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Chol listens to a hot iron sizzle. From the documentary The Quilted Conscience
Chol Thiyang, one of the young Sudanese-American quilters, listens to a hot iron sizzle.
From the documentary, The Quilted Conscience
The team of young Karen-American quilters at Sheldon Art Museum. Courtesy Ruth Kupfer, Lincoln Quilt Coordinator
The team of young Karen-American quilters at Sheldon Art Museum.
Courtesy Ruth Kupfer, Lincoln Quilt Coordinator
2013-2014 Newcomers Quilt & Nebraska State Fair First Place Blue Ribbon Courtesy Tracy Morrow
2013-2014 Newcomers Quilt & Nebraska State Fair First Place Blue Ribbon.
Courtesy Tracy Morrow


Enjoy these news stories about The Quilted Conscience as well as about related people and projects.
Use the dates menu below to move quickly to those years.

2017

May 2, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Grace Abbott project places first at National History Day competition – Two Georgia students win first place at State level for the Senior Group Documentary Division, and move ahead to National contest

March 20, 2017 The Grand Island Independent
‘Abbott Sisters Day’ to celebrate legacy of Edith and Grace Abbott – celebrating Abbott Sisters Day 2017.

March 14, 2017 Lincoln Public Schools News
Woven Dreams: Quilt project unifies stories of varied pasts – an illustrated article about a new TQC workshop at the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, NE., with Lincoln Public School students whose families have come to the U.S. from Iraq, Burma, Thailand, Venezuela, Myanmar, Guatemala and Congo.

Photo by Mark Gulezian

March 2, 2017 International Quilt Festival, Houston
Fabric Artist Linda Syverson Guild completes her new quilt Sisters and Comrades Through All the Years – a tribute to Grace and Edith Abbott.  Her artwork is scheduled to debut at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in November 2-15, 2017. Read a statement by the artist about her quilt.

January 22, 2017 DuSable Museum of African-American History
A screening/discussion of The Quilted Conscience film hosted by John Sorensen and Peggie Hartwell at Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African-American History.  The event was very well attended, and included an enthusiastic Q&A session.  As well, the University of Chicago Press sold a goodly number of copies of our Grace Abbott book, A Sister’s Memories!

2016
November 2, 2016 Times Literary Supplement
Amazing Grace – a survey/review of A Sister’s Memories is published in The Times Literary Supplement, the leading international weekly for literary culture.

October 29, 2016 Nebraska Book Awards
Dr. Ann Coyne of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work/UNO accepted the Nebraska Book Award for John Sorensen’s Abbott book, A Sister’s Memories.  Dr. Coyne reports: “The event was packed. People were sitting on the steps and standing against the walls of the auditorium of the Nebraska Historical Museum.  I read one of Grace’s speeches and gave them a synopsis of the book.  There was a lot of interest!”

October 26-28, 2016 Grantmakers for Education
Grantmakers for Education (“the nation’s largest and most diverse network of education grantmakers dedicated to improving educational outcomes and increasing opportunities for all learners”) included a strong TQC presence at their National Conference in Denver. At the heart of TQC’s GFE participation was a prominent, conference-long display of our original Sudanese-American “Dreams & Memories” quilt, along with a video kiosk showing excerpts from our TQC film.
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September 2016 Social Service Review
“Uphill All the Way”: Grace Abbott and Women’s Work in Building the Welfare State – an impressive essay on A Sister’s Memories – is published in Social Service Review, a major journal that focuses “on pressing social issues, promising social work practices, and social welfare policies.

September 20, 2016 Nebraska Library Commission
John Sorensen’s A Sister’s Memories: The Life and Work of Grace Abbott is the winner of the 2016 Nebraska Book Award – Nonfiction for Historical Biography!

May 8, 2016 Nebraska MOSAIC
Program Helps Inspire Refugee to Tackle Dream Career in Childhood Home
by Lindsay Esparrago
Mu Ku Taw made blocks for the first Lincoln H.S. TQC project.

2015

October 7, 2015 The Grand Island Independent
Working With the Soul of the Fabric by Barrett Stinson

October 7, 2015 The Grand Island Independent by Harold Reutter
OF QUILTING RENOWN Quilt artist to teach workshops in Grand Island
Renowned quilter Peggie Hartwell has returned to Grand Island.

October 2015 American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Volume 23, Number 5, Issue 136 , p. 17-20
Memories and Dreams by Suzanne Smith Arney
Nebraska quilter Kay Grimminger was unfamiliar with hyenas; student Nyabiel Khor had never made a quilter’s knot.

October 2015 American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Volume 23, Number 5, Issue 136 , p. 17-20. Memories and Dreams by Suzanne Smith Arney. Nebraska quilter Kay Grimminger was unfamiliar with hyenas; student Nyabiel Khor had never made a quilter’s knot. Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
October 2015 American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Volume 23, Number 5, Issue 136 , p. 17. Memories and Dreams by Suzanne Smith Arney. Nebraska quilter Kay Grimminger was unfamiliar with hyenas; student Nyabiel Khor had never made a quilter’s knot. Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
October 2015 American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Volume 23, Number 5, Issue 136 , p. 18. Memories and Dreams by Suzanne Smith Arney. Nebraska quilter Kay Grimminger was unfamiliar with hyenas; student Nyabiel Khor had never made a quilter’s knot. Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
October 2015 American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Volume 23, Number 5, Issue 136 , p. 20. Memories and Dreams by Suzanne Smith Arney. Nebraska quilter Kay Grimminger was unfamiliar with hyenas; student Nyabiel Khor had never made a quilter’s knot. Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
©2015 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

February 10, 2015 Association of Art Museum Directors
A Warm Welcome at Joslyn Art Museum (Karen students)


January 21, 2015 The Paris Review
The Ants of God, The budding South Sudanese community in Omaha, Nebraska by Terese Svoboda

2014
August 7, 2014 Denver Film Society’s “Women + Film” Screening
The Quilted Conscience Film and Community Conversation: an article from the Aurora Sentinel.

June 26, 2014 Kearney Hub
Great Plains ancestors portray diversity in quilts with 19 on display dating back to 1860s by Cassie Kernick

April 24, 2014 Omaha World-Herald
Quilt created by Karen refugees in Lincoln showcases memories of homeland, dreams for future by Shelby Fleig

March 23, 2014 Lincoln Journal-Star
Final product of Karen group’s quilt project unveiled at Sheldon by Chris Heady

2013

Sept. 20, 2013 Lincoln Journal-Star
Stories show diversity that makes Lincoln’s culture rich by Margaret Reist

June 20, 2013 Omaha World-Herald
Nebraska immigrants sew hopes, dreams into quilt in film by Eric Grace

June 13, 2013 NET News
‘It Makes Us Feel Like Home’: Reaching Out to Nebraska’s Immigrant and Refugee Communities by Hilary Stohs-Krause

2012

November 11, 2012 NTV/ABC-TV
Film Creates a Deeper Understanding of Immigrant Struggles by Nataly Tavidian

November 10, 2012 The Grand Island Independent
Documentary film brings memories, dreams into full view by George Ayoub

November 7, 2012 The Grand Island Independent
Sudanese girls’ quilting experience depicted in documentary by Harold Reutter

2011

December 5, 2011 KIOS-FM, Omaha Public Radio
Film Streams Discussion, Q&A with John Sorensen, with additional comments by some of the Sudanese-American quilters, led by KIOS Program Director, Bob Coate.

 
September 30, 2011 Omaha Reader
John Sorensen’s Decades-Long Magnificent Obsession with the Abbott Sisters by Leo Adam Biga – Multi-media Project Debuts New Documentary, ‘The Quilted Conscience’

2010

November 13, 2010 The Grand Island Independent
G.I. celebrates naming of Grace Abbott School of Social Work by Amy Schweitzer

Sept. 14, 2010 UNL Newsroom
The Quilted Conscience‘ opens Sept. 14 at quilt museum

2009

October 23, 2009 The Grand Island Independent
Andindi back from helping Sudanese use tractor to produce crops by Harold Reutter

March 22, 2009 The Grand Island Independent
Abbott Sisters Day celebrated with quilt project by Tracy Overstreet

March 21, 2009 The Grand Island Independent
 ‘Quilted Conscience’ project shows Sudanese girls’ dreams by Harold Reutter

2008

September 26, 2008 The Grand Island Independent
Love of football leads two Sudanese girls to Barr’s team by Harold Reutter

September 20, 2008 The Grand Island Independent
Quilt project helps Sudanese girls tell of memories, hopes by Harold Reutter

September 13, 2008 The Grand Island Independent
Sudanese students to take part in quilting project

2004

January 30, 2004 The New York Times, The New York Times Learning Network, Teacher Connections
Expressions of Hope and Faith, Inspired by the Work of a Freed Slave
by Grace Glueck (story about Peggie Hartwell’s quilt on Harriet Powers)