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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Paula Nadelstern

Three-time Quilt Show guest Paula Nadelstern just loves her kaleidoscope quilts and has an ongoing series of them. In this interview from the Quilt Alliance's Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program, Paula shares the story of kaleidoscope quilt number twenty, better known as Kaleidoscopic XX: Elegant after Maths, in her interview with QSOS from over twenty years ago (how appropriate).


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:


"Nadelstern considers herself a professional quilter, and she is known for her kaleidoscope quilts and the technique she invented to create them. She talks about how quilting started as a hobby that grew into a career. At multiple points, she talks about her obsession with fabric, and why it's so important to her. She also talks about fabric art and its need to be recognized as a legitimate art form."


Click Here, or the image of Paula's quilt below, to hear her story.


Learn more from Paula by watching her on The Quilt Show in:


 - How to Make a Puzzle Quilt with Paula Nadelstern | Quilt Studio Visit Maggie Weiss | Mitered Corners | Photo Sizing


 - How to Make a Kaleidoscope Quilt with Paula Nadelstern | Folk Art Museum Visit


 - How to Let Your Fabric do the Work with Paula Nadelstern | Antique Quilts with Julie Silber


Quilt Photo: Kaleidoscopic XX: Elegant after Maths by Paula Nadelstern (1999, 61" x 61") [Photo by Luke Mulks and Diane Pedersen, courtesy C&T Publishing]


Techinques and Materials Used: Machine-pierced and hand-quilted cotton, silk and specialty silk died by Pieces of Eight






janice ewing
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Paula, love the “Elegant after Maths”, you know how much John and I love MATHS!!! This is a particularly pleasing combination of color and design.

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