To: Mr. Drew Johnson, editor of the Times Free Press Opinion Page
Dear Mr. Johnson,
I am sure that you are astonished to discover that many do not share your opinion that “quilting fails to hold the interest of most Americans today. Since department stores carry a wide selection of affordable bedding, and special memories can be recorded by photographs and videos rather than by laboring over scraps of cloth, quilts have become largely irrelevant in modern culture.” I truly hope that you have the opportunity to learn how many Americans vehemently disagree with this ill-informed opinion soon and for a long time to come. I believe the efforts of those who have commented before me have served the IQSC well by the impassioned, (largely) articulate, educated, thoughtful responses. I do not hope to achieve that lofty goal, but merely to add my comment to the growing list of those whose ardent dissent has been voiced.
Quilts are so much more than a bed covering or record of memories; they are a tangible link to America's past as well as present; a record of the literal blood, sweat, tears, joys, sorrows, pride, love, and achievement of the generations of women and men who have invested themselves in both large and small ways into the making of, caring for, preservation, and support of this highly-respected art form.
Please do quilts the honor of granting them more respect than the Corn Palace, aligator wrestlers, and other taxpayer-funded boondoggles you so earnestly deride.
By the way, I forgot to mention that the IQSC had over 17,000 visitors in 2011...