February 11, 2022 – The Sanibel Historical Village is exhibiting a quilt show during the month of March. Some 40 quilts will be displayed throughout every building of the Village.
Quilt patterns include Grandmother’s Flower Garden, Dresden Plate, State Flower, Flower Basket, and Churn Dash, among many others.
“The quilts on exhibit will demonstrate the wide variety of materials and patterns used by quilt makers over time, including one quilt made from gentlemen’s silk ties and another from velvet pieces with a deep fringe border,” explained Bonnie Frankel, SHMV board member.
The Quilt Show dates back to when Rutland House, the Sanibel Historical Museum, was the only building in what is now the Historical Village. In 1989, Rutland House went from being open one day a week to five days a week for 10 months of the year. A toy display over Christmas generated interest and excitement over the Museum’s potential, and a Quilt Show was determined to be a positive follow-up. The Museum only had a few quilts in its archives at the time, but several people generously donated family quilts to the collection, which now numbers some 40 quilts along with a number of baby or doll-sized pieces.
Information as to pattern name and time frame will be provided for each quilt when known.