The landmark nine-part documentary series - a fresh, relevant exploration of quilts


Great for students in History, Art, Textiles, Political Science, Material Culture, Women's and Gender studies

Essential for all academic and public library collections

Important for museums and groups hosting quilt exhibitions


"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

"This fine series has aired on selected PBS stations and is recommended for academic and public library collections. Each episode is further divided into sections making it optimal for classroom selection and viewing."

- Educational Media Review Online (EMRO)

"As a professor of American Studies I can think of no better resource to introduce my students to one of the most visually compelling, historically rich art forms in our country. This series presents a diverse community of artists, scholars, and collectors who speak to the powerful meaning of race, class, gender, and region sewn into every quilt."

- Marcie C. Ferris, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics is in the collections of
more than 250 universities, colleges and public libraries, including:

Chicago Public Library / University of Notre Dame / Seattle Public Library / University of Michigan / 
Berea College / University of Minnesota / Cleveland Public Library / George Washington University / 
Sotheby’s Institute of Art / Harvard University / Stanford University / Metropolitan Museum of Art / 
Prince William Public Library System (GA) / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill / Toronto Public Library


  • American Style Magazine - "Style Spotlight: Quilts Tell Life Stories in TV Series"
  • History Channel Club - "Quilts Hold More Than Warmth"
  • Education Media Reviews Online
  • Library Journal Review
  • Video Librarian Review
  • Quilting Arts Review
  • GJSentinel - "Quilts Matter, and Documentary Explains Why"
  • Review
  • Quilter's Connection (Canada)
  • Popular Patchwork (United Kingdom)
  • McCall's Quilting Review
  • Quilter's Digest Review
  • Interview: Shelly Zegart for LEO
  • and more.


  • April 2013: SAQA's Expanding Horizons Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • February 2013: The Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History, Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • January 2013: Screening at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa
  • January 2013: "Art of Collecting with Shelly Zegart" - San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
  • November 2012: River's Edge International Film Festival, Paducah, Kentucky
  • October 2012: American Quilt Study Group Annual Seminar, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • June 2012: Vermont Quilt Festival Lunch Hour Screening
  • May 2012: Episode Screening at New England Quilt Museum
  • April 2012: 28th Annual AQS Paducah Quilt Show Episode Screening
  • February 2012: "Quilts As Metaphors" - Panel Discussion at Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky
  • February 2012: American Patchwork and Quilting Radio Interview with Shelly Zegart, Series Executive Producer and Host
  • and more.

Throughout Fall 2011, screenings at the Newark Museum, Charleston Museum, American Folk Art Museum, the Carnegie Center for Art & History, The Speed Art Museum.


  • Episode 1: Quilts 101: Antique and Contemporary Quilts - Info | Preview
  • Episode 2: Quilts Bring History Alive - Info | Preview
  • Episode 3: The Quilt Marketplace - Info | Preview
  • Episode 4: What is Art? - Info | Preview
  • Episode 5: Gee's Bend: "The Most Famous Quilts in America?" - Info | Preview
  • Episode 6: How Quilts have been Viewed and Collected - Info | Preview
  • Episode 7: Empowering Women One Quilt at a Time - Info | Preview
  • Episode 8: Quilt Nation: 20,000,000 and Counting! - Info | Preview
  • Episode 9: Quilt Scholarship: Romance and Reality - Info | Preview
  • Bonus features

NEW! A very special bonus is included with the public performance license purchase at no additional cost - the 30 minute DVD of selected highlights created exclusively for the NMWA.


Image Resource Guides (IRG)

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An encyclopedic online downloadable reference repository housing information about each image seen in every episode of Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics documentary series.

View Image Resource Guides

Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics Discussion Guide

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A comprehensive and group-friendly resource designed to help you continue the conversation about the role of quilts in our society.

View sample of the Discussion Guide

Exhibition Programming Opportunities

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Add exciting dimensions that will enrich the exhibition experience and encourage your audience to make return visits.

View Exhibition Programming Opportunities brochure

All resources are available in electronic format, ready to download.
Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics Discussion Guide
is also available in printed format (softcover).


NEW! A very special bonus is included with the public performance license purchase at no additional cost -
the 30 minute DVD of selected highlights created exclusively for the NMWA.

For more information on how to purchase the Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics DVD with the Public Performance License, please click on the "Purchase" button below.



Click for more information on how to purchase Why Quilts Matter: History, Art &ampl Politics DVD with the Public Performance License

Quilt groups: please contact us.


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