Video Review – Why Quilts Matter

I am extremely pleased to review the DVD series, Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics presented by the Kentucky Quilt Project. I first heard about this series while reading designer Thomas Knauer’s blog and thought it was pretty serendipitous when the folks from Why Quilts Matter contacted me a few months later to share my thoughts about the series with you.

Why Quilts Matter DVDOriginally produced by renowned quilt expert Shelly Zegart as a PBS television series, it’s now available as a 2 disc DVD set. This fabulous series has a total running time of just over 4 hours and is broken up into these nine episodes:

  1. Quilts 101 – Antique and Contemporary Quilts
  2. Quilts Bring History Alive
  3. The Quilt Marketplace
  4. What is Art?
  5. Gee’s Bend: “The Most Famous Quilts in America?”
  6. How Quilts have been Viewed and Collected
  7. Empowering Women One Quilt at a Time
  8. Quilt Nation: 20,000,000 and Counting!
  9. Quilt Scholarship: Romance and Reality

Why Quilts MatterThis series will truly change the way you think about quilting! Each episode takes you on an amazing journey and gives you a feel for for the scope, depth and influence of American quilting culture.

It features video interviews with some of the most amazing quilting artists in the industry as well as museum curators and quilt collectors. It’s enlightening to listen to their take on the quilting industry as a whole and why they think quilts matter.

Click the video below to watch a preview of the series, and be sure to visit the WQM website for a host of other resources including discussion guides, summaries, and images of quilts from the series. It’s a lot of quilting “eye candy” to explore!

My favorite episode of the series was the one about Gee’s Bend quilts since they are considered one of the major influences of the modern quilting movement. I gained a lot of new respect for these quilts as well as plenty of inspiration to make one of my own!

Be sure to stop by my blog later in the week for your chance to win a copy of this fabulous series!

7 thoughts on “Video Review – Why Quilts Matter

  1. Bluebonnet says:

    To me quilts matter, because it is a link to my father’s mother. I barely knew her, but I remember being home from school in the first grade with chicken pox. The quilt on the bed was a scrappy double wedding ring that I stared at for hours, it seems. We had several quilts that Grandma had made. This is why I make quilts myself & I find the creative outlet feeds my soul. What could be better than art that has a dual purpose?

  2. Jo says:

    LOVE this series, I bought a copy. I watch it to renew my spirit, to look at tons of quilts and get inspired by all types – old and new – and because it makes me proud! my quilting batteries recharge, and I learn something new every time I see it.

  3. Sandra says:

    Great review! Thank you for doing these various reviews. I haven’t heard of this DVD but I have heard of and marvel at, the Gee’s Bend quilts. I watched an excellent PBS program years ago (ha, found out it was 11 years ago! egad!) on PBS about these quilts. Amazing and so inspirational in their creativity. Here’s the link to the program I saw: I am definitely going to check out this DVD. Great trailer. Some thought-provoking statements that elevate quilts from “blanket” 😦 to art form, political statements, an integral part of history of women around the world. 🙂

  4. Lis Ostiguy says:


    Thanks for opening our minds doors to what is out in the quilting universe. I love learning about quilting history. It is so tied to the quiet influence of women and their creativity that it can only lead to more proud to be part of this community.

  5. ipatchandquilt says:

    Thank you Christa for writing about Gee’s Bend. Inspirational! I had never heard of these wonderful quilts. I am relatively new to quilting and have not investigated the history of quilting yet. I will add that to my to-do list for 2014!

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