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The college's Blue Ridge Institute and Museum is hosting "The Great Western Virginia Cover-Up."
Friday, June 28, 2013
An exhibit in Ferrum this weekend features more than 50 of Southwest Virginia’s “finest old quilts and coverlets,” according to Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Institute and Museum, which is hosting the show.
The exhibit, titled “The Great Western Virginia Cover-Up,” runs through Sunday. Admission is free.
Historic quilts and bedcovers showcase the region’s bedcover-making traditions from the 1700s to 1950, the institute said.
A news release said that the bedcovers “tell a 150-year saga of rural women, inventors, soldiers, publishers and even hog feed salesmen,” and the exhibit “includes premier examples of historic ‘whitework’ spreads, album quilts, Virginia Rose quilts, crazy quilts and feed sack quilts.” Also on display is one of five known Virginia bed rugs, dated 1833.
The institute said most of the pieces have never been exhibited.
The Blue Ridge Institute and Museum is open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., year-round; and open Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., mid-May through mid-August. For more information, call 365-4412 or go to www.blueridgeinstitute.org.
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