Kent County Quilt Documentation Project

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Contact: The documentation project is a collaboration of Maryland Cooperative Extension, Olde Kent Quilters Guild and the Historical Society of Kent County.

Documentation Dates: 1988-89, April 2006-November 2007

Parameters: quilts must have been made prior to 1950 and have been made or owned by a Kent County, Maryland resident

Total Quilts: 63 (in 1988-89), 280 (in 2006)

Total Documentation Days (Number of documentation days held): 6 days (in 2006)

Publication information (if any): A Maryland Album, Quiltmaking Traditions 1634-1934; Gloria Seamon and Nancy Gibson Tuckhorn. Rutledge Hill Press, Nashville, TN, 1995.

Database: Is the documentation project a part of the Quilt Index or are records digitized in some database? Please describe. An application to the Quilt Index has been received and approved. The quilts should be added to the Index in the forseeable future.

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History of the Project

In 1988-89, the Maryland Extension Homemakers Council took on the project of documenting quilts throughout the state, resulting in the book, A Maryland Album, by Gloria Seaman Allen and Nancy Gibson Tuckhorn. The Kent County Homemakers documented 63 quilts. They printed a booklet listing the quilts, including the pattern name, brief description, maker information, owner, and a hand-drawn picture of the pattern block.

Inspired by documentation projects going on in Pennsylvania, in 2006 the Kent County Quilt Documentation Project began plans to update the information. This resulted in the collection of data and images on 280 quilts.

This project was a collaboration of three organizations: Maryland Cooperative Extension, Olde Kent Quilters Guild, and the Historical Society of Kent County. They held six documentation days between April 2006-November 2007. For a quilt to be documented, it must have been made prior to 1950 and have been made or owned by a Kent County resident.

The records are currently being kept in a private home. They are a series of small exhibits around Kent County, preceded by activities designed to help children and their families preserve quilts and to understand the role quilts play in family histories.

At the present time they do not have funding in place for the inclusion of their data. In the past they have raised money from the Kent County Arts Council, Maryland’s Stories of the Chesapeake, local groups, and county residents. They are seeking grant funding for upcoming exhibits and public programs.

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