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Whimsy -  International Quilt Museum  •   Lincoln, Nebraska
June 21, 2019 - November 30, 2019

Quiltmaking has always been an outlet for creativity and innovation. Through the manipulation of design elements, imagery, and materials, quiltmakers have experimented with their craft, often resulting in fanciful or playful work. In some instances, their playfulness is calculated. Artists Mary Catherine Lamb and Jean Ray Laury used their quilts to confront serious issues with humor. For others, their cleverness stemmed from resourcefulness—the desire or need to repurpose materials such as ties, buttons, or flour sacks. In the cases of unidentified makers, we are left to wonder about the imaginations behind such novel creations. 

Whether by the maker’s intent or a viewer’s perception, this selection of quilts speaks to our fanciful sides. The quilts make us smile, laugh, and take a second look. They draw us closer to their creators by making us want to glean more insight into the people who have created and left behind such whimsical works.

Curated by Carolyn Ducey and Laura Chapman


Jean Ray Laury - Watermelon Pickles

Venue Info:
International Quilt Museum
1523 N. 33rd St.
Lincoln, NE 68583
United States