In each episode of the Running Stitch podcast, quilts and quiltmaking serve as a lens to examine some of today’s most pressing issues, including activism, public health, politics, race, and the economy. They dig into the QSOS archive to listen to excerpts from past interviews, and bring back interviewees to ask them about what they are working on and thinking about presently. The Quilt Alliance just released a bonus episode, featuring an interview with Roderick Kiracofe originally recorded as a Textile Talk. You won't want to miss this conversation about off-beat but beautiful quilts.
Presented by the Quilt Alliance: "Join us for a Quilters’ Save Our Stories (QSOS) interview with artist, longarm quilter, art historian, author, arts consultant, lecturer and independent curator and agent, Myrah Brown Green. Janneken Smucker, host of Running Stitch: a QSOS Podcast, will conduct the QSOS interview with Myrah." Register today and watch when this episode airs this Wednesday, August 23, 2023, at 2 PM EDT.
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.
The Quilt Alliance's interview from the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program this week is all about Barbara Ann Bauer Barrett. Barbara, in conversation with interviewer Shelly Pagliali, talks about the quilt that she brought along, Sing a New Song, how she is "an active member of many groups and guilds", and about being a "member of the International Quilt Association (IQA)".
This week's Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) interview from the Quilt Alliance features Karen Musgrave talks with Jannett Caldwell about a special Alzheimer's Forgetting Piece by Piece Q.S.O.S., which relates to Jannett's quilt, Losing My Mind a Piece at a Time.
For this week's Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) interview from the Quilt Alliance, Nancy Martin takes the spotlight to share one of the log cabin quilts she has made and to talk about "her personal connections to quilting, including how she began quilting, how quilting has impacted her family life, and her quilt business and books she has written."
With the recent passing of Jane Hall at the age of 90, we'd like to share her Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) interview from the Quilt Alliance where she discusses everything from quilting during difficult times to the functions of quilts, pineapple designs, and finding joy in quilting (which we think she did quite often).
Returning after a month's absence, the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance shines its light on Donna Marcinkowski DeSoto. Interviewed by Karen Musgrave of the Quilt Alliance, Donna talks about many things, including the creation of her quilt Cyclea Peltata, "why quilting is so important to her," and "how positive women coming together to make quilts is, and the positive impact it has had on women throughout history."
After a brief hiatus, our focus on the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance returns with Lisa Ellis, who was previously a guest of The Quilt Show. In this interview with Karen Musgrave, Lisa discusses many topics including her quilt Miriam's Dance, which she says is "Inspired by the story in Exodus following the parting of the Red Sea when Miriam leads the Hebrew women in a dance of celebration."
This week's interview from the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance features Roy Mitchell, Jr. Roy "is a collector of Black memorabilia. As he studied Black culture, he began to wonder why Black people were always negatively correlated with watermelon. In response, Mitchell created the quilt "Watermelun Babies" to portray a more positive linkage between watermelon and Black people." See Roy's quilt, and get to know a bit more about him, in this insightful installment of the QSOS program.
The Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance makes a triumphant return this week with an interview with Eileen Doughty. In it, Eileen talks about the quilt she brought, inspired by a story from J.R.R Tolkien that she read as a teenager, and amongst other things, her family's support of her quilting, her inspirations, her studio, and so much more.
From Amy Milne, Executive Director of the Quilt Alliance: "In this issue we are honored to present a guest essay from Karen S. Musgrave, a past volunteer and QA board member, who played a pivotal role in the development of the QSOS oral history project. Karen is an interdisciplinary, multihyphenate artist whose recent body of work deals with loss, memory, and identity. She feels passionately about connecting cultures with quilts. Karen's memories from her work with QSOS paints a vivid picture of what volunteer work can offer an artist, especially giving back to and gaining from a passion project."
The Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance brings us another riveting interview this week. Conducted in 2009 with Karen Musgrave, Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, Historian, Curator, Author, Lecturer, Artist, Mentor, Founder, and Facilitator, talks about her quilt He Stands on the Shoulders of Many, a story quilt made for the 2009 exhibit "Quilts for Obama" at the Historical Society of Washington, DC, as well as the Women of Color Quilters' Network, which Mazloomi founded in 1985.
It's Sunday, which means it's time for another interview from the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance. This week we feature Estella Spates, who "was interviewed as part of the South Central Michigan QSOS. She shares the design process of her "Three Dancers" quilt, her experience as an African American quiltmaker, and the importance of quilts in women's history."
For this Sunday's interview from the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance Marilyn Doheny discusses her quilt, Garden Critters Galore, and talks about how she began quilting and teaching quilting. She details her experience giving quilt lectures throughout Europe and discusses quilting's impact on her family life.
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."
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.
After a brief respite, the Quilters' Save Our Stories (QSOS) program from the Quilt Alliance returns with a focus on Elly Sienkiewicz. Elly "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.
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."