STORIES OF THE STITCH the Art’s Council’s annual outdoor quilt show and fiber arts showcase returns in 2021 and will be held at Matthews Living History Farm Museum on Saturday, September 11th, from 10am to 3pm.  The showcase has something for all ages and admission is free.  Demonstrations from many different fiber arts disciplines are held in historic farm buildings and area musicians will play on the porch of the turn-of-the-century farmhouse.  Of course the stars of the day are the beautiful quilts hanging in the sunshine!

The quilting categories to be judged include Hand-Pieced & Hand-Quilted; ½ & ½ ( Hand-Pieced & Machine-Quilted  &  Machine-Pieced & Quilted); Appliquéd (Hand or Machine); Other (art, clothing, pillows, etc.); Classic Quilts (created before 1940); and Youth (for quilters under 20).  Additional ribbons will be awarded for People’s Choice & Best Story (include the “Story Behind The Quilt” to be entered in this category).  There is no fee to enter a quilt in the show, but quilters are asked to keep their quilts hanging until 3:00pm for viewing purposes.

Quilts can be entered in the show starting now and up through the morning of September 11th and Fiber Artists are invited to participate through demonstrations and the rental of booths for the sale of their own handcrafted fiber-work.  The booth fee is $15 and artisans are asked to provide their own tents, tables, and displays.  Currently scheduled are demonstrations in spinning, weaving, and felting, as well as many other fiber related disciplines. In addition to the judged Quilt Show, demonstrations, and vendors, the day will include music, food & beverages.

Directions to Matthews Farm: 

To get to the Matthews Farm Museum travel west on 58 from Galax, go left on to Meadow Creek Road, travel about and mile and turn right on to White Pine Road.  The Museum is a short distance down at 126 White Pine Road. For additional information go to their website,, or call the Arts Council office at 276-238-1217.