2015 has been another eventful year for the Quilt Index. Do you know that we now have over 75,000 records of quilts (from public and private collections, including over 250 museums), a growing number of stories, and hundreds of pages of related photos, publications, and ephemera - not to mention lesson plans, essays, a Blog, a Facebook page, and a Wiki? And, with the addition of the panels from the NAMES Project quilt anticipated next year and records from some additional museums and documentation projects, the number will likely nearly double!
As the administrative home of the Index, Michigan State University Museum continues to work hard to make this growth happen but we can’t do it without the support of grants and donations from foundations, businesses, and individuals. We hope that you, as a contributor to/and or user of the Index, or perhaps as someone who champions women artists, textile history, regional quilt documentation projects, or other facets of the Index, you will take a moment and consider how you might support the Index in your charitable giving. All you need to do is go to Donate Now to express your support through a tax-deductible eligible donation to the Index.
I and the rest of the QI leadership team appreciate your support,
Marsha MacDowell, Ph.D.
Director, The Quilt Index (www.quiltindex.org)
Curator and Professor, Michigan State University Museum
We've launched yards of new quilt stuff!
Hundreds of new pieces of ephemera -- photographs, booklets, fabric swatches, catalogs, the journal Uncoverings, and much, much, more are now available on the Quilt Index.
Thanks to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, we've worked with contributors and collectors across the country to digitize, preserve, and present online lots of fascinating new material relating to quilts and their makers.
Start exploring today!
Even in the digital world, quilts provide comfort.
"At a dental appointment last year I looked at quilts in between the dentist's drilling!" reported one app user in our survey this year.
The Quilt Index To Go mobile app features a quilt of the day and endless access to images from the Quilt Index.
New features will include quicker response time and searching directly from the app. iPad and Android versions are coming soon.
For only 99 cents, it's a great way to support the Quilt Index and take it with you wherever you go!
Help protect the images and stories of Quilts and Quilt Makers with a donation dedicated to the Quilt Index.
Whether you are a Quilt Index power user or a first-time visitor to this website, please take a few minutes to watch our 2012 video report: Virtual Threads 2012: The Quilt Index Year in Review.
The Quilt Index is a free, open access project of Matrix, Michigan State University Museum and the Quilt Alliance.
Your tax-deductible contribution supports free access to images, stories, and information about quilts and their makers, past and present. Click here to download a letter detailing more of our accomplishments over the past year; more updates on upcoming activities; and information about other ways to contribute, including eligible employee corporate matching-gift opportunities.
Donate Now . Together we can fulfill this vision of an inclusive international reference resource, full participation of documentation projects, new technology and access capabilities.
Thank you for using and supporting The Quilt Index.