Friday, March 23, 2012

International Quilt Museum

We had a wonderful National Quilting Day at the International Quilt Study Center at UNL in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Quilts of Valor was one of the featured programs.  We hung about  30 QOVs and displayed dozens of others via story boards.  Guests were invited to sign blocks that will eventually be integrated into several QOVs.  In addition, we had an information table and had a number of volunteers sitting in the area binding quilts all day long.  Finally, Julia (Nebraska co-coordinator for QOVF) did double duty, first quilting two QOVs during the day using  the Handi Quilter Avante Pro-Stitcher and second, serving as a QOV Ambassador.  

We had wonderful support from the Handi Quilter folks who, in addition to providing a long-arm for Julia to operate and two other long-arms for demo purposes,  also handed out QOV block kits to guests.

The event was co-sponsored by the Lincoln Quilters Guild, the Nebraska State Quilt Guild and the IQSC with support from Handi Quilter, Country Traditions Quilt Shop (Fremont, NE) and Sew Creative (Lincoln, NE).  Visitors received free museum admission, demonstrations, lectures and tours of the museum's quilt exhibitions.  Lectures covered various topics, such as "inspired by fabric" and a physical therapist's advice on pain-free quilting.  In addition to QOV, demonstrations included surface design techniques, hand-piecing techniques and "let's learn how to piece a quilt" where participants made blocks for Quilts of Valor. 

In addition to the display of Quilts of Valor, the Museum also had an exhibition of "Modern" quilts, the first such exhibit in Nebraska.  Finally, the museum's galleries were open to the public;  What's in a Name? Inscribed Quilts  and  Jean Ray Laury: Getting it all Together, Tribute to Ardis James.

Submitted by Sara and Julia NE Co-Coordinators

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