I'm still not back to the sewing machine. My days have been pretty full lately with seasonal activities. I've also spent quite a bit of time researching new sewing machines! But this weekend my sister and I paid a visit to The Virginia Quilt Museum. It's a museum devoted to quilting through the years and through different cultures. They have special exhibits that change regularly. The current exhibit is from a mostly Latina quilting cooperative in California and depicts scenes of family life, border crossings and life in Mexico. There is a also a room devoted to Civil War quilts, to quilts made by groups, quilts from several generations of a local family, a room filled with old sewing machines and a small library. The gift shop is filled with quilting related items. I decided to become a member which allows me free admission for the year as well as some other benefits. No pictures were allowed in the museum but if you follow the link above there are some nice photos of some of the exhibit quilts.
Admission is $7 for non members. If you're in the area (the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia) it's definitely worth the visit. The skill and detail of the older quilts made with a hand needle or one of the primitive machines really made me think about my desire for a new sewing machine that "does more"....than my present 34 stitches! These ladies had so little to work with and created beautiful pieces. And their quilts were not only pretty but had to be useful and stand up to the stresses of the day. I really admire their work.
And, I'm a little late but I'm hooking up with the small blog meet again at Lily's Quilts. What a great way to "meet" other bloggers!