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International Quilt Museum

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum (IQSCM) in Lincoln, Nebraska is partnering with American Patchwork & Quilting to share information on quilting traditions around the world.


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Leap from Quilts to Fashion

According to Carolyn Ducey, curator at the International Quilt Study Center, the leap from quilts to fashion isn’t that far-fetched: these stunning stitching techniques also could be found on petticoats worn by Frenchwomen in the 18th and 19th century. "Dresses were sometimes cut so that the rich designs on the petticoats would show," she says.

The collection of French quilts at the International Quilt Study Center has its basis in a collection by Kathryn Berenson, an internationally recognized authority and collector of 18th and 19th century quilts. An exhibition of French quilts is planned for the Study Center in late 2010.

To learn more about the IQSCM’s extensive collection of more than 2,300 quilts and the history behind them, visit

Photo courtesy of International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2005.018.0018.