Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

August 1994


Published in Great Plains Research 4:2 (August 1994). Copyright © 1994 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Kansas Quilts and Quilters represents one state's contribution to one of the most remarkable grassroots movements in the late twentieth century-the formation of groups to photograph and document quilts made or found within a particular geographic area. Quilt projects in all fifty states, as well as in Canada and the British Isles, have since 1980, recorded tens of thousands of quilts. The purpose of these projects is not merely to chalk up numbers but to provide data for a better understanding of quiltmaking as an important expression of identity and accomplishments of women.

To those accustomed to think of quilts as bedcovers, pleasant but old-fashioned, this book will be a revelation. No one could read this book and come away without a better understanding of the important role of quilts in the lives of American women. Readers who expect anything involving quilts to be meaningless "fluff' will be impressed with the depth of scholarly research and writing in this volume.