Resources for Quilt Historians

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Fabric Dating References

The above link will take you to the Quilt Index Wiki page on fabric dating references. If you have information about books on dating fabrics, or general information on dating fabric materials, patterns and prints, or colors and dyes, please consider adding your information to the Wiki. To contribute to this resource, please create an account on this Wiki. Once a QI staff person approves your account, you will be able login and edit the page.

Bibliographic Resources and Indexes

18th Century Connect

A new database of books from the 18th century has been made available online for free at

These books have been typed, rather than scanned, into the database which means that quirky typesetting (such as the funny SS) doesn't mess up the words you are searching.

The database was developed for language scholars, but searching the work "quilt" brings up 716 results. The first few seem to be transcripts of court cases.

American Memory

A digital collection from the Library of Congress.

Antique Quilt Dating

Quilt historian Kimberly Wulfert's site,, features bibliographic information quilt history and fabrics and dyes.

Books and Old Lace

See for a rather comprehensive bibliography of works in quilt history.

C19: The Nineteenth Century Index

This paid resource provides online access to nineteenth-century books, periodicals, official documents, newspapers and archives.


The European culture database contains 87 quilts, mostly British quilts held at institutions in the United Kingdom.

Glossaries of Quilt-Related Terms

Glossaries from the Library of Congress, PBS, and more.

International Quilt Study Center and Museum's Quilt Explorer

Explore the collection of the IQSC&M with this site created by Second Story Studios.

Project Gutenberg

  • A source for on-line digitized out of print quilt books like Marie Webster's Quilts: Their Story and How to Make Them.
  • Search the book catalog for "quilt".

1933 Sears Quilt Contest List of Winners

This resource is based on research done on the 1933 contest by Merikay Waldvogel. Included are the winners' names, cities and states, contest rounds won, and prizes.


Family Search,, is a free genealogical database provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is available to anyone online; no subscription is required. The database features searchable pedigrees added by other researchers, as well as some nineteenth century U.S. Census data and the data of the International Genealogical Index. There are also resources on doing African American genealogy.

Gilda Bryant has written an article, "Clues in the Quilting," about doing genealogical detective work using signature quilts that might be helpful as you begin your search.

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