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Welcome to the wiki! This section of the Quilt Index is built on a wiki technology, which allows registered users to help build this resource. If you have information to update this wiki, please contact us so we may create an account for you.  Once your account has been activated, you can sign in and contribute to this growing resource. (You may also send directly edits to Quilt Index staff

There are currently 324 pages included on this wiki.

Quilt Index staff have brought together information from a variety of sources and set up resource areas for:

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Quilt Documentation Projects and Oral Histories

Quilt Documentation Projects

Documentation projects are indexed alphabetically by geographic location (state, province or country). Information was initially compiled from a variety of sources including Quilt Index staff contacts, contributions from documentation project leaders, available publications lists (such as, and from the data list in the back of Gatherings: America's Quilt Heritage, a project of the Museum of the American Quilter's Society by Kathlyn F. Sullivan (Paducah:1995). If you have updates to the information or publications listed here, please log in add to this wiki! (or you can send edits to Quilt Index staff).

Oral Histories

This section lists sources for oral history material in any format that relate to quilts, quiltmakers and quiltmaking. The list includes projects, films, online presentations, and repositories. If your institution or group is conducting an oral history project related to quilt history, please add your project to the wiki!

Signature Quilt Pilot Project

These are the communication pages for the Signature Quilt Pilot Project on the Quilt Index.

Quilt Collections

Quilt Collections in the United States: alphabetical and Quilt Collections in the United States: by state

U.S. museums, libraries and archives, and state and regional historical societies listed here have collections of quilts and/or of books, papers or ephemera relating to quilts and quilt history.


Many of the museums listed here were originally listed in one or both of two groundbreaking guides to quilt collections. These are:

  • Oshins, Lisa Turner. Quilt Collections: A Directory for the United States and Canada. Washington, DC: Acropolis Books, 1987.
  • Zegart, Shelly. American Quilt Collections: Antique Quilt Masterpieces. Tokyo: Nihon Vogue, 1996.

If you know of a museum, library, archive or historical society with a permanent quilt or quilt-related collection that is not listed, please add it.

Canadian Quilt Collections

Canadian museums and historical societies holding quilts and quilt-related ephemera are listed here. The list is by no means complete--if you know of a Canadian quilt collection, please add it to this wiki!

International Quilt Collections

Museums, libraries, archives, and historical societies outside the United States are listed here; all have collections of quilts and/or of books, papers or ephemera relating to quilts and quilt history. Institutions that have contributed to the Quilt Index are noted. If you know of a museum, library, archive or historical society with a permanent quilt or quilt-related collection that is not listed, please add it.

Quilt Barn Trails

Quilt Barn Trails began in Southeast Ohio and spread throughout Appalachia in the twentieth century to promote tourism and to celebrate community heritage. The "quilts" are flat blocks of wood painted to look like quilts and affixed prominently to the side of a barn. Quilt Barn Trails are now popping up throughout the United States thanks to the efforts of community groups, scholars, and local and regional government and agencies. The Quilt Barn Trails, when linked with other local and regional quilt resources (museum collections, galleries, studios, and fabric and equipment sources), are fostering greater awareness of the continued interest in quiltmaking and quilt history studies.

Deep Michigan

Is there such a thing as a distinctively Michigan quilt?

Michigan Quilt Collections

The institutions listed in the Michigan Quilt Collections section are museums, historical societies, and libraries in Michigan with quilts or quilt-related ephemera in their collections. This listing represents a statewide project to inventory all of the quilts in public collections in Michigan in an effort to betterunderstand the regional characteristics of the quilts produced in that state. Eventually, researchers working on the Deep Michigan Quilt Project hope to answer the question: Is there such a thing as a distinctively Michigan quilt?

See also:

QI International and QI South Africa

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QI International is our Wiki portal for easy access to information on quilt collections and documentation projects outside the United States.

New! QI South Africa is our extended portal for South African quilt collections and documentation efforts.

Quilt Index Resources

Quilts & Curriculum

Quilts & Curriculum is a special section with lesson plans, games and more for educators. Now with Games and Fun Stuff!

Resources for Quilt Historians

Here you'll find resources for quilt historians, such as Fabric Dating References, bibliographic resources, and information on Quilt Care and Quilt Appraisers.

H-Net Member Portal

From analyses of material culture in literature, to studies by art historians of the development and dissemination of particular patterns or techniques, to explorations by women's, ethnic, labor, and social historians, the Quilt Index is used by a wide range of humanities scholars and teachers.

On the H-Net Member Portal page you will find relevant quilts in the Quilt Index database for just about every H-Net list! You can also find various listserves on topics such as historical quilts, art quilts and quiltmaking on the Email Discussion Lists page.

Getting Creative

Getting Creative is a place to collaborate to create online exhibitions of QI quilts and suggest thematic groupings of quilts for the QI site.

Contributor Resources

A resource section for Quilt Index quilt record contributors and gallery, essay and lesson plan authors.

Getting started

The Getting started page has user's guide information about using the wiki software, instructions for creating an account and editing the Quilt Index wiki, directions for adding images to wiki entries, copyright information, and more.


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