Documentation Day at WMQFA

I spent Saturday assisting with the documentation of quilts at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts. Documentation is the assessment of quilts brought in by the public, using a specific form to collect information that will eventually be shared with The Quilt Index, the largest online database of quilt research. Documentation days are always fun and interesting because you never know what’s going to come through the door. Saturday’s pieces ran the gamut from several contemporary quilts, prizewinners among them, to a tattered baby quilt from the early 1960s. All the pieces have value for research because the stories behind the quilts are at least as valuable as the pieces themselves. We heard stories about great-grandmothers, aunts and mothers collaborating. We also had pieces found in antiques shops, garage sales and attics. Such a treat. I believe in volunteering for documentation days because it helps keep my identification skills sharp, and I really enjoy working with the public. I will not be posting pics because the pieces are all in private ownership.

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