All of us who are interested in quilt history owe a great debt to the family historians, who care for the quilts and preserve the stories of the people who made them.
Our documentation day last Saturday at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts was the usual mix of excitement, hard work, and joy. There always seems to be a theme that runs through the quilts we see. This time it was labels.
We are one of the few quilt documentation projects in the whole country that documents newly-made quilts. Six of the quilts we documented on Saturday fit that category.
And here, nearly 100 years later, is another quilt of the same "recipe"--simple scrap pattern, lots of different fabrics, pulled together with red cornerstones.
This quilt was made by the owner's grandmother, who lived in rural Georgia and made quilts for warmth. Although most of the year was warm, the winters were cold, and there was often no heat in the house. The maker's daughter said she recognized her Sunday school dress fabrics in this quilt.
All of the stories of these quilts are now recorded, and will soon be entered into the Quilt Index online. The people who make documentations possible are our volunteers. Many, many thanks to Maribeth, Bonnie, Kathleen, and Carol.
Now, how about sewing a label or two on your quilts?