A Century of Quilts: America in Cloth (description)

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November 30, 2001

A Century of Quilts: America in Cloth is a rich and beautifully crafted documentary that celebrates the art of quilting by featuring selections from the best 100 American quilts of the 20th century, the stories behind their creation and the quilters as they work. 

The program visits the 1999 International Quilt Festival in Houston where many of these quilts were featured together exclusively, and for the first time. It also travels across America to capture the artists at work in their studios and homes and telling the stories behind the creation of these magnificent treasures. Their stories are tales of a creative spirit spurred by love, sorrow, joy, fond memories, proud cultural ties, love of nature, religious beliefs and a need for artistic expression. Their quilts represent the stories in myriad colors, textures and cloth that reflect the diversity of American life and the continuing tradition of quilting in new and different ways.