Directed by: Elizabeth Barret
Running Time: 28:00
Quilting Women traces the process of traditional Appalachian quilting, from cutting out and piecing together the patterns to the quilting bee. Quilters comment on the origins of the generations-old patterns, the time and patience required, the satisfaction of accomplishment, the quilts as art, and the companionship offered by women working together over a quilting frame.
This film was preserved by Appalshop Archive with funding from the Women’s Film Preservation Fund. To support the work of preserving and safeguarding Appalshop’s collections, please consider making a donation to Appalshop Archive.
“Superb….a warm and joyful celebration of women artists, who with gentle modesty create works of art in textiles.” –Yvonne J. Milspaw, Journal of American Folklore
“The viewer gains a vivid impression of quilting as a social activity which generates a feeling of community and a sense of pride and achievement among the participating women….Enthusiastically recommended.” –Lawrence Levine, Department of History, University of California at Berkeley
“It is colorful, informative, interesting, and gives a delightfully human interpretation of this traditional craft. We have had nothing but positive comments from all who have seen it.” –Lisa Reynolds, curator, Atlanta Historical Society
“This low-keyed tribute to a reemerging folk art will be a fitting addition to high school and college classes on folk life and folk arts.” –Booklist
Screenings & Festivals
American Studies Association
Festival of American Folklife, Smithsonian Institution