The Quilt Scout

by Mary Fons

Getting Into “Bed”

(With Robert Rauschenberg)

Column #94


The longer I make my way through the story of the quilt in the United States, the more humble I become. It’s not just that I’m humbled by the beauty of it all. It’s that the more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know, and I see how in the dark or flat-out wrong I’ve been about any number of things along the way. I try not to get too down on myself about it. The whole point of research is to learn more about a thing. If you know everything already, what’s the point?