When we first decided to put together a quilt show at the mansion we thought we might have enough quilts for the parlor downstairs and the green guest room upstairs. Then we started pulling boxes from the archives and counting. We were surprised to see the number of quilts that had been carefully folded into acid free boxes. It soon became clear to us that we were in for a HUGE amount of work! Our "Grand Opening" for the exhibit is coming up this Sunday November 1st from Noon to 5 pm and we are getting close to having the display ready!
Some of the quilts will be displayed with original dresses from the time frame of the quilts.
The name for the show came about when we were discussing the impact quilts have on us, even those people who are not quilters. Somehow you can not look at an old quilt and not wonder the whys and whens of their making. Quilts were not only made for covering beds and providing warmth, women made them as political statements, they made them to support causes, they even made them as a challenge. They quilted together in friendship and turned out lovely, lasting works of art in the process. We are very pleased to be able to offer the DVD series "Why Quilts Matter" in conjunction with this display. It is a great program dealing with many facets of quilts from history, to women , to art and more. We will be showing them at noon on Thursdays (except holidays) and you can request a special viewing of your selected episode when you bring your group to the museum . They last about 30 minutes and are really great!
Set up going on in the green guest room. Each quilt had to have a sleeve hand sewn on the back for hanging.
Genealogists and local historians will be pleased to see our selection of local friendship quilts. Part of these will be in the green guest room at the mansion and some are in the meeting room at the museum. Some of them we were fortunate to know dates as they were sewn onto the quilts, but a few have been a matter of sleuth-work by dates these ladies were known to have lived in the area.
Every bedroom will be open during this event to be able to see the quilts closer up. We do ask that people refrain from touching the quilts. However, in the downstairs hallway there will be a special "touch table" that will have fun for kids and adults alike. Try out your own design with our "quilt blocks", dig through our scrap basket, or sit and read a quilt story with your favorite kids! We can't wait to get all the exhibit labels up and welcome you to the Seay Mansion for this very special limited time event!