Patchwork and politics are not commonly linked, but Generation Q has drawn attention to and participated in a robust discussion about government funding for a highly regarded quilting museum, prompted by an editorial in the regional press, based on stereotypes and politics:
A few days ago, our creative director Megan Dougherty nosed out a newspaper editorial written by the Chattanooga Times Free Press that slammed the use of public funding for the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.
In particular, the paper contends that federal monies are wrongly pledged to the IQSC because its focus is too narrow and it does not benefit the majority of the population. Besides, nobody but “Aunt Bee, The Waltons and Ma Ingalls” are interested in quilts anymore. It’s just another “pork project.”