Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Visit to The Appalachian Museum

The Appalachian Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Museum, presented a wonderful look into the life that was lead by various Appalachian people, that some probably still lead today.

When we first walked to the front there was a barn quilt square.  It made me very happy to see.



While we were in the Hall of Fame there were many quilts.  They all had history and were inspiring to read about.  Of course who can forget the detailed workmanship, which was gorgeous and very inspiring.  Now for your viewing pleasure, some eye candy.






These quilts behind the glass still had the newspapers that they used for English Paper Piecing with the fabric.  It was amazing to see, and fun to read what the newspaper said, especially the prices for items.


This is a sampler that in the Hall of Fame, and the details were inspiring and gorgeous.  Even though you can tell it is old, I believe that added to its charm.


Here is the cabin that Mark Twain's family use to live in.  He never lived in the cabin as they moved out of the region before he was born.  Their cabin was nice, it was one of the first bigger ones that we saw, but it was still smaller than our apartment, which just amazes me.


Inside one of the cabins there was a weaving loom and strips of fabric rolled into balls, and these gorgeous rugs.  They were using what they had, whether it be from old clothes or old quilts.  These rugs that they had turned out beautifully.


We also found an old rag rug, which is something I need to work on, as I have a few in the making.  It just made me smile when I saw it in one of the cabins.  (At this point, my husband is just shaking his head because I have a big smile on my face and pointing everything out to him fabric related and talking about it)


At the end of the tour (self guided) there was a saw mill, with fresh saw dust.  The saw mill had just been used the previous weekend we were there.  I found this really cool as it is keeping history alive.


Would we come back here, yes! we would come back.  There is so much history of the area and the life that was lived in the mountains.  It would be educational for our kids when they are in elementary/middle school.

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts

-Christina


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