Quilters' Save Our Stories with Roberta Horton
Many of our Quilt Show Legends have taken part in the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance, including Yvonne Porcella and Eleanor Burns. Today we are featuring another, Roberta Horton, one half of the dynamite quilting duo that she made up with her sister Mary Mashuta. In this interview, she talks about her quilt, Frau Horton, "her creative process in both choosing fabrics and turning these fabrics into quilts", and "her hometown's influence on her quilt designs, and her relationship with her sister."
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:
"Marilyn Geary interviews Roberta Horton, a quilter and quilt teacher, about her quilts and her quilting career. Horton first talks about the quilt she brought to the interview, titled "Frau Horton." She discusses her experiences traveling to Germany and teaching quilting classes there, which inspired the creation of her quilt. She also talks about various fabrics from around the world and how she incorporates these fabrics into her quilts. She details her creative process in both choosing fabrics and turning these fabrics into quilts. Horton talks about her general attitudes towards quilting, including her favorite aspects of quilting, the proper preservation of quilts, the qualities of a great quilt and quilter, and the importance of quilting in women's history. She speaks on personal aspects of quilting, such as the future of her "Frau Horton" quilt, her hometown's influence on her quilt designs, and her relationship with her sister, who is also a quilter."
Click Here, or the image of Roberta's quilt below, to hear her story.
Learn more from Roberta, and her sister Mary Mashuta, by watching her on The Quilt Show in:
- 2014 Quilt Legends Mary Mashuta and Roberta Horton
- How to Machine Quilt, Quilt Labels with Mary Mashuta and Robert Horton | Studio Visit
Quilt Photo: Frau Horton by Roberta Horton