The Quilter's Journal


Editor(s): University of Texas at Austin

In September 1977, Joyce Gross founded the Quilters’ Journal to provide a vehicle for dissemination for the growing body of research about quilts and quiltmakers. For ten years she served as publisher and editor of the Journal, which became an often-quoted source of scholarly quilt research and a standard entry in the bibliographies of other quilt-related articles and books. Thirty-one issues were produced by 1987. Through its pages, the histories as well as the quilts of such notable women as Jinny Beyer, Rose Kretsinger, Jean Ray Laury, Florence Peto, Bertha Stenge, Electra Havermeyer Webb, and many others were brought to life.1

In 2008, Joyce’s collection was acquired by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and the Winedale Center for the Quilt. Among the collection was a complete set of the Quilters’ Journal.

“We hope to encourage as many people as possible to get into the act, because there is so much to do in research and recording….When your story is published, it can be appreciated by and shared by all of us now, and will become part of the quilt story of the future generations."2

1Quilters Hall of Fame, 1996 Inductee,
2Joyce Gross, Quilter’s Journal, vol.1, no. 2 (Winter 1977)
Joyce Gross Quilt History Collection, 2008-2013

University of Texas at Austin

Joyce Gross’ collection is housed in the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. Her collection includes more than 200 quilts and quilt tops. Her related research materials, include books, journals, exhibit catalogs, subject and biographical files, patterns and kits, visual materials, and ephemera documenting twentieth-century quilting history.

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