Past

January 19, 2018 to May 13, 2018

As a collector, I'm looking for something that reflects my country back at me. Quilts rearrange my molecules when I look at them. There's an enormous satisfaction in having them close by. I'm not a materialist. There are too many things in the world, and we know that the best things in life aren't things. Yet there are a few things that remind me of the bigger picture.

We live in a rational world. One and one always equals two. That's okay, but we actually want—in our faith, in our families, in our friendships, in our love, in our art—for one and one to equal three.

August 9, 2022 to November 16, 2022

“Red is a neutral,” isn’t just a saying for Freddy Moran. She puts it into practice!

Freddy didn’t start quilting until she was 60 years old. Her daughter in law signed them up for a quilting class. She initially thought she wasn’t interested, but she was pulled in. Early on in her quilting journey, she was drawn to color, and used it with abandon. Her quilting philosophy is, “if it’s not fun, why are you doing it?”

“10 colors don’t work, but 100 do.” Freddy Moran.

May 18, 2022 to November 5, 2022

In Winter of Loss, quilt artist and poet Joan Schulze portrays the heartbreaking experience of losing her husband, Jim, to dementia. In brief moments available while caring for him, she found solace in creating unique quilts and collages and expressed her complicated feelings through evocative poetry. 

April 12, 2022 to August 6, 2022

MJ Kinman likes to tell people that she makes the biggest gemstones in the world, but instead of using the hardest substances on earth, she fashions her gems from the softest – cloth. The adventure started 30 years ago when an image of a gorgeous gem captured her imagination. As a new quiltmaker, she was unsure of how to transform that image into a quilt, but she knew there had to be a way. She began searching for the right techniques and, after seven years of research and experimentation, made her first gem.

January 25, 2022 to April 9, 2022

Salley Mavor: Bedtime Stitches consists of the original artwork for Mavor’s latest book, My Bed: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep around the World. The series of sculptural embroideries celebrate cultural differences and highlight the universal theme of children sleeping safe in their beds. For My Bed, author Rebecca Bond created the book’s poem and Salley Mavor illustrated accompanying scenes which bring children and their varying surroundings to life.

January 5, 2022 to May 14, 2022

Anne Burton was driving when she received the call with test results. 

She already knew that her two-year-old son, August, had a tumor in a lymph node, which was wrapped around his facial nerve. Yet, after three months of scans and consultations, the cause was elusive. The latest results were in: the tumor was growing quickly and had to be removed. August’s surgery was in 10 days. The nurse told Burton she could bring a quilt to comfort her son in the hospital.

April 1, 2022 to September 10, 2022

“Quilts look better when you have a lot of them.”

Joanna S. Rose

New Yorker Joanna S. Rose (1930-2021) began buying quilts in the 1950s. She enjoyed searching for bargains at flea markets and antique stores. Mrs. Rose did not consider herself a collector. Rather, she described herself as a “treasure hunter,” saying, “A collector always wants to better a collection. I buy only what I like and for no other reason.”  Joanna Rose particularly liked red and white quilts!

April 29, 2022 to October 29, 2022

In 2022, the International Quilt Museum celebrates 25 years. The 1997 donation of the 1000-piece Ardis and Robert James Collection to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln established the IQM. For the past quarter century, the James Collection has formed the museum’s core, its heart.

May 6, 2022 to October 12, 2022

In 2022, the International Quilt Museum celebrates 25 years. The 1997 donation of the 1000-piece Ardis and Robert James Collection to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln established the IQM. For the past quarter century, the James Collection has formed the museum’s core, its heart.

March 4, 2022 to October 12, 2022

In 2022, the International Quilt Museum celebrates 25 years. The 1997 donation of the 1000-piece Ardis and Robert James Collection to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln established the IQM. For the past quarter century, the James Collection has formed the museum’s core, its heart.

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