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KEN BURNS SUPERSTAR QUILTS




Earlier this year​​ a seemingly​​ unlikely event took place. At​​ the​​ International Quilt Study Center and Museum, in Lincoln Nebraska, 28 pieces from Ken Burn’s​​ Quilt​​ collection went on display.


Yes, Ken Burns of PBS documentary fame!


The acclaimed filmmaker​​ has accumulated about 75 pieces, and selects each piece for his collection based on what moves him, the design, the story, as well the makers.

Burns seems to approach collecting quilts as a documentarian, thinking about the communities that created them as well as the stories shared. In an interview with​​ Kim Carpenter from​​ the Omaha World Journal​​ Burns​​ said:

“Certainly there are quilts that are individual, but they often reflect a kind of teamwork, a group of women sitting together and making a quilt within a family​​ or within a community.”

History itself can stitch us together, Burns said, and quilts can link “individuals, families and communities together.”

I have my fingers crossed there is a giant coffee table book in the works!

–​​ Trudi





Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection,”​​ on display at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.



Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection,”​​ on display at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.



Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection,”​​ on display at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.



Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection,”​​ on display at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.




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