Step Back in Time Weekend — Quilts
Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20 from 10 am–5 pm

Experience quilting across the ages! During Quilting Weekend, you’ll appreciate how thrift joined with creativity to produce a piece of history. See a quilt exhibit and demonstrations, or get hands-on and try a bit of quilting yourself! 

From the days of the Colonies, it was essential for families to use textiles efficiently. Saving or salvaging small scraps of fabric was a part of life. While thrift started quilting, creativity fosters an ongoing interest in this area and throughout the country. 

During the weekend, members of local guilds will demonstrate sewing, quilting, and fiber-related skills such as felted animals and dyeing. The Susquehanna Valley Quilters will demonstrate machine piecing and display quilts from clothes, table runners, hand-applique techniques, hand-dyed printed fabric applique, and comfort quilts. The Fenimore Quilt Club members will be working on a quilt that will be raffled off next year. Handmade fiber items of various sizes and prices will be for sale.  

Visitors can also work on the Log Cabin quilt. Learn how you can get started on your own or with a group.

The museum’s store is well-stocked with books that show the vast array of designs you can use to create your own quilt. Countless designs range from floral, geometric, embellished, and signature quilts to the more sublime wholecloth quilts, where a single piece of fabric is decorated by intricate stitching.

During Quilting Weekend, life in 1845 continues throughout the museum’s historic village and farmstead. Don’t miss the Empire State Carousel, the museum you can ride, and the Children’s Barnyard with its sheep, goats, and other animals.

Admission to all Step Back in Time weekends is included with regular museum admission. Members of the New York State Historical Association enjoy free admission. Join today!