How to Make an American Quilt (1995)



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This tender female-bonding film compares the making of a quilt to Life, as a group of women at a quilting bee instruct a nervous bride with lessons from the patchwork of their own lives. Finn Dodd has returned to her Northern California hometown to relax from her hectic life in the city where she not only prepares for her wedding to Sam, but also attempts to write a thesis on handicrafts and culture. The women have gathered to make her wedding quilt and as they patiently stitch, each of them … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jane Anderson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 23, 1999
MCA Universal Home Video


as Finn Dodd

as Glady Joe

as Young Sophia

as Constance

as Sophia

as Marianna

as Finn's Father

as Arthur

as Young Glady Joe

as Aunt Pauline

as Preston

as Mrs. Darling

as Young Em

as Young Dean

as Young Hy

as Young Anna

as James

as Duff

as Mrs. Rubens

as The Mrs.

as Em's Mother

as Boy at Party

as Em's Father

as Anna's Great Grandmo...

as Anna's Great Grandfa...

as Lady Guest

as Male Guest

as Boy at Party

as Boy at Party

as Young Finn

as Young Finn

as Baby Pres

as Baby Pres

as Little Evie

as Little Evie

as Little Duff
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Critic Reviews for How to Make an American Quilt

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (12)

Despite its hard-sell coming attraction and pot-smoking granny singing rock oldies, How to Make an American Quilt turns out to be a wealth of old-style Hollywood magic.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for How to Make an American Quilt

I watched this years ago and can remember being quite disappointed with it. Enough time has now gone by that I felt like a re-watch. Has it improved with age? Well, yes and no.
First of all, it is a little on the dull side. I don't think the story of a young woman, Finn (Winona Ryder), who goes to stay with her older female relatives who are part of a quilting circle would be too many people's idea of riveting viewing.
Finn is recently engaged and has cold feet, so she becomes interested in hearing about the romantic lives of her relatives and their friends, which she is also using as a thesis topic. In flashback form, we see the disappointments and hardships these strong women have faced, as well as the parts that made it seem worthwhile. It's sentimental and a little cliched in that way American movies seem to be, but it is nice in its way. I think maybe it's a film that improves with repeat viewings, as there are quite a few female characters here, plus their younger selves, it can get a little confusing as to who is who!
The acting is excellent. A really good cast here. I think this is more a movie to appeal to an older female audience. Not one for young girls as they will be bored, as I was first time I watched this, I was not at an age to relate to the older women here. Men also, I think would be bored - even older ones!
I recommend it, but with reservations. Maybe one to watch on tv !

Nicki Marie

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Winona visits her grandmonther and joins her sewing circle and learns about their relationships. Touching movie.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


great actresses but it misses being being great by being too diffuse and ends up unsatisfying

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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