Quilt Happenings

MassQuilts Documentation Days

Since its establishment in 1994, The Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project has documented over 6,000 pre-1950 quilts originating or currently owned in this state in both public and private collections. MassQuilts encourages the study and preservation of quilts and demonstrates that these textiles convey important insights about the lives of Massachusetts women from the colonial period to the present. Our volunteer effort produced an exhibition at the New England Quilt Museum in summer 2009 and continues to do public programs to provide information about the rich history of quilts in Massachusetts.

In January 2009 MassQuilts published a 320-page hardbound book, titled "Massachusetts Quilts, Our Common Wealth" with the University Press of New England.  The book features 112 of the most beautiful and historically significant quilts, with Images including overall views, detail shots, and photographs of the makers, for a total of 215 color photographs.  The book is available from MassQuilts volunteers at local presentations and from the New England Quilt Museum gift shop. To see some of the photos, read samples of the stories to be included in the book go to www.massquilts.org.

MassQuilts holds documentation days at the New England Quilt Museum,
18 Shattuck St. in Downtown Lowell on the third Friday of each month by reservation only. $10 members/$15 non-members. Call 978-452-4207 X
15 to make an appointment.