Guild Meeting: Monday, June 13, 2016 at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 84th & Pioneers (new location this month only)
Speaker: Holly Zemke
Program: Red, White & Green All Over
The first community activity Holly engaged in after moving with her husband to Lincoln from Durham, North Carolina the summer of 2014, was the Lincoln Quilters Guild Quilt Fest. After all, it was the love of quilts -- and a visit to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum the summer before – that drew this life-long Southerner to the Midwest, and specifically to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a graduate program in – you guessed it – quilts! Actually, the program is Textile History with an emphasis in quilt studies. At Quilt Fest, Holly met her first Lincoln friend, Shelia Green, and joined the Guild at its next meeting.
Holly completed her first quilt, a traditional Shoo Fly pattern, in February of 2002 following a beginning quilting class held at Durham Tech. She loves taking classes to learn new techniques, but doesn’t have a good record of finishing what she starts. As one of her professors says, “You can’t just talk about it. You have to do the work.” And now that her graduate program is complete, that’s just what she plans to do!
Red, White, and Green All Over: a humbling experience
You know the feelings: awe, breathlessness, the welling up of emotions, inspiration, and humility at being in the presence of such beauty. Quilt shows are wonderful – getting to see so many different expressions in quilted fabric, and getting to see who made each masterpiece. The quilt museum offers this experience on an ongoing basis, but more often than not, the quiltmakers are anonymous; or are they?
As she comes to speak to LQG in June about nineteenth-century red and green applique quilts, guild member Holly Zemke will have just graduated from UNL with her Masters of Art in Textile History, with an emphasis in quilt studies. She will share what she has learned thus far about this popular mid-nineteenth quilt genre, and tell us about her 2015 research trip, made possible by award of the LQG Research Scholarship.
Holly invites anyone with a red and green applique quilt from the nineteenth century
to contact her if you would care to display and share it at the June meeting. You can reach Holly at email@example.com
, or 919-395-5991.