Uncovered: Airing the Stories of Heirloom Bedcoverings

On cold winter nights, it’s comforting to curl up under grandma’s handmade quilt or hand-woven coverlet. These heirloom bedcoverings keep us warm. They also keep our memories alive. We invite visitors to discover the memorable stories embedded in the vintage textiles on display in its new exhibit, Uncovered: Airing the Stories of Heirloom Bedcoverings.

The exhibit will open Tuesday, January 19, and run through Memorial Day weekend at MGM, located at 24 Water Street in Old Fort. Admission is free.

Uncovered features a small sampling of quilts, coverlets, and bedspreads made by western North Carolina women and used by their families within the past two centuries. It also explores how the colors, fabrics, patterns, and needlework in these textiles offer hints about their makers and the times and communities in which they were created. Learn more about bedcoverings by visiting the Uncovered exhibit. Mountain Gateway Museum is open year-round but is now operating on reduced hours because of restrictions imposed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Current hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday.

Image: Quilting Party by Mary Lyde Hicks Williams. Courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, N.C.