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SUMMERSVILLE – A treasured treasure in a family is a quilt, but often the details of who made it and when and where it was made become less clear over time.

The West Virginia Quilt Documentation Project is a way for quilt owners to record details about a quilt for future generations and for quilting researchers.

Quilts made in West Virginia or resident in West Virginia can be documented at the West Virginia Quilt Festival June 16-18 in Summersville at the Summersville Arena and Conference Center, the National Guard Armory.

Quilt maker details and photos are placed in a national database as part of the West Virginia Quilt Documentation Project.

“It doesn’t matter if the quilt you have was made here in West Virginia or you got it somewhere else and it’s now in the Mountain State,” said Fran Kordek, organizer of the West Virginia Quilt Documentation Project. “We have recorded the names of the makers and details of the many quilts here in West Virginia. We also want to record details of duvets where the manufacturer is unknown. »

Documentation is free, but quilt owners must make an appointment, Kordek said.

Quilting Handouts will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 16 and 17 and from 9 a.m. to noon on June 18.

“West Virginia Quilt Documentation Project volunteers have worked since 2016 to document more than 500 quilts,” Kordek said. “After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, we look forward to resuming registration of names and details for West Virginia quilts and quilt makers.”

Literature volunteers examine and photograph the quilts and take notes on the quilts and any information the owners may have about the quilt makers. The information is stored in the archives of the West Virginia Culture Center and entered into The Quilt Index (www.quiltindex.org), a national database of quilts from around the country.

“It is a source of pride for the owners and makers of these quilts to have their information recorded in a national database. Quilt owner information is kept confidential for security reasons, but other quilt information is available for research and for others to see,” Kordek said. “Duvets must be brought “as is”. Please do not wash, repair or otherwise alter a quilt for documentation purposes only. Details such as the date of birth, date of death, maiden and married names of the quiltmaker are useful information.

Family photos, especially if they show the quilt and quiltmaker, are also helpful.

To make an appointment, email Fran Kordek at [email protected] or call 304-594-1208 home, 304-614-1359 cell phone. Project information is available at wvquilters.org.

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Joseph K. Bennett