For the anonymous opinion writer, you may want to also check out the Quilt Alliance Newsletter to see some lovely quilts, the creators and the stories behind the quilts. The Quilt Alliance serves a similar function at NPR's "Story Corps".... recording history but with quilts. http://tinyurl.com/bd7gpd8
I'm not sure if this "opinion" was written by a community columnist or the editorial board but it sure an uneducated view of importance of quilts and quilting in the history of America and in today's economy. In 2011 The Augusta Chronicle notes, "Despite its reputation as a fading, antique pastime, quilting is a growing, $3.6 billion industry nationwide and is seeping into new demographics and art forms." And it's more than a hobby since is a source of income for many home based business.
I would suggest that the author go to the public library and check out the 9-Part documentary, "Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics". It may provide a better understanding about why The International Quilt Study Center and Museum is provides such an invaluable service in our understanding of quilts as an American Treasure.