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Virginia Quilt Survey Planned at Blue Ridge Institute & Museum


Ferrum, Va. (May 10, 2013) – Owners of Virginia quilts can add to the Commonwealth’s crafts history by bringing their pre-2000 quilts to the Documentation & Discovery Day, June 1st at Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Institute & Museum.  Volunteers for the Virginia Consortium of Quilters will be photographing and recording information about the quilts and their makers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The records will be added to the Virginia Quilt Museum’s statewide database. 

No appointments are needed, and there is no charge.  The documentation process usually takes about 15 minutes per quilt.

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.

For more information, contact Neva Hart by email at nevahart@verizon.net, or by phone 540-427-0184.

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