Quilt Documentation Coming to West Overton

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Vintage QuiltsThe Beaver County Historical Research & Landmarks Foundation is sponsoring a Quilt Documentation Program.  The program is coming to West Overton Village & Museums on Thurs., Aug. 15, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 17 & Sun., Aug. 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

According to the Beaver County Historical Research & Landmarks Foundation, “The area has rich and varied sewing traditions which have led to the creation of hundreds of hand-made quilts over the past 200 years. 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.”

Any type of hand-made quilt is welcome: patchwork, appliqué, embroidery, crazy quilts, whole cloth quilts, and quilt tops that have not yet been quilted. The goal of the foundation is to document as many of southwestern Pennsylvania’s quilts as possible over the next five years. They will measure, photograph, date the fabric, identify the pieced or appliquéd pattern, and record the story of each quilt. Unfortunately, they will not be able to appraise quilts during the documentation project.

Appointments for quilt documentation are 15 minutes in length.  Those making an appointment should keep in mind:

  • Quilts must be owned by a resident of the county in which the documentation is being done
  • Quilts cannot be commercially made
  • Documentation is limited to two quilts per appointment and is done by appointment only

The quilt documentation project is made possible by a grant from the McCarl Foundation. For more information, contact BCHRLF at 724-775-1848 or bchrlf@bchrlf.org, Mon. – Fri., 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

There is no fee charged for documentation, but a $5 donation to defray costs would be appreciated.

To schedule an appointment, please call West Overton Village & Museums at (724) 887-7910. All participants must complete a Registration Form.

The West Overton Village & Museums is located at 109 W Overton Rd, Scottdale, PA 15683.

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