New Mexico Quilt Surveys

Thousands of images, stories and information about quilts and their makers have been saved by hundreds of public and private collections around the world, representing the work of thousands of community-based and independent scholars, digital humanists, and professionals in libraries, archives, and museums. The Quilt Index has made efforts to keep track of the projects and welcomes records from research and documentation projects, regardless of scope or size. No New Mexico projects have yet joined the Quilt Index. We have collected the following information about their efforts. 

If you have any corrections, updates, or want to join the Quilt Index, contact Beth Donaldson,

Quilts made in New Mexico have been documented by other projects. To see the quilts made in New Mexico that are currently in the Quilt Index, click here.

New Mexico Heritage Quilt Search
Documentation Dates: 1987 (completed)
Parameters: statewide, cut-off date of 1945
Total Quilts: 950
Number of documentation days held: 22

New Mexico Quilt Survey
Records Housed At: Museum of International Folk Art
Documentation Dates: 1985 (completed)
Parameters: statewide
Total Quilts: 1,000 (est.)
Number of documentation days held: 96 interviews done by Nora Pickens and Jeanette Lasansky of New Mexico quilters

New Mexico Survey of Hispanic Quiltmaking
Contact: Survey of Hispanic Quiltmaking Tradition in Taos County
Documentation Dates: 1991 (completed)
Parameters: countywide, no cut-off date for quilts
Total Quilts: 187
Total Documentation Days (Number of documentation days held): 8

Dorothy R. Zopf,  Eight New Mexico Counties Survey
Documentation Dates: 1990s
Total Quilts: 848

Any Woman Worth Her Salt,  short documentary produced by Tom McCarthy.
New Mexico County Quilts. Museum of International Folk Art. New Mexico County Quilts (exhibition Oct. 1987-Sept. 1988). Museum of International Folk Art.
New Mexico Patchwork Quilts. Museum of International Folk Art. New Mexico County Quilts (exhibition Jan.-Feb. 1986). Museum of International Folk Art.
"Quilter's Open Exhibit, Sale at Fairgrounds," Rio Grand Sun. Espanola, New Mexico, May 4, 1989.

Nordstrom, Connie J. And She Made Quilts: The Women of San Juan County, New Mexico, Their Stories and Quilts 1890-1950. Casaconseula Publications, Farmington, NM. 2010.


Zopf, Dorothy. Surviving the Winter: the Evolution of Quiltmaking in New Mexico. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque: New Mexico, 2001.

Quilt History Bibliography

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