Billings Farm & Museum hosts its 34th Annual Quilt Exhibition, now extended through Labor Day, September 7, 2020. The juried exhibition features colorful quilts made by today’s quilters of Windsor County.
In addition to the array of juried quilts, guests can meet the quilters on hand to discuss their work, take a quilt-themed Story Walk and 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. This year’s challenge, met by quilters from the Delectable Mountain Quilt Guild in the Bethel, Vermont area, was to create a quilted placemat, and the challenge quilt display will reflect that theme with a playfully set table.
Visit our first ever Virtual Quilt Exhibition! Meet the jurors. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the quilting process. View the quilts up close and see a quilt demonstration. Join us for Thursday Threads Online, a weekly series featuring fiber arts and textile-related crafts, beginning on July 23.
More than 1,100 votes were cast by guests onsite and online this year for the People’s Choice Award. See the winning quilts at Billings Farm or view them online.
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.
What to see during the Quilt Exhibition
Bring a picnic and spend the day! Admission to Billings Farm & Museum’s 34th Annual Quilt Exhibition includes the new, state-of-the-art Heifer Barn, 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 is closed to the public at this time, however interpretive displays can be viewed from the porch of the house.
The Dairy Bar opens daily at 11:00 am and serves Vermont ice cream as well as Billings Farm cheeses and Norwich Farm Creamery products made exclusively with Billings Farm milk. Wagon rides will be offered, conditions permitting, on Mondays from 11:00 am -1:30 pm through Labor Day.