Left: 50 States embroidered quilt squares by Mrs. Folk in 1975
Back in January I put out a call to our membership, who called all their friends and we had a total of 32 quilts loaned to us for the one day show.
Right: Daffodil Quilt by Mrs. Needy in the 1940's.
Several of the quilts were made prior to 1900. The only caveat that we had for the display was that the quilts had to be made in Berkeley County.
The system I developed was that an owner brought their quilt in and completed a loan form that included information about the quilts and quiltmakers as well as the pertinent information, how to contact the owner, etc. Then I took pictures of the documentation with the quilt and the quilt by itself. Not the whole quilt, just part of it; for identification purposes. And, it's a good thing I did that, because I was so busy on the day, I never did get around to take pictures of the quilts on display in our beautiful museum.
Another thing that I requested was that the owners bring a photograph of the person that made the quilt - if that was at all possible. I am happy to say that most of the quilts were accompanied by pictures of their makers. What resulted from all that information gathering, plus a little family research on my part, was an information sheet that was displayed with each quilt. The sheet told as much about the maker as possible (birth, marriage, death and any anecdotal information); quilting technique used and the photo.
Left: Dogwood Bouquet by Mrs. Kirchner; 2006. When she lived in Texas, her east coast daughter would call and say the "dogwoods are blooming" and it became such a ritual with them, she turned it into a quilt for her; finishing it after she'd moved here.
Our newsletter will go out in July and I'm going to request that anyone who got pictures of the quilts on display please send them to me, but for now, I will share the earlier photos I took to identify the quilts.
At the end of the day, all the quilts came down. Most are so treasured by their owners that they were picked up that afternoon!
It was a lot of work putting this together; especially in the last week leading up to Heritage Day. The results, however, were totally worth it. Hope you've enjoyed seeing these little glimpses.
Hope I haven't bored you. I think that all these women were/are absolutely incredible!