It was quilt show weekend for PGFiber2Art as both Sue and Elizabeth attended quilt exhibits in different places, Elizabeth in New England and Sue in Virginia. The Virginia exhibit is Sacred Threads, a biannual show that is an exhibition of quilts expressing life's journeys, specifically: Joy, Inspiration, Spirituality, Healing, Grief, and Peace & Brotherhood. This is a show quite unlike others, not only for the subject matter, but for the way it is set up and the emotional experience it evokes. Unlike most shows where quilts are lined up in rows or alcoves where there is plenty of distance between the quilt and viewer, this show is much more intimate. Whether by space restrictions or design (or both), the Sacred Threads quilts are displayed in a maze (or labyrinth) where you walk through in twists and turns all the while calming music plays in the the background. You are up close and personal with all the quilts. It is quite an emotional experience, given the subject matter and personal messages provided by the quilters. My only complaint is that sometimes it is also nice to be able to view the quilts from a distance as well as close up. At any rate, this show never disappoints. It continues through July 23 at Floris UMC church in Herndon, VA. After that, a portion of the quilts will travel to other venues. More info is available on the Sacred Threads website. Here are some of Sue's favorites, though it is really hard to choose and limit the number. The word in all caps is the category that the quilt represents.
As you can see from these examples, "emotional" is probably the best word to describe these amazing quilts. If you want to see more, check the exhibit schedule on the website. A catalog of the exhibit is also available here.