The Project

Since its establishment in 1994, The Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project has documented over 7,000 pre-1950 quilts originating or currently owned in this state.  Dozens of historical societies and hundreds of private owners have been served.

MassQuilts encourages the study and preservation of quilts and demonstrates that these textiles convey important insights about the lives of Massachusetts women from the colonial period to the present. 

Our volunteer effort produced a book and an exhibition at the New England Quilt Museum to provide information about the rich history of quilts in Massachusetts.

Quilt owners receive:

  • A copy of the documentation report including an approximate date, description of the fabrics, construction and patterns
  • A photograph of the quilt
  • A special label to attach to the quilt signifying its inclusion in the documentation project
  • Instructions on the care of antique quilts
In Eastern Massachusetts:

MassQuilts holds documentation days at the New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck St in Downtown Lowell on the second Thursday of each month by reservation only.   $10 members/$15 non-members. Call 978-452-4207 X 15 to make an appointment.

In Western Massachusetts:

There will be a documentation day on Saturday, Sept 16, 2017 at the Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner, MA.  For an appointment, contact Marion Knoll at the museum phone 978-632-3277.

Please call Jane Crutchfield at 413-283-4456 to schedule a documentation day.

PowerPoint presentation about our project and book available to your organization by contacting Martha Supnik at Questions@NEQuiltMuseum.org

Some of our many loyal volunteers after a meeting in Belchertown, MA to discuss the content of our book

Marjorie Childers researches the pattern name while Helen Bardwell counts the number of quilting stitches in each inch on a mid-nineteenth century "star and crescent" quilt documented at the Worcester Historical Museum by a MassQuilts volunteer team

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