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Quilt expert to talk history on Sept. 10

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Patricia Crews, director of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will discuss the history of American quilts Friday, Sept. 10, in All Faiths Chapel on campus.

Patricia Crews

Patricia Crews, director of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The presentation is the closing event for the Beach Museum's current exhibition, Pieces of Time: Quilts from the K-State Historic Costume and Textile Museum which ends Sept. 12. Crews will discuss "American Quilts in the Modern Age, 1880-1940" at 4:30 p.m.

Immigration affected quilt designs

Her talk will look at how Americans responded to rapid industrialization, urbanization and immigration as reflected by quilt designs and techniques. It will be followed by a reception at the museum.

Both events are free. They are co-hosted by the Friends of the K-State Historic Costume and Textile Museum and Department of Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design.

Crews has been a member of the University of Nebraska faculty since 1984, joining the school right after she earned her doctorate in apparel, textiles and interior design from K-State. She has won the Smithsonian's 1993 Frost Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Crafts for her book "Nebraska Quilts and Quiltmakers." She also is the author of  "American Quilts in the Modern Age," "Wild by Design: Two Hundred Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts" and the "Flowering of Quilts." Crews was named a Willa Cather Professor for Outstanding Scholarship in 2003.

Try it yourself on Aug. 29

At 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, the Konza Prairie Quilters Guild and Prairie Star Quilt Guild will offer hands-on activities at the museum. Participants can experiment with quilt patterns, try hand quilting, and view a wide variety of contemporary quilts produced by local artists. Refreshments will be provided. The open house is free. The event is funded by a grant from the Kansas Arts Commission.

For more information

The Friends of the K-State Historic Costume and Textile Museum supports the preservation, exhibition and use of apparel, textiles and interior design's extensive teaching-research collection.

For more information about the Crews presentation or joining the friends' organization, contact the department office at 785-532-6993. More information on the quilt exhibition is available by contacting the Beach Museum at 785-532-7718 or online on the Beach Museum website.

This article was posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2010, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design, Costume and Textile Museum.