Sites worth bookmarking: International Quilt Study Center

The International Quilt Study Center and Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a site that not enough quilters know about.

The collection houses the largest publicly held quilt collection in the world. also their holdings are not limited to just American quilts as there are over 3500 quilts that range from from the early 1700s to the present and more than 25 countries are represented.

The online data base is easy to use and if type in a key word of crazy quilt there are enough returns to keep you browsing over your lunch hour.


History of a Colour Cochineal Red

The Metmuseum  has produced a series of YouTube videos in a series of lectures under the title of “Sunday at the Met” 

Cochineal produces a red crimson dye.  Elena Phipp, Textile historian takes us through its history via the textile collection at the Metropolitan Museum. 

The story starting off with the history of red as a colour and following the history of dyes stuff around the globe you can easily listen and stitch to Cochineal Red: The Art History of a Colour (that is what I did ) so settle back and hear a very interesting well researched lecture on the history of this dyestuff.