We went to the Shelburne Museum before my classes started at the Vermont Quilt Festival. The museum sits on a large swath of land in Shelburne, VT. There are historical houses, barns, buildings, a steamboat, and a locomotive on site that have been restored and furnished. There are a variety of exhibits. The docents were exceptionally helpful and knowledgable. The Shelburne is definitely worth a visit if you come this way.
It was a beautiful day – breezy and cool. The plants were bright green, the flowers lovely. Here is some of what we saw…
There were several lovely antique quilts on exhibit. I didn’t photograph them because we couldn’t figure out how to turn off the flash on my camera. Oh my. I did use my little camera to take a photo of this block. I know I’ve seen it before but I don’t think I’ve ever really looked at it. The shapes are appliqued, not pieced.
There is a horseshoe-shaped building devoted to circus things. One entire side has a carved replica of a circus parade mady by Roy Arnold. He spent 25 years carving and painting it – and he had helpers! It’s pretty amazing. I think the wheels would look great as pieced blocks.