Get to Know Our Associates


Meet the IQSCM associates who contributed to the exhibition:

Lynne Z. Bassett
Lynne, an IQSCM Associate Fellow, is an independent scholar specializing in New England’s historic costume and textiles. She is co-author of Homefront & Battlefield: Civil War Quilts in Context and is a contributor to the IQSCM’s forthcoming volume, American Quilts in the Industrial Age, 1750-1870.

Fiona Diaper
Fiona is Museum Manager of the Quilt Museum and Gallery in York, England. The museum was established by the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles in 2008 and makes its home in St. Anthony’s Hall, a medieval guildhall in the center of historic York.

Jonathan Holstein
Jonathan, an IQSCM Associate Fellow and former International Advisory Board member, curated the seminal 1971 Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition, “Abstract Design in American Quilts.” He is author and contributor to numerous quilt-focused publications, including the IQSCM’s American Quilts in the Modern Age, 1870-1940 (2009).

Michael James
Michael, a Fellow of the American Craft Council and of the IQSCM, serves as the Ardis James Professor in UNL’s Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design. He is known internationally as one of the founding leaders of the studio quilt movement and his exhibition, “Ambiguity & Enigma” is currently on view at Quilt House.

Roderick Kiracofe
An avid quilt collector, Roderick is author of Unconventional and Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar, 1950-2000 (2014) and The American Quilt: A History of Cloth and Comfort, 1750-1950 (2004).

Bridget Long
Bridget, an IQSCM Associate Fellow and former International Advisory Board member, is an independent scholar who specializes in British patchwork and quilt traditions. She curated the 2010 IQSCM exhibition, “Elegant Geometry: American & British Mosaic Patchwork” and authored its accompanying catalog.

Christine Martens
Christine is a Central Asian textile scholar and has been instrumental in building the IQSCM Central Asian patchwork and quilt collection. She was a Fulbright scholar in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan and has received two Asian Cultural Council fellowships to perform research in Central Asia.

Linda Pumphrey
Linda, an IQSCM International Advisory Board member, has written extensively about the history of Mountain Mist quilt batting. She is a senior account executive at Polyester Fibers, LLC, makers of Mountain Mist, and is currently the IQSCM acquisitions coordinator.

Janneken Smucker
Janneken, an IQSCM Associate Fellow, is Assistant Professor of History at West Chester University (Pennsylvania). She is author of Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon (2013) and of the IQSCM’s Amish Crib Quilts from the Midwest: The Sara Miller Collection (2003).

Patricia Stoddard
Patricia, an IQSCM Associate Fellow and former International Advisory Board member, recently led an IQSCM trip to southern China to learn more about patchwork and quiltmaking traditions. She is also an expert in quilts from Pakistan and western India and is author of Ralli Quilts (2003).