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I had the opportunity to visit the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, NE, last week and view the antique chintz quilt display. It was wonderful. I knew nothing about the history of chintz quilts before I went in and found the display educational and fascinating. I love antique quilts and their stories. The oldest quilt on display was from 1809. The artistry in the applique and the quilt designs were amazing.

Everyone knows that touching the quilts it strictly forbidden. When I came to the first quilt, the applique stitch was so tiny that I wanted to get a closer look at it and at the quilting. Just as I leaned in as close as the rails would allow, a voice boomed out over the loudspeakers DO NOT TOUCH THE QUILTS! It liked to scared me to death! At first I thought there must have been sensors around the quilt that set off an alarm, but after I was there awhile I realized it was a looped recording.

Then I got to wondering about security cameras. The timing was so perfect that I figure there was a bored security guard somewhere just waiting for some unsuspecting quilter to get her nose waaay too close to the quilts before he hit the play button...

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Comment by cellogirl on May 9, 2009 at 6:38am
I am sooooo jealous of your visit to that fantastic museum!!--sounds like you had a great time of it! I'm a Nebraska (Omaha) native transplanted to Texas--there is a lot of quilting opportunity here--but not that museum!!
Your blog about ranch life brings back memories of my childhood visiting my uncle & family on the farm. Have you read the Earlene Fowler series--I think that you'd relate to them!!
Comment by Maralyn K. Grimoskas on April 7, 2009 at 9:16am
I am in Lincoln for football games in the fall, but have never stopped long enough to go to the quilt museum (even though we have driven by it on our way out of town.) I need to leave my husband at home so I can stop!!
Comment by Marla Southers on April 7, 2009 at 8:43am
I sure would like to go someday as I have told you before. Doubt I can get my sister to go with me and economics are bad for me right now to do a trip like that but someday.....glad you could go.
Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on April 6, 2009 at 7:10pm
Timing is everything, isn't it?
Comment by Pam/NY on April 6, 2009 at 6:48pm
That's too funny!
Comment by Jennifer on April 6, 2009 at 6:08pm

Happy to hear it was a great time. I hope one day I can visit that museum. I have heard nothing but wonderful things.

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