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Virginia Quilt Museum announces historic fall exhibits

The Virginia Quilt Museum is presenting four exhibits during the third phase of its 2017 exhibition calendar, from Sept. 5 to Dec. 16.

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Heritage Redefined, curated by Susan Emory, is the most recent juried exhibit at the Virginia Quilt Museum (VQM). It showcases a compilation of modern quilts from across Virginia. Heritage Redefined is one of four exhibits featured in the Museum's third phase of 2017, which begins September 5 and runs through Dec. 16.

Modern Approach to Traditional Quilt Designs

Ma-Ma's Flower Garden quilt

"Ma-Ma's Flower Garden" by Pat Sloan. (All photos courtesy of the Virginia Quilt Museum)

Over the years Virginia quilters have made whole cloth, medallion, Amish quilts, and art quilts. Broderie Perse and crazy quilting have been popular in the mid-Atlantic region, and recently, modern quilting has seen an upsurge. Among the numerous forms of modern quilting, look for alternate grid work, applique, foundation piecing, improvisational quilting, and modern traditionalism – the updating of classic quilt designs.

“Treasures From the Vault: Quilts From the VQM Collection – Elegant Stitches” is curated by Gloria Comstock, VQM Curator, and Registrar. The quilts included in this exhibit are from the 18th and 19th centuries. The elegant stitching has all been done by the hands of Virginia quiltmakers of both urban and rural areas and features diverse quilting designs. Hand quilting has always been prized as a talent, with ten stitches or more per inch considered museum quality.

New Image Artists Displaying Works

“13 Perspectives” is curated by Trudi Van Dyke. The 13 members of New Image Artists exhibit new work created for the Virginia Quilt Museum. These juried contemporary fiber artists exhibit nationally and internationally. Curator Trudi Van Dyke seeks to engage and educate visitors with the depth and breadth of modern quilting. Mastery of traditional, as well as innovative techniques and materials,

Modern quilt in VQM exhibit

Modern quilt part of the "Heritage Redefined" exhibit, by Susan Emory.

stretch the definition of quilting.

“From Ma-Ma’s Garden to the Wheel of Fortune” is curated by fiber artist Pat Sloan. Sewing since she was a child and quilting for over 20 years, Pat Sloan eventually looked to her craft as a business. Now she is a quilt and fabric designer, teacher, author, and quilting show host. She says of herself, “I have a passion for creating and quilts are my medium.”

Her exhibit’s title quilts are the bookends in her spectrum of work, ranging from the signature Ma-Ma’s Garden to her newest improv, Wheel of Fortune. Her intent is to display an equal number of quilts that are patterns and the improvisational ones she does for fun.

The Virginia Quilt Museum's address is 301 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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