Art Quilt Resources

The history books tell us that the “craft” of quilting was rediscovered in the tumultuous 1960s. As the mainstream art world expanded its definition of what materials and forms could be considered art, artists embraced the quilt format as a legitimate means of creative expression. This was the birth of a new and exciting art form.

For more than 50 years, the art quilt movement has been breaking new ground. Today, thousands of artists and collectors around the world are passionate about this art form.


Find out more about collecting art quilts and get details about collectors who also appreciate the aesthetic beauty of this genre.
This publication includes four articles written by Robert Shaw, an expert on contemporary and antique quilts and lots of images of interesting quilts –both historical and art quilts.
Resource Article
Martha Sielman and Lucy Shaiken take us through some noteworthy milestones in the Art Quilt Movement, from 1956 to today. This article was originally published on
by Sandra Sider (written for Quilting Arts Magazine)

This three part series outlines the history of the art quilt movement from 1959 to the 21st century. These articles first appeared in Quilting Arts Magazine and are shared with their permission.

by Sandra Sider
Narrated presentation of selected pieces from SAQA's Layered and Stitched exhibition by Dr. Sandra Sider.
by Deborah Quinn Hensel
As Shelly Zegart was developing the nine-part documentary, “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art and Politics,” quilting as art was a key concept.
by Nancy Bavor
This paper examines the lives of nine female artists who were making quilts in California between 1966 and 1986, the twentieth century culture that inspired them to become quilt artists, and the work they created.
by Carolyn Ducey
Learn what you like and what you don’t, but mostly, learn to appreciate the compelling vision that an artist has put before you. Trust your instincts and see what you remember — the art that won’t let you go.