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Lincoln, Nebraska

During my recent teaching trip in Lincoln Nebraska, I had the pleasure of visiting The International Quilt Study Center & Museum .  What a thrill!  Many thanks to the museum for a private tour of the galleries on a day they were not open.  The museum is located on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It houses a world-class collection of quilts, special exhibitions, a virtual gallery, and experiences for all ages. The Center houses the largest publicly held quilt collection in the world. The 3500+ quilts date from the early 1700s to the present and represent more than 25 countries.

Thread Sculpture
This is the thread sculpture that greets visitors upon arrival to the museum.

The museum had a special display of quilts by Jean Ray Laury, one of the iconic quiltmakers of North America. Jean’s quilts spoke volumes about her beliefs. This is one of Laury’s best known quilts, “Barefoot and Pregnant”.

Jean Ray Laury Quilt

The museum also had an exhibit in which contemporary quiltmakers replicated antique quilts in a smaller scale. All quilts in this exhibit are 45″ square. This quilt is called Louise’s Star by Nancy Ostman.
Louise's Stars

The museum also included an exhibit of contemporary quilts.

One of the galleries features signature quilts from the 1800s and 1900s.

For a look at my complete photo album from the museum, please go to my Facebook post.

Be sure to make Lincoln, NE a stop on your next trip through middle America!

(All images posted with permission of IHQSG Museum.)

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