I’m lucky to live in a place
where quilting is alive and well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next was the classic Barn Raising setting.
And 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.
Isn’t this beautifully bold and graphic?
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.
Moving out just a little.
And the full quilt.
See more about the quilt above.
This Courthouse Steps quilt has a signature and a date.
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.”
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.
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.
And then, whoa—look at this one.
And if the center’s not snazzy enough for you, look at that braided border.
If you want to make a braided border on your own quilt, Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville will show you how (for free).
For the next quilt, let’s begin with a close up again.
And then more of a medium range shot.
And the whole quilt in all her glory.
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.
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.
One hexie would just fit on the tip of your finger.
The completed designs were beautiful. And a little nuts.
I got some vintage Bow Tie blocks and a pair of souvenir socks in the gift area.
I made a cute needle case in about three minutes using AccuQuilt dies.
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.