Simple Adventures: Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts

11 Jan


I took my husband and kids back to my hometown of Cedarburg, Wisconsin for Christmas this year. I love Wisconsin, and even more so love Cedarburg, with it’s quaint old-world charm. In some recent years, a little museum sprang up quite close to my parents house- and I have driven past it wishing I could go in but knowing the name “Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts” would cause my husband to go running and my kids to poke their eyeballs out. But somehow, magically, their attitudes toward fiber arts have changed- my kids love to crochet, knit, sew, even cross stitch. My husband is in the process of building a spinning wheel from a design he came up with himself. So I asked them to come with me one morning of our Christmas vacation, and nobody put up a fight. Even my youngest teenage brother came along to check it out.

The museum just happened to be hosting a kids beach themed crafting session, so we headed for that first. It was awfully cute to help the kids make their sand-art, t-shirt braided belts, fabric flower lei’s, and origami hawaiian shirts. All surrounded by beautiful quilts, an ancient floor loom, and woven tapestries.

6E5A1634 t-shirt yarn

Origami shirt homemade flower lei











Next we headed to the exhibit, “Japanese Influences in Fiber Arts” upstairs in the huge renovated barn. It was fantastic. I believe the quilts and displays came from the 11th Nihon Quilt Exhibition, and featured some incredible works of art. There was so much detail in some of the pieces, I could have stared at them for hours. There were lots of twists on familiar patterns and techniques, stunning applique, and lots of shine.




6E5A1645In addition to all the amazing quilts, there were a few other fiber arts featured, most striking were these incredible Temari balls. I didn’t even know this art existed and I would love to learn to make one myself!

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Overall this was an awesome way to spend the cold winter morning! If you would like to check out the museum yourself I highly recommend it. For more information you can visit their website here.





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