Quilt Museum Celebrates Parks

Quilt Museum Celebrates Parks

August 3, 2016

Nashville, TN

The quilts on display year round at the Virginia Quilt Museum look more like pieces of art than they do sleeping materials. The end of last month kicked off an exhibit featuring textiles so seamless, so intricate, and so patriotic that your grandmother's eyes might just well up at the sight of them.

As the National Parks Service celebrates its 100th year anniversary this year, quilters from all over the world are celebrating too. They pieced together an exhibition of 177 quilts depicting the flora, fauna, and raw beauty of all 59 national parks in the United States in honor of the service's centennial coming up on August 25th.  

The “Inspired by the National Parks: Celebrating 100 Years” exhibit will be displayed at the museum in Harrisburg, Virginia until September 10th.

“They’re not just your grandmother’s bed coverings,” Donna Desoto said. Donna is a 60-year-old quilter and the curator of this exhibit.

This is not Desoto's first time organizing a nation-wide quilt collection. She said she often challenges quilters with a variety of themes. Desoto has organized fabric-art exhibits ranging from The Beatles to Washington D.C monuments, and even Elvis-themed textiles.  

While the collection of handmade, original pieces found a new home in the Virginia Quilt Museum on the 26th of July, the collection was first debuted at last year’s International Quilt Festival in Houston, the largest quilt festival in the world.

Interested in quilting? Learn the ropes (or the threads?) with Eleanor Burns on RFD-TV's Quilt in a Day. Quilt in a Day airs every Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET. 

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