Pieced History: Quilts in Montgomery CountyJuly 2014 – April 2015
This new exhibit showcases locally-made and locally-owned historical quilts. These quilts reflect popular trends in quilt making from the Antebellum Period through the 1970s. The quilting trends expressed in this exhibit show that Montgomery County residents not only followed the fads of each historical period, but also hung on to older quilting traditions well into the twentieth century. Highlights of the exhibit include two pre-Civil War quilts on loan from Smithfield Plantation, several colorful and motif-heavy “crazy” quilts, and a pine burr pattern friendship quilt embroidered with the names of the local ladies who made it. Over twenty historical quilts have taken over the ground floor of the museum.
“A Pieced History” is fun for all ages—from those who remember the quilting bees of old to children who can make their own sample crazy quilt crafts at the museum.