Documenting quilts for The Quilt Index

The Quilt Index aims to be a central resource that incorporates a wide variety of sources and information on quilts, quiltmakers and quiltmaking.  The website currently features images and information, provided by an array of contributors, on thousands of quilts from documentation projects, museums, libraries, and private collections.

My guild sponsored a take-in event today to document quilts for this web repository.  We invited quilt owners from the community to bring their special quilts for photographs and documentation (12 pages of info on the quilt itself as well as the maker and/or owner).  We had done a practice session in February for guild member quilts.  Quilts documented by May 1 will be online by the end of the year.  Here is a small smattering of today’s quilts which I managed to capture before things got busy.  I only have details on a couple of the quilts.  The yo-yo quilt owned by Mary Jo was given to her father 60 years ago by a patient.  There was even a photo to capture the event.  The quiltmaker was a “fancy” dressmaker and the 6,132 yo-yos are made from satin and organza type fabrics.

The Joseph’s Coat (below left) was given to the owner over 70 years ago.  It was hand pieced as opposed to the current versions I have seen using applique.  From what I saw working the morning shift, our Quilt Discovery Day seemed like a successful event thanks to all the guild member volunteers and quilt appraiser Nan Moore who was on hand as our expert at the description tables.  This day was the culmination of a long process of planning, organizing and training sessions.  A huge thank you is in order to all who worked so hard to make it happen.

About quiltfever

I retired in 2004 and have never missed the 8-5 grind even for a minute. Now I spend my time reading, traveling, quilting and trying to learn new things like Spanish and blogging.
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5 Responses to Documenting quilts for The Quilt Index

  1. Liz says:

    Wow. There are some amazing quilts in your post. I can’t imagine what else came into your documentation day. Good stuff!

  2. Carol says:

    Wonderful photos – what an amazing day – and you got to see so many special quilts up close. I’ve been to the QI site and documenting the quilts is a very complex process – and you got to be a part of it.

  3. Auntie Em says:

    Wow! I would have loved to have been there to see those quilts and hear the stories. What a great thing your guild did.

  4. Awesome!! guilds who help with this project are helping so many by storing this information for generations to come.. Thank you!!

  5. Documenting this history is such important work. Your guild is clearly a very special group. I enjoyed reading the stories and seeing the various quilts. Kudos, Carol and group. Your research will be a valuable resource once it’s online. I look forward to the day you post that link!

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