Quilting Then and Now

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Historically, the focus of women’s art-making has been on the finished product. This program will shift the spotlight to women’s skill, expertise, and technical command. We will also explore quilting as a socially and culturally complex practice.

We'll start with a virtual "Bed Turning" featuring quilts created by women in Iowa State University Women's Club Block Builders. Member Phyllis Schrag will share stories about each quilt.The bed turning will be followed by a panel discussion about women's expertise as makers and community builders. 

This program is part of #WomenKnowStuffToo programming.


  • Catherine Reinhart, a local textile artist who explores the connections between sewing and domestic caregiving


  • Marianne Fons, author and longtime public television host of “Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting”
  • Erin French, in ISU’s Apparel, Merchandising, and Design program, is conducting research in the interdisciplinary field of material culture studies
  • Marybeth C. Stalp, author of Quilting: The Fabric of Everyday Life and Professor of Sociology at the University of Northern Iowa


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Provided in partnership with Ames Public Library, Iowa State University College of Design, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa State University Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity, and the Iowa State University Women's Club Block Builders. Supported by the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation.

This program is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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