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The 10th annual National Quilting Day event at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16.

This free community event includes free museum admission and demonstrations, special lectures and displays, and access to the current exhibitions. Free parking is available in all University of Nebraska parking lots north of the Quilt House, at 33rd and Holdrege streets, and across 33rd Street at Hardin Hall (including restricted lots).

Lectures will be offered in identical morning and afternoon sessions:

10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - "Collecting and Recollecting: Contemporary Quilts in Western India" by Marin Hanson;

10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - “Quilts of Valor” by Sara Kenny;

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. - “Crafting Culture” by Claire Nicholas and Surin Kim;

11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. - “I Like it All” trunk show by Peg Pennell.

Lunch will be available for those who want to spend the entire day at the Quilt House.

This year’s family-friendly event features rubbing and block printing prayer flags and making fabric bracelets, inspired by quilts from India and Africa. Handwork demonstrations will feature techniques seen in the quilts on display.

Quilts of Valor will be the community outreach program, including a large display of patriotic quilts and a workshop. Have your picture taken with the "photo frame." Collection Care in Action will be featured in the Conservation Workroom, where guests can learn from volunteers and staff members how the museum cares for textiles.

What's new in the quilting industry? AccuQuilt, Aurifil and Handi Quilter. Local shops Bernina Sewing Center, Cosmic Cow and Sew Creative will have the latest machines and products for you to see.

Guests can tour the quilt exhibitions in the galleries: Collecting and Recollecting: Contemporary Quilts in Western India; From Kente to Kuba: Stitched Textiles from West and Central Africa; Stitching the Transatlantic: Liberian Quilts from the John Singer Collection; Los Desconocidos: Migrant Quilts; and Valerie Goodwin: Mapping.

Updates and additional details will be provided on the following websites and Facebook pages:

International Quilt Study Center & Museum: quiltstudy.org

Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild: lincolnmqg.blogspot.com

Lincoln Quilters Guild: lincolnquiltersguild.org

Nebraska State Quilt Guild: www.nsqg.org

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L Magazine editor

Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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