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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Estella Spates

It's Sunday, which means it's time for another interview from the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance. This week we feature Estella Spates, who "was interviewed as part of the South Central Michigan QSOS. She shares the design process of her "Three Dancers" quilt, her experience as an African American quiltmaker, and the importance of quilts in women's history."

 

What are Quilters' Save Our Stories interviews you ask? "Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories (QSOS) is a project of the non-profit Quilt Alliance. The project creates, through recorded interviews, a broadly accessible body of information concerning quiltmaking, both present-day and in living memory. Our archive for the original audio recordings and photographs is the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. QSOS volunteers from across the country conduct and transcribe these interviews. We appreciate their generosity of time and dedication to the project!"

 

From Quilters' Save Our Stories and the Quilt Alliance:

 

"Estella Spates was interviewed as part of the South Central Michigan QSOS. She shares the design process of her "Three Dancers" quilt, her experience as an African American quiltmaker, and the importance of quilts in women's history."

 

Click Here, or the images of Estella's quilt below, to hear her story.

 

Three Dancers by Estella Spates (Photo from the Quilt Alliance)

 

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Three Dancers by Estella Spates - Detail (Photo from the Quilt Alliance)

 

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Ramona Granger
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Beautifully done.

vchenette
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I love the way Estella made the fabrics dance around the border!

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