Picturing America: Quilts of the 19th and 20th Centuries
Quilts are of both practical and artistic value, offering an economical yet decorative way to bring warmth to a home with scraps of fabric. In this video from Picturing America, you'll learn more about the different quiltmaking traditions in America.
View the video (7 minutes) from Picturing America.
- What function did quilts serve in many homes?
- What is unique about early Amish quilts?
- What are some examples of quilting traditions and different cultural influences on American quilting?
For older students, the discussion of quilting can connect to questions about women's rights, domestic labor, and the circumscription of opportunities for women to express themselves artistically. Some EDSITEment resources to support these conversations include: