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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Why Quilts Matter! Give-Away!

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***NOTE*** This Give-Away has ended!!  Contracts to pdudgeon!!

Have you watched Why Quilts Matter?

The series has aired on PBS and has been featured on The Quilt Show, but we're still trying to get the word out to quilters. All proceeds of the series go back to the non-profit Kentucky Quilt Project to fund future quilt projects.

In 2011, thirty years since its founding, The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc., has created another “first” – a nine-part documentary series titled Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics. The series takes a fresh look at quilts and spreads the word about their unique position at the center of a startlingly broad grid of topics, ranging from women’s studies to the contemporary art market.

"Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics" is the landmark nine-part documentary series that offers a fresh, relevant exploration of quilts.

This fascinating series explores quilts in fresh new ways by taking you behind the scenes to reveal the unique position of quilts at the center of American culture. You'll go on an amazing quilt journey from function to art, to women's empowerment, economic clout, American politics and beyond.
 
"This compelling and visually rich series convinces us that quilts do matter. VERDICT: This wonderful series would be an important addition for all museums, libraries and quilt guilds."
- Library Journal Review

Why was this series created?  Check out this video interview  with Shelley Zegart below!
 
You can watch an 8 minute trailer here:

 
The first time I watched this series I was staying at someone’s home while teaching ((Laurie, was that at your house!?  I think so!)) and we curled up in the evening to watch one episode after another, and it was fascinating.  I felt connected to the stories in the series!

In the 9 episodes you will find the following:

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Click HERE to visit the Why Quilts Matter website where you can click on each episode to find what it is about.

Visit the home page for Why Quilts Matter HERE.

Quilts DO matter!

I would love to know how quilts matter to YOU!

Leave me a comment in the comments section below telling me WHY QUILTS MATTER.  We are having a little drawing!

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I will be drawing for one lucky winner to receive the 2 DVD set with all 9 episodes, along with a Why Quilts Matter discussion guide!

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If we draw you and there is no email address listed, we will have to draw again.

We will draw on Monday evening!  Good luck everyone!

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Anonymous said...

It sounds like an interesting series. Please pick me!!
Linda Q from Maine

Quilter Kathy said...

Making quilts is the joy and sanity in my crazy life. Quilting events are my connection to other wonderful and inspiring women. This series sounds right up my alley... can't wait to watch!

QuiltyGal said...

Hi Bonnie - Wow what a neat series! Quilts matter to me because it links me to my great grandmother whose quilts I still have. It matters to me because I am making something that will last beyond my earthly stay and bring comfort. It matters to me because I get to create and learn and grow. Thank you so very much!! *Lori* aka Quiltygal@gmail.com

Robyn said...

I have seen pieces of this series but never the whole thing. I would really love to be able to view it. Thanks for the giveaway.

Chris Donaldson said...

Quilts matter because for me the last quilt my grandmother made was one my grandfather cut out the blocks for her by hand. He was retired, bored, and needed something to do so grandma gave him the job of cutting blocks out with a templet and scissors. There is lots of love in that quilt. There is family history in that quilt. There is a lot for us to learn in that quilt, about life, loving, living, and marriage. Quilts teach us no matter who made them and life is all about learning!

Ele said...

Quilts matter to me because I grew up in a home where Mom sewed, but she didn't quilt. I wore beautiful garments, but had no quilts to wrap around me at all. When I grew up, I found quilts to be a lovely statement of caring, warmth, and personal achievment, so I started making a few. I have only been quilting for about 25 years, but my legacy of quilts must be close to a thousand by now. God gave me the desire to make quilts, so I try to do a bit of quilting every single day now, and I feel better for it. My quilts are all over the world and they bring comfort to all who now own them.

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Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

making quilts matters to those of us that love fabric, art, design, quilting - it might not matter to others but there is such beauty in them that I love them, they are my stress reducer while I make them, my creative outlet - quilts are a part of history

Shirley said...

I love history esp quilt history. Shirley in Oklahoma

re'New said...

Quilts give me a way to be creative and productive at the same time. This would be a fun thing to share with my quilt guild.

Missy said...

Quilts matter because they are such a strong link to our past. The women used to be so much behind the scenes and their art was so belittled as being unimportant. But yet look at what they produced..and even they did not know that it was art! These women made quilts as something to keep their families warm..that was the real excuse for indulging in their passion for art.

LynCC said...

Quilts matter because even while giving us a creative outlet, they tell people we love them enough to work hours and hours on something specially made for them, and our quilts will last longer than we will, leaving our marks on the world.

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Quilt lover bag lady said...

I love the quilts I make and give away but the most important thing to me is the friendship and fellowship. I would love to show and share this with my quilting friends.

Karen R said...

I haven't seen this series. Sounds interesting. Quilts matter and I love the joy and happiness I see on family members faces when they see the latest 'creation' I've made for them. Really neat watching the under 10 year olds reactions when they open and unfold their gift. These under 10 are all 'great' nieces and nephews.

Linda in CT said...

Quilts matter to me because the making of one gives me the opportunity to express myself artistically and giving one expresses my desire to keep the receiver safe and warm and protected.

nankc said...

Quilts matter to me and are such an important part of my life!! When I make one for a new grandbaby I think of that child being kept warm and enjoying dragging it around and using it in ways children have been using them for centuries. Just now making one for a brand new grandson--our 12th! What a wonderful series to have and cherish! Thanks for the opportunity to win this.

Marla said...

Quilts matter to me as they represent my mother and the love she had for me and sharing her love of quilting with her daughters. She is no longer with me physically but spiritually she is everytime I sit down to a sewing machine. Thank you for the chance to win.

Aliceart said...

Quilts matter because they come from our innermost drive to create art, love, comfort.

Thank you for this. I have not seen it yet, but it's been on my list for a long time.

liz said...

Oh, Bonnie, I am so pleased to learn about the Quilts Matter series! Why do they matter to me? They are a constant in my own life and a connection to family long gone who have left us their quilts...and a connection to those who come after us to whom we have given our quilts. Wonderful giveaway.

Sandra Rocco said...

Quilts matter to me because they ooze love from the choosing of the fabrics and design, through every process, finally ending up in the arms of the receiver.
Like a telephone line to the heart! They connect people.

Carla said...

Quilts let me express myself in art form. They allow me to contribute.

Anonymous said...

Anything I do with thread and needle is art for me. I started embroidery when I was 7 and really got into beautiful designs by the time I was 20. I called myself a 'needle artist' and was kind of laughed at by many. I made each of my 5 children (Born in Hickory, NC) a baby quilt, which was mostly embroidery and some quilting. Thankfully I encountered a Jennifer Chiaverini book while standing in line at Barnes and Nobles during Christmas. I almost immediately made my parents a 'family tree' for their 50th anniversary. I embroidered ALL the names of their grandparents to their grandchildren on it. I continue grow in my craft. Both daughters received a 'traditional' sampler for high school graduation. My older 2 boys are Eagle Scouts, and both received a quilt with something about that. My youngest son is a star basketball player and 6'6". The 9ft x 4ft quilt is in my mind! ;-) And need to get started on it!

Quilts Matter! CMBarger@yahoo.com

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Cynthia Barger
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Jeanne Gwin said...

I watched part of it near the end, really enjoyed what I saw so would love to win this. Quilts bring me back to my roots of hard scrabble life in southern Missouri where times were hard growing up, but we had fun and enjoyed life at a much slower pace. My Mom taught me to quilt and at the time I didn't like sewing but now have found a true love of making these quilts and giving them with love.

Catholic Bibliophagist said...

The reason quilts matter to me is because making them helps to keep me sane! When like is crazy it's one of the few ways I can always bring order out of chaos. Plus, they're beautiful. I would love to win so that I can find out why the makers of the series think that quilts matter.

stitchinpenny said...

Looks like a great series.

quilt^nurse said...

Would love this giveaway! Do believe that quilts are a gift from the quilter using their talents, document an event in the recipients life and are for future generations to embrace as to the past.
Thanks Bonnie for all you do for all of us in the quilting world!

Lorraine Mooney said...

To know if quilts matter, try asking someone in a cancer chemo ward who was given one to ward off the chills, ask a child just taken from their home by child protective services and given a quilt to take with them, ask the parents of a born too soon baby in a NICU who come in and see a colorful quilt covering their child's incubator... lets them know someone cares about them. Lorraine Mooney

Betsy said...

Quilts matter to me especially when I gift them because I am sharing a little bit of my creativity with the recipient.

Gisela Asker said...

Very nice, you are the best!

Claudia E said...

Quilts matter because they connect us to each other and to the past. They matter to me because I love making them for loved ones and charity. Sounds like a great series. Hope I win.

Marilyn Fisher said...

When I was growing up I always slept under a butterfly quilt at my Grandma's house. I loved that quilt. It was the first quilt I ever saw. When she died, I asked for it, but it was already sold in a garage sale. So now i make lots of quilts for all the members of my family.
Marilyn
majefisher@gmail.com

Sharon Hughson said...

Quilts matter to me b/c making them makes me sane. I go into withdrawal when I don't get to pet my fabric daily. ;-)

Julie said...

Quilts matter to me because they are a creative way I can make something that is both beautiful and practical. Most of my quilts have been scrap quilts, and I'm still using scraps from things my mother sewed for me and my sisters years ago. Also, when I make a quilt, it doesn't get undone (at least not immediately!), which is not the case with many other things I do in my role as homemaker! :) Julie Meinema julie.meinema@att.net

JoyceLM said...

Quilts & quilting keeps me connected to my sisters. We live in 4 different states (CO, NC, PA, TN), and we have been quilting "together" since 2006. We've done block exchanges, round & row robins & made a memory quilt for my dad who passed away last summer. And there's a connection to my mom who quilted, passed away in 1989. Thanks.

cityquilter grace said...

oooh a great giveaway! quilts matter to me because something utilitarian can also be something creative, innovative, artistic, ordinary; a hobby whose results can either feed the soul or warms the body or both....with equal accomplishment by professional or amateur--one who does it simply for the love of doing it...

Jill said...

I could write paragraphs on the many reasons for why quilts matter to me but to pick just one.....When I see an old quilt, I can see the connections to the women who made that old quilt and the women who make quilts today. I feel a connection to someone I never knew, a very special connection. This may be odd to some, but that is the feeling I get whenever I see an old quilt.

Judy said...

Quilts matter to me because the quilts I make and give to my family are an expression of my love.

Quilts by Black Hole Designs said...

Love it!

Julie Kennedy said...

Hi Bonnie, Quilts for me is not a link to past family. For us the connection was lost in 1976 when my parents and siblings moved from England to Australia. But as a connection to the family and friends we have today and hopefully memories for tomorrow. I make quilts to surround the recipient with love and comfort as well as warmth, quilts to love and use in their daily lives. I think quilts should enhance your life not burden it by having to keep them perfect. Thank you for the opportunity for many to think about what quilts mean to us and for one lucky person to win :) Julie

Renea said...

Why quilts matter to me - When I make a quilt and give it as a gift to my family and friends it is like giving them a piece of me. I spend lots of time quilting and love the idea that the person receiving the quilt is getting a piece of me that will last for years and years.

Pamela Davis said...

Quilts do matter. They are small footprints of our cultures. All of us are leaving behind a fountain of information about who we are as a culture, who we are in our communities and who we are as individual artists. I love making quilts (!) and cannot imagine life without them. Thanks to you, Bonnie, I am making your quilts and gifting them to my children and grans. Thanks!

Sara LaHood said...

In this day of fast food, big box stores, factories, and shoddy workmanship, quilts matter more than ever because they are made by individuals with care to form, function, and quality.

Kathy in Nashville said...

Hi Bonnie,
Thank you so much for this generous giveaway. I saw a few of the episodes but not all of them and the CD's would be great.
Quilts matter to me as an expression of creativity, a link to my ancestors and my ability to give comfort and love to recipients. Quilting is my sanity...I live, breathe and dream quilting. It is my passion.

Kathy

Miss Carol said...

Why quilts matter to me. My quilts are an expression of who I am. I have developed into a traditional, scrappy, use what I have on had quilter and I love it. I love giving my quilts away and the recipient must understand they have to use it and not save it for safe keeping. My quilts are made to be loved, hugged, curled under and will never win any award. I quilt to find peace in this hectic world and I try to pass along the art to all who want to learn. Yes, Quilting Matters.

bluenines said...

hi Bonnie, quilts matter because they are a connection to are past . present and future, for me they are a part of who I am ,happy sewing to all

Frog Quilter said...

Making and giving quilts is my sanity and a joy!

Julie Vernon said...

Oh what a wonderful question! And yes, quilts DO matter, a lot.

When I was a child my Mom was terribly ill, died when I was 16. Interestly enough, no one in my family ever made a quilt!

But on trips around the USA, I would see historic quilts in museums, houses etc. They immediately made me feel at home. Quilts=Home and Home=Quilts ever since seeing my first one.

I knew there had to be a way for me to make quilts. Started out the Marguite Eckes "The Standard Book of Quilt Making" in 1964.

The rest, as the saying goes, is history. Been at it since, loving quilting more each day. Can't wait to see the PBS series now!!!

Thanks Bonnie for letting us know to watch out the a great program on TV.

Smiles, JulieinTN

Elaine said...

Quilts matter because they reflect the time period-history. they matter more because they connect people-whether the receivers, fellow makers, fellow bloggers etc. I pray for my recipients in every quilt I make-I am the first quiltmaker in my family-I hope my family will love the quilts I leave them when I go home:)

Anonymous said...

I love making quilts, I made 3 for my Grandpa when he died he has his Favorite quilt I made on him, and when he was buried I covered him up in the same quilt, My Grandmother was a quilter, I didn't start till I was 40 yrs old But I love making them for my Family its a gift that can last a lifetime.

Becky's Bees said...

What a FABULOUS question....and a wonderful subject for a documentary!!

If I were answering that question, I would sum it up in one word.......CONNECTION. Quilts are something that connect us to ourselves, our friends, our families, our ancestors and to generations not yet born. Just thinking about how AMAZING that process is just makes my head start spinning and my hands itching to get to the sewing room.....

Thanks for the opportunity to win such an interesting item.....I am going to gross my fingers and hold my breath in hopes that my name is drawn.

Have a GREAT weekend in the mountains...we appreciate your work so much!!

Julie said...

Quilts are made with love, and love keeps you warm!!! That's why quilting matters! I'd love to have a copy... Thanks!

Queenie Believe said...

Quilts matter to me because it is a creative expression that anyone can do, creating a one-of-a-kind heirloom to keep, share, treasure, love.
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Sharon T said...

Quilts matter as an artistic expression of love and caring. They represent the trends of the times in both design and fabric. Quilts matter!

Anonymous said...

Would love to own and view..

Diann

kyquiltymama@hotmail.com

wendy bradley said...

Hello Bonnie.

Quilting matters to me, because its great therapy for my Fibromyalgia. It calms me, reduces stress, and gives me something other than pain to think about. I recently read in a British Medical Journal it is proven to help Fibromyalgia patients. My Doctor even agrees with me.

Wendy Bradley Alliston , Ontario Canada

GoGo said...

Most Fridays will find my mom, my sister & a couple of friends quilting at my house. It's been a great way for our mom to grieve the loss of another husband. Also, Mom's eyes are really bad so my sister & I can cut things out a help with the harder parts of quilts. It keeps us connected and sharing. I think it would be great to watch the series together. Thanks for all you do! Valentines Day is going to find us gathering to use up a friend's plaid collection making Scrappy Mountain Majesties!

Rockester said...

Looks like a wonderful series! Making quilts is how I stay happy, productive and creative!

Anonymous said...

I haven't heard of this series before, but quilts matter to me in providing my therapy in creating them, but more importantly love and comfort to the receiver... I love giving a quilt unexpectedly to someone who is having a trial in life. It is so heartwarming to visually see a change in them.
Brenda in SE AZ

Tosty's Quilting Tidbits said...

Quilts are my therapy. Thanks for the chance to win this.
Mary

andifar said...

Some people meditate, I quilt. The repetitive cutting, sewing, pressing, and sewing slows down my mind and allows me to focus on what is important. When the project is finished the joy of giving it away or wrapping myself up in its warmth, renews me again. Thanks for thinking of us, Bonnie. Paula in Omaha

Sharon Esterday said...

Wow! This series certainly looks dynamic. I'd love to win the set. I'd share it with others just like I share my quilts by making them for others.

Cindy May said...

When I was a student in high school, I hated history. It was my least favorite subject. Found it so boring memorizing names and dates. In college, I discovered art and was drawn into the history of the world through art slides in AH101. It wasnt till I was an adult though that I found the connection.
Now as a quilter, I am fascinated by the power of quilts and history. I make quilts to become a part of history for my family. If I visit a museum, I look first for the textile displays.Quilts do matter!
Cindy from MI
cmay1@comcast.net

AP said...

To keep us warm!

Judi said...

I haven't heard of this series would love to win. Thank you for the giveaway

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Connie Wood said...

I love old family quilts, old traditionally pieced and hand quilted quilts. Would loveto see this series.

Connie W

ckwood@charter.net

dakotaessence said...

In my life, Quilts Matter to Me because they are an expression of my love and affection for the receiver.

~Jillian in North Dakota

lynn bourgeois said...

Why they matter
1 They keep me warm
2 They are cozy.
3They are beautiful to the eye
4 You get to play with fabric
5 They make and evoke memories
6They make my imagination race.
7. They are like puzzles
8. They are a great source for friendmaking.
9 They are a blast to make.
They are my heritage, and my legacy

Lise said...

It's my relaxing therapy/treasures and to see the smiles of the ones receiving and joy it brings to them makes them all special..

judywentz said...

Quilting matters to me because of the peacefulness and love I feel while working on them. I want my family to use them and wear them out, feeling my love wrapped around them. I just need to make enough so that they still have some to remember me after I'm gone. Quilting also matters because of the bonding friendships I've made quilting with others.

Sherry Von Fumetti said...

This series would be great for any quilt guild. Quilts matter to me because they are an expression of myself for somebody else. Even if it's a charity quilt and I have no idea who will receive it or how it will be used. I'm also fond of the history of quilts, particularly, the American pioneers' thrifty reuse of precious fabric scraps and the Irish's reuse of wool coats. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

Bobbie Bentneedle said...

I believe that quilts lovingly "sandwich" our today between the yesterday of our ancestors and the tomorrow of our descendants, whether we are related by blood or just by love.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this series. If not I will have to find it somewhere to view. Love, love, love quilts!

Marianne Jeffrey said...

Quilts matter because they give the creator a sense if purpose, commitment, and an outlet for their creativity and encourage passions to be directed into inspiring memorable artworks or practical pieces depending on the viewers perspective

Karen said...

Why Quilts Matter? Quilting is not only a link to our past, but a way to express ourselves as artists and continue bringing this art form into the future. Whether it is a traditional quilt or one that is exploding with color, quilting is a way to connect with our inner selves as well as the world at large. Look what the internet has done for those of us that love to create with needle and thread! Why Quilts Matter is an important documentation and I would love to own a copy! Thank you for that chance, Bonnie!

Kitties and Quilts said...

I watched some of this series on TV. I would love to see all of it. Quilts matter because they bring us closer to the quiltmakers who went before. Who doesn't stop to admire an old quilt, and give a thought to who made it? Debbie in WV

The Quiltwhinny said...

The Lisa Bonjean's weblog that I received this week , after the death of her dear son, expressed from the depths of her heart, why quilts matter. She was strong enough to speak at her son's funeral about a quilt she had given him years ago. The quilt had a label, with a poem his mother had written about her love for him.
I would so like to win this gift and would use it with our little quilt guild in Elizabeth, IL. Barb

Therese Ruff said...

Art. Creativity. A measure of the time period. (Such as cancer quilts)Love. Comfort. History. Camaraderie. Sharing. Emergencies. And so much more!

Tracey Honig said...

Hi Bonnie!
I am a new quilter, but have found that sitting at the sewing machine is one way to relax at the end of a long day (or week). I love to take one little piece of fabric and make into something grand for a loved one to have the rest of their lives. I made my children quilts for Christmas... and after the first one I was hooked! I am looking forward to making many more quilts, and joining this time-honored craft. Have an awesome weekend!!
Tracey H. from Texas

Leslie said...

I never thought of myself as an "artist", but quilting has brought out some talent!! I love & enjoy the process of creating a quilt. It brings meaning to my retirement as I make many "comfort" quilts & look on these as my ministry. Many people who recieve my quilts don't even know me, so I hope they look at my quilt as a Christian passing on God's love. I've also met many great women thru quilting.

Vicki said...

Quilts matter to me as a connection to my mom and sister who also quilt, and to our quilting past and future. Thans for this offer, saw bits of this series at AQS. Looks really interesting and I will share it with mom and sis.

Judy said...

Wow!! Another great give away. Thank you so much Bonnie for this and every thing else you do for the quilty world. Good luck to everyone but I am hoping to be ruffle lucky one this time.

Virginia Jackson said...

Quilts, and quilting, matter to me because they connect me to my past, to loved ones lost. My mother quilted a 50th anniversary quilt for my grandparents, with blocks made by all 3 daughters. I never had any interest in quilts, other than sleeping under a stack of them so thick I couldn't move, until after she died. My very first quilt was a memorial quilt of her clothing. CS is my 6th quilt, only the second made for myself, and what I've discovered is that quilting matters now for another reason - I put all my love into each stitch, and when its finished there is a beautiful work of art that has function and is full of love. That's why quilting matters, its a connection to the past, as well as an expression of love that will last into the future! Ginni Jackson, Ginni.Jackson@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Quilts are documents of our ancestors; quilts are mirrors of ourselves in the here and now. Quilts are warmth, art, and beauty. They matter, quilts are a part of our human existence, they are here now, they were here in the past, they will be here in the future.

Sandra Neel Hutchins, email: SandyGail49@lrec.org.

Debbie B said...

Enjoyed the 'trailer' portion posted. Very interesting.

ozone3 said...

I think quilts matter because it builds a history. It's about love, friendship, caring for one another.

I've seen a couple episodes from this series (it was shown at one of my Quilt Guild meeting) and loved every minute of it. We watched the episode about the Gee's Bend. Wonderful!!

Thanks for the chance to win!!

Donna Holloway said...

I love quilting. It gives me a peaceful feeling. I remember the times when I was a little girl when my mother, grandmother and aunts would gather to quilt together. As I make baby quilts for gifts I find myself praying for the baby that it is intended for, so not only is the child wrapped by the warmth of my quilt he or she is wrapped in my prayers. I find in this crazy world hurry up and get it done, that the time I take on each quilt I make gives me a time of reflection and personal prayer time. And a well made quilt will last forever so add a tag or note to let the future generations know who took the time to make it.

Darlene Crosby said...

Quilts matter to me because I never cared for History in school, but now I have a new found love and appreciation for Quilt History. I enjoy reading about the history and textiles of that time period. It matters to me to make a quilt with lots of love to give to my children and grandchildren to be a part of History as it was during my time.

Patricia Michaud said...

It links us to the past and to the future. They are a gift of warmth and love. There is nothing like snuggling up in a quilt that was made by your mother.

Mary said...

Quilts matter because they bring joy - in the planning, the making, the sharing and giving, and the use and display.

Dee said...

Hot Diggity! Quilting AND History AND my home state of Kentucky! Please put my name in the hat, Bonnie! Thanks for informing us - I had not heard of this series.

Robin T said...

Quilts and quilting has given me the best friends a girl could have. I love the creativity and gratification when finishing a quilt for my family and friends. Thank you to the Kentucky Quilt Project Inc. for this great documentation.

Gena in Dallas said...

Quilts Matter to me because they make me feel connected in a very real way to my many ancestors who quilted before me. Their blood is flowing in my veins so I am continuing their legacy. My quilts will literally be the only legacy I can leave for the future generations.

Marci said...

I'd love to watch that series, our local PBS doesn't show quilty things very often.
Quilts matter to me in so many ways - my favorite is when my daughter works with me and wants the quilt "when I croak".
marcih@kc.rr.com

Donna said...

Quilts matter because they are made with love and given with love. They are the item that helps in good and bad times so they bridge all gaps. When a baby is born we give a quilt when a home is destroyed by fire we give a quilt. It's the universal language of love as well as warmth.

canuckquilter said...

Quilts matter to me as a creative outlet and as a hug to wrap around family and friends. Thanks for giving us all a heads up about this series.

Mayleen said...

Quilts matter to me because they connect me with the past and the future and most of all, because they're my form of creative expression. I was discouraged from being creative or expressing my emotions as a child. Quilting or any type of creative work was just "women's work" then. However, quilting now allows me to express an opinion, tell a story, create something beautiful, enjoy color as much as I want and so much more!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Quilts matter because they serve so many useful purposes ... quilting is my therapy, keeping me sane in this crazy world. Quilting provides comfort and warmth on a cold winter's day. Quilting provides something tangible, made with love by my two hands, that can wrap around those I love ... so they "feel" my presence with them wherever they go ... even after I'm gone. Quilting just gives me so much joy and pleasure!

Barbara O. said...

Quilts matter to me because I show my love and caring, sewing them is relaxation and creative outlet, a way of keeping sanity in a crazily busy world, and I love fabric.
Thanks for the chance!

Quiltingloulou said...

Quilts matter to me because I love sewing and making such interesting designed units for people I love is so important. My daughter is such a cold mortal that she is always wrapped in one of my quilts. They are always well received and much loved.

cathy jarrett said...

I have seen some parts when they aired on our local PBS station. I would love to win so that I can view all parts as well as share with my quilting friends. Cathy

Colleen Kilber said...

Making quilts is my "me" time. I love the sense of accomplishment when I see what I have created.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Quilts have mattered for hundreds of years. They were originally a source of warmth and even protection during times of war. Quilts matter now because they are a way to share love AND warmth. Even to total strangers. They are a link to the past and hopefully, a heritage to the future. I'm not a great quilter, but quilting has become a source of therapy for me. I think my life would be very void if not for my love of quilting.

MaryK said...

Why quilts matter to me is the beauty of them. You can have 10 people (or hundreds)use the same pattern to create a lovely quilt and none of them will be the same. The creativity of the people who design them and the people who make them never fails to amaze me. I am a novice at quilting but not to creating things. I have been a cross stitcher and sewer for years and found a new passion in the making of quilts :)

nhouse49 said...

Quilts matter because they remind us that whatever scraps live hands us, we can put them together in a way that gives us and those around us warmth, beauty, joy and love.

Lin Miller said...

Old family quilts matter so much to me because they are my link to my mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. I am a quilter and I know how much fun they had piecing and quilting these quilts by hand.

krazyquilt said...

first time I had heard of this documentary but I must find it to watch. most interesting thanks Bonnie for the heads up.

marie said...

Quilts matter because they live a little piece of you behind. Would love to win, then would have all my quilting gals over and we'd watch it together.

krazyquilt said...

Thanks for the heads up I must find this documentary, so interesting,

Anonymous said...

Quilts matter to me for a couple of reasons: they give me a reason to escape from everyday stress and life and a way to express my creative side. I would LOVE to win this DVD set. Thank you for the chance!

Tami
tamiquilts(at)att(dot)net

Anonymous said...

Why quilts matter to me personally? It gives me a way to express my creativity while creating something that is useful and beautiful. And it gives me a way to express my love, whether I give the quilt to family, friend, or an organization like Project Linus. And they are a little picture into history of the times.

Kathy
kathy.marlowe@gmail.com

Carolyn said...

Quilts matter as they belong to our history. We can identify with everyone who made them. I am from the UK and would love to see the series. Thanks Bonnie for your site I am a new visitor and absolutely love it!

Diane said...

quilts are art & history all in one ... & of course they are beautiful, warming and therapeutic! thanks for the chance.

Allison in Plano said...

Golly . . . this has been out for awhile and I've still not seen it. Would love to win it. Hmmm, quilting is like breathing to me. It is a part of me and my daily life. Without it I would be breathless!! Thanks for the opportunity to win. Hugs, Allison in Plano allon0711@yahoo.com

mary said...

I would love to win this so I could watch while quilting mary @madambonnet@aol.com

Barb Pampel said...

I'm a longarmer and just finished a quilt pieced by a 93 year old woman who passed away while I had this quilt in my cue. I had to locate a family member and through the help of friends at a QOV project, located a son and through him her daughter. The daughter drove over 2 hours to come pick this quilt up. I can now make a label for it as I now know the name of the great granddaughter for whom this quilt was a gift. This is why quilts matter. Pure love.

Anonymous said...

History is critical to keep alive.I would love to have this series and share it with our local museum and quilt guild.
Nina in BC ninaquilts@shaw.ca

~Kristie said...

Quilts matter because they bridge the gaps of love between generations. I hope that my future grandchildren and beyond will be able to wrap themselves up in a quilt from me whenever they need a hug and some comfort.

pcflamingo said...

There must be an infinite number of ways of why quilts matter - so many ways to each individual quilter. This sounds like a fascinating series. Thanks for the chance to win!

Rilene said...

Quilts matter the most when they connect people: families, friends, or quilts done for charities. I'd love to watch this series!

Lori Huffman said...

The most incredible reason to me that quilts are important is History. I just finished reading a book by Emilie Richards called Endless Chain. This book reminded me that quilts were used to help Slaves escape to Canada. In this particular book if the quilt was hanging outside, it let slaves know that they could safely approach and they would be taken care of. What a blessing!

Pat in Texas said...

Quilts matter to me because they connect me to my grandmother, my aunts, my mom

Brit said...

Quilts matter to me because quilting is a gift. Every generation of my family has had a quilter and I hope to pass it on to my children and nieces/nephews.

Beth said...

HI Bonnie - I have seen clips of this series and always wanted to see all the episodes. When I create a quilt as a gift, I am hoping it will end up well worn and provide the warmth and comfort I intended. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I am working on celtic soltice but I am taking a "binding break" today as my second "florabunda" just came back from the quilter! The picture from the cabin this morning looked so peaceful :)

Sandy said...

Why quilts matter is because each of us in our own way can give something of ourselves for posterity. Whether it be to a family member or someone we have never met, we can share the gift of warmth through a quilt. It may be a work of art or just a scrappy pieced one but it will still warm the receiver as it warmed our hearts to make it. Rather like firewood, chopping and then burning.

Anonymous said...

Quilts are beautiful to look at, interesting to touch, my creative outlet,my meditation time, my connection with the past, my legacy to the future. I really don't know why quilts matter to me; I have always been fascinated by them. I want to learn more on the history of quilts so this DVD set would help me with that.
barnes2676@sbcglobal.net

Kathy in NH said...

Quilts matter because they connect you to the past, present and future. Connected to the past through quilts my great grandma made, connected to the present through quilts my mom, daughter and I have made and connected to the future to descendants that have yet to be born.

Jantine said...

This sounds like a very interesting series. Quilts matter? Why? Because they are a piece of art for the maker, something to be creative in and shows to the recipient how much someone cares for you by taking time to make a quilt. It gives warmth and love, what else would you want?

Rike B. said...

Dear Bomnie,
Quilts matters to me, because making them is the best compensation to my work, to come down and relax. And they are a way to push my self-confidence which isn't the best at all time.
Thanks for this many giveaways, you share with us!

Lady of the Cloth said...

For me it is all about expression and connection. Each generation, no matter how rich or poor has the opportunity to express themselves in their quilt and connect to friends, family. strangers by giving them a quilt to sleep and dream under. The story goes on as these quilts are passed to future generations. Gotta love quilts

Kathy S. said...

Quilts matter to me because I love to express my creative side in a productive way. I love love love scrappy quilts. I love to use old shirts and sheets and things to make something useful. Thanks for all that you teach us. I learn so much from your blog and Quilt Cam.

Myrna said...

Quilting matters to me because it is a connection to my mom who made quilts. I feel her spirit with me when I'm working on a quilt. It's also a way to pass along something to my son and grandchildren. As a Kentuckian, I'm proud that this project is based in my home state.

Myrna in KY.

Rhonda Lou said...

I watched the clips and it was SO interesting. I have not seen that out there before. That would be great to see the whole thing.

Glenda in Florida said...

Quilting matters to me because it is my therapy--when things are not right with my world, I can go to my sewing room and play with fabric to create something that soothes my soul. Quilts matter because they express my love and concern for the recipient.

ocshoup said...

Quilts matter because they tell the stories of our lives, and their capacity to give physical and emotional comfort is unparalleled.

Mary said...

Why do quilts matter? I can easily slip into times of depression, and quilts keep me connected to other people through my guild. And they bring me such joy when I can donate them to those in need or make a special quilt for a family member of friend.

orchardquilter said...

Quilts and the process of making them brings generations together. "Remember when I was sick and you wrapped that quilt around me? Remember making my wedding quilt, my first granddaughter's quilt, my birthday quilt", and so on. The fabric holds the memories together from mother to daughter to granddaughter. Janet in WA

Mary Elizabeth said...

I haven't seen this series but it sounds fascinating. I have come fairly recently to an interest in the history of quilting after taking up quilting about 10 years ago --- and wondering why it took me so long. I will definitely be checking out this collection. Thanks so much for the introduction - and the chance to win.

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Kathy L said...

Quilts are important to me because they enable me to connect with whomever I am making them for. Years from now, they will remember me and my love for them.

Mary Dowell said...

To me quilts are the past, future and present all together. It is a expression of the quilter's love of family, community and friendship each stitch show a commitment to life. They represent the joy and sadness felt by that quilter. They are a family history, a history of an era, of the economics and life in general for the quilter.

suzanne, dutchess county NY said...

The obvious is the historical significance of family, place and time. But for the present and what my quilt making means to me is connections. The fabrics I choose,the process and how I feel when making the quilt and why.
These are conveyed to the recipient with the comfort , thoughts and feelings the quilt gives. When displayed a quilt connects the viewer to the quilter. Anonymous or not.

Ann Flower said...

I love to give something I have made to my family and friends. Quilts fill that need in me. My family has always quilted. I have pieces of quilts from grandmothers, great grandmothers, great aunts and now even my grandchildren. I started quilting as a child when my grandmother would let me pump her treadle machine while she sewed. How trusting of her. She also let me add stiches to the quilts on her quilt frame that took most of the front room space. Ann Flower, antiques@eoni.com

Joye with an e said...

Quilts matter to me because they feed my need for creativity. Not necessarily art, but usefulness. I heard about this series but haven't seen it and I know I would enjoy it. Thanks for the chance.

DJ said...

I say that I started quilting in 1965, but really I 'became' a quilter around age three when my great grandmother allowed me to use a needle and thread and scraps of fabric while sitting on her bed keeping her company, she was confined to her bed and I was her companion so often. Quilting connects me to her even now, and all the grandmothers that came before her and after her.

Stoney said...

Quilts are my way of giving a hug, especially when I cannot be there with the ones I love. Quilts matter because they matter. Thanks for the giveaway!
Stoney

Shasta Matova said...

Quilts matter in so many different ways. They allow me to take my mind off my troubles and have some repetitive meditative work, so they calm and sooth me. They allow me to become more confident as I try to expand my creativity in a low risk environment. They keep us warm. They help us forge connections with other quilters from around the world who share our passion. They help show compassion and secure the connections to the people we give our quilts to. They give us a way to leave a legacy that will endure even after we have passed on.

Jen said...

I'd love to win...DVDs are probably the only way I'd be able to watch the show! Teenagers steal the tv .

Marilyn said...

Quilts matter to me because they become a part of our legacy. My children and grandchildren have a part of me to take with them through their lives. I love to find out the history of other quilts too.

Debbie Lou said...

Looks like a wonderful series. Quilts matter to me because they are our link to our past, our family history and our way to share the joys of life. Making quilts are wonderful therapy. Thank you for the offer.

Patty D from NC said...

quilts are a bit part of my life - a way to wrap someone in love. thanks for a chance to win.

Lilac Joan said...

Quilts matter. I became a widow and retired at the same time. Just recently I began to think how different my retired life would be if I didn't make quilts. All I would have is television to fill most of my days. I have friends etc. but most have husbands and families of their own. Quilts and the internet have kept me busy, connected and productive!

Suzanne Carlisle said...

Quilts = Love
The love I have for my hobby.
The love I put into each quilt.
The love I have for each recipient.
The love they are surrounded by when they use it.

Everybody sing, What the world needs now is love sweet love..

Thank you for all you do.

Nancy-Rose said...

Quilts matter because the creation of them is my own 'self-care'. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the draw!

Lilac Joan said...

Quilts matter. I became a widow and retired at the same time. Recently I have been thinking about how different my life would be if I didn't make quilts. About all I would do would be to watch television. I have friends, grown family, etc. but they have their own lives and interests. Because of quilting and the internet I am still busy, happy and productive.

Anita Balgenorth said...

Quilts matter because they are a part of history and they are an art form. Quilts matter to me in particularly because creating a quilt gives me a sense of accomplishment as well as calming my soul. Sitting at my machine piecing is a stress reliever and I miss it if a day passes that I cannot be creating. I would love to own this collection of programs. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

RockinLou said...

Quilts Matter because they bring women together to communicate, build friendships and create together. The modern American Culture drives women apart, and women no longer trust each other, nor are they welcoming to newcomers. This all melts away in the quilting world, at least at my level, when regardless of the city I have lived in (lots in the past 10 years) I have been able to find a quilt store, with a quilting group, and make friends, young and old, without barriers and prior judgements, or assumptions being made. When quilting together all are equally kind, considerate, caring and enthusiastic. Many of my very best friends in the world are quilters, I love them so very much, and without quilting, I might have been a very lonely person!!

Eleana said...

I would love to see and win. I am sending a quilt I just made to a cousin in cuba.

JeannieC said...

How quilting matters to me. I love the ability to show my love for a person through making quilts. I am giving them a part of me with that gift. I love the creativity and would love everyone to learn about quilts and have the ability to make quilts.

Candy said...

Quilts Matter
Quilts are for beauty, esthetic, warmth, history, love, hobby, learning and education, friendship and peace.
Candydeister@gmail.com

Constance Hendryx said...

Quilts matter because it is away to wrap those we love in fabric and thread that we love!!

Connie Hendryx
chendryx (at) nctv (dot) com

Carol June said...

If you want warmth, buy a blanket. If you want tangible love, wrap Mom's quilt around you...or Grandma's...or Great-Grandma's...

Carol June
caroljune6@hotmail.com

Joy said...

Quilts matter for so many reasons. They connect our past, present, and future through their just being. They are part of history. They are art in so many ways. They give us warmth and beauty at the same time. They grace our walls, our beds, our bodies, and our hearts. They give the maker pleasure and frustration. They are made for use and in love. Each and every quilt that is made by a quilter has a part of that person in them. Quilts are love. To me they are my art and my passion. When I am not "making" I am planning and thinking. I see a quilt in almost everything.

Donna B said...

Oh quilts do so matter! The trailer spoke to me in so many ways...the fabric, history, creativity, and more. I would be honored to win a copy of this series! Thanks for the opportunity. DBonn rockview@methownet.com

phyllis said...

I've seen the series & would love to win it. Thanks for the opportunity.
Phyllis

Jean J. said...

I have always considered quilting an art form. I remember laying under one of my grandmother's quilts when I was very ill and the huge comfort it gave me. The uniting of these two forces, art and comfort, is unmeasurable to me and is so intertwined. I'm so impressed to see that there is a documentary that covers these areas along with many other aspects of quilts and quilting. What a validation to my views on an essential art form - QUILTS! I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to have a copy of this documentary for my own. Thank you. Your fan Jean

Suzanne Baltrip said...

Hi, Great giveaway!! Why Quilts Matter?? oh, my where to begin!! Well, I live in Michigan, and with this last storm, all I did was snuggle with my quilt!! My Mother taught me to quilt when I was young, now all the daughters and sons have a "piece"of me in their quilts. Suzanne Baltrip Ldyhwk23@yahoo.com

Debbie Quilts said...

Quilts matter because they are universal and timeless. No matter your age, financial status, education, etc. anyone and everyone can make a quilt if they choose to. I can't imagine that there is anyone in America who hasn't had some contact with a quilt. I can't imagine my life without quilting.

patriciasews101 said...

Quilts matter to me because my quilts are a part of my love that will out last me.I was here I loved and spent some my time piecing,and quilting to put part of my love into each and every one of my quilts for the person it was made for. When we can no longer share life we can share the quilt.
I would love to view this series on quilts.Thank you so much for offering it.

Judy said...

Sounds like a very interesting series. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

Judy

Darlene said...

What an awesome opportunity to win this!

Why do Quilts Matter to me? It is the one thing I know that I can make with love, enjoy the whole process of bringing it to life and sharing it with something. It brings joy to the person that has received it and myself.

The first quilt I made was for my mom - I had never made a quilt and did a lot of looking on the internet for instructions. It was by no means perfect, but the joy it brought to her was priceless.

Thank you for helping me to be a better quilter!

Blessings,
Darlene

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diane said...

Quilts matter...........because they are useful, they are a piece of the maker, they are used for comfort, for art, for decoration, for making history, to memorialize, for fun and whimsy, for sleeping under, for picnics, to commemorate events and a whole lot more.
Quilts to me are like a kaleidoscope. Depending on the pattern design and the fabric colors as you turn the wheel around it keeps making the quilt in different ways and styles. No two the same. Yet all are worthy of love and usefulness.

Diana said...

Quilts tell a story both of the quilter and the quilt recipient. I am a history buff so would love to watch and own the entire series. Thanks of the giveaway.

Marj said...

Quilts matter to me as a way to express myself and a way to relieve stress from the outside world. Growing old is not for sissies. Hope I get to watch the series.

Linda Glass said...

Quilts are important to me because my Mother was important to me. She quilted first from necessity then because she loved it. Kentucky quilts are like that too so the series speaks to me!and I wanna hear more.
Thanks, Linda
glasslinda@hotmail.com

Gweneth said...

Quilts matter, because they give us permission to touch and create with fabric.

Tressa Young said...

As a child, my grandmother and great-grandmother sat piecing quilt tops. After they were done with a few, they sent them back home to Arkansas to have them handquilted by my great-aunts for the amazing price of 30.00 per top. Since I don't have any of their quilts, quilting is my way of connecting with my past.

Janet said...

Quilts matter because they nourish the spirit, soul, and body. A home made quilt is Love.

Anonymous said...

Quilts matter to me because they have brought me friendships, purpose, closure in completions and warmth! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Gina in Missouri
hared@iland.net

diane said...

Quilts matter because they are a piece of the maker, used for comfort, for art, for making history, for commemorating an event, for picnics, for sleeping under, for giving away, for decorating, for making friends around the world, and the list goes on

Quilts are like a kaleidoscope to me. No matter the design pattern and fabric color when you are turning the wheel and see all the wonderful beautiful designs and colors it's much like quilts to me. No two are the same no matter what design pattern or colors are used.

teachpany said...

Quilts matter to me because it's something that I've made, to share, to keep warm, to beautify my home. The colors, textures and comfort are not available in any store. It's from my heart, and my hands.

kdkdkd said...

WOW, I hadn't heard of this before and would LOVE to watch it. kdkdcats at yahoo dot com

Quiltluver said...

Quilts matter to me because I feel connected to the generations past. I love civil war repo. quilts/fabric and can imagine the women from that time.

Tonya in Wisconsin
tonyahartnell@yahoo.com

Elizabeth Kelbaugh said...

QUILTS MATTER because it is a way to connect the past, present and future as well as share with others.
I have fond memories from childhood of sleeping on pallets of quilts at my grandmother's house and snuggling under more of her quilts. I hope my grandchildren will have fond memories associated with the quilts I have given them.
When I give a gift of a quilt, I am sharing part of me.

Cheryl in Friendsville said...

I've always known that quilts matter, but I'd love to see what they talk about on this series. Thanks for the chance to win.
katydidart60@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

From: clenagan@gmail.com
I made a large quilt for my daughter and her husband. Their friend, who is a sociologist, saw it, recognised fabrics from her family and commented that she hadn't realised how powerful quilts were. On examining a quilt for my daughter, I was able to show her husband where I'd used his father's shirt, and the origins of other fabrics. He hadn't realised the deeper meaning of a quilt. This is why quilts matter.
(If you can't mail to the UK, I'll be in the USA in March, just in case!)

Gale said...

Quilts matter to me because all of my legacy of my grandmother was ripped from me when she died by an evil aunt. I quilt to replace all of that and am determined that my legacy shall live in the beauty of my quilts for my siblings and my child. I'd love to have this series as I've loved the art of quilts since I was very small.

knitnoid said...

Quilts matter. sometimes it's an escape to make them, it's a physical show of love to someone far away, they are beautiful - even the ugly ones.

pdudgeon said...

quilts matter to me because they are my way of connecting to both past and future generations. I feel that quilts provide more than just warmth. they contain the hopes and dreams of the quilter, they provide comfort and security to folks who have suffered loss or illness. Quilts are a vehicle thru which men and women can relate to each other,and discover both hidden talents and hidden histories that would otherwise go unnoticed or forgotten.
Quilts provide a common bond of interest between strangers, and encouragement to those who are in need.
Gifts of Food, clothes, or money are all transient comodities, but a quilt endures to nurture over and over again.

Susie Kingdon said...

I am a beginner quilter, just finished my first quilt top and have 3 steps done on cs! I love fabric and the history in quilts. I want to make quilts for all my children and grandchildren to remember my love for them and for quilting!!!!♥

Andee said...

I think quilts matter because they are a gift from the heart and many of them stand the test of time. I know it seems a crazy hobby to buy expensive fabric and cut it up and sew it back together, but there is just something about it that fills my soul! I know this must be so for all the other quilters, past and present who live to quilt!

Lisa Mikel said...

The dvd's sound great. Quilts and making quilts are a very important part of who I am. I feel a connection to my ancestors as I sew. I enjoy making them and sew lots of love into each of my creations. When I die my quilts will be my legacy for people to remember me by.

Mary Lou Ozburn said...

Quilts give me a connection to the past as well as to the future. My grandmother taught me to hand piece nine patch blocks when I was 9. Later in my life, I spent many wonderful hours with Mom machine piecing quilts. I also had an aunt who taught me a lot about hand quilting. One of my granddaughters, though still too young to do much, is very interested in quilting. marylouozburn@netscape.net

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