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Three Interviews That Show Us Why Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) is So Special

Learn a bit about the history of the Quilters' Save our Stories (QSOS) project from Emma Parker, Quilt Alliance Project Manager, and get a glimpse of three important interviews with quilters Victoria Findlay WolfeDave White, and Donna Sue Groves.

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Andrea Brokenshire

Andrea Brokenshire, whose stunning and lifelike nature-inspired quilts have been a staple of quilt shows the last few years, is up next on our series highlighting the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance. For her QSOS, Andrea, who has been a two-time guest on The Quilt Show, chooses to focus on her quilt Summer Solitude, which she made for her daughter. Among other things in this interview conducted at the Houston Quilt Festival, Andrea "explains her quiltmaking process, as well as fiber art as a therapeutic practice."

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Barbara Brackman

For this week's Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance, we are shining the light on quilt historian Barbara Brackman"In this interview, she recounts to Meg Cox how she began as a quilter by discovering historical quilt patterns." Some of the patterns she talks about are Kansas City Star quilt patterns that are all newsprint from the 1930s, which are significant to Barbara as her hometown is Lawrence, Kansas.

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Elly Sienkiewicz

After a brief respite, the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance returns with a focus on Elly SienkiewiczElly "is responsible for the revival of the Baltimore Album style quilt, in which each quilting block is unique and brought together with others to create an album of sorts." She was a guest as part of Series 4 of The Quilt Show and is featured here in one of the very first QSOS interviews that took place in the Fall of 1999.

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Duncan Slade

The Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance returns this week with quilt artist Duncan Slade. In this interview, Duncan talks about his quilt Northwood's Suite Waterfall, which was commissioned for Nuveen Inc. headquarters in Chicago, "his relationship with his co-worker and wife, Gayle Fraas", and "his views on the importance of finding the right venue for artistic quilts and how his work changes him, but emphasizes his absence of ego."

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Denyse Schmidt

For our spotlight on the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance​ this week, we feature Denyse Schmidt being interviewed at their annual Quilters Take Manhattan event in 2012 in front of an audience by then president (and past guest of The Quilt ShowMeg Cox. In it, they discuss her quilt, One Big Square"her background in graphic design and dance, her inspiration for her quilt design, her design process, and the role of quilts in American life."

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Pauline Salzman

Pauline Salzman is interviewed this week for the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance and comes from the Houston Quilt Festival back in 2000. In it, Pauline talks about a wall hanging she made which she'd like to update (wouldn't we like to do that with all of our quilts), and how "a good quilt must tell a story and be technically sound."

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Norma Storm

Our selection from the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance today features Norma Storm. Norma, who shares her tiger quilt, was interviewed as part of the South Central Michigan QSOS. In her discussion, she talks her love of quilting, learning the craft, and "the experience of publishing articles about quiltmaking."

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Michael Cummings

We continue our spotlight on the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance by highlighting Michael Cummings. Michael, who was featured on The Quilt Show as part of a field piece, was interviewed for this piece live by Carolyn Mazloomi at the 2017 Quilters Take Manhattan event. In it, he shares his quilt, African Jazz #10, and "talks about his process, inspiration, and the tools he uses to make his art quilts inspired by music, African-American history, and American culture."

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Zak Foster

Today's Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance is one of their more recent interviews and features a quilter we have not yet had as a guest on The Quilt Show. His name is Zak Foster, and in his interview he discusses learning to quilt, making quilts using repurposed and found materials, and talks about his quilt, O, America!

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Pat Sloan

For our spotlight on the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance this week, we are featuring someone who has been on The Quilt Show before, but not as a main guest. Pat Sloan was featured on our show as part of a remote shoot to talk about her time hosting a quilting podcast. For this QSOS, Pat talks about her quilt, Times Remembered, her most important moments as a quilter, and what Pat Sloan's favorite part about "being Pat Sloan" is.

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Ted Storm van Weelden

This week's subject for the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance is a master of quilting, Ted Storm van Weelden. Her quilt, Nocturnal Garden, was named a Masterpiece quilt in 2006 and is the work she is discussing here with Jana Hawley as part of her story, along with "her background as a textile teacher and her desire to know more about quilting."

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Velda Newman

With it being the Houston International Quilt Festival this weekend, we thought we would bring you a Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) that was recorded at the festival over twenty years ago. This story from the Quilt Alliance's program features Velda Newman as "she explains her design process, including studying, sketching, and creating enlarged patterns of her natural subjects." One such enlarged pattern discussed is her quilt Sunkissed, which measures 5.5 feet x 14 feet, and was also featured when she visited us on The Quilt Show.

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Rachel Clark

Rachel Clark is an expert when it comes to making quilted garments, and when she was a guest on The Quilt Show we were just blown away by what she could do. For our interview from the Quilt Alliance's Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program, Rachel shares one of her "Picture This" Vests that she made along with "how she uses her quilted clothing to comment on contemporary social or political questions, as well as discuss some of the quilters and works she admires most."

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Judy Dales

Judy Dales, author of Curves in Motion: Quilt Designs & Techniquespassed away recently. Her quilt, Dancing On The Dark Side of the Moon was chosen in 1999 as one of the 100 Best Quilts of the 20th Century. In this Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) interview from the Quilt Alliance, she discussed with interviewer Le Rowell how she got involved in quilting from a young age, the first quilt she owned, and the challenges she faced in quilting, from doing challenging designs to writing a book about quilting and publishing it.

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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."

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Eleanor Burns

Eleanor Burns is known as The Queen of Quilting, but here at The Quilt Show, she's just known as 2011 Quilt Legend Eleanor Burns. Okay, maybe we don't call her that, but she is a dear friend of the show and an important part of quilting history. So for this week's Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance, we are shining the spotlight on Eleanor and her storied career as she talks about her quilts, her company, and so much more!

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Sandra Leichner

In today's installment from the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance, we are focusing on TQS guest Sandra Leichner. In her story, she discusses her phenomenal Pharaoh quilt, and shares how "she began quilting and her creative and technical processes in her quilting, including her favorite aspects of quilting, her ability to hand quilt as well as machine quilt, and her personal quilting style and influences."

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Judy Mathieson

Master of the Mariner's Compass, and treasured guest of The Quilt Show, JudyMathieson is the interviewee for this week's Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance. In her talk, Judy discusses her quilt,Bristol Stars"her signature traditional quilt design, the "mariner's compass" design," and so much more. What's fun about the quilt featured in this interview is that it was featured in Judy's episode of The Quilt Show and talked about with Alex and Ricky.

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Quilters' Save Our Stories with Joe Cunningham

This week's guest that we are sharing from the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance is a special one. It's Joe Cunningham, who was the very first guest on The Quilt Show over fifteen years ago. In this interview, he shares his quilt, Tree Everlasting"which he made in 2001 as part of his musical exploring the life of Joe Hedley from England, who lived in the early 19th century." He also "describes his evolving philosophy of the intersections among quilts, art, and tradition."

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