Quilt of the Month

August 2011

August 2011

This month's edition was created in honor of Ardis James, who passed away on July 7, 2011.

Ardis and her husband Robert donated the first 1,000 quilts creating the impetus for the development of the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1997. From that time on Ardis was closely involved with the growth and challenges of the following years. She served actively on the International Advisory Board, delighted in the growth of the collection, celebrated the opening of the new museum in 2008, and, shortly before her death, attended last spring's symposium.

"Big Blue"
Made by Ardis James
Made in Chappaqua, New York
dated 1980
IQSC 2009.039.0065
Ardis and Robert James Collection of Antique and Contemporary Quilts

"Big Blue" was the first quilt made by Ardis James. Completed in 1980, it was a gift for her husband Robert. All of the work was done by hand. The individual blocks were quilted first and then sewn together in a quilt-as-you-go technique.