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Documentation & Discovery Day Scheduled June 1 at Ferrum College's Blue Ridge Institute & Museum


Virginia Consortium of Quilters will be photographing and recording information about the quilts and their makers.

Ferrum, Va. (April 4, 2013) – Quilt owners are encouraged to bring their pre-2000 quilts to Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Institute & Museum for a Documentation & Discovery Day, June 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Volunteers for the Virginia Consortium of Quilters will be photographing and recording information about the quilts and their makers.  The records will be added to a statewide database maintained by the Virginia Quilt Museum. 

The quilts being documented are not limited to historical creations. “We’re also looking for 20th century quilts to see how quilters and quilt styles have changed over the past century,” observed Neva Hart, local quilt historian from Hardy, VA.  “The emphasis will be on quilts made by Virginians, but all quilts brought to the Documentation Day will be recorded.”

The Documentation & Discovery Day is part of an on-going effort to record Virginia’s quilt artistry and history.  “About 25 years ago a statewide program was begun to create a database of older quilts in the Commonwealth,” said Hart.  The original project took more than five years and documented over 3,000 quilts.  The results were published in 2006.  “We learned a lot about quilts from that effort, but the book only covered quilts made before 1900. Now we hope to document quilts we may have missed the first time and to document quilts from new residents.” 

Roddy Moore, Director of the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum, which is sponsoring the Documentation Day, thinks there are many quilts from this region of Virginia that for numerous reasons were not included in the earlier documentation. “By studying quilts we can learn what people used to wear, about their lifestyle, and how communities interacted when the quilt was made,” said Moore. “Documenting quilts often leads to discovering new information.”

Owners of quilts who want their pieces documented can bring them (limit of 3 quilts per person) to the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum, 20 Museum Drive, Ferrum, VA, on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Owners are asked to bring photos of the quilt makers, if available, and any information known about the maker. No appointments are needed and there is no charge. 

Volunteers are needed to help with handling and photographing the quilts and recording information about them.  A one-hour training session for volunteers will be held Friday, April 19, at 11:00 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum.  To volunteer or for more information, contact Neva Hart by email at nevahart@verizon.net, or by phone 540-427-0184.

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