On the Road . . .
Last month SCHMETZ Inspired to
SEW #55 highlighted a few quilt museums in the United
States. Intersecting with that theme was my birthday. Birthdays are
always more fun with friends and family. Right! So a few of my
buddies took a "Road Trip," gathering at the University of Nebraska,
Lincoln, my alma mater, for a "Behind the Scenes" private tour of
the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. We had a grand time
watching a quilt inspected and documented for acquisition as another
quilt was prepared for an upcoming exhibition. Behind a heavy closed
door we stepped into a quilt lovers treasure trove to view an array
of quilts: Modern, traditional, multi-media, new, antique, famous
and anonymous. Remember to label your quilts! We were awestruck by
the breathe of the quilt collections and the dedication of our
docent and museum personnel. Later, we attended the public tour of
three galleries. What a glorious day! Friends and quilts followed by
laughter over delicious French crepes.
Visiting major quilt institutions is not always an option, but with
regional quilt shows popping up across the country, viewing
masterful quilt galleries is a nearby option. In the current issue
of SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #56, Rita Farro highlights quilt
shows that may require less drive time. Be inspired. Sew more!
SCHMETZneedles.com, Marketing Director
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Dot Wanitschke, Diane Gloystein, Sherrie Nelson, Linda Phillips,
International Quilt Study Center & Museum
Inspired to SEW #56
Road Trip II - Quilt Shows
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Forty years ago, before
the resurgence of quilting ignited the birth of guilds across the
country, if a quilter wanted their work to be seen, the only avenue
was the once-a-year county fair. The prize given was a colored
ribbon. Today, on any given month of the year, regional quilt shows
are organizing exhibits featuring hundreds of talented quilters and
offering thousands of dollars in prize money. The growth of quilt
shows in America is phenomenal. Every quilt show features multiple
quilt exhibits and so much more. A quilt show has a staff of
professionals working year round to produce the show. They line up
exhibits, manage the call for entries for quilt contests, hire
professional quilters to teach or entertain with special events,
organize an extensive class schedule, then rent out a large vendor
floor. Really -- a regional quilt show is to a quilter what the
is to a football fan....
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