The Byron and Sara Rhodes Dillow Collection of quilts and fabrics includes historically significant and dynamic American quilts and unique international pieces. Sara, a collector and maker, loved flowers and birds—particularly the ones printed on early-nineteenth century fabrics found in the quilts she and Byron collected.  

Favorites from the Byron and Sara Rhodes Dillow Collection showcases these, while also celebrating the family’s long legacy of quiltmaking, which is illustrated in the 1865 quilt made by Sara’s great-grandmother Isabelle Rhodes and Sara’s quilt “Sunshine in the Garden.”

The Dillows, both graduates of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, made their home in Fremont, Nebraska. In 2008, the Dillow family donated the quilt and fabric collection that includes nearly 250 quilts and 175 printed cotton fragments to the International Quilt Study Center & Museum as a legacy in honor of their parents.