Among the Museum’s collection there are over 200 quilts dating back to the early 19th century. Quilts and their stories are usually passed down in a family for generations before they arrive at the Museum. They stay in homes because they are such deeply personal artifacts that are often made of old clothing or scrap material that has been intricately pieced together artfully by their maker. In their construction they require skill, attention to detail and a passion for quilting traditions. The job of a quilt is to literally keep a person warm so when a quilt is gifted it is usually the most intimate of mementos. With the help of the West Michigan Quilter’s Guild, staff and volunteers, the quilt collection is one of the most thoroughly cataloged, photographed and documented of the Museum’s collections.