Quilts and documentaries? It's all interwoven for filmmaker Ken Burns

Filmmaker Ken Burns has a passion for quilts. He discusses his quilt collection, currently on display at the International Quilt Study Center in Nebraska.
An exhibition of Ken Burns' quilts called Uncovered at The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska runs until May 13, 2018. (Richard Shotwell/Invision)
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It's clear that Ken Burns is a filmmaker who's fascinated with American history — what's less obvious is that he has another passion: quilts. Burns loves quilts so much that the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska currently has part of his collection on display. 

Ken Burns talks to Tom Power about the many interesting quilts he's collected throughout his life and how, in a funny way, they have a lot to do with his success as a filmmaker. 


(Courtesy of Laura Chapman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln / Ken Burns)
(Courtesy of Laura Chapman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln / Ken Burns)
(Courtesy of Laura Chapman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln / Ken Burns)
(Courtesy of Laura Chapman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln / Ken Burns)

— Produced by Vanessa Greco​

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