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Quilt Gatherings

Each of the three districts periodically hosts a "Quilt Gathering", bringing a variety of quilt programs to all areas of the state. These programs give us the opportunity to reach out to all quilters, whether they are members or not, and share our love of this enduring art.

Recent Gatherings

On Saturday, October 17th, quilters of southeast Nebraska met at the Homestead National Monument Educational Center in Beatrice to share a fun and educational afternoon. Irene Fisher and Linda Myers greeted 43 quilters as they arrived for the event.

Prior to the program, attendees could view an English paper piecing demonstration by Lynn LaBalle, a red and white quilt display by local quilters and photographs of the barn quilts made by previous participants in the barn quilt classes held in Beatrice.

As the program began, Sharon Clark, Region 1 Director, welcomed everyone to the quilt gathering. Sharon invited everyone to join the Nebraska State Quilt Guild and informed attendees on some of the activities that are sponsored by the Nebraska State Quilt Guild.

The featured speaker of the day was Tresa Jones of Seneca, Kansas. Tresa is the organizer of Baltimore on the Prairie. Baltimore on the Prairie is held every September in Nebraska City at the Leid Center. Tresa’s program for the day was Infinite Amazement: The Red and White Quilt Show of the Century. Tresa talked about her trip to New York City and the Red and White quilt show held at the Park Avenue Armory in March, 2011. The quilts were on loan from the collection of Joanna S. Rose. When Mrs. Rose was asked what she wanted for her 80th birthday, she told her husband two things, something she had never seen before and a gift for New York City. Her family, with the help of the American Folk Art Museum, arranged the display of 651 red and white quilts from Mrs. Rose’s collection. It was the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in the city.

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Tresa’s pictures of the show were inspiring and beautiful; the pictures make you wish you were there to see them in person. For the next best thing you can see photos of the event at
A book of the event is available from the American Folk Art Museum.

The next speaker was Kay McKinzie of Beatrice. Kay talked about the history of barn quilts in Nebraska and the quilts that can be seen locally in Southeast Nebraska. She had several small barn quilts on display and a slide show of many others. The slide show provided many ideas of ways to display a barn quilt even if you don’t have a barn. After the slide show, a representative from Homestead told everyone about the Barn Quilt Tour on the Homestead website. Currently, 33 barn quilts in southeast Nebraska are registered. To see the tour go to:

The morning of the quilt gathering, Friends of the Homestead sponsored a barn quilt class. The instructor, Kay McKinzie of Beatrice, displayed several barn quilts to inspire everyone before they started drawing their own quilt block. Kay McKinzie and her team provided class participants with a board, paint and all the supplies they would need to complete their project. Everyone was encouraged to add their barn quilt to the Homestead Barn Quilt Tour.

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Thank you to everyone who helped organize the event.

Submitted by Jill Vanderboegh, Region 1 Director, Sharon Clark, Region 1 Director and Carol Woerlen