More than 2,600 people have taken the opportunity this summer to view the special exhibit, “Quilts from the Trunk of Cindy Vermillion Hamilton,” at the San Juan Historical Society Museum.
You still have a few days left to view this collection of antique quilts that will remain on display through Sept. 12.
More than 35 quilts are included in the exhibit. With the exception of “To England and Back,” all of the quilts in the display are antique quilts collected over Hamilton’s years of studying quilt history. The quilts date from 1843.
“To England and Back”
“To England and Back” is a quilting masterpiece. This quilt took first-place honors at the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show and Contest held April 22-25, 2009, in Paducah, Ky. This was the 25th year for this prestigious show.
Hamilton entered “To England and Back” in the handmade quilts category. The entire top was hand pieced and the piece was hand quilted. The quilt is made in the traditional medallion style with the utmost attention to detail. The colors are exquisite and the handwork is exceptional.
Fortunately for residents and visitors to Pagosa Springs, the quilt was returned to Hamilton just in time to be included in this show. This is a unique opportunity to see such an exceptional quilt. The only place it will be on display this summer is at our own museum.
“Wild Goose Chase”
You won’t want to miss the “Wild Goose Chase” quilt on display. Hamilton tells us, ”I collected this quilt because it is a wonderful example of textile history, spanning the time period from 1880 through the turn-of-the-century and World War I, up to the 1920s. It was stitched just as the textile industry in America recovered from WWI and began to develop and print the first small, bright prints that we associate with the 1930s.
“At the time of WWI, superior German chemists supplied most of the world’s textile dyes. War with Germany meant a sudden decline in available dyes, and it took several years for the industry to recover and develop new dyes in America. As seen in this quilt, fabrics from this time period are somber and subdued, giving this piece a very quiet, restrained feeling.”
This summer, there is no admission fee to the museum. The board of directors is making this offer to encourage more people to attend this unique exhibit and also take advantage of all of the interesting artifacts from Archuleta County’s history.
Voluntary donations will be accepted to defray operating expenses.
No quilts will be for sale, but the museum has a small gift shop, which carries Hamilton’s book “Medallion Quilts Inspiration & Patterns.” Books of regional historical interest, historical playing cards and locally handcrafted items are also available.
The San Juan Historical Society Museum is located at the corner of U.S. 160 and First Street on the eastern end of Pagosa Springs. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Hurry in to take advantage of this special opportunity to visit Pagosa Springs’ own history museum.