Museum visits in Virginia

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2014
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posted by on Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Antique quilts, Williamsburg

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Jen sent me an email detailing a few quilt museums and their exhibits open this year.  There were 3 in Virginia.  I visited the one in Harrisonburg last weekend and which I blogged previously.

So this weekend the sun was out, the weather was beautiful and I was free so it was time to rent a car again.  This time it was a zippy little red car which I loved!!

Friday I did the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg and visited a few towns along the way.  Williamsburg is a beautiful city with a section that is reminiscent of colonial life.  This is how the collection was described “A Celebration of Quilts features dozens of quilts that represent the diversity of quilts made in American from the 18th through 20th centuries. Several of the quilts are new to the collection and have never before been seen by the public.”

Entrance to Museum

Entrance to Museum

And here are the quilts:

Wreath quit - made by Christuabb Rauch around 1849

Wreath quit – made by Christuabb Rauch around 1849

Tulip quilt made by Ann Margaret Rauch around 1849.  Look at the detail of the flowers in the middle of each block.

Tulip quilt made by Ann Margaret Rauch around 1849. Look at the detail of the flowers in the middle of each block.

Stars Quilt - made by Harriet Ann Richards - 1840.

Stars Quilt – made by Harriet Ann Richards – 1840.

Medallion and pieced delectable mountain quilt.  Made by Amelia Heiskel Lauck - 1822

Medallion and pieced delectable mountain quilt. Made by Amelia Heiskel Lauck – 1822

spiky col

Star of Bethlehem quilt made by Sarah Sands - 1845

Star of Bethlehem quilt made by Sarah Sands – 1845

Broderie Perse medallion with stars - look at how the centre points all meet in the middle in all the star blocks.

Broderie Perse medallion with stars – look at how the centre points all meet in the middle in all the star blocks.

But this is the quilt – or should I say coverlet – that took my  breath away.  The photo doesn’t do it justice.  The coverlet was placed behind glass with a light behind it.  All I could do was stand in front of it speechless.

Embroidered coverlet made by Sarah B Wisdom - 1818.

Embroidered coverlet made by Sarah B Wisdom – 1818.

Here was something else that fascinated me:

A colour chart from 1820.

A colour chart from 1820.

Part of the colonial village:

carriage and house

And I was fortunate to be there during a parade – my first in the US.

parade

Day 2 in the next post…..

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