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Quilt Harvest Day


The Delaware Quilt Documentation Project holds a Quilt Harvest Day  at the Blue Ball Barn  in Wilmington.

The project is designed to record the rich tradition of quilt-making in Delaware and help preserve its legacy for future generations. Owners of quilts made before 1950 are encouraged to bring their quilts to this informative documentation process which involves photographing each quilt, recording its physical characteristics and gathering historical information about the quilt and/or the quilt-maker. There is no cost to quilt-owners for this process and admission is free of charge, however, an optional donation is welcome for those quilts without a Delaware provenance.

After the documentation process has been completed, data will be compiled and analyzed and a book featuring the most representative and historically important quilts will be printed. The project is also hoping to mount a traveling exhibition of selected quilts which will be displayed in each of Delaware’s three counties.

The Delaware Quilt Documentation Project is a collaborative effort between the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and the University of Delaware. Information gathered in the project will be submitted to The Quilt Index, a national data base maintained by The Alliance for American Quilts. The project is supported, in part, by grants from the Delaware Humanities Forum and the National Quilting Association, as well as individual contributions. For additional information, contact project co-coordinators Ann Baker Horsey of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs at 302.739.6402 or Fran Mayhew of the University of Delaware at 302.368.8423.

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