Scholarly Quilting Links
- Quilts and Quiltmaking in America
- Quilters Hall of Fame
- History of Machine Quilting
- Quilt Index
- Antique Quilt Dating
- Textile Museum of Canada
- Quilt University
- The Textile System
- Quilt Study
- America's Quilting History
- Center for the Quilt
- Patches from the Past
- A Guide for Quilting Fanatics - Resources and More!
"A more serious, studied side of quilting"
The following links point to full-length online theses, written by (mostly) Canadian scholars who have graciously shared their research about quilting. Obviously, so much more research needs to be done. Expand your understanding of quilting! Most of these links PDF files and require a browser plugin like Adobe Acrobat Reader or Evince, and the files may take some time to load.
Lamberty is exploring ways of teaching mathematical concepts to children. You can download digiquilt for your own use!
Geraldine Anne Macdonald
Interesting thesis on how we sustain energy to care for others. The author of the dissertation felt moved to create a quilt to sustain her own energy and collect her thoughts for the actual writing of the paper: and suddenly the quilt provided the answers!
Dr. Susan Roach
A very ambitious project seeking to document and create an online searchable database of all quilts made in Louisiana since pioneer days. Along the way, they intend to raise awareness and appreciation of quilting as art, as history, as information.
Insight Imagery: Towards Personal Wellness Through Spontaneous Art-Making and Empathic Co-Reflection
Soden tells of a quilt she received on her 40th birthday, friends and family around the world each contributing a block about her. "Without realizing it, I had been cultivating the quilt over a lifetime," she notes. That quilt became a deep insight into herself, and led her to develop and use Insight Imagery, a theory of art and wellness.
Senhora Rafaella d'Allemtejo
A short description of a recreaion of a medieval quilt.
This thesis is mostly about the process of learning, and how we learn. Towards the very end of the thesis, McDiarmid gives as an example a woman who longs to quilt, and eventually learns how. "Quilting had helped her to see some things more clearly...", McDiarmid says. It is a wonderful success story, a perfect example of how one learns, and what one learns when one quilts.
The curator of the International Quilt Study Center (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) has put together this list of important dates in the history of quilts and quilting.
Not specifically about quilting, but rather about the commercialization -- and impoverishment -- of contemporary Navajo weavers. Poignant and thoughtful, it seeks to answer the question, 'why do they continue to weave?' Many of the insights gained can be applied to today's quilters, especially the quilting of the Amish community.
Short but fascinating study of a persistent myth regarding Quilting and the Underground Railroad. Brackman is often asked 'Were quilts read as maps to tell escaping slaves the route to safety?'. The reality is more complex and just as interesting.
Kimberly Wulfert, PhD.
This is just an abstract to a paper, but it sounds like it might be worth the $10: Included are 9 Steps for Getting Started to Finishing and Online & Print Resources for Researching.
A fascinating "liturgical quilt" - a study of story binding the self to God, using quilting as more than mere metaphor, as path.
Dan Ikenson, Center for Trade Policy Studies
A little outdated, but nevertheless an interesting look at the multinational implications of textile trade. Lest we forget the big money implications of using textiles. Don't bother trying to get info from ATMI; they are faceless, a black hole of endless links.
Helen Kathryn Ball
"Women and men who were recovering from childhood trauma were asked to represent their life experience in quilt blocks" This thesis does contain the experiences of people who quilt, but it contains more: it asks the far deeper question, 'How do we learn to look at something afresh, to find something new?' This became a search for a "social text", which Ball found in quilting. An exquisite journey.
Patricia L. Cummings and Lisa Evans
Interesting look at the history of quilting, lovingly researched; there are links to other sections. Cummings and Evans have written a wealth of eductional and historical quilting information on their web site, much of it also published in quilting magazines. We owe these quilt-lovers our thanks.
Picking up new Threads for Kathleen Mavourneen: the Irish Female Presence in Nineteenth Century Ontario
Elizabeth Jane Birch
"Women's history exists in scraps which must be pieced together" A study of some of the quilting references in Canadian literature: there are more than you thought!
A fascinating anthropological study of why people make quilts: Gwenda's fascinating conclusion suggests a quilt is more than just an object -- it is also a process: "The quilt as an object resists categorization," Gwenda she writes; "...all the processes that bring it to being are integral to the whole". Gwenda has extensively researched members of a quilting guild in New Zealand, to determine the boundaries of art, craft, and tradition: "For quilters, the process of making is the essence of the quilt." The pdf file has many full-colour pictures. Highly recommended.
Here, the 'quilt frame' is a metaphor for the frame of reference through which we percieve quilts. From devalued domestic women's work, to contemporary fine art form: the way we see quilts has changed the very meaning of quilting. An in-depth look at Maritime quilting history, from 1800 to the present day. "..it is legitimate to question whether the cultural value of a quilt has diminished," Crossman writes. "In order to answer this question, I examine how a quilt produces meaning..."