Quilt Registry

Québec has a rich and vibrant quilting tradition, starting in the early days of the colony and continuing to the present. The purpose of the registry programme is to preserve the history of this tradition for future generations.

 

Origin

Three quilters from the Montréal region, Diane Marchand, “Freddy” Wilson and Adaire Schachtler, started the programme in the late 1980s. After researching other registry programmes, so as to learn how to proceed, they decided the Vermont registry was the most adequate model.

The first registration session took place in St-Lambert, on December 7, 1991 and 13 quilts were registered; 24 years later, more than 4,500 quilts have been catalogued and this number continues to grow. These quilts, some of which are new and others very old, date from 1726 to the present.

How it works

There is a group of volunteers who register, inspect and photograph the quilts. They travel throughout the province as long as there are at least 25 quilts to be registered. A minimum fee is required to cover costs. The registrar assigns a number to each quilt and records the information about the owner and the quilt. Who? Where? How? Occasionally, there is no answer since the item comes from a flea market, an auction or an attic… The programme accepts bed-sized quilts that are located in Québec but were not necessarily made here.

The Québec Quilt Registry programme is overseen by Courtepointe Québec, the provincial association of quilters and quilt groups. The archives are preserved at the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art of Concordia University. The archives are available to researchers for consultation on site.

For more information or to arrange a registry session, contact Carla Rivard by email at enregistrement-courtepointe@courtepointequebec.com

You can consult the Québec registry programme database at: http://quilt.concordia.ca.

 

The next registry session will be held:

South Shore Quilters Guild

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Location: Saint-Lambert United Church, 415 Mercille Ave., Saint-Lambert

Contact : Carla Rivard

Tel : (450) 671-7505

e-mail : carla.rivard@gmail.com