National Quilting Day 2021

National Quilting Day 2021

Traditionally on National Quilting Day at the International Quilt Museum, we line the Reception Hall railing with quilts made by members of our local quilt guilds and community.

For this year's virtual National Quilting Day celebration, we asked some of our volunteers and staff members to share quilts from their personal collections. Some of these quilts were made by the volunteer or staff member. Some are cherished keepsakes. 

Each has a story.

We hope you will enjoy this National Quilting Day Community Showcase Virtual Pop-Up.

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Works in the Exhibit

Works in the Exhibit

Fly By
Judy Bucklin Lane
From the Artist's Collection

This quilt was photographed at an outdoor show by the Harmonics textile group in June 2018. I made it in 2016 as a memorial to my sister, Olive Bucklin. The pattern called “Fly By” was one that was used to help her in quilt making during the last two years of her life. Her quilt included some of the same fabrics as the one pictured. Source of pattern is Maverick Quilts by Alethea Ballard.

Roman Stripe variation
Marin Hanson
From the Artist's Collection
This was the first bed-sized quilt I ever made and, to date, it’s the ONLY bed-sized quilt I’ve ever made! I made it for my mom using mostly random fabrics from my stash, but I also bought a pretty green bamboo print and a turquoise floral print to try to visually tie it all together.

Ribbons and Bows
Bonnie Kucera
From the Artist's Collection

I am a collector of all things for sewing, including ribbons, lace, bias tape and rick rack. This weaving took more patience than any other quilt I made. The fun part was the color arrangement, the hard part was keeping everything square. But the results warm my heart.

Mother of Pearl Initial “W”
Lois Wilson
From the Artist's Collection

Is displaying and creating from one’s collections called “upcyling”? I don’t think I made up that word, but can’t find it in the dictionary. These items are not all quilts, but grew out of my interest in collecting Mother of Pearl buttons and clothing labels. I have also used old sugar or flour sacks and silk pieces for creating quilts. I enjoyed restoring an old heavily embroidered dresser scarf by applying it to a quilted piece to “save” it from further deterioration.

Remembrance of Dad and the Land
Lois Wilson
From the Artist's Collection

My fascination with the Sand Begonia  plant began in my growing up years in the  Sandhills of Nebraska. My Mother enjoyed picking and drying them and Dad always knew their location. I began with a photo taken by my husband, blocking a small amount of the photo, enlarging and then proceeded using techniques learned in  several workshops with Ruth McDowell. I had forgotten one of Ruth’s statements, “Don’t draw anything you can’t piece”. I found myself in that position a few times with this design, but am happy with the results. It was some time after it was pieced before I could come up with a border and the quilting plan, but after much agonizing, it was finished. I am grateful to my parents for introducing me to this beautiful plant and for my Sandhills heritage.

Grape Basket
Hope Williams Vestal (block maker)
Marilyn Schmadeke Rembolt (assembled and quilted)
From the Collection of Marilyn Schmadeke Rembolt

The basket blocks were machine pieced by my maternal grandmother most likely in the 1940s from sugar and or flour sacks. The blocks were found in a box of sentimental possessions (along with quilt pattern clippings from the Kansas City Star newspaper) when my mother moved from her home in 2000. I decided to set the 20 blocks and hand quilt the resulting quilt, adding 1930s reproduction fabrics for a border. I began the quilt in 2001 and finished the quilting in January 2021. Even though I enjoyed the process and my hand quilting skill improved as I went along, it is my first entirely hand quilted quilt AND my last.

Wall Hanging
Kathleen L. Moore
From the Collection of Pat Hackley

I am submitting a photo of a wall hanging I purchased at a Lincoln Quilters Guild auction some years ago. It was made by Kathleen L. Moore in 2009. Kathy was a resident of Lincoln and a member of Guild and active at the IQM. We all miss her since she has relocated to Texas.

Geese Crossing (used pattern by Purple Pineapple Studio)
Ruth Campbell
From the Collection of Will Levy

Made for her grandson, Will, to commemorate his high school graduation.

Kaffe baskets
Joann Baxter From the Artist’s Collection

I sent the Kaffe baskets photo because I used it for my cell phone Spring Greeting to relatives and friends in 2017.

Dove of Peace
Sheila Green
From the Artist's Collection

The dove is created with white cheesecloth. The hand dyed background fabric was cut into diamond shapes, reassembled and stitched in a color wash arrangement. The machine quilting is done with rainbow variegated thread. The olive branch embellishment and bead for the dove’s eye were added.

Welcome to Colorful Colorado
Margaret Bunde
Collection of the Family

This is my favorite finish of this past year. This is called Welcome to Colorful Colorado. The pattern is by Katie Larson and represents the mesas, mountains, and plains of Colorado. This was an oversized queen wedding quilt for our daughter and son-in-law. Most challenging—I matched the binding to the quilt. There are 37 color changes in the binding. 

Log Cabin, Straight Furrow
Betty Ann Holt

This was the first quilt my grandmother made, and I have recently gained a new fondness for it through my own love of the log cabin block and its variations. Betty Ann Holt retired in 1983 and took up painting at first, but soon became more interested in quilting. She quilted all through my childhood, and taught me and my brother to sew during our visits. She loved experimenting with colors, patterns, and the embroidery settings on her new computerized sewing machine, and was involved with the Little Hills Quilt Club in St. Peters, Missouri until illness prevented her from further quilting in 2002.

Works in the Exhibit
Event Date
Saturday, March 20, 2021