Ornamental Separator

Art of the Quilter

Opening August 20
This exhibition will be on view in the Foster and Muriel McCarl Gallery
The exhibition is generously funded by the June G. Horsman Family Trust.


Like the current exhibition, the next rotation of “Art of the Quilter” will feature a selection of American quilts representing a variety of techniques, colors, and materials. Included will be a woven coverlet by 19th-century weaver Harry Tyler, best known for corner blocks featuring his distinctive lion motif. Other highlights include a stunning quilt made up of thousands of precisely cut hexagons and a prize winning “Sunburst” quilt in which each of the sunbursts consist of 288 diamond-shaped fabric pieces. All of the quilts express the imaginative artistic impulses and skill of its maker(s).

Woven Doublecloth Coverlet, by Harry Tyler, Jefferson County, New York, 1839. Gift of Lucretia Irene Elderkin, 1978.609.10
Hexagon-Pieced Quilt Top, by Louis Phillippi and his sisters, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ca. 1863. Museum Purchase, 2004.609.2
Pieced and Appliquéd Sunburst Quilt, by Mary Ann McPherson, Charles County, Maryland, 1840-1850. Museum Purchase, The Friends of Colonial Williamsburg Collections Fund, 2021.609.3