Why Quilts Matter Quilt Month

I stumbled over an episode in this series and was very impressed. I haven’t managed to find the full series and sadly this isn’t the episode that blew me away (I especially appreciated their exposure of the Quilt Code myth), but this episode does do a nice job of explaining to the initiated of how important quilt makers and collectors are economically. For example, if you want a historic fabric for clothes that would only be used for clothes, it will be very expensive, if you find a historic fabric that would be of interest to quilt makers the increase in demand is such that enough is made so the price drops. Happily this means more historic cloth, sadly it means historic clothing makers have a limited palate.

Think you know what all quilters are like? I’m willing to be you’re not even close. This episode also does a nice job of showing just how diverse and wide spread world wide quilting is.

March is Quilt Month and Quilt Day was celebrated by museums around the country. They are promoting the free streaming episode in honor of the month. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Size of Quilt Subculture 4:00 – Quilt Shows 5:20 – Diversity of Quilts 8:30 – Average Quilters education and investment in quilting 9:05 – Quilt Jargon 10:15 – Culture evolution 1980s on 13:00 – Quilt Shops 13:30 – Quilting Magazines 13:50 – Barn Quilts 14:50 – High Tech Quilting 15:15 – Paducah KY(revived by quilts) 18:00 – Politics 20:00 – Quilts Inc vs. American Quilters Society 21:30 – What makes a real quilt 23:00 – Competition and copyright 24:00

This is what they say about this episode.

“Quilt making,” as one quilt maker says, “is the greatest mass movement nobody ever heard of.” The population of the American quilt world outnumbers those of many small countries, and yet most outsiders remain unaware of its size, diversity, and economic clout. In this episode “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics” goes inside this unseen world, meeting its participants, attending its events, analyzing its businesses, periodicals, support services, and technological advancements. Our experts also provide a bird’s eye view of the politics, as various festivals, artists and quilters struggle for the heart and soul of Quilt Nation.

Featuring appearances by Shelly Zegart, Ricky Tims, Bernie Herman, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Bonnie K. Browning, Susan Ball Faeder, Karen S. Musgrave, Meredith Schroeder, Janine Janniere, Justin Hancock, Mark Hyland, Judy Schwender, Gerald Roy, Gerry Montgomery and William Schroeder.

Find out more about this episode and about the entire series here: http://www.whyquiltsmatter.org/welcom…


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Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

One thought on “Why Quilts Matter Quilt Month”

  1. This is a subscription website, I think, but they were running some freebies last Saturday for National Quilting Day.

    Currently, I have a group of 9 children (grades 3-5) doing a 3-session workshop called 9-Patch & Puzzles at our local Library. Several volunteers from the Longmont Quilt Guild are helping the kiddos learn to hand-piece, quilt and finish their pillows. Of course, I’m using lots of LIW quotes and examples!


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