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Georgia Quilts: Stitches And Stories

Stitches And Stories
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Whether made from scraps and feed sacks, or from fine cottons and silks, every quilt tells a story about its maker and the times in which he or she lived. GPB presents a celebration of quilting in Georgia Quilts: Stitches And Stories.

"In a language written in fabric and thread, quilts carry our stories down through the generations, warming the body and the spirit," says Georgia Quilts Producer Carol Fisk. "On farms and in cities, quilting has provided a backdrop to our history. Utilitarian quilts, pieced from old clothes and scraps, tell the stories of people scraping a living from the soil. Fancy quilts - made from vibrant fabrics and intricately stitched - bring to life stories of the more affluent. In Georgia Quilts: Stitches And Stories, we see how quilting fashions have changed during the 19th and 20th centuries, families share the moving legends of their heirloom quilts, and we meet some of Georgia's current traditional and contemporary quilters."

The documentary is part of GPB's Georgia Legacy Collection, a series of Emmy-winning local productions celebrating our culture and history. Georgia Quilts: Stitches And Stories was produced in collaboration with the Georgia Quilt Project and the Atlanta History Center, and was made possible by a generous grant from the Ray M. and Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, Inc., with additional funding from Wachovia and the William E. & Lillian G. Rudolph Charitable Trust.

Brought over by European settlers and sometimes influenced by African needle working traditions, quilting has provided a backdrop to Southern history. On farms and in cities, rich and poor folks have used quilt-making to express their creativity and to show their love for their friends and families. Today their quilts bring to life for us family stories of joy and sadness, success and hardship. Scraps were saved from old clothes, gathered from local textile mills or, a prize for quilt-makers, cut from feed sacks. Made from sturdy cotton and often brightly printed to attract customers, the sacks were used for dresses, sheets and many a pretty quilt.


Oh, it was the sweetest thing in the world to cover up with whenever you were sick and to have a quilt around you that's old, and the quilts that's made from the old sacks, the old feedsacks, they are the warmest, sweetest ' they feel different from any other quilt that you can use! – Hazel




Akua McDaniel,
John and Brenda Lynch

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