The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan is one of forty museums who have contributed quilt records to The Quilt Index as part of the Michigan Quilt Project (see a complete list here with links to quilts in each collection).

Included in the Henry Ford permanent collection are thirteen quilts made by Susan McCord (1829-1909), “…an ordinary Indiana farmwife with an extraordinary genius for quilt making.”

McCord’s quilts range in style from crazy quilts to an intricate hexagon mosaic to an original design of thirteen hand appliqued strips of vines. This text is included in all of McCord’s quilt records:

McCord, like other thrifty housewives of the era, sewed her quilts from fabric she had on hand, mostly clothing scraps. Her everyday life was filled with household and farm chores; her “scraps” of leisure time were filled with masterful quilt making. Susan and her husband Green McCord farmed an eighty-acre farm in McCordsville, Indiana. Here Susan McCord kept house, brought up her children, sewed clothing for her family, knitted accessories, practiced homeopathic medicine, read her bible through each year, participated in sewing bees, gardened, took care of the cows and chickens–and found time to make at least thirteen extraordinary bed quilts. McCord used traditional materials, techniques and patterns—but her considerable skill at manipulating fabric, color and design turned the traditional into something exceptional. McCord’s bed coverings stand as the extraordinary legacy of an otherwise little-known Indiana farmwife.

McCord Vine Quilt Top By: McCord, Susan Noakes Quilted By: McCord, Susan Noakes Period: 1876-1900 Date: 1880-1890 Location Made: McCordsville, Indiana (IN) United States Project Name: Michigan Quilt Project Contributor: Michigan State University Museum

Detail of McCord Vine Quilt


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Weathervane is one of more than 200 Browse by Pattern categories users can select to Cruise & Use the Quilt Index. Here are four of the 22 Weathervane quilts that I browsed.

My favorite (today): this machine pieced and hand quilted pink beauty by Ethel Tew of Lake Odessa, Michigan in 1945. The quilt was documented in 2005 as part of the Michigan Quilt Project.

Browse the Weathervane quilts documented in the Quilt Index today to find your favorite.

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The Quilt Index launched a survey today to gather descriptions of quilt collections across the globe. The survey is part of a collaborative planning process to expand the Index, funded by the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services.

The survey will help develop international partnerships, as well as build on a public listing of international collections of quilts and quilt documentation.

Results will be added to a resource page listing quilt collections on the Quilt Index Wiki.

If you know about, own, or serve as custodian for quilt documentation, individual quilts, or quilt collections located outside the United States, we would love to hear from you. Click here to participate in the survey.

The Quilt Index is a partnership of MATRIX, Michigan State University Museum and The Alliance for American Quilts. The collaborative planning process also involves the International Quilt Study Center & Museum.

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Posted on 28-10-2010
Filed Under (Contributors, Museum Collections) by sikarskie

This is the sixth installment of our Meet the Contributor blog series.

The National Quilt Museum (The Museum of the American Quilter’s Society) (NQM) is a non-profit charitable institution established to educate the local, national, and international public about the art, history, and heritage of quilt making, including the diversity of quilts and their makers. This mission is accomplished through quality professional exhibits of new and antique quilts and related archival materials; through workshops, conferences, and publications; through educational activities; and through the development and exhibit of the museum’s own collection.

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The NQM Founders Collection has become an ever-developing documentation of the quiltmaking revival that has flourished in the 1980’s, 1990’s, and continues as the new century unfolds. The core of the collection includes quilts donated by the Schroeders (founders of the museum) and American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show & Contest purchase award winners donated by AQS. Also included are a number of other donations and purchases and the Oh, Wow! Collection of miniature quilts. The collection currently includes over 300 quilts, representing the work of over 192 quilt makers. The works in the collection were made from 1980 on.

Pictured below:
“Mountain Chapel,” Annette Kennedy, Longmont, Colorado, 2008

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The second installment of our “Meet the Contributor!” blog series.

The New England Quilt Museum

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Our Mission:
The New England Quilt Museum (NEQM) was founded in 1987 to preserve and interpret the quilt heritage of America. The founders’ goal was to establish a museum devoted solely to quilts, a place where quilts would be preserved, studied and celebrated. We fulfill this mission by:

* Exhibiting and interpreting the art of quiltmaking, contemporary and historic, in all its forms;
* Building and caring for a permanent collection of quilts and quilt artifacts for exhibition and study as well as preserving and documenting the achievement of American quilters of the past and present;
* Providing education about quiltmaking and the nation’s quilt heritage through exhibitions, education programs, and outreach activities designed to explore the full scope of quiltmaking’s aesthetic, cultural and historic significance;
* Sharing collection resources through loans to other qualified exhibitors and through programs and networks linking museum databases and library resources

Our History:

The New England Quilt Museum (NEQM), located in the heart of the historic district of Lowell, Massachusetts, was founded in 1987 by the New England Quilters Guild to preserve and interpret the quilts that are part of America’s textile history. Archipelago, by Nancy Halpern, was commissioned as the first contemporary art quilt for the future collection in 1983. In 1991, a gift of thirty-three antique quilts from Gail Binney Stern and her father, Edwin Binney III provided the core for the permanent collection, which now includes over 250 quilts. Gifts of quilts from generous donors continue to augment and enhance the collection.

Since the opening in 1987, the museum has presented over one hundred exhibitions of historic and contemporary quilts by regional, national and international quilters. Each year five exhibits are presented, during which at least twelve quilts from the Permanent Collection are on display. Over 450,000 people have viewed these exhibits at the museum or at other venues across the country.

Forced by flood, NEQM left its first home in the Market Mills and in 1993 the Board purchased the former Lowell Institution for Savings Bank. This 1845 building is located in the historic district of Lowell, Massachusetts, a center for textile history. A successful Buy A Brick campaign, from 1995-1998, enabled the museum to pay off the mortgage on the Shattuck Street building.

New England Quilt Museum Quilts, written by Jennifer Gilbert and published in 1999 by C&T Publishing, features many quilts from our permanent collection as well as a history of the “mill girls” who worked in Lowell producing cloth used in 19th and early 20th century quilts. RJR Fashion Fabrics produced two lines of reproduction fabrics based on quilts from the museum’s collection, producing visibility for the museum as well as royalties. In 2005, In the Beginning Fabrics produced its line of reproduction fabrics based on the Museum’s “Boston Pavement” quilt from circa 1890, and additional fabrics in early 2006 based on a circa 1820 quilt from the collection. In late 2006, Marcus Brothers Textiles produced the “Regency Collection,” taken from fabrics in a circa 1820 nine-piece set of bed hangings paper-pieced in the Thousands of Triangles pattern.

In 1999, the New England Quilter’s Guild, having fulfilled its mission to establish the museum, evolved into an Auxiliary (NEQMA) to raise funds for the museum. Their primary fundraising event is the annual citywide Lowell Quilt Festival held each August.

Pictured below is “La Machine” by Joan Sebastian Poe, c. 2000, New England Quilt Museum permanent collection.

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Join us for a day with Kyra Hicks, Carolyn Mazloomi, Lauren Cross, Patricia Turner and Merikay Waldvogel. Please help us spread the word about the Cuesta Benberry Symposium by sharing this post with all of your quilt history friends. For more information or to sign up go to: http://museum.msu.edu/Events/cbsymposium/

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