Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics

Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics

This new documentary series focuses on why quilts are bigger than you think, seen through the lenses of history, art, and politics. For the quilter, collector or casual observer, the nine episodes take you behind the scenes and into new territory, exploring the centrality of the quilt in American culture and revealing the unsuspected size, breadth and depth of the quilt culture.

All Past Episodes

Quilt Scholarship: Romance and Reality

27:02 | #109 | TV-G

The history of quilt scholarship in America is more relevant-and far more interesting-than some might think. Today, the field has grown into a serious discipline generating material of interest - not just to the quilt world - but to a dozen other important disciplines from material culture to sociology.

Quilt Nation : 20,000,000 and Counting!

26:55 | #108 | TV-G

Go inside this unseen quilt world, meeting its participants; attending its events; and analyzing its businesses, periodicals, support services, and technological advancements.

Empowering Women One Quilt at a Time

27:02 | #107 | TV-G

The quilt's historical and current roles as an avenue of personal expression, a sly medium of social and political opinion, and a building block of financial security.

How Quilts Have Been Viewed and Collected

26:52 | #106 | TV-G

Charts path of an exemplary quilt from maker to museum and explores the lure of quilts for a private collector.

Gee's Bend: The Most Famous Quilts In America?

27:03 | #105 | TV-G

The journey of the quilts of Gees Bend from the clotheslines of the South to the exhibition walls of the country's greatest museums. Shelly explores the aesthetic and social appeal of these quilts - and quilters - as well as the controversies they engendered, and analyzes their unique place in quilt history.

What Is Art?

26:57 | #104 | TV-G

Host Shelly Zegart and crew explores "what is art?" and sheds light on the art vs. craft debate.

The Quilt Marketplace

27:12 | #103 | TV-G

Go behind the scenes in the quilt marketplace to meet its players and learn its unwritten rules.

Quilts Bring History Alive

27:11 | #102 | TV-G

Explore the quilt's unique ability to preserve our own family histories and the history of America.

Quilts 101 - Antique and Contemporary Quilts

26:57 | #101 | TV-G

Learn what makes an antique quilt more valuable and why contemporary quilts are judged differently.

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