Intro: Why Learn Quilt History?

A Virtual Lecture with Dr. Jess Bailey and Dr. Sharbreon Plummer



Join Dr. Sharbreon Plummer and Dr. Jess Bailey as they discuss the role of history and story telling in our lives as quilters. Why do quilters have an affinity for the past? And why is it so important to learn the diverse legacies of quilt history? What tools do we have as quilters and as historians of visual and material culture to stand in relationship with the historical depth of quilt work? Learn about Dr. Plummer and Dr. Bailey’s favorite historical quilts and how we can re-think the larger stories we have been told through the power of quilt history. 

Wednesday, September 6th, 2023


2 pm – 3:30 pm ET

Zoom, a link will be send to participants the day before the event

All Tatter lectures are considered community programming and therefore ticket prices are donation-based. The suggested donation for each of these lectures is $25. Donations start at $15 for each lecture and $90 for the whole series.

*This session will be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed to all those who register following the live session. This link is live for 24 hours only.



Dr. Sharbreon Plummer is an artist, scholar and quilt researcher whose work centers the lives and creativity of Black women through textiles. Her upbringing in southern Louisiana informs her interest in how culture and ancestral memory act as catalysts of personal expression. Her work has been supported by organizations such as Center for Craft and American Quilt Study Group. She is author of  Diasporic Threads: Black Women, Fibre and Textiles from Common Threads Press and is a writer for QuiltFolk Magazine. You can learn more about her practice at and @sharbreon. 


Dr. Jess Bailey is an art historian, writer, and quilter. She teaches histories of visual and material culture in the history of art department at University College London, UK and holds a PhD in art history from UC Berkeley. Her research has been supported by fellowships in the US, Europe, and the UK. Bailey shares her own family tradition of hand quilting, yearly quilt fundraisers, and the many ways in which quilts are community care through @PublicLibraryQuilts. Bailey is the author of the zine Many Hands Make a Quilt: short histories of radical quilting from Common Threads Press.You can find more of her work at


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