Quilts, quilts, and more quilts will be on display at the Sanibel Historical Village starting March 24 through April 30. Forty (40) vintage quilts from all over the country and dating from the 1830s through the late 1900s, will be arranged and hung for viewing in the village’s nine historical buildings.

These beautiful works of art and fine craftsmanship are from the museum’s permanent collection. They are traditional as well as contemporary quilts and they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. The older quilts, which are hand-stitched, tend to have muted colors and simple patterns, which the newer machine-sewn quilts feature brighter colors and more complex patterns. One of the oldest and rarest quilts in the exhibit is a child’s crib or carriage quilt made in the 1830s.

The village is grateful to Stephanie Rahe, Judy Addison, Karen Roberts, and Bonnie Frankel for their help in coordinating and hanging this year’s show.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is a nonprofit organization dedicating to preserving, sharing and celebrating Sanibel’s history. It is comprised of nine historical buildings that were moved to the village from different parts of the island. Each building represents a distinct chapter of island history and features exhibits about the early settlers, farming, fishing, commerce, transportation, and daily life.

The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full guided tours take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at no additional charge, depending on docent availability. The Sanibel Historical Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access. Admission is $10 for adults over 18. Members and children are free. There is handicap access.