Century of Quilts:  America in Cloth


A Century of Quilts videoThe 20th century was the century of the American quilt. In this era, quilts transformed from traditional necessities to glorious works of art.

In 1999, the International Quilt Festival in Houston conducted the ultimate search to find 100 of the most acclaimed quilts of the 20th Century. That fall the selected quilts were together for the show of a lifetime, and our cameras were there to meet the quilters and to record the stories of a Century of Quilts.

Each quilt was chosen not just for its beauty, but also for its contribution to the art of quiltmaking. A Century of Quilts: America in Cloth documents several of the 100 Best Quilts of the 20th Century. We meet the artists, the quilts, and the stories preserved in the cloth.

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Moments in Time
part 1 moments in time

Quilts preserve our heritage.
Meet the quilters

Telling Stories
part 2 telling stories
Quilts tell our stories.
Meet the quilters
Quilts as Canvas
part 3 quilts as canvas
Quilters push artistic boundaries.
Meet the quilters
Bonus segment
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Century of Quilts is made possible by Pfaff Sales & Marketing, Thirteen Moons Gallery, and by contributions to PBS stations from viewers like you.

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