Mary Ghormley (1919-2015) entered Peony Variation in the 1992 Nebraska State Fair, earning a first prize. In the early 1970s, Ghormley taught women to quilt and co-founded the Lincoln Quilters Guild (LQG) in 1973. After seeing the Holstein and van der Hoof Collection at the University of Iowa’s art museum, she initiated a guild-sponsored project for an exhibition of Nebraska quilts at the University of Nebraska’s Sheldon Art Gallery in 1974. Ghormley was instrumental in the LQG organizing a national quilt symposium in 1977 and the Nebraska Quilt Documentation Project a decade later.
Mary Campbell Ghormley
International Quilt Museum, Mary and Roger Ghormley Collection