The historically significant 19th century building that houses the museum was carefully restored for its present purpose.
Photography of the displayed quilts is not allowed, but the lady at the admissions desk did kindly give me permission to take the photographs that I have used in the review. This was the current exhibit at the museum when I visited.
I inquired about the building itself and learned that it was thought to have been a furniture store. The high ceilings, brick walls, hardwood floors and balconies were part of the original structure. The doors on the right wall open into a gallery in an adjoining building that was acquired to increase the exhibition space.
This placard explains the display in the adjoining gallery.
An exterior wall of the museum features this colorful mural.
Immediately adjacent to the museum is period garden typical of “city gardens” in Fayette County and Central Texas around the time of the buildings, about 1890, through the 1930s. The garden is named for the Depression-era quilt pattern, “Grandmother’s Flower Garden.” The decision to create the garden stemmed from the fact that many quiltmakers and lovers of quilts are also gardeners, and many quilt patterns were inspired by flowers, plants, trees, and nature in general. I count myself in that group as I was passionate about my many flower beds that surrounded the log home I used to own. And elements of nature are often found in my quilts.
At this time of year (late February) blooms are scarce in the garden. But seasonal flowers brightened the bed around the sundial. I enjoyed the peaceful garden very much and would love to see it in every season.
This lovely rustic gate opens into the back of the garden from the parking lot.
In summary: I was not aware that Texas even had a quilt museum when we arrived at our wintering spot in Port Lavaca, TX. I picked up a brochure and discovered that it was within driving distance. I am so glad that we made the trip to La Grange. This is a wonderful museum and I loved the quilts that were on display when I was there. I was truly inspired, especially to try my hand at creating a quilt from a photograph. It is a beautiful museum and not to be missed. A further enticement is the shop next door, The Quilted Skein. La Grange is just north of Schulenburg, TX which is in the central part of the state along I-10.