Ohio Quilt Research Project

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

Ohio Quilt Research Project
Records housed: Ohio Historical Society, Library and Manuscript division
Documentation Dates: 1984 (completed)
Parameters: statewide, mainly pre-1950 quilts, contemporary art quilts were not included
Total Quilts: 7,000 (est.)
Number of documentation days held: 51

Muhlberger, Esther Veach. The History of the Bicentennial Quilt Project of the Ohio Valley Quilters' Guild. The Guild, Cincinnati: Ohio, 1989.
Patterns from the Past: Quilts of Northern Ohio, exhibit. June 17, 2008 to January 4, 2009, The Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont, OH.
Quilting African American Women’s History: Our Challenges, Creativity, and Champions, exhibit, 2008-2009. National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce, OH.
Quilting Stories, exhibit. June 1 to October 12, 2008, Ohio Historical Center, Columbus, OH.
Rake, Valerie Sanders. 'In the Old Days, They Used Scraps': Gender, Leisure, Commodification, and the Mythology of Quiltmaking, Wayne County, Ohio, 1915-1995. Dissertation; Ohio State University, Columbus: Ohio, 2000. 369 pages.

Albacate, M.J., Sharon D'Atri and Jane Reeves. Ohio Quilts: A Living Tradition. Canton Art Institute, Canton: Ohio, 1981.


Andrews, Jean M. Fabric Gardens: An International Exhibition of Quilts at Expo ’90. Osaka: The Asahi Shimbun, 1990. Exhibit catalog.


Chenoweth, Lynda SalterPhilena's Friendship Quilt: A Quaker Farewell to Ohio. Ohio University Press, Columbus: Ohio, 2009.


Clark, Ricky. Quilts and Carousels: Folk Art in the Firelands. Oberlin, OH: Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, 1983.

Clark, Ricky. Quilts of the Ohio Western Reserve. Ohio University Press, Columbus: Ohio, 2005.


Clark, Ricky; Knepper, George W.; and Ronsheim, Ellice. Quilts in Community: Ohio's Traditions. Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 1991.


Cummings, Sue C. Album Quilts of Ohio's Miami Valley. Athens, Ohio University Press, 2008.


Gunn, Virginia, et at. Treasures from Trunks: Early Quilts from Wayne and Holmes Counties. The College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster: Ohio, 1987.


Pritchard, Gayle A. Uncommon Threads: Ohio's Art Quilt Revolution (Ohio Quilt Series). Ohio University Press, Columbus: Ohio, 2006.


Quilt National. The Quilt: New Directions for an American Tradition. Exton, PA: Schiffer, Publishing, 1983.

Quilt History Bibliography

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