billings farm annual quilt exhibition

 

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Billings Farm & Museum will host its 36th Annual Quilt Exhibition from June 4 -July 10, 2022. 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.

Historic Quilts from the Billings Farm collection will be on display in 2022. The quilts range from the 1870-1900s and the techniques and patterns used are examples typical of the late 19th century. Quilters of Windsor County often use traditional patterns in their works, giving tradition a contemporary twist.

Challenge Quilts made by members of the Delectable Mountain Quilters, will also be on display. A quilt challenge requires specific design and construction rules agreed upon by guild members, with the goal of improving their quilting skills. For 2022, guild members will use neckties made of silk, wool, cotton or polyester in traditional patterns, applique, or non-traditional techniques.  

For more information, enjoy our press release.

 

Get inspired with our 3-part Fiber Arts Series: Introduction to Hand Quilting Workshop which takes place on Tuesday, May 31, June 7, and June 14 from 5:30 – 7:30PM. Register by May 30! 

Volunteer at the Quilt Exhibition! Engage guests and facilitate the quilt scavenger hunt while surrounded by beautiful, local quilts. Learn more.

Join us for Thursday Threads, a weekly series at Billings Farm & Museum featuring fiber arts and textile-related crafts, beginning on July 7.

 

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 distinctive American art form: the patchwork quilt.

Vermont quilters of today carry on the heritage and ever 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.

What to see during the Quilt Exhibition

Bring a picnic and spend the day! Admission to Billings Farm & Museum’s 36th Annual Quilt Exhibition includes the Animal Barns, the Vermont Farm Life Exhibits, the Ottauquechee River Walk and the Billings Farmstead 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 considered state-of-the art for the time period.

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.

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. 

Calling all Windsor County Quilters!

The application process for the 36th Annual Quilt Exhibition has closed. We welcome your interest in submitting a quilt next year. Find below the sample application and 2022 Submission Guidelines. Dates for 2023 will be announced later this year.

Download Application

View The Quilt Submission Guidelines

Questions?  Contact Emily Koetsier at ekoetsier@billingsfarm.org