From Revival to Reinvention: Quilting in America, 1971-2023

Hayden Lees Cubas
Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice

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Title
From Revival to Reinvention: Quilting in America, 1971-2023
Contributor Names
Cubas, Hayden Lees (Author)
Montegut, Denyse (Thesis advisor)
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice (Degree granting institution)
Date
2023
Degree Information
M.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, 2023
Department: Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice
Advisors: Montegut, Denyse
Committee members: Davidson, Hilary; Carlson, Brooke
Abstract
This qualifying paper traces the most recent quilting revival in America from the 1970s through modern-day and examines the circumstances of early and late Revival quilters, with exploration into whether early and late Revival quilters are indeed part of the same quilting movement. Investigating the factors that sparked the revival in the Seventies, and the evolution of the quilting industry that grew around Revival Quilters in the years that followed, characteristics of quilters are defined as the decades progress and the nature of Revival Quilting changes. Quilters’ dialogs with the growing quilting industry affect commercially available products in the hobby market, as well as the output of those who engage with the craft and how quilts are created.

As new tools and technologies change, the ways in which quilters engage with the craft evolves dramatically. While post-millennium quilters find their foundations in the quilting revival of the Seventies, increasing developments in technology and the internet give them unprecedented access to peer dialog and educational materials. New avenues to careers in quilting, grounded in YouTube, social media, and e-commerce, begin to emerge. In light of this exceptional level of access to the quilting community, sewing supplies, and pattern material, the author seeks to redefine post-millennium quilters, proposing a new term scholars may use to refer to them: Connected Quilters.
Keywords: Craft; Material culture; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Textile arts
Subject
Textile research
Art--History
Business
Handicraft
Material culture
Quilting
Quilts
Sewing
Textile crafts
Art history
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Identifier
FIT Repository ID: etd_000930
ISBN: 9798379502508
pqdiss: 30313959
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Language
English
Publisher
Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

Citation

Cubas, H. L. (2023). From Revival to Reinvention: Quilting in America, 1971-2023 [Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York]. FIT Institutional Repository. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/120755
Cubas, Hayden Lees. From Revival to Reinvention: Quilting in America, 1971-2023. 2023. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Master's thesis. FIT Digital Repository, https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/120755
Cubas, Hayden Lees. "From Revival to Reinvention: Quilting in America, 1971-2023." Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, 2023. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/120755