The center houses the largest publicly held quilt collection in the world. The more than 3,500 quilts date from the early 1700s to the present and represent more than 25 countries. IQSCM makes its academic home in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences.
IQSCM was founded in 1997 when native Nebraskans Ardis and Robert James donated their collection of nearly 1,000 quilts to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Their contribution became the centerpiece of what is now the largest publicly held quilt collection in the world.
Through private funds from the University of Nebraska Foundation and a lead gift from the James family, the center opened its new location in 2008.
The glass and brick, environmentally sustainable building was awarded silver level LEED (Leadership in Energy and environmental Design) certification. Quilt House holds more than 3,500 quilts, as well as state-of-the-art research and storage space and custom-crafted galleries.
The plaza sculpture “Reverie” was created by artist Linda Fleming and commissioned by the family of Betty Duncan: Robert Duncan, Dianne Duncan Thomas and Kathryn Duncan.