Well, it's a good thing this author's anonymous, because he/she would probably have hoards of angry quilters running after him/her with upraised quilting needles! I am a quilter, and I was so incensed that I had to create a user I'd just so I could castigate this idiot! The previous posters have done such a wonderful job of refuting every sentence of this piece. I'm going to reiterate what they said. Quiltmaking is far from dead or irrelevant; it's a living craft and art form practiced by millions. To compare a hand-made quilt to some cheap mass produced polyester comforter you'd buy at Walmart is like comparing filet mignon to Hamburger Helper. Quilts are a part of American history, offering a glimpse into the lives of people who lived through the Revolution, the Civil War, the Great Depression, etc. Quilts are also the artistic expression of (mostly) women (although men have and do make quilts). There are wonderful examples of creativity and workmanship, the equal of any painting or sculpture in museum, and just because they were made by anonymous women working in the "feminine" medium of cloth and thread does not make a quilt any less a work of art!
As for myself, I spend quite a bit to support a multi- billion dollar quilt industry, which in turn provides jobs and income for Americans. I plan on visiting the IQSCM (along with many of my fellow quilters who also make the trek) and I am sure the lovely city of Lincoln, Nebraska is quite happy to host all of us quilters, who bring an influx of tourist dollars to spend on local food, lodgings, and entertainment. So the IQSCM gets 80k in taxpayer dollars. So what? I'd rather my tax dollars go to funding a nice quilt museum than some mess of a war or for underwriting tax breaks for huge corporations. In short, sir or madam, you are an ill-informed, obnoxious, moronic ignoramus.