Antique textile artwork will be on display at “Antique Quilts,” a special exhibit that will open this Saturday at the Anacortes Museum and continue through the month of April.
Co-sponsored by the Fidalgo Island Quilters guild, the exhibit will featuring treasures from FIQ members’ private collections and from the Anacortes Museum’s textiles collection.
This will be a fun exhibit. Expect to see a quilt made in 1932 by friends of Berniece Culver for her newborn daughter Rose. The quilt includes the names of 42 Guemes Island women who worked on it. Another quilt sat in a hope chest for a half century until the owner finally married the right captain.
The event is part of the FIQ’s annual Quilt Walk, which is an official Skagit Tulip Festival event.
The guild has adopted the museum’s textiles collection as a community service project, and 12 members have been working to help evaluate, photograph and better store a backlog of hundreds of items. Exhibiting some of these rarely seen items seemed like a natural extension of this productive and deeply satisfying collaboration.
“Antique Quilts” will be followed by “At Home in Anacortes,” a major exhibit on the history of the community’s residential architecture. That exhibit will open with a reception 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 13.
The Anacortes Museum, 1305 8th St., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday (closed Mondays). There is no admission fee, but donations are appreciated. For more information, call (360) 293-1915.
Photo: Museum staff members Linda Yerby (L) and Elaine Walker (R) sort through items from Anacortes Museum textiles collection.