Today's guest blogger is longtime museum volunteer Judy Buswick. You can read Judy's blog here.
In an attempt to make today productive, I want to write a short piece on what volunteers do at the New England Quilt Museum.
I’ve had a wonderful experience learning about the niche library collection. If you think about it, books here can’t be shelved by the Dewey Decimal system, since all the books have something to do with quilts.
This library has the largest collection of quilt books anywhere. Cataloging and evaluating them takes special training; though we all greet visitors. We meet local friends and quilters from all over the world, as well as answering phone calls on topics from how to document a quilt to “Are there quilt books that show butterfly patterns?” Sometimes we do “scutt work” like putting labels on envelopes — someone’s gotta do it!
Some other volunteers enjoy sewing, either by hand or machine. Sometimes they put sleeves on the back of quilts to be hung in exhibits and sometimes they make new items for the Museum gift shop. Lots of tracing, cutting and appliqueing goes on, as well.
I haven’t even mentioned the creation of “Home of the Brave” and other charity quilts that volunteers work on. There’s always something going on that needs willing hands.
Debbie Janes seems to have a new project every time you see her.
Marie Leone showed up one day dressed to match the quilt she was working on!
~ Judy Buswick, Museum Volunteer
Lynn C applying stickers to a postcard mailing.