It is obvious from the comments that we all know the writer of this article is totally uninformed and didn't even attempt to do research on the significance of quilting in history or currently. One of the most ridiculous statements is the dollar amount that the International Quilt Study Center has received. Seriously? - chump change when you consider other national subsidized institutions.
I did a bit of math - if the International Quilt Study Center received 40,000 in Federal Funds in 2011 - and there were 139.3 MILLION tax returns filed in the US. Each taxpayer in the united states had to cough up .00028 cents as their contribution - folks that 28 ten-thousanths of ONE dollar. Oh my!!! Tennessee should really be annoyed about THAT! - NOT.