Following a restful night at the Washington House Inn, and after you’ve eaten your fill of our delicious breakfast, you may be wondering how to spend your day. Why not take a hint from those of us in Cedarburg who have been waiting on tenterhooks for the opening of “From the Heart,“ a new exhibit at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts. The museum, located on Portland Road just a stone’s throw away from the inn, is hosting a moving new exhibit in its magnificent restored 1870s barn that sat there for years waiting for the museum staff’s creative touch.
Since the beginning of time, fiber artists have been known to use their craft to reach out to people in need – whether prayer shawls knitted by church guilds, blankets and cute bobble hats for orphaned children, or quilts made for veterans and military personnel in Afghanistan. Wander through the gallery and you‘ll realize the name “From the Heart” truly applies to this exhibit. One real treasure is a 12-foot-square panel from the 54-ton handmade masterpiece, that is part of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt created 18 years ago to remember the 94-plus-thousand lives lost to AIDS.
Another inspirational piece that will give you reason to pause is a sewn memorial to all the people who died at the World Trade Center in 2001. This 89-inch quilt, created following the tragedy on September 11, includes pictures printed on fabric of loved ones who perished that day.
When you visit us, be sure to get to the museum …the exhibit will be up through June 22.