Quilts by Libby Lehman

Joy: Quilts by Libby Lehman

July 14 - October 17, 2017


One of the true quilting masters, the spatial illusions in Libby's quilts have intrigued and delighted audiences around the world. Come see 16 of her amazing quilts in this once-in-a-lifetime must-see exhibit.

“When I think of energy, color, pattern and movement, and ‘makin’ a joyful noise’ I think of Libby Lehman’s work... The magic that she creates with needle and thread is unparalleled, and has inspired legions of today’s quilters.”
--Michael F. James, University of Nebraska–Lincoln


Libby Lehman Biography

Libby was born in 1947 in Houston, Texas. With the exception of one year as an exchange student in Sweden her senior year of high school, Houston has been her home.

Libby earned a Bachelor of Arts from Rice University in 1970. While at Rice, she met and married her husband, Lester O. Lehman, who played football at Rice. They have one son, Les Jr., who is an acclaimed fly fisherman.

Libby began making quilts over 40 years ago. She has evolved from a traditional hand quilter to one of the world leaders in innovative machine stitching. Her studio art quilts have won many awards, including numerous "Best in Show" titles, and appear in private, corporate, and museum collections, including VISA International, Fairfield Processing Corporation, Cogen Technologies, and the National Quilt Museum.

Libby is the author of the best-selling book, Threadplay with Libby Lehman (1997), as well as the co-author of several books on quilt patterns. Her quilts have appeared in many books and international publications, quilt shows, and exhibits throughout the world, and she is well known for her on-line teaching video on The Quilt Show.

Her quilt, Joy Ride, was chosen as one of the Best 100 American Quilts of the 20th Century. In addition to making quilts, most of her time is spent teaching, judging and lecturing in the US as well as internationally (Japan, Australia, the UK, Germany, Spain, New Zealand, Switzerland, Scotland, France, Dubai, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore).

Libby is a very sought-after teacher and lecturer. With her supportive teaching style and emphasis on playfulness, Libby gets her students to relax and to try new techniques and to realize potential beyond their own expectations.

Libby is currently recovering from a burst aneurysm and subsequent stroke that she suffered in April 2013. Support from her students and quilting fans from around the world has been truly amazing. Libby and her family thank the quilting community from the bottom of their hearts!

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