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1 hour 42 minutes
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The Great American Quilt Revival

Episode 1

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The Great American Quilt Revival

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The Great American Quilt Revival is the story of how the craft of quilting became recognized as art and a force in popular culture.

In The Great American Quilt Revival, a cast of today’s well known quilters, including the notable Georgia Bonesteel, plus historians and collectors, discuss their art and role in the revolution of modern quilting. Tracking early quilting innovator Marie Webster, on to the influence of Amish and African-American traditions, and finally to the outpouring of quilts in response to the 9/11 tragedies, The Great American Quilt Revival captures the story of this landmark movement.

For centuries, quilts have been multifaceted objects, giving warmth on a cold night but also serving as cultural and personal expression in craft and pattern. However, the quilting took a dramatic turn in the late 1960s after Jonathan Holstein and Gail van der Hoof bought their first antique Amish quilt. Utterly captivated by its complicated beauty, they convinced the Whitney Museum of American Art to do something radical. In 1971 modern art and handcrafts converged as an astounding collection of American quilts were displayed like paintings on gallery walls. The exhibit sent shock waves through the modern art world; igniting a sudden worldwide awareness of American quilts. This phenomenon is detailed in The Great American Quilt Revival.

Co-produced by Bonesteel Films and quilting teacher and author Georgia Bonesteel, The Great American Quilt Revival chronicles the events that propelled quilting from a folk craft to a mainstream art form. The quilters and historians, include Cuesta Benberry, Jonathan Holstein, Jean Ray Laury and narrator Georgia Bonesteel.

For Georgia Bonesteel, the film is a departure from her long-standing and nationally popular television series, Lap Quilting. Not only a chance for her to tell personal stories on quilting, the film was also a unique chance to work with her son Paul, the director of the film.

“Paul forced me to look at the fantastic story of the American Quilt Revival from outside the quilt world looking in,” said Bonesteel. “I think this has helped make the film interesting to everyone, not just quilters.”

The film also delves into diverse expressions of quilting, capturing quilting’s changing sentiments over different eras, from post war periods to the women’s movement to AIDS awareness. An even more contemporary use of quilts in the national consciousness was revealed in the huge and emotional response to the tragedies of 9/11. Quilters, many with personal losses, were seeking to find solace in their craft resulting in a dramatic and beautiful special exhibition of more than 300 quilts.

Today, quilting guilds thrive across the country as the quintessential American craft continues to contribute to the legacy and development of quilting.

History
The Great American Quilt Revival debuted on North Carolina Public Television and PBS stations across the United State in 2005. Before and after, it received awards and accolades at a variety of film festivals and public screenings across the country.

“Recaptures the excitement and electricity of the days when a new generation discovered the artistic potential and pleasure of many of the quilt makers who helped shape the twentieth century quilt revival.”
-Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine

“A must see for quilt enthusiasts, historians and scholars - anyone who seeks a greater understanding of quilt making in the 21st century.”
-Carolyn Ducey, Curator, International Quilt Study Center

Georgia Bonesteel - Executive Producer, Narrator

Since the mid 1970s Georgia Bonesteel has been a leader in the quilt world. As the creator and host of Lap Quilting, she has shared her enthusiasm and love of quilting on Public Television since 1979, and has authored eight books. A longtime seamstress, Georgia attended Iowa State University and graduated from Northwestern University. While living in New Orleans in 1970, Georgia made quilted patchwork evening bags from necktie scraps and sold them in the French Quarter. After moving to North Carolina in 1972 she became interested in full size quilts and shortly after and began teaching quilting at Blue Ridge Community College. Her mother suggested she share her teaching skills on television, and the rest is history. For more information, visit georgiabonesteel.com.

DVD Extras
This one hour documentary on Vimeo features 45 minutes of bonus footage not seen on public television, including:
-Exclusive interviews with Georgia Bonesteel
-Bonus Interviews
-2004 Honoree’s Quilt Exhibit Slideshow
-2004 Hazel Carter Collection Slideshow
-Quilter’s Hall of Fame Tour with Joyce Gross
-The Quilted Car

Cast Includes:
Jinny Beyer
Jeff Gutcheon
Jean Ray Laury
Rosalind Webster Perry
Hazel Carter
Karen B. Alexander
Yvonne Porcella
Donna Wilder
Karey Bresenham
Jonathan Holstein
Cuesta Benberry
Barbara Brackman

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Quilt Revival Georgia Bonesteel Interview

Episode 2

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Duration
22:29
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Quilt Revival Georgia Bonesteel Interview

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Interview with Executive Producer and Quilting Hall of Fame Member, Georgia Bonesteel

This interview includes comments about her beginnings in quilting and the development of the PBS program, Lap Quilting with Georgia Bonesteel. She discusses her role in the quilt revival, the growth of quilting around the world, the Quilters Hall of Fame, and where her inspiration comes from, along with production of the film itself.

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Quilt Revival Bonus Interviews

Episode 3

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14:51
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Quilt Revival Bonus Interviews

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Bonus Interviews with Cast Members

These additional interview scenes expand upon points made in the film or stand alone as interesting stories or perspectives that did not fit the narrative of the film itself.

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Quilt Revival Movie Extras

Episode 4

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07:59
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Quilt Revival Movie Extras

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Quilters Hall of Fame Bonus Material and Exhibits

The grand opening of the Quilter’s Hall of Fame in 2004 included panel discussions with Honoree’s. Featured is an excerpt that includes Honoree Joyce Gross and her thoughts on quilting. A number of quilt shows were also hung, including the Honoree’s Show, and a collection curated by Honoree Hazel Carter. And finally, is an outtake from the film’s production that features the famous Quilted Car.

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