By: Katy Christopherson
The Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society, founded in 1981, has as one of its principle goals “to support and expand the collection and preservation of Kentucky quilts and the records of Kentucky’s quiltmakers and their work.” To this end it has enlisted interested members in the documentation of Kentucky quilts. The collection of data is called the Kentucky Quilt Registry and the Registry files will be housed at the Kentucky History Museum of the Kentucky Historical Society.
Although the phrase, Kentucky quilt, is bandied about, it has a quality of myth. No one, looking at a quilt, has been able from its intrinsic characteristics to relate it to Kentucky as the place of its construction. For the purposes of the Registry, a Kentucky quilt is defined as one made in the state. Quilts made by Kentuckians living elsewhere are being registered, only as they come to the Society’s attention. However quilts owned by present residents of the state, whatever their construction site may have been, are included in the registry.