IQSCM & The Preservation Collection


Preservation 1830 – 1850 is a brand new thread box curated by Moda, benefitting the IQSCM. The threads were selected to accentuate a stunning reproduction quilt based on one of the historical quilts in Mark Dunn’s impressive collection, but stand just as well on their own.

Preservation 1830 – 1850
100% Aurifil 50wt Cotton, 12 Large Spools
2230 – 1103 – 2437 – 2310 – 2345 – 2314 – 2330 – 1285 – 2370 – 5013 – 4656 – 6726


To view this info on our website click here or on the image above. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

Dating to 1830, the original Medallion quilt from England that inspired this Preservation collection features a series of five different patchwork borders framing a unique, pre-printed panel that remains uncut. This is a classic style or Northumberland patchwork from the first half of the nineteenth century. The new fabric collection features 40 SKUs across 4 color ways.

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To learn more about the fabrics, precuts and patterns available, please click here or on the image above.

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum’s mission is to uncover the world through the cultural and artistic significance of quilts, and to research, acquire, and exhibit them in all their forms and expressions. The IQSCM is envisioned as a dynamic center of formal and informal learning and discovery for students, teachers, scholars, artists, quilters and others. The comprehensive and accessible collection of quilts, related textiles and documents form a primary text for study, insight and inspiration.

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To learn more about the IQSCM, view their online galleries and find out how to get involved, please click here or on the image above.

Can you tell us a bit about the history of the Medallion quilt that inspired the Preservation collection?
Medallion was made by an unknown maker, probably in Allendale region, England, circa 1830. The provenance on this quilt is largely unknown, however the style and fabrics tell us a lot about its origins.

IQSCM quilt
The original Medallion quilt, now on display at the IQSCM

Fiona Diaper, former manager of the Quilt Museum & Gallery in York, wrote:  “These visually pleasing Medallion quilts, which were particularly popular from 1800 to 1850, vary immensely in terms of design, construction and materials. Just as with different dialects and landscapes across the UK, quilts can sometimes show regional influences too. This lively version comes from the north of England.”

The reproduction Medallion Quilt -- for Preservation, Collection for a Cause
The reproduction Medallion Quilt — for Preservation, Collection for a Cause

Scholar Bridget Long agreed:  “The quilt’s center block is composed of four printed panels, that were manufactured to be cut apart and used in a variety of household furnishings. In addition, the quilt has quilting designs common in northern England in the period of 1800-1850.”

Can the public see this quilt on display?
The quilt was just shown in “Getting to Know You,” the inaugural exhibition in our newly expanded galleries, which opened in June 2015. Because of our strict protocols for caring for the collection, it will not show in our galleries in the near future. It may travel as a part of one of our featured exhibitions, which are shown throughout the world. For now, it can be seen on the online exhibition here and under Search the Collections on our site

How did you go about selecting colors and thread weight for the coordinating thread collection?
Our director worked with our visitor services team—who happen to be quilters. We went with the 50-weight thread, because it is nice and fine for piecing. If you choose to use it for quilting, it enhances the three-dimensional texture without the thread being a focal point, which is true to the original piece. For the colors, we chose a variety that would blend and enhance the tones of the fabric.



Can you tell us more about the IQSCM and its mission?
The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at Quilt House is located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus at 33rd and Holdrege streets. The museum has the world’s largest publicly held quilt collection, dating from the early 1700s to present and representing more than 45 countries. The IQSCM makes its academic home in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences. The International Quilt Study Center & Museum’s mission is to uncover the world through the cultural and artistic significance of quilts, and to research, acquire, and exhibit them in all their forms and expressions. For more information visit and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

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Thank you for visiting us for the the IQSCM/Preservation Release Event! The Preservation Collection benefitting IQSCM is a collaborative project involving Moda FabricsAurifil Threads and the IQSCM. To learn more about these companies, take a peek at collections & exhibits, and take part in a fabulous giveaway, make sure to follow along via the links below.

8/17: Aurifil (Today!)
8/18: Moda
8/19: IQSCM
To enter-to-win one Preservation Aurifil Thread Collection and one Fat Quarter Bundle of Preservation, Collection for a Cause by Moda Fabrics, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Thursday, August 25! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Friday, August 26. Good luck!


  1. Well it is unfair of me but I have seen Inside the Wrapper and it is fabulous but so is the China exhibit and there is also a Thomas Knauer collection on the second floor. The Sheila Frampton Cooper exhibit gives me chills and I hope to have a chance to go to her lecture. Can’t choose because there is so much that is fantastic to see.

  2. Both collections – thread and fabric – are lovely. I may have to invest in a kit to make that medallion quilt.

  3. I would love to see the Quilts of Southwest China, my Godmother collected quilts like these, she was an amazing quilter herself and she is why I began quilting when I became ill and needed to find an outlet for both therapy and a hobby. Little did I know it would be my passion. I would give ANYTHING to see the upcoming exhibit of Emiko Toda Loeb as well. Amazing!!


  5. I’d like to see the “The True Tails of the Mountain Mist Quilt Patterns.” The title is titillating, and I know the quilts are gorgeous.

  6. Wow I could spend hours on the IQSCM site I love seeing the old quilts it’s disheartening to see so many with made by “unknown ” on them I know how much love and work went into those quilts and the makers should be acknowledged makes me understand the importance of labeling quilts and dating them. Thanks to IQSCM for preserving the rich history of quilt making.

  7. Love, love the fabrics and will be heading to Lincoln in Sept for a long weekend getaway! Can’t wait!

  8. I would like to see the Kansas quilts, Hawaiian quilts and doll quilts. This is a lovely collection.of fabric and thread.

  9. I’d like to see the Inside the Wrapper: The True Tales of the Mountain Mist Quilt Patterns

  10. I would love to visit the museum to see the original quilts on display. The reproduction fabric is beautiful.

  11. Gorgeous quilts, colors and new thread collection. I’d love to tour this quilt museum anytime, but definitely drawn to see the “Inside the Wrapper True Tales of the Mountain Mist Quilts”. I remember how exciting it was every time I bought Mountain Mist batting, eager to find the new pattern. And, I thoroughly enjoyed making quilts with many of those patterns.


  12. I was honored to visit there the year I won the AccuQuilt Barn Quilt competiton – a truly great place!

  13. What a wonderful collection of fabrics! I love the remake of the antique quilt! Thanks for sharing!

  14. I have always loved the fabrics from this era. I have made a few Civil War quilts. This fabric is the best color combination I have seen.

  15. The Nebraska Quilt exhibit is wonderful. It would be great if they could do that for every state! Thanks for the information it is nice that you can read about their current exhibits and some are online too!

  16. I have visited the museum in Kentucky several times, but have not been privileged to visit this one yet. It is definitely on my list of things I want to do. The exhibit on the quilts of SW China looks really interesting.

  17. Would enjoy seeing the Turkey Red exhibit. We had a quilt challenge at our local quilt quild where we had to include some turkey red fabric. So, this exhibit has peaked my interest!

  18. I think both these fabrics and threads are wonderful and would love to make this quilt and receive these fabs and threads. thks.

  19. I Would love to see the quilt, or any quilt museum exhibition. Must go to the States, but just waiting til after the craziness of your election cycle is over.

  20. I would love to see the Contemporary Art collection. Amazing the patience & complexity of such pieces!

  21. I’d love to see the Chance Encounter: The Quilts of Emiko Toda Loeb. Her work is amazing!

  22. I would love to see “Inside the Wrapper: The true tales of Mountain Mist quilt blocks.” I remember my grandma getting the patterns and holding on to them for ideas on quilts to make.

  23. I would like to see the Mountain Mist display–I have a paper wrapper from a mountain mist batting that was in an assortment of stuff from an auction (not in real good condition, but still interesting!!)

  24. Would like to see the Mountain Mist Exhibit too… I am new enough to Quilting, that I don’t know much about History, etc information…and the Mountain Mist brand is one I am familiar with & my Aunt always used. 🙂

    thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too!! 😀

  25. Love the focus fabric to this collection. Would love to have the thread collection….so hoping I win. It is so hard to find the thread collections… not something most shops order and I prefer to spend my quilting dollars locally not on the internet but it is getting harder and harder.

  26. I love this collection and fabric. The colors are perfect. I want to see Inside the Wrapper. I have a friend who was a wholesaler and has many of the original wrapper quilt patterns. She would be so excited to see this display.

  27. The Turkey Red quilt exhibit I would love to see but the other exhibits are pretty awesome as well :). Thanks for the chance to win!

  28. I would visit whatever exhibit you choose to display. For now I’ll just have to view your online site. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Oh wow! I would love to view the exhibit, I will definitely be looking at the online exhibit! There was a very small art exhibit in Solomon, MD at Anamarie Gardens and a few quilt art pieces were displayed. I loved looking at them! The historical pieces you have are amazing!

  30. The museum has been on my bucket list for ages–would love to see any of the exhibitions! The threads and the coordinating quilt (or is it vise-versa?) are both so beautiful!

  31. Love these threads and this whoke project. So important to support those institutions that preserve our history.

  32. I’d love to go see this exhibit: EXPRESSIONS FROM A PLACE OF TRUST: QUILTS BY SHEILA FRAMPTON COOPER She has been on my fav makers!!!

  33. I like the Linda and Dr. John Carlson Four block quilt collection. Never knew this place existed – thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  34. I would love to see the Quilts of Southwest China and the Quilts of Emiko Toda Loeb. I know both of these exhibits would be stimulating and inspiring.

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  35. Going to be wonderful. I hope to get that way sometime. I live so far away. I love the featured fabric and the thread collection in this give away. .

  36. I am lucky enough to live In Lincoln and am a member of the IQSCM. One of my favorites was the recent exhibition of the indigo quilts of Shizuko Kuroha and having the chance to hear her speak and learn more about her methods. All that blue and white! There are always several exciting exhibitions at any one time, the Quilthouse sponsors workshops and information sessions. All in all, it is an incredible resource for people interested in quilting.

  37. Moda has always been my favorite and the thread is the only kind my little Singer uses. What an amazing giveaway! Wow! I love the colors and patterns. Winning this would be a true dream come true.

  38. I think the Mountain Mist collection would be a joy to see, as I love traditional quilts. Aurifil thread makes piecing so effortless, no worries about the quality or having to clean out the machine as often as other threads.

  39. The quilt is lovely and I would love to win the fabric and thread. I was using some Aurifil thread for applique yesterday.

  40. The fabric and thread collection looks so lovely. We were just discussing how wonderful Aurifil thread today at our Quilt Guild….it would be awesome to win this box.

  41. Beautiful quilts! I’d love to visit the museum sometime. I have been to a couple of local historical quilt displays and found them fascinating.

  42. I loved the article of the 1830’s Medallion Quilt from the Preservation Collection…. Thanks for that… Also I love coming to your blog and page, to get BOM & see what the DOM has been up to, what block or quilt inspired them. And I always enjoy the chance to be able to win something!! Thanks Aurifil!’n💜😇💚

  43. This collection is beautiful. I am so proud to be from Nebraska, and the fact that UNL is home to this great museum and study center.

  44. I would love to visit the IQSCM museum and see the original medallion quilt. What an inspiration for this reproduction collection of fabric and thread!

  45. I really enjoy reproduction fabrics. If I had to pick one exhibit at the museum to see, it would be the upcoming Amish one. Their quilting has always interested me.

  46. So interesting and what beautiful quilts! Would love to visit the museum in Nebraska and see all their quilts.


  47. Gorgeous quilts; wonderful use of techniques and color. The museum would be a wonderful day of inspiration.

  48. I’d be most interested in seeing the Quilts of Southwest China exhibit. I am always interested in culture and how we differ!

  49. I’d be thrilled to see any of the quilt exhibits, but I’d really like to go to the Turkey Red weekend!!

  50. Love any “classic” quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win some outstanding fabric and thread.

  51. I’d enjoy seeing quilts from the Civil War era. The few I have seen have such interesting colors and beautiful quilting designs.

  52. What a great fabric and thread collection. I love seeing the blues represented in reproduction lines.

  53. Very generous giveaway, thanks! I would like to see the United in Memory: 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt exhibit.

  54. Such a wonderful quilt and giveaway. This museum is on my list to visit one day.
    Such beautiful fabrics and thread colors.Makes your creative juices flow.


  56. QUILTS OF SOUTHWEST CHINA, i knew there is patchwork in Japan, don’t know why i didn’t think of the other asian places having a patchwork history. Thanks for the heads up, i’m off to do research now. lol

  57. I would love to see the Quilt of Valor Exhibit! I have made two so far, and I love doing them!

  58. What a wonderful mission- to preserve and promote quilt heritage. Love those thread colors!

  59. I’d like to see the Sara Miller collection of Amish Quilts. Love the reproduction fabric in this give-away and the lovely thread that goes with it.

  60. What a wonderful collection of both fabric and thread. One day I hope to be able to spend time at the Museum in Lincoln. In the meantime, the online collection is amazing.

  61. The fabric line is wonderful, so colorful ! Thank you for sharing such a great way to revitalize the older quilts.

  62. I think that it would be lovely to see the Grace Snyder quilt collection in person. The story of her courtship was very interesting.

  63. I would like to see all of them, but especially, Quiltscapes & Quiltline by Pauline Burbidge, Amish Quilts and the Crafting of Diverse Traditions, and Quilts of Southwest China.

  64. Oh my. Looks like one could spend many, many hours at the Museum. The Dillows exhibit looks wonderful, as does the Mountain Mist exhibit. Need to find a time to get to Nebraska!

  65. I’ve always loved history and especially quilt history. So glad we are preserving things like that for future generation. Love the collection. Would love to have some of that fabric and thread as I like making quilts that look old.

  66. oh I’d love to see the Favorites from the Byron and Sara Rhodes Dillow Collection – bet there are some amazing quilts in their collection ! thanks for the giveaway !

  67. I’d love to see the Favorites from the Byron and Sara Rhodes Dillow Collection. Wish I lived close to Nebraska!

  68. The Mountain Mist “Inside the Wrapper” exhibit would be the one currently showing that I would like to see the most. The upcoming Amish exhibit sounds interesting too!

  69. I have seen a number of quilts from the Quilter’s Guild collection both at York and at the UK Festival of Quilts. Lack of visitors – and the costs of maintenance of an historic building – meant that the Quilt Museum in York closed at the end of October 2015. The Quilter’s Guild has some superb quilts.

    One day i hope to make it to Nebraska and the International Quilt Museum – I want to see it all!

  70. I’d like to see Quiltscapes and Quiltline by Pauline Burbidge coming up. It sounds fascinating.

  71. I love the rich colors of the Collection for the cause fabrics and the matching Aurifil threads. Will be going to the International Quilt Study Museum this fall! Just bought the new 80 weight Aurifil thread and can’t wait to try it for applique!

  72. I love medallion quilts and the stories they tell. This is a beautiful collection of fabric. I can’t wait to see the inspiration quilt and the new fabrics in person!

  73. looking at these fabrics I can just get a hint of a slower gentler way of life.. sometimes I would like to go back to those slower times.
    I mean, just think about it. Can you see people back then wearing pajama bottoms to the store? or everyone you walk by, pass on the street, everyone is looking down at their cell phones, texting or playing the latest version of .. what is it ? Pokémon Go ! ?

    Beautiful fabrics ~ beautiful threads… I would love to take a journey back in time with these beautiful fabrics and just forget about the headlines, Isis, elections, cell phones and airbags that have to be replaced or they might explode… Beautiful fabrics and threads ~ take me away ! 🙂

  74. I didn’t know anything about this museum and am just thrilled! I hope we can visit sometime on our travels after retirement is a few years. I’d love to see any of the exhibits. So beautiful! They take my breath away just to look! Thanks for informing us of this important work.

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