Delaware Quilt Documentation Projects

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. This page is the information we have collected for quilt documentation efforts in the state of Delaware.

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

Delaware Quilt Documentation Project
Records housed: Fashion and Apparel Studies, the University of Delaware, and the Delaware State Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
Documentation Dates: 2006-present
Parameters: ?
Total Quilts: ~1800
Number of Quilt Harvest Days held: 33

Delaware Folklife Project
Records housed: Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village
Documentation Dates: 1984 (completed)
Parameters: county level, no cut-off date for quilts
Total Quilts: 150
Number of documentation days held: 1

Projects held in 1984 at the YMCA in Arden and 1996 at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village are now part of the Delaware Quilt Documentation Project.

Nicoll, Jessica Fleming. A Mirror to Show Thy Friends to Thee: Delaware Valley Signature Quilts, 1840-1855. Thesis in support of the MA degree, University of Delaware, Winterthur Program, 1989. Advisor: Kenneth L Ames. 74 pages.

Eaton, Linda. Quilts in a Material World: Selections from the Winterthur Collection. New York: Abrams, 2007.


Nicoll, Jessica. Quilted for Friends, Delaware Valley Signature Quilts, 1840-1855. Winterthur Museum Exhibit Catalog, Winterthur, DE, 1986.


Swan, Susan Burrows. A Winterthur Guide to American Needlework. New York: Crown Publishers, 1976.

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