MQP Projects

The primary mission of MQP is to preserve and share information about Minnesota quilts, quilt collections, and quilters. Our projects support this mission in a variety of ways.

Quilt documentation and The Quilt Index

The Minnesota Quilt Project documents quilts for individuals and for public institutions; more than 6000 quilts have been documented. The documentation information is made available on the public database, The Quilt Index, based at Michigan State University. It is a growing, international research and reference tool designed to provide unprecedented access to information and images about quilts held in private and public hands.

Documentation in New York Mills
Documentation in New York Mills
Documentation in New York Mills
Documentation in New York Mills

Groups and individuals may submit quilt documentation information to MQP for uploading to The Quilt Index. Forms used for documentation may be found here. Groups with volunteers to assist may be able to book on-site MQP documentation events. Groups or individuals wishing to discuss future documentation events should contact [email protected].

Minnesota State Quilt Book

"Minnesota Quilts, Creating Connections to Our Past" is a unique treasury of exceptional quilts, fascinating quilters, and their stories. Minnesota Quilt Project members began traveling the state in the late 1980s, photographing and documenting quilts and interviewing quilt makers. This collection of quilts spans a significant era of Minnesota history, from early pioneer days to the 1970s, and reflects its distinctive heritage. Drawing on oral interviews with quilters and the close study of classic Minnesota's quilts, authors Gail Bakkom, Jean Carlton, Patricia Cox, Laura Jelinek, Linda Kosfeld, Jean Loken, Elise Roberts, and Kelly Willis explore the connections quilts have had to our history, our families, and our everyday life.

Minnesota Quilts Book
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First Edition (May 30, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0896580792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896580794
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