What You Will Need to Host

Make sure to have a dedicated group of volunteers or staff committed to working during your Quilt Identification Day. Aim for three volunteers per table. Volunteers unfold and refold the quilts, examine them, record the information and affix a label to the quilt. Extensive knowledge is not necessary.

You will also need the following supplies:

  • Large tables 
  • Sturdy step-ladder
  • White gloves
  • Sandpaper
  • ½ sheets of paper to use for quilt id during photography
  • Tablet for notes
  • Labels
  • Pigma pens or archival marker
  • Pencils
  • Clipboards
  • Camera
  • Camera batteries (check on power)
  • Sharpies for marking photography sheet
  • Scissors
  • Thread (off-white)
  • Needles
  • Tape measures
  • Pin cushion or fabric scrap for storing loose needles
  • Object survey form
  • Photo approval form

We also suggest having these resources on hand to identify unknown quilt patterns:

You can also learn more about quilt and textile care by reading the International Quilt Study Center & Museum’s brochure, “To Protect and Preserve.”

If You Plan to Archive

If you plan to archive the information gathered and any accompanying photographs, contact the institution where this information will be archived. Ask what permissions you must obtain from the quilt owner and get a copy of their forms.

Anyone who uses information about the owner’s quilt without their permission violates intellectual property rights.

Next: Preparing for the Day