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Quilts: Art or Activism?

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

Quilts today are often thought of as decorative blankets found in our grandmother’s home. Their influence and function, however, spread far beyond their role as providers of warmth. From the Temperance Movement to the battle against cancer, quilts have raised awareness for a variety of social and political causes. Denise Bartosh, Certified Quilt Appraiser and historian, will shed light on this lesser-known side of quilt-making as she highlights their past uses as vehicles for societal action.

In addition to her accomplishments as an award-winning quilter, Bartosh is a quilt historian, collector and restorer who has lectured and conducted classes on many quilt-related topics and served as a quilt judge. She published a storybook quilt pattern, “Cover Your Child with Love”, based on the children’s book, That’s How Love Is, by Joan Howes. Denise and Joan have also published the “Simply Unique Jackets” by Joan pattern. Denise is a member of many quilt guilds and quilt-related organizations and has served for several years on the Grants Committee of a national quilt organization. She earned her M.A. degree from Texas Women's University, Denton, Texas. Prior to her quilt life, she has had careers in education and the business world.

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