When many people think of a quilt, they envision something that you throw on a bed to help keep warm on a wintery night or something you cuddle up under when you’re under the weather. Others see an old, tattered blanket that they held on to as a child; perhaps a gift from a grandmother or seldom-seen aunt. Still others envision a beautiful, but pricey, item for sale in a country store – something that they would love to own, but could not afford.
Then there are those talented, artistic folks who live and breathe quilts. They create quilts or collect them. For these people, quilts are artistic expressions and members of the family. Quilts are tokens of love, bestowed on friends and family members to mark special occasions. They are treasured heirlooms, passed on from generation to generation. Quilting is a pleasant hobby or perhaps it is their profession. Whatever the case may be, quilting is inextricably part of their lives – and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
The 13th Annual “A Stitch in Time” Quilt Show at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park celebrates quilters and the wonderful works of love and art that they create. This year’s show features one hundred and twenty quilts from the museum’s collection and from the collections of area residents. Accompanying the exhibit is a booklet with descriptions of each quilt and the stories behind them. Visitors can marvel at the technique and artistry of quilts both old and new.
“A Stitch in Time” is on display through May 31. Admission to the museum is $4.00 for adults, $2.00 for children ages 6-12, and free to children 5 and younger. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more. For more information, please contact the museum at 276-523-1322.