White Bluffs Quilt Museum
to preserve and teach...
294 Torbett Street
Richland, WA 99354
(509) 943-2552
White Bluffs Quilt Museum
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Traveling Exhibits

White Bluffs Quilt Museum has a collection of small portable exhibits
from their permanent archives that may be reserved for display.
These exhibits are available for a period not to exceed 30 days.
To schedule an exhibit, please contact White Bluffs at info@whitebluffscenter.org.
New exhibits are 
in the "planning" stage, and will be featured on this page.

Lewis and Clark
Corps of Discovery


This collection of quilt blocks were designed to tell  the story of the Corps of Discovery as they searched for a continuous water route across the continent. Lewis & Clark's mission was to map the entire route and record as much data as they could about the flora, fauna and native peoples on their journey. The expedition began on May 14, 1804 and ended September 23, 1806.

The exhibit includes 10 Quilt blocks depicting the travel's of Lewis and Clark, printed information describing the images and quotes from the Lewis and Clark Journal. Additional blocks are available for a larger exhibit space.
Drop Spindles

Drop Spindles were in use before recorded history. The origin of the first wooden spindle is lost to history because the materials didn't survive. Whorl-weighted spindles date back at least to neolithic times; spindle whorls have been found in archaeological digs around the world. Most historians agree that the practice of spinning fibers into yarn or thread existed over 10,000 years ago.

This exhibit includes 12 drop spindles, printed information on Traditional, Unique and Handmade Spindles and a brochure.
Small Looms and
The History of Weaving

20,000 - 30,000 years ago early man developed the first string by twisting together plant fibers. The ability to produce string and thread was the starting place for the development of weaving, spinning, and sewing. Stone Age Mans early experiments with string and thread lead to the first woven textiles. Threads and strings of different sizes were knotted and laced together to make many useful things. During the Neolithic Era every household produced cloth for their own needs.

This exhibit includes several small looms, (Rigid Heddle, Tapestry, Twining and Pin loom) and printed information on the History of Weaving.
Feed Sacks

Between 1840 and 1890 cotton sacks gradually replaced barrels as food containers. Women quickly discovered that these bags could be used as fabric for quilts and other needs. Initially these bags were plain unbleached cotton with product brands printed on them. Soon, feed and flour sack manufactures realized how popular these sacks were and saw a great opportunity.  Around 1925 feedsacks in colorful prints for making dresses, aprons, bloomers, shirts and children's clothing began to appear in stores.

This exhibit includes an assortment of vintage feed sacks and educational text.

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