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.

June 19, 2020 to June 21, 2020

Tonight, where would you go to find safety if you were forced to flee your home? How would displacement and the impossibility of returning home change the course of your life?

May 1, 2020

“Nothing has taken a stronger hold on the women —
Crazy quilts have engulfed us.”
- Dorcas magazine, 1884

Arising in the last quarter of the Nineteenth Century, the high-style crazy quilt trend incorporated motifs from Japanese art and decor, English embroidery, and fairyland, among others. Like many textiles, however, the legacy of the crazy quilt is complicated. Women were urged by magazines to create crazy quilts, the more elaborate the better, yet they were mocked in newspapers and periodicals for doing so.  

March 30, 2020

Amish Quilts from the 1970s & '80s

This group of Amish quilts adhere to the established standards of Amish quilts: solid-colored fabrics, hand-quilted in familiar designs, such as feather and cable borders, and sober austerity. All of the quilts conform to a nearly identical format: repeated patchwork designs surrounded by two contrasting borders, with a binding that matches the interior border. 

February 28, 2020 to February 29, 2020

In collaboration with Lincoln's NAACP Youth chapter, the International Quilt Museum will hold a pop-up exhibit "Celebrating Black Quiltmakers" on February 28-29, 2020, in the Byron & Sara Rhodes Dillow Conservation Work Room.

Visitors will see several works from our collection as well as a special display of new paper pieces made by NAACP Youth members.

July 1, 2020 to July 5, 2020

“Politics makes for strange bedfellows,” wrote Charles Warner, editor of the Hartford Courant in 1850. By extension, politics makes for sometimes strange, and always interesting, bedcovers. The quilts of Partisan Pieces made in the 1800s and 1900s illuminate the progress of U. S. political development from the perspective, and from the needles, of well-informed and patriotic women. 

November 26, 2019 to March 15, 2020

Blue images in each of these quilts were created through the cyanotype process discovered in 1842 by English scientist Sir John Hershel. The process involves treating cloth or paper with a solution of two chemicals (ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide) that, when exposed to ultra-violet light, develop an intense blue color, also called Prussian blue. To create images, one places either objects or film positives/negatives on the treated material. These prevent light from activating the chemicals and thereby produce negative images of themselves.

September 10, 2019 to February 8, 2020

Helen Claire Vlasin (1932 - 2012) was born in Spalding, Nebraska, and was a graduate of St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing in Lincoln, Nebraska; Central Michigan University; and Michigan State University. Claire’s initial educational experiences led her into nursing, but she later switched paths, turning to educational administration. Her family, including her beloved husband Ray and her children Theresa, Celia, Ilene, John, and Marie, as well as her large extended family, were another strong focus of her life.  

August 7, 2019 to November 20, 2019

The International Quilt Museum is pleased to showcase the important work of Mourning Hope Grief Center, a Lincoln-based organization that supports and comforts youth and their families in times of grief. Since 1994, Mourning Hope has provided free support groups, community education, grief resources, and referrals to grieving children, teens, young adults, and families who have lost someone. 

March 30, 2008 to August 31, 2008

The quilts of Nancy Crow: Cloth, Culture & Context represent the artist’s exploration of the quilt medium over the last thirty years. From early pieces that draw upon classic American quilt patterns to her later freeform, abstract compositions, Crow has developed a body of work that continues to confront, expand, and redefine her vision. She constantly seeks visual inspiration, using her discriminating eye to draw influence from the natural world, the built environment, and textiles and various handicraft traditions from cultures worldwide.

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