Today was National Quilting Day and for me it was a wonderful day seeing fantastic quilts, seeing quilt related demonstrations and listening to inspiring speakers and spending the day with quilty friends. My good friend M and I traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska to attend the day that was held at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum. We as Nebraskans are so lucky to have this facility here in our state. If you are ever in Lincoln make it a point to visit this state of the art quilt study center and museum.
Back to today…We attended lectures by Nebraska quilters on color, setting in circles, hand dyeing and using panels in creative ways. We picked up a few tips and enjoyed listening and learning and seeing a few of the quilts made by these talented women.
The special exhibit of the museum on display until May 22, 2011 is called Marseille: White Corded Quilting. Wow! That pretty much sums up this display. Most of the quilted pieces on display were made in the 1700s and were beyond stunning. The corded channels that are hand quilted are small – 1/8” or so and stuffed with cording and the corded designs are solid across the quilts. I just can’t even imagine how long it took to stitch and cord them. This is what the website says about this display…. The first US exhibition exclusively devoted to the French needlework tradition broderie de Marseille, will be shown from November 13, 2010 through May 22, 2011. “Marseille: White Corded Quilting” demonstrates the qualities that make French whole cloth quilted and corded needlework unique, review the origins and development of the tradition, and describe its influence on quilted needlework traditions over three centuries on five continents.
The photos of some of the quilts on the web page just don’t show the intricate work on these Marseille quilts. One other thing I want to point out is that anyone can do a search on the the museum website and look at any of the quilts in their own large collection (over 3500.) You can also sign up to get an email each month with one quilt highlighted.
I digress, as you noticed. My sister and a friend of hers came down today too so got to hang out with her too. My friend M that came with me just happened to have a birthday today, was enjoying her day immersed in quilting plus her son that lives in Lincoln came to the museum and presented her with a red rose for her birthday…isn’t that sweet.
Another great thing about today is that I got to see lots of quilters I know that live across the state. Loved doing a little catching up and seeing these wonderful women today.
It has been a long day so guess I had better head off to bed and dream of quilters and quilts.