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Posted: Monday Mar 26, 2012

March 26, 2012

The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College will host the Western Pennsylvania Quilt Documentation Project’s quilt documentation days Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2.

The project features quilt historians on a mission to record the sewing heritage of southwestern Pennsylvania, one quilt at a time. “This area has rich and varied sewing traditions which have led to the creation of hundreds of hand-made quilts over the past 200 years,” commented Lauren Lamendola, curator of the McCarl Gallery. “These quilts reflect the sewing skills and artistic visions of women who made quilts as a way of caring for their families, documenting their lives and commemorating their loved ones. Help us to bring these family treasures to light!”

There is no fee charged for documentation but $5.00 is being requested to cover the cost of the copies of the data intake form.

Any type of hand-made quilt is welcome including patchwork, appliqué, embroidery, crazy quilts, whole cloth quilts and quilt tops that have not yet been quilted.

The goal is to document as many of southwestern Pennsylvania’s quilts as possible. A professional quit historian will measure, photograph, date the fabric, identify the pieced or appliquéd pattern and record the story of each quilt. Participants are asked to bring with them birth and marriage dates and any history of the individual who made the quilt. The history and photo of each quilt will be submitted to the Quilt Index and be able to be referenced through the internet at www.quiltindex.org. Quilts will not be appraised during the documentation project.

Ten counties of southwestern Pennsylvania will be included including Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland.

The quilt documentation project is sponsored by the Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation and partially funded through the Foster McCarl Foundation.

For more information on the project itself, contact BCHRLF at 724 775-1848 or bchrlf@bchrlf.org Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Documentation appointments can be scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 1 and 2 by contacting the McCarl Gallery at 724 805-2188 or lauren.lamendola@stvincent.edu. Both public institutions and private individuals may attend. “Help us document our local textile history!” Ms. Lamendola declared.


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