Amish Quilts from the International Quilt Museum

By Carolyn Ducey

Join Carolyn Ducey, the Curator of Collections at the International Quilt Museum at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln as she presents “Sunshine and Shadow: Amish Quilts from the International Quilt Museum. This selection of quilts represents classic examples from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and the Midwestern region of the United States. Among the most unique and easily recognised American quilts, they are composed of designs in deep saturated colours and highlight the delicate quilting designs prized by the women of Amish communities.

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About the speaker

Carolyn Ducey

Carolyn Ducey is curator of collections at the International Quilt Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She oversees new acquisitions and ongoing care of the museum’s collection. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including “Chintz Appliqué: From Imitation to Icon” and “The Collector’s Eye: Amish Quilts from the International Quilt Museum Collections” and co-curated “Quilts in Common”.

Dr. Ducey is the author of the monograph “Chintz Appliqué: from Imitation to Icon”, co-author of “What’s in a Name: Inscribed Quilts”, and a contributing author of “Wild by Design: Two Hundred Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts”. She co-edited “American Quilts in the Industrial Age: 1760-1870”, released by University of Nebraska Press in 2018.

Ducey earned a Masters of Arts in American art history from Indiana University in 1998, and her doctorate in Textiles, Clothing & Design, with an emphasis in quilt studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010. Her research focused on 1840s chintz appliqué signature quilts made in the Delaware River Valley.

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