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A place to discuss African American Quilt History and Quilt Documentation for the preservation of family heritage.

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Why are we here?

Our purpose is to inspire understanding of the social, cultural, and artistic significance of quilts, with an emphasis on African American quilts.  Our goal is to document, research, and preserve African American quilt history through data collection and collaboration with local, state, and national societies and museums.

African American Quilt Documentation Study Group


What is a Quilt Documentation and why we do them?


Quilt documentation is important because it preserves our historical information.  It also conveys a testament that reflects how we live, our values, and beliefs.  Quilts are a part of a family’s history.  By documenting a quilt, you are documenting your own history for the future generations of your family.


A quilt documentation also provides historians and researchers data to analyze a quilt's social and cultural significance.  Many African American quilts have no documentation of the history of the quilt. In most cases, all that is known has been handed down orally and not recorded anywhere.


Quilts are so much more than fabrics and threads because they carry our family stories.  A quilt documentation is basically recording the features of your family quilt and telling the story behind the quilt maker.  By publicly documenting your family quilt, you are helping to create a historic public record of African American quilts uncovered in you state.

AAQDSG is a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 93-2126273)

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Lillie Causey-Futch, 1903 -1978, Summit, Mississippi

by A'donna Richardson (2018)

Pattern: The Dress, by Laura Heine

A'donna Richardson

was born and raised in Tacoma, WA, and became a quilter after retiring. Within a few years my interests expanded to the study of quilts their ties to America's social and cultural history.  Currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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