Ricky Tims teaches us time and again every other week on The Quilt Show, but who taught Ricky Tims? That would be Suzanne Marshall, who is the subject of this week's interview from the Quilt Alliance's Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program. In it, Suzanne discusses her quilt, Bed Bugs, and "how she began quilting and her growth as a professional quilter."


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:


"Quilt artist and designer Hollis Chatelain, whose quilt "Sahel" is featured in the 100 Best Quilts Collection, is interviewed by Paula Bosselman for the Quilters' S.O.S. Oral History Project. She discusses her time living in Africa and its major influence on her art and artistic processes. She describes how she dyes her own fabrics and paints her quilts, preferring to paint quilts over sewing them. Chatelain goes into great detail about differing cultural aspects between African and American cultures and why she is drawn to African imagery in her art. She discusses the technical aspects of quilt making and her other influences, such as color and nature."


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


Click Here to read more about Ricky's relationship with Suzanne as both his mentor and friend.


Learn more from Suzanne by watching her on The Quilt Show in How to Appliqué with Suzanne Marshall | How to Make a 9-Patch Block with Alex Anderson.


Quilt Photo: Bed Bugs by Suzanne Marshall (Photo from Suzanne's website, suzannequilts.com)