Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates auction galllery. Quilts from the collection
of Beverley and Jeffrey Evans.
Highlights of the Seminar included lectures about textiles and the material culture of the Shenandoah Valley. Participants also enjoyed field trips, visiting several museums as well as private and publicly-owned historical homes. There were so many textiles on display for Seminar participants to enjoy and discuss. These included historical samplers, coverlets and, of course, quilts!
Privately -owned quilts of the Shenandoah Valley.
Antique and reproduction quilts and coverlets. Private Collection.
There was so much to see and learn. The quilt lovers in the crowd especially appreciated a method used by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society for their quilt turning: volunteers lifted quilts that were piled on a bed, working their way from top to bottom.
Quilt Turning at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, Dayton Virginia.
Although the focus of the Seminar was not Quaker quilts, we want to share two more images of an historical quilt with our followers. The quilt you see below was the oldest shown by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society. Note the zig-zag pattern in the sashing and borders, a feature observed on many historical quilts of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Quilts courtesy of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, Dayton, Virginia.
Topping off the experience was an invitation to a buffet supper in a beautiful historical home. Delicious food, beverages, and conversation flowed well into the evening. As our readers can imagine, it was richly rewarding to spend so much time sharing and exchanging ideas about historical textiles with like-minded souls.
Mary Holton Robare
(c) Lynda Salter Chenoweth and Mary Holton Robare 2012