Sunday, May 25, 2014

Texas Quilt Museum

We are on the road again (hurrrraaayyyy!) and I hope to be able to give you some reviews as we travel.  We were camping in McCade (east of Austin TX) this weekend, I "googled" the area and found the Texas Quilt Museum and two shops that looked interesting.  So Saturday morning Tom and I went out for a drive.  The Quilt Museum was about 45 miles away from our campground.  Located in LaGrange it is almost equidistant from Houston, Austin and San Antonio in lovely rolling hills.  The building is really two connected stores with high ceilings, great brickwork walls and lovely wood floors.  Their website is here .  When we were there the exhibit was Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin and even my husband enjoyed it.  The two large rooms were filled with beautiful interpretations of the theme.  There were a lot of "thread paintings" and several quilts with 3-D features, either flowers or Butterflies.  Every one was wonderful but our favorite was a thread painting of a child's hands with a butterfly on them, the color play was amazing.  I was respectful of their wishes not to photograph the quilts but it was hard.  The third room had an exhibit of antique quilts, one of which was a stunning red and white Alphabet quilt with big, bold, red letters.   The museum does not own any of their own quilts but they do change the exhibit every three months.  According to one of the docents they strive for a balance of contemporary and traditional quilts.  On the side of the Museum is "Grandmother's Flower Garden" and a 13 x 85 foot  quilt mural.

The Texas Quilt Museum

Grandmother's Flower Garden and Quilt Mural

The town of LaGrange has a really nice square and there are several interesting shops (antique and clothing) that I probably would have visited if I were alone.  We had a snack at the local coffee shop and there are places for a sandwich and lunch.  On Saturday there was a small farmer's market at the courthouse.  Quilt Ladies from the Westlaco Bee, I think we need to do a road trip, I found one fabric store, I am sure we can find others in the area.

colorful chair in front of one of those neat shops

Courthouse in the town square

I will tell you about the Quilted Skein - a fabric and yarn shop right next door to the museum in the next post.

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