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“Civil discourse… quilts and films are ways to do that”

Ken Burns, well-known American film-maker, recently revealed that in a lifetime of making films for other people, he was quietly collecting quilts, for his own enjoyment. Then he let them go on public show, at The International Quilt Study Center and Museum. The whistle-stop tour in under 2 minutes. And for the threads enthusiasts – the 10 minute version – which also features great footage … Continue reading “Civil discourse… quilts and films are ways to do that”

Patchwork: Gee’s Bend

After all the fuss about the glorious 1950s abstract paintings was waning, someone got around to recognising the same style in patchwork quilts made by black ladies in Alabama, at Gee’s Bend, for basic human survival.   These quilts are perfect material to cover in this blog – they were made for real life, to keep out the cold in uninsulated buildings; they were made from … Continue reading Patchwork: Gee’s Bend

Road Safety and Quilt

Branda Mangum (based Northern Florida) made this quilt, in collaboration with John Morse (see earlier post today). John made the design, but Branda pulled on his skills as master quilter to interpret the design and make it into an 8 foot by 8 foot hanging. He used 4 inch cloth squares – 784 of them – incorporating the colour spectrum, but with the shape of the … Continue reading Road Safety and Quilt