By: Ruth Roberson
North Carolina quiltmakers formed a Steering Committee in 1983 to look into the possibilities for a statewide quilt project. In early 1985 that committee organized the North Carolina Quilt Project as a nonprofit corporation to (1) document North Carolina quilts and quiltmakers, (2) analyze the collected data, and (3) present that information to the citizens of the state. Between November 1985 and December 1986 the Project orchestrated 74 Quilt Documentation Days across the state, documenting more than 10,000 quilts. The Project developed policies and procedures to ensure consistently high-quality documentation, which includes a three-page written form, a color slide, and a black and white print for each quilt. Funding has been received from the Folklife and Visual Arts Sections of the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina Quilt Symposium, Inc., and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and the Folk Arts Section of the National Endowment for the Arts.