stories in New & Traditional Expressions curated by Wilma Gerald
When Africans were brought to this country, their inherent knowledge of piecing, appliqué, embroidery, and weaving came with them.  Enslaved women made quilts for utility, while some chronicled their struggles and triumphs.  Quilts as vehicles of artistic expression thrive still.  Quiltmakers of African descent draw on their history and experiences in this selection.

African Textiles curated by Paula Golden
This exhibit explores the textiles of Africa and represents the beautiful diversity of design, culture, and history present in the woven, dyed, and printed fabrics.

Treasures From the Vault:  Itty Bitty Pieces of Paper curated by Gloria Comstock
On occasion, VQM accessions quilts are accompanied by pieces of paper with notes about their makers and families.  These quilts, and their stories, will be on display.

Wrapped in History - The Search for Virginia Quilts and Quiltmakers: The Jenny and David Powers Collection
curated by Pam Pampe
Jenny and Dave Powers descend from Valley families that are passionate about preserving the past. Their love for quilts made in the Valley is represented in this exhibit. Names, locations, and provenance on the pieces make this collection unique. 


 Mark your calendars and share with others!

April 4- Stash Blast, a Fabric Flea Market in Harrisonburg, 9 AM-1 PM.   Asbury Methodist Church, next door to the Museum.  Come build up your stash and support the VQM!  Yardage, precuts, scraps and fabrics of different sizes and designs will be available for you to select.  See just how much fabric a pound can yield!  Fabric sold $8 per pound ($2.50 - $3.50 per yard average) Cash or check only!

April 6- First Friday, 5-8 PM. - Quilts in the Park.  Come by and see selections from the VQM educational collection hanging in the fresh spring air behind the Museum.

April 7- Hollis Chatelain presentation 1:30 PM at Asbury Methodist Church. Tickets $25 and can be purchased by calling VQM at 540-433-3818 or Click Here to purchase through Eventbrite! Drum Circle will be held at the museum! 

April 7-22- On Line Auction!  See the new and varied articles offered on this first of two auctions this year. Click here to enter and be sure to bookmark the site!  
April 26- Volunteer recognition at Cross Keys Vineyard 3-5!  RSVP today!  Enjoy an afternoon with other volunteers at a beautiful setting!

May 6-  at 1 PM Spring Tea at the Westin Hotel in Richmond VA.  Tickets $40 Program will be " I Live in a Closet! What Will Happen To Me?"  by  Gloria Comstock, Curator of the VQM. Call the VQM 540-433-3818 or Eventbrite for tickets! Click here. 

May 26- Exhibit 2 Meet and Greet the Artist reception and activities all day corresponding to the exhibits!  Neva Hart presentation on the Botanical. Come visit the artists. Reception 1-3pm

Looking ahead:

Fly Me to the Moon exhibit coming this summer along with engaging educational activities for children and groups!  Call today to sign up!  

July 28- This year we will host an applique workshop taught by Doreen Johnson. Plan now!  
The Museum has several display cases that need to be replaced to allow visitors a better view of the displayed items.  Gloria has found a local company to replace these cases.  If you would like to help offset these expenses, please send any contribution to the VQM with
                        CASES on the   memo.  

At our last event, it was very apparent that the Museum is in need of a coat rack(s)!  What a good problem to have! If you have an extra or would like to donate to the cause, please indicate on the memo of a check.  COAT RACK
For questions on these wishes, please contact the museum!

     The Museum honors all active and retired military and families from       Memorial Day to Labor with free admission.  Plan a visit today!

Did you know....

  • Shop at AMAZON SMILE and Amazon donates to the Virginia Quilt Museum
  • The museum now has a senior admission...Student of Life...$5
  • Our 25th anniversary is looming!  Let's aim for a soaring membership
  • First Fridays for the VQM start in April!  Plan on coming by! Help us reach our  goal of 750 visitors from April to October!
  • Follow us on Facebook! Our new Volunteer Administrator is working hard!  Like and share!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Veteran's Quilts

Marcy and Becky changed the quilts that hang at the library entrance at The Montpelier Center. These two beauties will be enjoyed by everyone coming and going and then they will be given to veterans.

Thanks to everyone for showing appreciation
of our veteran's by making quilts for them.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Upcoming Programs and Challenges

First, of course, thanks to all who participated in QUILT BINGO yesterday evening. Hope y'all had fun. Big shout out to all who gave us the scrumptious prizes for the winners to choose from, and to Julie, who made it all happen on that gift table, YOU ROCK!

Upcoming Programs:
April - techniques in 20 minutes - we have several topics from applique to foundation paper piecing to pattern creation and maybe one more! So come and interact and have some fun!
May - one of our new members, Rita, will do a trunk show of her work. I, personally, can hardly wait to see more of her quilts.
June - another new member, Diane, whose lovely wool and flannel applique quilts, will show us some of her techniques - bring some of your wool pieces, and create with her!
July - our yummy potluck
We have lots to look forward to!!!

Upcoming challenge:
"Idyll" - Definition: 1. a simple descriptive work that deals with rustic life or pastoral scenes or suggests a mood of peace and contentment; 2. an extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque period or situation, typically an idealized or unsustainable one.

We'll have from now through the spring and summer to put our thoughts into a wall hanging type quilt. Be ready to share in September!

Happy quilting, all!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Do you have a blog?

I (Vicki) was at sewing today and found out that Christa Burr has a wonderful quilting blog and that got me wondering if any other members have blogs. Later in the day Jennifer Raymond visits to introduce us to her new family member and I got her blog address.

I've added a sidebar section with member blog links. If you have a blog please leave the link in the comments and I'll add you to the list as well.