Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Throw Out Your Quilts

A MOKA friend of mine sent me a link to an article today about the InternationalQuilt Study Group museum housed at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  She wrote, "this is an article that should make every red-blooded quilter upset."  You can find the article here.  And my response right here:

This writer has not bothered to cite his or her work even though he or she is claiming that education is not worth our tax dollars. The U of Nebraska is a public institution - paid for by the public. Duh. What's next? Algebra? As an English major I never wanted to pay for Math and my calculator works just fine. Oh, and then there's that whole Art History class. If this writer discovers Vincent van Gogh or Picasso or Michelangelo, we can get us some art at a fairly good blue light special price and turn buildings such as The Art Institute of Chicago into a cyber cafes. Woohoo! And, where on Earth are we going to unload that Liberty Bell.

According to an IQSC member, in 2011 quilting and the preservation of quilts was so irrelevant to modern society that it generated a mere "$3.58 billion industry in the United States with 21.3 million quilters, nationwide. Fourteen percent of U.S. households are home to at least one active quilter."

The worst part of this whole thing is that this is a piece of commentary - which, unfortunately people consume as journalism, as the truth. Newspapers like the Chattanooga Times are counting on their readership's ignorance. If this rag meant what they publish, the author would stand up and take credit.

Aristophanes would advise us that there is hope,"“Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, and drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever.” So, cuddle up under your quilt and decide.


  1. Ignorance is in the air these days. I am so proud of your response. I have to say that the first thing I noticed in the article was the lack of citation either by the author or the newspaper. Shame on them both. Quilts have been regarded as art since I was a young girl and we all know that is a long time.

  2. Thank you, Kelly. I had heard of the article but not read it. Your response is fabulous - I plan to share it with my quilting friends all of whom support the quilting industry with their dollars and talents.
    Mary Ann