Man-made quilts

If you’re in Vermont in the next couple of months, check out  Shelburne Musueum just outside Burlington. It’s holding an exhibition called Man-Made Quilts: Civil War to the present.

The collection includes pieces made by wounded soldiers and injured workers, a motorised quilt and one made out of wood

From the website:

A unique selection of quilts made by men, from a Civil War soldier’s quilt to innovative digital quilts and sculptures of quilts.

From the Civil War quilt to contemporary innovations such as digital quilts and wooden sculptures of quilts, Man-Made Quilts chronicles men’s contributions to the field with approximately 20 works, most on loan from museums and private collections.

Among Shelburne Museum’s collection of over 400 American quilts is an evocative album quilt made by a Union soldier during the Civil War. The only piece in the collection at the time known to have been made by a man, it prompted Senior Curator Jean Burks two years ago to begin exploring the role men have played in American quilting – an art form generally associated with women. The diverse, clever, and beautiful results are on exhibit in Man-Made Quilts: Civil War to the Present .

An illustrated catalogue with an essay by quilter and scholar Joe Cunningham will accompany the exhibition.

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