billings farm annual quilt exhibition


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Billings Farm & Museum will host its 35th Annual Quilt Exhibition from July 17-August 22, 2021. The juried exhibition features colorful quilts made by today’s quilters of Windsor County.

In addition to the array of juried quilts, test your eagle eyes with our Quilt Exhibition Scavenger Hunt. Explore other quilting genres through interpretive displays on site and online.

A variety of Challenge Quilts are also exhibited. A challenge requires specific style and construction rules agreed upon by quilt guild members, designed to improve their quilting skills while they enjoy comparing results.

Five Historic Quilts from the Billings Farm collection will be on display in 2021. The quilts range from the 1870-1900s and the techniques and patterns used are examples typical of the late 19th century, including Log Cabin, verified Jacob’s Ladder, verified Blazing Star, Grandmother’s Fan, and Crazy Quilt.  Some of these traditional patterns have been used by some of the Windsor County Quilters in this year’s show, giving tradition a contemporary twist. 

For a look at what to expect, visit our Virtual Quilt Exhibition, which features the quilts submitted for 2021. Meet the jurors. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the quilting process. Join us for Thursday Threads, a weekly series featuring fiber arts and textile-related crafts, beginning on July 22.

Vermont’s Quilting Heritage

Quilts have been a part of American rural life for over 300 years. They are colorful testimony to the fact that farm life, while sometimes austere, held celebration. The women who settled in Vermont during the late 18th century brought with them the hand skills, thrift, imagination, and traditional designs which would develop into a peculiarly American art form: the patchwork quilt.

Today’s Vermont quilters carry on a continuing and evolving tradition. Much of the contemporary work of Windsor County quilters is composed of patterns handed down from earlier generations and executed by hand; some adapt the traditional craft to more modern expressions and materials. All require skill, patience, and imagination.

Have a quilt to enter into next year’s exhibition?  Contact Marge Wakefield at

What to see during the Quilt Exhibition

Bring a picnic and spend the day! Admission to Billings Farm & Museum’s 35th Annual Quilt Exhibition includes the Animal Barns, the Vermont Farm Life Exhibits, the Ottauquechee River Walk and the Heirloom, Pollinator, and Victory Gardens. Watch the farm animals – cows, draft horses, goats and sheep – in their scenic pastures. The 1890 Farm Manager’s House features the creamery, the kitchen and in-home innovations that were ahead of their time for the period.

The Dairy Bar opens daily at 11:00 am and serves Vermont ice cream as well as Billings Farm cheeses made exclusively with Billings Farm milk. There’s something exciting happening every day at Billings Farm – view our daily schedules to find out what’s happening on the day of your visit.