New Mexico has been home to its own quilt research projects similar to the one that led to the exhibition Quilts of Southwest China. This online gallery explores selected material from one such project.
In June and July, 1985, Jeannette Lasansky of the Oral Traditions Project (Lewisburg, PA), and Museum Intern Nora Pickens surveyed traditional quilt makers in New Mexico, collecting information through survey forms, photographs, and recorded interviews. Additional follow-up correspondence was conducted. The material gathered formed the basis of the exhibition New Mexico Patchwork Quilts (AR.00004.176) in the Governor’s Gallery, the exhibition New Mexico Country Quilts (AR.00004.181) at the Museum, Tom McCarthy's documentary Any Woman Worth Her Salt, and Nora Pickens’ thesis Just a Patchwork Quilt (1987). One of the quilters interviewed, Dorothy Zopf, was motivated to do significant survey work of her own in the late 1990’s. In 2001 her book Surviving the Winter: the Evolution of Quiltmaking in New Mexico was published.
Funding for the Traditional Quilt Makers Survey project was generously provided by the International Folk Art Foundation. The International Folk Art Foundation also funded the online archives project.
For image digitization and metadata we thank Bartlett Library and Archives volunteer Isabel Winson-Sagan. For scanning of transcripts, we thank Bartlett Library and Archives volunteer Gerald Lieberman.
If you'd like to explore more of this material, visit the main page for the Traditional Quilt Makers in New Mexico Survey.