Airing of the Quilts showcases Appalachian creativity at the Museum on May 6, 2023

Plan to attend the 5th Annual Airing of the Quilts!
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Appalachian Women’s Museum, 100 W. Hometown Place,  Dillsboro NC
Cost:  FREE  – Donations are always appreciated to support our permanent exhibits.


The airing of quilts is a traditional rite of spring in the mountains.  After a long winter with families snuggled under layers of warm handmade quilts, the warmer weather of springtime gave women a chance to freshen up and air-out these essentials covers.  We want to invite you to have a part in this special day! To honor this tradition, the Appalachian Women’s Museum began an annual event in 2017 where as many as 65 quilts we hung on the wraparound porch, from clotheslines in the yard, and on quilt racks and other surfaces throughout the first floor of the museum.  This year we are excited to invite everyone back for our traditional Airing of the Quilts at the Appalachian Women’s Museum.

Check out AWM Facebook and Instagram regularly for updates of the event.


About Registering Your Quilt                          Deadline to Register – April 25, 2023

Types of Quilts: You may register family heirloom quilts, quilts you’ve made or made by someone else, can be hand stitched or machine stitched, can be old, can be new. Please do not register quilts commercially made, since this exhibition features quality, one-of-a-kind craftsmanship.   

Friendship Album Quilt
Visitors will also have an opportunity to purchase a square on a Friendship Album Quilt with their name or honoring someone in their lives.   After all the squares are sold, the quilt will be hung in the entryway of the house. 

We hope you’ll help make this a great day by bringing your family and friends to see the colorful quilt display. 

If you have questions, please contact us at (828) 482-5860 or