The Wisconsin Quilt History Project, initiated in 1988, is an impressive fieldwork endeavor to document quilts in Wisconsin in both public collections and private hands. To date they’ve documented over 7,000 quilts from all over the state and published the book Wisconsin Quilts: Stories in the Stitches (Ellen Kort, 2001); a revised 2nd edition is coming out this May.
In 2005 the group established the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg. Last week I met with board president Kay Walters and board members Sylvia Adair and Maggi Gordon (who recently published a book featuring many quilts from the Wisconsin Historical Society’s collection). We discussed the possibility of adding some of the museum’s own collection of Wisconsin quilts to the database, as well as the much larger project of digitizing their 7,000+ quilt history records, which would make a valuable addition to the Wisconsin Heritage Online web resource. A great group of Wisconsin quilts may be making its way online sometime in the future.