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The 30th Anniversary Quilt Alliance BOM - Month 5 Designed by Suzy Williams

From the Quilt Alliance"In the first four months of the Quilt Alliance’s Birthday Block of the Month celebration, we’ve had delightful quilt blocks that stretch our skills, and for month five we have something we haven’t seen before in this sew along — two classic quilt blocks coming together to create one new, almost three-dimensional shape!" Click through to take a look at the Month 5 block and how you can join in on the fun!

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Miriam Nathan Roberts

For today's segment focusing on the Quilt Alliance's Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program, we are bringing you an interview from the earlier days of the project. Recorded in 1999, Miriam Nathan Roberts is interviewed about what it's like to be a unique and contemporary quilter of the time period and discusses her quilt Tectonic Boogie, which was inspired by the major earthquake in California in 1989.

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Barbara Ann Bauer Barrett

The Quilt Alliance's interview from the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program this week is all about Barbara Ann Bauer Barrett​. Barbara, in conversation with interviewer Shelly Pagliali, talks about the quilt that she brought along, Sing a New Song, how she is "an active member of many groups and guilds", and about being a "member of the International Quilt Association (IQA)".

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Jannett Caldwell

This week's Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) interview from the Quilt Alliance features Karen Musgrave talks with Jannett Caldwell about a special Alzheimer's Forgetting Piece by Piece Q.S.O.S., which relates to Jannett's quilt, Losing My Mind a Piece at a Time.

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The 30th Anniversary Quilt Alliance BOM - Month 4 Designed by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

In July, the Quilt Alliance is excited to share a foundation paper pieced block by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill as part of their 30th Anniversary BOM. For some of you, this might be a new or daunting technique, but don't worry! The blog post has a ton of great tips, plus a link to a great tutorial from Sheri herself, who specializes in making this kind of sewing as easy as possible. Join the Quilt Alliance and find out how you get to participate in this fun project!

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Nancy Martin

For this week's Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) interview from the Quilt Alliance, Nancy Martin takes the spotlight to share one of the log cabin quilts she has made and to talk about "her personal connections to quilting, including how she began quilting, how quilting has impacted her family life, and her quilt business and books she has written."

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Textile Talks: A Conversation with Libs Elliott, presented by Quilt Alliance

Presented by the Quilt Alliance, "Join the Quilt Alliance for a conversation with quilt maker and designer Libs Elliott, creator of code-generated quilts that are randomly designed by computer processing languages. Libs will be interviewed by professor and quilt historian Janneken Smucker for the fourth season of Running Stitch, a QSOS oral history podcast produced by the Quilt Alliance. Tune in for an exciting talk about the intersection of technology, handmade craft, and of course, quilts!" Register today and watch when this episode airs this Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at 2 PM EDT.

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Jane Hall

With the recent passing of Jane Hall at the age of 90, we'd like to share her Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) interview from the Quilt Alliance where she discusses everything from quilting during difficult times to the functions of quilts, pineapple designs, and finding joy in quilting (which we think she did quite often).

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Donna Marcinkowski DeSoto

Returning after a month's absence, the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance shines its light on Donna Marcinkowski DeSoto. Interviewed by Karen Musgrave of the Quilt Alliance, Donna talks about many things, including the creation of her quilt Cyclea Peltata"why quilting is so important to her," and "how positive women coming together to make quilts is, and the positive impact it has had on women throughout history."

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Hidden Treasures in the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) Collection

On Sundays we have been featuring interviews from the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance. Now Deb Josephs, the Quilt Alliance office manager of 16 years, wants to share some of her favorites that might have been missed the first time as the QSOS program celebrates its 25th anniversary next year.

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The 30th Anniversary Quilt Alliance BOM - Month 3 Designed by Pat Sloan

From the Quilt Alliance"This month, we're flipping the script, and sharing a block from Pat Sloan that draws from a long line of historic quilts made with the 'Churn Dash' pattern." Click through to take a look at the Month 3 block and how you can join in on the fun!

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Lisa Ellis

After a brief hiatus, our focus on the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance returns with Lisa Ellis, who was previously a guest of The Quilt Show. In this interview with Karen Musgrave, Lisa discusses many topics including her quilt Miriam's Dance, which she says is "Inspired by the story in Exodus following the parting of the Red Sea when Miriam leads the Hebrew women in a dance of celebration."

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Textile Talks: Thomas Knauer - Letters, Numbers, Words, and Sentences, presented by Quilt Alliance

You may have seen some of Thomas Knauer's quilts at shows before. They stand out because they feature numbers, barcodes, and all manner of things that you wouldn't necessarily expect to be on a quilt. This week's Textile Talk is just about those eccentricities featured and more. It "will explore some implications and possibilities of placing text on quilts" and "examine what it means to speak/write through the medium of quiltmaking and how words on quilts create voices unique to quilting, distinct from other more typical materials." Register today and watch when this episode airs this Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at 2 PM EDT.

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Cliff Bailey

This week's interview from the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance features Cliff Bailey.

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Roy Mitchell, Jr.

This week's interview from the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance features Roy Mitchell, Jr. Roy "is a collector of Black memorabilia. As he studied Black culture, he began to wonder why Black people were always negatively correlated with watermelon. In response, Mitchell created the quilt "Watermelun Babies" to portray a more positive linkage between watermelon and Black people." See Roy's quilt, and get to know a bit more about him, in this insightful installment of the QSOS program.

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The 30th Anniversary Quilt Alliance BOM - Month 2 Designed by Zak Foster

From the Quilt Alliance"Our very first Block of the Month project is underway. We have nine amazing blocks from nine incredible designers and the Month Two block designed by Zak Foster comes out on Monday!⁠" Click through to take a look at the Month 2 block and how you can join in on the fun!

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Eileen Doughty

The Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance makes a triumphant return this week with an interview with Eileen Doughty. In it, Eileen talks about the quilt she brought, inspired by a story from J.R.R Tolkien that she read as a teenager, and amongst other things, her family's support of her quilting, her inspirations, her studio, and so much more.

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Quilt Alliance: Community Quilt Days April 2023

The nonprofit Quilt Alliance and community partners will present two free Community Quilt Days at the Sandy Mush Community Center at 19 School Road, Leicester NC today, April 23, 2023 and next Sunday, April 30, 2023.
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Quilt Alliance: "We Are Our Stories" by Karen S. Musgrave

From Amy Milne, Executive Director of the Quilt Alliance: "In this issue we are honored to present a guest essay from Karen S. Musgrave, a past volunteer and QA board member, who played a pivotal role in the development of the QSOS oral history project. Karen is an interdisciplinary, multihyphenate artist whose recent body of work deals with loss, memory, and identity. She feels passionately about connecting cultures with quilts. Karen's memories from her work with QSOS paints a vivid picture of what volunteer work can offer an artist, especially giving back to and gaining from a passion project."

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Carolyn Mazloomi

The Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance brings us another riveting interview this week. Conducted in 2009 with Karen Musgrave, Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, Historian, Curator, Author, Lecturer, Artist, Mentor, Founder, and Facilitator, talks about her quilt He Stands on the Shoulders of Many, a story quilt made for the 2009 exhibit "Quilts for Obama" at the Historical Society of Washington, DC, as well as the Women of Color Quilters' Network, which Mazloomi founded in 1985.

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