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