Activities

The International Quilt Museum offers programming to educate and entertain audiences. Various activities and events are available, whether you are a lifelong quilter or exploring a new interest.

2019 Seminar: Uncovering Together

2019 Seminar: Uncovering Together
2019 Seminar: Uncovering Together

Registration for the American Quilt Study Group's 2019 Seminar is now open. We are thrilled to be partnering with AQSG for this year's seminar to offer a great selection of papers, tours, study centers and special speakers for you to enjoy.

Quilts bring people together - they reflect and create our shared history. For AQSG, 2019 is the beginning of their 40th year as a community dedicated to expanding our knowledge of quilts and their contribution to our collective past, present, and future. IQM’s comprehensive and accessible collection of quilts and related ephemera is a primary source of study for students, teachers, scholars, artists, makers and the public at large. IQM is delighted to share some of the oldest and rare pieces in the collection with Seminar participants.

Click here for more information about this year's program.

Please join us for an exciting four days of learning and celebration as we uncover the world of quilts together. Registration is available online only at https://americanquiltstudygroup.org/registration-2/. We look forward to seeing everyone in Lincoln October 9-13!

Tuesday Talks

Tuesday Talks
Tuesday Talks

Held the fourth Tuesday of each month March through October at noon, Tuesday Talks provide behind the scenes and in depth information about current and upcoming exhibitions. The talks are free with admission and held in the Campbell/Hodder Education Classroom.

Stay tuned for information about our 2019 Tuesday Talk Schedule. 

First Fridays

First Fridays
First Fridays

The IQM is a proud participant in Lincoln's First Friday Artwalk. In addition to free admission from 4-7 p.m. the first Friday of each month, visitors can enjoy gallery tours and first looks at new exhibitions. Music, demonstrations or other activities are also frequently offered.

Workshops

Workshops
Workshops

Registration is now open for these upcoming workshops at the museum: 

  • "Printmaking" workshop by Sheila Green in partnernership with the Lincoln Quilters Guild on June 18, 2019
  • “Leftover Quilt” workshop by Debra Jalbert in partnernership with the Lincoln Quilters Guild on July 9, 2019
  • "My Doll and I Discover India" on July 13, 2019 - morning and afternoon sessions
  • Workshop by Edyta Sitar in partnernership with the Lincoln Quilters Guild on August 13, 2019
  • “Old Fashioned Pine Burr” workshop by Diane Harris in partnernership with the Lincoln Quilters Guild on September 10, 2019
  • “Thread Painted Portraits” workshop by Lea McComas in partnernership with the Lincoln Quilters Guild on October 15, 2019 
  • “Cracked Boxes” workshop by Ilene Bartos in partnernership with the Lincoln Quilters Guild on November 12, 2019

Quilt Identification Day

Quilt Identification Day
Quilt Identification Day

Person Examining Quilt Closely

Learn your quilt's story at Quilt Identification Day. During Quilt Identification Day our trained team of staff and volunteers will examine quilts and offer information about patterns, fabrics, styles and estimated age. We will create a history form and documentation label for each quilt ensuring your quilt’s story is preserved for future generations. Limit two quilts per person per visit. Please sign-up for back-to-back spots if bringing two quilts.

Price: Members $15 per quilt
General: $26 for first quilt (includes the cost of admission) and $20 for the second quilt

Registration is now open for our 2019 Quilt Identification Day schedule. Click on the following links to reserve your spot: 

Quilts for Community

Quilts for Community
Quilts for Community

Backside of Quilt Being Worked On

Small groups are invited to quilt at the museum for free on Saturdays. Quilters receive a place to practice their craft while visitors observe quilting first hand. For more information, or to reserve a Saturday, call 402-472-6549.

National Quilting Day

National Quilting Day
National Quilting Day

Join us for our 10th Annual National Quilting Day at the International Quilt Museum on Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

This free community event will include block printing, bracelet making, handwork demonstration, collections care, Quilts of Valor and more! The lecture schedule for this year's event includes: 

  • "Collecting and Recollecting: Contemporary Quilts in Western India" by Marin Hanson at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • "Quilts of Valor" by Sara Kenny at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 
  • "Crafting Culture" by Claire Nicholas & Surin Kim at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • “I Like It All” trunk show by Peg Pennell at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Free parking is available in all university lots and ala carte lunch is available for purchase.

SPONSORED BY THE INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM, LINCOLN QUILTERS GUILD, NEBRASKA STATE QUILT GUILD, LINCOLN MODERN QUILT GUILD, BERNINA SEWING CENTER, COSMIC COW, SEW CREATIVE, ACCUQUILT, AURIFIL AND HANDI QUILTER.

For Children

For Children
For Children

Child Doing Activity at Table

Visit the Mary Ghormley Reading Room on the museum’s third floor to enjoy an interactive wall offering details on quiltmaking traditions and a variety of coloring and worksheets.