Before Mom left on Thursday we went to the Virginia Historical Society to see the quilt exhibit, The Great Western Virginia Cover-Up. After that we walked next door to the VMFA to see the Hollywood Costume exhibit. Both exhibits were really good and I'd recommend it to anyone in the area.
I couldn't take photos in the costume exhibit but, take my work for it, it's worth going! They have just about every iconic costume that you can think of from early black and white movies to some of the latest blockbusters. Some of the characters that you will see are Cruella Deville, Superman, Eliza Doolittle, Superman, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Elizabeth I, Melanie Daniels (The Birds), Rocky.......there are so many.
I was able to take photos of the quilts though and here are a few for your Saturday entertainment. There was a really good variety of quilts and bed coverings and there was even a quilt made prior to 1900 that was machine quilted!
Pineapple Log Cabin
1850 - 1875
Look at the detail! The logs are less than 1/2" and it's hand pieced!
Mary Scoot Greever Crazy Quilt
Tazwell County, VA
The center block.
Ellen Bear, Roanoke , VA
Those pinwheel blocks are about 1 1/4" each! It was perfectly pieced and beautifully quilted.
Unknown maker, 1850 - 1870
This one was interesting because the applique is so unique. Apparently it's an unnamed design found in Western North Carolina and South Carolina and this is the only example from Virginia.
Made by Alpha Haburn around 1859 in Lee County, VA
This quilt was exquisitely appliqued and quilted.
Unknown maker, 1850 - 1890
This quilt is made from homespun fabrics and is a reminder to any of us who think that we are "modern" quilters. Nah, the modern quilters were way before us!
I love how she changed the color of the yarn that she used between the flying geese strips and the plain strips. I don't know why but this was my favorite quilt in the exhibit.