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History and art through Nebraska quilts

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By Wayne Lazarus on April 19th, 2010

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

While nothing says comfort quite like a cat curled on a quilt, those same pieced and sewn coverlets are evocative of the challenges faced by pioneer families as they crossed our country westward. In Nebraska, where quilts have traditionally been an important part of just getting through the winter, the Nebraska State Quilt Guild uses a quilt to teach history to four graders. There are a number of quilting organizations, displays, museum exhibits and shows throughout the year.catquilt

In Lincoln, visit the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Through May 9, the exhibit “Perspectives, Art, Craft, Design and the Studio Quilt” features the work of contemporary quilt artists. Until August, see “Quilts under the Microscope” about preservation of these bits of history — described as “what happens when good quilts go bad.” The museum has other quilt displays as well as traveling exhibits, including its “Partisan Pieces: Quilts of Political and Patriotic Persusasion,” currently on loan to the National Archives-Central Plains Region, Kansas City, MO, through August 21, 2010. (See my post here about the National Archives in Kansas City.)

Lincoln quilters celebrate the medium at the Lincoln Quilters Guild Quiltfest, held at the Weary Center, Nebraska Wesleyan University in middle t0 late May. This year’s Quiltfest, from May 21-23, is entitled “Inspired by Nature,” and will include over 300 examples, from traditonal to contemporary art quilts. (A live auction of some quilts will be held in the afternoon of the closing Day, May 23.

The Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln also has an exhibit about quilts, called “Beauty in Hard Times — Depression Era Quilts in Nebraska” featuring quilts from 12 other museums in Nebraska.

Less than an hour from Lincoln, the Omaha Quilters Guild holds its annual quilt show in June. The 32nd show will be held from June 18-20, 2010 at the Lavista Convention Center. It is entitled “Spoken without a word…the message within a quilt” and will have over 250 quilts on display.

(Photo: personal collection.)

2 Comments Total

Lynne Brotman - July 29, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Visiting is one of the many trip I aim to take. It must be fabulous.

linda - August 3, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Thanks for following Lynne!

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