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Special quilt exhibition continues at museum

The San Juan Historical Society Museum continues its special exhibit of “Quilts from the Trunk of Cindy Vermillion Hamilton.” Thirty-five antiques from the collection of nationally recognized quilter Cindy Vermillion Hamilton make up this exhibit, along with Hamilton’s own quilt “To England and Back” which won first place in this year’s prestigious American Quilter Society show in Paducah, Ky.

Whig Rose Medallion

The Whig Rose Medallion was constructed about 1850. According to quilt historian Hamilton this quilt is “an example of typical patterns and fabrics that were popular during the mid 1800s, when a style known as “Red and Green” was most popular. The medallion format in this quilt, however, is unusual for red and green quilts, which were usually block or album style, with squares of identical size making up the top. This quiltmaker seems to be using a design format that was becoming old-fashioned, while working with the newest Turkey Red fabrics and popular patterns of her time.”

Rocky Mountain Road

A striking quilt in the exhibit is the Rocky Mountain Road, which dates to 1890. Known in the South in the 19th century as “Rocky Mountain Road,” quiltmakers today know it by the name “New York Beauty.” The latter name became popularized in the 1930s when Stearns and Foster published a free pattern with its Mountain Mist Quilt Batting. Quilting stitches are finely executed which tells us that this quilt was the pride and joy of a skilled Southern maker.

Gift Shop

After you’ve perused the vast collection at the museum, you can shop for items unique to Pagosa Springs in our gift shop.

Available is our special souvenir deck of playing cards featuring 55 photos of Pagosa Springs and the surrounding area. Please note less than 150 decks of the original order remain. The cards sell for $10, plus tax.

For those who are taking in the quilting exhibit, we have copies of Hamilton’s book along with some quilting patterns produced by local quilting company Edelweiss Needlework Chalet.

A local artist has generously created scenic fabric postcards for us to sell. These are beautiful and would make a great souvenir or gift.

Also featured are history books by local authors and other books of regional historical interest.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. You should plan to arrive by 3 p.m. to be sure to have plenty of time to view all of the wonderful exhibits. We are located at 96 Pagosa Street on the east end of downtown.

There is no admission fee to see the museum this season. We do gladly accept donations to defray operating expenses such as utilities and insurance.

We look forwarding to seeing you there.