I read about this museum in a magazine and ever since I have wanted to pay it a visit
which I hope to do in February in 2015.
Mary Groff, 1871
When I was checking out their website I came across the Quilt of the Month section which is a fabulous resource. It has great images of individual quilts accompanied by a short history of the quilt. The archived pages go back to 2003! A fantastic source of inspiration and historical information.
Here are a couple to whet your appetite. As I scrolled through the pages I was struck by how “modern” many of the quilts were, even though they were made more than 100 years ago. I was also reminded yet again of the need to properly label and document our work for future generations, as many of the featured quilts have an unknown maker.
Square in a Square – maker unknown circa 1890-1910
maker unknown circa 1870-1890
For me part of the pleasure in making quilts is the story behind them – where I got the inspiration, why I chose particular colours or fabrics, who they were made for, and why. For an art or craft which is so personal and time-consuming, it is such a shame if future generations can’t get to know the story behind each stitch.
Another reason for me to buy a decent camera and to start a quilt journal with actual photos as well as my digital records. The digital world is a wonderful resource, but unless we have specific instructions for archiving our resources, much of it will disappear when we die.
What details do you keep of your quilts, or do you rely on the quilt label being its sole provenance?