Where I Spent National Quilting Day

I’m lucky to live in a place
where quilting is alive and well.

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Quilt House/International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska

So I could think of no better place to spend National Quilting Day on March 15 than Quilt House, home to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.

People come from all over the world to visit the museum and view exhibits from its collections, which include more than 3,500 quilts and quilt-related objects representing more than 30 countries and four centuries of quiltmaking by hand and machine.

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From left, Diane, Keri, Sharon, Glenda and Bev.

Five gals from my area went and we had such a good time.

My favorite of the three exhibits currently hanging was Design Dynamics of Log Cabin Quilts.

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Design Dynamics of Log Cabin Quilts

 

I love antique quilts, and these were stunners. Seeing all the different things a simple Log Cabin can do—it just never gets old.

You can get more information on each quilt by clicking on the photos or the “more about this quilt” links.

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Log Cabin, Sunshine and Shadow setting. Maker unknown. Possibly made in New Jersey circa 1880-1900. IQSCM 2003.003.0254, Jonathan Holstein Collection.

The warmth of this quilt was amazing. See more about this quilt, including a complete flat shot.

I couldn’t resist some detail shots so you could see the fabrics.

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Fabric detail

It really makes me appreciate the fine job fabric companies do with reproduction fabrics these days. If you weren’t an expert, in many cases you couldn’t tell the reproductions from the real thing.

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Fabric detail

Next was the classic Barn Raising setting.

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Log Cabin, Barn Raising setting. Maker unknown. Possibly made in Pennsylvania circa 1910-1920. IQSCM 2003.003.0175, Jonathan Holstein Collection.

And fabric detail.

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Fabric detail

I thought the red gingham used throughout was smashing! See more about this quilt.

The quilt below is Log Cabin in a Chevron setting, according to the placard.

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Log Cabin, Chevron setting. Maker unknown. Probably made in Pennsylvania circa 1880-1900. IQSCM 2003.003.0184, Jonathan Holstein Collection.

Isn’t this beautifully bold and graphic?

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Fabric detail

I like that great little paisley on black with narrow red stripes.

Now we move to a Pineapple. Let’s start with a close up this time.

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Fabric detail

Moving out just a little.

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Medium shot

And the full quilt.

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Log Cabin, Pineapple variation. Maker unknown. Made in the United States circa 1880-1900. IQSCM 2003.003.0242, Jonathan Holstein Collection.

See more about the quilt above.

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Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps variation. Probably made by Mary Groff. Probably made in Pennsylvania. Dated 1871. IQSCM 2003.003.0211, Jonathan Holstein Collection.

This Courthouse Steps quilt has a signature and a date.

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Mary Groff, 1871

The placard stated that “few Log Cabin quilts have inscribed names and dates. This quilt is particularly important to the IQSCM as it is one of the earliest known date-inscribed American Log Cabin quilts.”

Mary Groff may be looking down from heaven thinking, “I’m sure glad I signed that quilt.”

 

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I can relate to the border on this quilt.
Log Cabin, Light and Dark setting. Maker unknown. Probably made in Pennsylvania circa 1890-1910. IQSCM 2003.003.0217, Jonathan Holstein Collection.

I love the border on the quilt above because I can relate to it. See how the piano keys in the bottom left corner are very straight and orderly? And see how radically they lean at the quilt’s top right corner? How many times have you had something like this happen to a project? I know I’ve been in that boat. This quilter didn’t let it stop her! And now her quilt hangs in an internationally-renowned museum.

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Fabric detail

And you gotta love a woman who puts just a spot of cheddar into a quilt. Just that little dab, two patches worth! Read more about this quilt.

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Only two patches in the quilt feature this cheddar color.

 

And then, whoa—look at this one.

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Log Cabin, Streak of Lightning setting. Maker unknown. Probably made in Hagerstown or Franklin County, Maryland, or Pennsylvania circle 1870-1890. IQSCM 1997.007.0825, Gift of Ardis and Robert James.

And if the center’s not snazzy enough for you, look at that braided border.

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For the next quilt, let’s begin with a close up again.

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Fabric detail

And then more of a medium range shot.

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Medium shot

And the whole quilt in all her glory.

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Log Cabin, Streak of Lightning setting. Maker unknown. Circa 1890-1910. IQSCM 2003.003.0237, Jonathan Holstein Collection.

Look at that narrow yellow strip to set things off. Sometimes we’re anxious and we just slap on some borders to get it finished.

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Border detail

Not this quilter! Read more about this quilt.

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We saw several demonstrations but the best one was Sue McKee-Neill doing English paper piecing of 1/2″ hexagons.

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Sue McKee-Neill’s demo of tiny hexagons and English paper piecing

One hexie would just fit on the tip of your finger.

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The completed designs were beautiful. And a little nuts.

The completed designs were beautiful. And a little nuts.

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Blocks and socks

I got some vintage Bow Tie blocks and a pair of souvenir socks in the gift area.

And there were corporate sponsors which meant freebies like Aurifil thread and a Handi Quilter tote bag in bright yellow.

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Handi Quilter was one of the corporate sponsors.

I made a cute needle case in about three minutes using AccuQuilt dies.

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The folks from AccuQuilt were on hand with their die-cutting magic.

I hope your National Quilting Day was as good as this one was. If not, maybe you should plan a trip to Lincoln next year. I’ll meet you there.

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About Diane Harris

I'm Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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5 Responses to Where I Spent National Quilting Day

  1. Ellen says:

    Looks like you had a great National Quilting Day! Thanks for sharing all the quilt pictures.

  2. Karlene says:

    Loved seeing all the pictures. What a great place to visit.

  3. Terri Steinfurth says:

    WOW, love all the pictures, thanks. Would llike to stop by as I travel back and forth across the country. That museum is worth the stop.

  4. Kaye M. says:

    I’ve been patiently waiting for your post about National Quilting Day at Quilt House and it was definitely worth the wait! I appreciate all your photos and the closeups were great. I love the zig zag log cabin quilt with the braided borders–what an interesting combination. I’ve seen quilt t-shirts and sweatshirts but socks–now that is a first!!

  5. Judy says:

    Thank you for all the pictures- very inspiring!

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