Fabulous upcoming show at NIU Pick Museum on Quilts and Human Rights

Have you ever spotted an event that you just KNEW you had to attend? This just happened to me when I spied this invite on Facebook. I had the book on my Amazon wish list and got it for my bday.  I loved it so much I reviewed it yesterday. My birthday weekend was spectacular. The day after the actual date I turned 64 I attended a lecture on the fabulous upcoming show at NIU Pick Museum on Quilts and Human Rights.


The lecture was held at Quilter's Trunk in Chicago and featured Laura McDowell Hopper who is the curator of the Pick Museum. She is not only tremendously knowledgeable and exquisitely educated, she is a quilter herself. I bet you would like to know more about her so here is a link to her website

Her love of quilting was surpassed only by her enthusiasm for the upcoming show she has curated. After she was finished telling us about it, I was raring to go. I bet I will love it and you would to. lec-hr-re-1

She had a power point presentation on the upcoming exhibit. Now don't roll your eyes, this was not your ordinary Power Point presentation. She did not READ the slides to us, she used them to guide her talk.

She interspersed the slides with high interest short videos. I was engaged the entire time. I loved the information and the pictures.


This exhibit on Quilts and Human Rights is a traveling show. Right now it is at the Michigan State University Museum. About half of the quilts from that show will travel to NIU to join other quilts especially chosen for special meaning right here in Illinois.

If you want to attend the show at Michigan State you have until July 9th. I know, it's not that much time. But don't despair.

The show is coming to the Pick Museum this fall. It opens September 5th and runs until lec-hr-re-3December 8th. About half of the quilts in this show will feature quilts that are near and dear to Laura's heart, like this quilt made by a member of her guild that was shown at QuiltCon.

The show may well extend into second semester of 2018 as NIU will be marking the 10th anniversary of the horrific Valentine's day shooting in the former Cole Hall. As Cole Hall is now the Pick museum, and there is already one quilt on campus honoring those who lost their lives, it is likely the exhibit will run into February.

aaeaaqaaaaaaaal4aaaajgqynwq0zjvllwm2mdctndliyy1howe5ltk3nwixothknzq3ygEveryone at the lecture is raring to go to Dekalb. Don't worry if you don't want to drive there alone, the Quilter's Trunk is organizing a bus trip. The Chicago Modern Quilters is as well and I bet that your local shop or guild could easily fill a bus also if you were to get the ball rolling.

If you go make sure you see Laura and tell her I said "hi!"

But hopefully, I will tell her myself.

Sew happy!

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I have written about the Quilter's Trunk before. Check out this post or this one about a different fabulous experience I had there.

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