The Crazy Quilt Story is the product of a multi-year research project spearheaded by IQM Associate Fellow, Dr. Susan Marks. With deep appreciation for making this World Quilts web module possible, we thank: The Robert and Ardis James Foundation, the Staff Recognition Fund established by Ralph James, FRIENDS of the IQM, the Creta Warner Filley Memorial Fund, and the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment. In addition, we thank the following museums and archives for opening their collections for our research and consulting with us: Archives and Special Collections at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles; Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland; The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Costume & Textile Study Centre, Norwich, England; St. Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff, Wales; The Embroiderers' Guild of the British Isles, Bucks County Museum; Textile Museum of Canada; Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley, Lancashire, England; and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England.
The Crazy Quilt Story is the fourth component of World Quilts, with future modules slated to cover other geographic areas and topics. The International Quilt Museum (IQM) developed World Quilts to share its premiere collection and hallmark scholarly perspective on the significance of quilts and quiltmaking. It also moves existing quilt studies scholarship beyond disciplinary boundaries to integrate quilts within a broader art and humanities context. With more than 5,000 quilts—too many to show in any physical gallery—the IQM values sharing its quilts and their historical and cultural context online.
The IQM is the world’s largest publicly held quilt collection. Established in 1997, the museum opened a new, purpose-built facility museum on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus in 2008. The museum’s mission is to build a global collection and audience that celebrate the cultural and artistic significance of quilts.