Quilts 19th through 20th Century

In class on Tuesday we discussed quilts and other cloth-based narrative art that are part of many cultures. We looked at exclusively American quilts.

Quilts are made by hand, often collaboratively and use familiar materials such as scraps of clothing. Quilts are both personal and communal objects. Quilting continues to be largely a home-based form of women’s artistic expression although many men enjoy this art form as well.

Quilts can be works of art as well as tell stories through pictures. Quilts tell a story about their creators and about  historical and cultural events. The context of a quilt is created through the choices made in design, material, and content.

If you were absent from class please go through the PowerPoint and answer the essay questions at the end.  Turn in your questions to me in class on Feb. 8.

The February 1, 2011 PowerPoint:
Quilts 19th through 20th Century

As I mentioned in class visit the National Quilt Museum in Paduka, Kentucky. They have beautiful examples of antique and modern quilts. Some of these quilts are exquisite works of art that may surprise you.

Hannah Greenlee’s Crazy Quilt

Harriet Power's Bible Quilt, Smithsonian Museum of American History

Example of Beautiful Amish Quilt

I hope that you will share with our class quilts that you may have in your family. Have a great week!  Mrs. S


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3 Responses to Quilts 19th through 20th Century

  1. Jason Brussee says:

    Nice job on the website, great to have the powerpoints for reference!

  2. Kat says:

    i can’t believe the one on the right of the museum’s home page is actually a quilt, the way it draws you into it… So cool.

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