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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.


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:


"Roberts is an art quilter. She creates quilts that play with depth perception, which is something she lacks. Her quilts are very contemporary and unique. She uses quilting as a way to deal with depression. She teaches design at a junior college where she lives, and she occasionally teaches quilting."


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


Miriam Nathan Roberts and one of her quilts (Photo from Quilt Alliance)




Dianne Holcombe
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I lived just south of San Francisco and east of the Santa Cruz Mountains when the '89 quake struck. Miriam's quilt is an accurate representation of how we all felt when it happened!

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