Gallery

Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories (QSOS) creates, through recorded interviews, a broadly accessible body of information concerning quiltmaking, both present-day and in living memory. 

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Virginia Abrams

Virginia Abrams is a non-traditional quilter from Delaware. She hand-dyes most of her fabrics, and puts them together using an improvisational curved piecing…
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Joan Abshire

Joan Abshire quilts as a hobby in Massachusetts. For this interview, she brought a quilt entitled "My Canadian Home," which she found the pattern for in a…
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B. J. Adams

B. J. Adams is a quilter from Washington, D. C. Adams became aware of quilts while visiting museums, and always had an interest in crafting. She studied art in…
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Bob Adams

Bob Adams is a retired high school art teacher from Colorado living in Lafayette, Indiana. He started quilting in the mornings before going to school and…
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Christine Adams

Christine Adams was interested in fabric from a very young age, as her grandparents were decorators on Philadelphia’s Mainline, and she spent a lot of time in…
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Naomi Adams

Naomi Adams learned how to sew from her mother, and first learned quilting from her grandmother. She made her first quilt in 1996, and is now a quilt teacher…
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Colene Adkins

Colene Adkins had learned how to quilt later in her life and was only a quilter for about year and a half by the time this interview was conducted. Despite her…
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Terese Agnew

Terese Agnew began as a sculptor from Wisconsin, however, shifted to quilts as a better medium to promote her artistic expression. Because of her artistic…
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Elizabeth Akana

Elizabeth Akana began quilting in 1968 in Hawaii and has been a professional quilter since in 1969. She learned to quilt from her friend and neighbor who…
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Lela Alcorn

Lela Alcorn learned how to quilt at the age of six from her mother, and now is a quilt teacher herself. She belongs to a guild, and is passionate about the…
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Eleanor Wertz Alpha

Eleanor Wertz Alpha is a retired business education teacher living in Memphis, Tennessee. Although all of the women in her family were quiltmakers, she did not…
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Teresa Alvarez

Teresa Alvarez is a Spanish-speaking quiltmaker living in Boonville, California. She began with crocheting and needlepoint before moving to quiltmaking. Alvarez…

Sally Ambrose

Sally Ambrose started quilting in 1984 when she moved to Washington. Her grandmother was a quilter and she believes the story makes the quilt. In this interview…
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Ann Anastastio

Ann Anastastio is a quiltmaker from central Illinois and is living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She's a member of the Studio Art Quilt Assocition and the Northern…
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Lela Anders

Lela Anders is a quiltmaker from Alabama. She began quilting at around age 20, when her sister-in-law taught her how to. In this interview she describes a quilt…
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Pamela Allen

Pamela Allen began her career as an assemblage artist and eventually took up quilting. She considers quilting a type of art, and therefore views fabric as the…
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Elizabeth Allen

Elizabeth Allen is a self taught quilter, choosing to learn from books and magazines rather than a class. She began quilting in her early to mid-forties to make…
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Lissa Alexander

Lissa Alexander, who now works at Moda Fabrics Headquarters outside of Dallas, began quilting in 1979 when she and her sister got married. Because of her job…
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Karen Alexander

Karen Alexander is a quilter, but works mainly as a quilt historian. She focuses on researching unknown quilts, and quilters’ genealogy. Her mother-in-law…
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Helen Allen

Helen Allen has been quilting since about 1980 while she was attending night school. She belongs to a quilter’s bee called “White on White”,and is also an…
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Bertha Arizmendi

Bertha Arizmendi is a hispanic quilter from Boonville, California. She began quilting in 2006 with the guild Los Hilos de la Vida. Her favorite part of quilting…
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Alvena Armstrong

Alvena Armstrong is a quilter from Fort Worth, Texas who began quilting in 1979 when her daughter gained an interest in it. Armstrong is an experienced quilter…
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Onalee Arnold

Onalee Arnold is a quilter from Marion, Iowa who is a member of the Iowa State Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Marion-Linn chapter. She began…
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Salinda Ash

Salinda Ash is quilter from Michigan who began in 1988 when she switched from apparel to quiltmaking. She learned to sew from her mother and finds fabric choice…
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Joyce Ashley

Joyce Ashley is a quilter from Michigan who began quilting around age 60. She gained an interest from watching her mother-in-law quilt with her guild, but is…
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Margaret Asiello

Margaret Asiello is a quilter from Portland, Oregon. She is a member of the Oregon State Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Beaver Chapter. Asiello…
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Chrissy Atwater

Chrissy Atwater is a quiltmaker from Florida, part of the Venice Area Quilt Guild and a smaller internal group called the Cut-Ups. She's been quilting for over…
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Susan Atwell

Susan Atwell is a quiltmaker from La Porte, Indiana. She learned to quilt from her mother and grandmother, she recalls fond memories of trips to the fabric…
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Martha Austin

Martha Austin is a quilter from Fort Worth, Texas. Her desire to quilt simply grew from her enjoyment of quilts themselves. Austin quilts for and works with the…
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Patricia Autenrieth

Patricia Autenrieth is an experimental quiltmaker from Maryland. Before she began quiltmaking, she painted for 10 years with three solo exhibits in the span of…
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Charlotte Warr Anderson

Charlotte Warr Anderson began quilting in 1974, and taught herself from books. She considers herself to be an artist and views fabric as her medium of choice.…
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Kathryn Anderson

Kathryn Anderson is a generational quilt maker, but did not start quilting until after she retired from being a teacher. She creates a booklet for her children…
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Kelly Anderson

Kelly Anderson come from family of quilters, and learned from her mother, Charlene “Dolly” Anderson and grandmother, Joanne Cunningham. At 11 years old she…
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Deanna Apfel

While Deanna Apfel’s grandmother had been a quilter, she did not form a passion for it until she took a color and composition class in 1995. She is often…
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Pat Ansell

Pat Ansell has been quilting since she was 14, but it did not become a passion for her until the 1990s. She belongs to multiple guilds including the Arizona…
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Evangelina Angulo

Evangelina Angulo began quilting in January 2006 in a quilting class she took while furthering her education. Though she still has some of her quilts, Angulo…
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Thelma Robison Kirch Barr

Thelma Barr is a quilter from Pittsburgh who moved to Dale City, Virginia in 1956. Barr began in apparel, because she loves sewing. She moved to quiltmaking…
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Lourdes Barragan

Lourdes Barragan is a hispanic quiltmaker. She sells most of her quilts fairly successfully in California. The quilt she describes in this interview is a…
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Alva Barrett

Alva Barrett is a quilter and member of the National Society of Daughters of the Americna Revolution, Tillicum chapter. She grew up in the South, and began…
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Barbara Ann Bauer Barrett

Barbara Barrett is a quilter in Bastrop, Texas who began quilting in the mid 1990s. She's known how to sew since a young age, and moved to quilting when she…
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Sonya Lee Barrington

Sonya Lee Barrington is a self-taught quilter from San Francisco, California who began quiltmaking in 1968. She began in apparel, and became interested after…
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Liz Barber

Liz Barber began quilting in the mid-1970s after she attended a quilting class. Her grandmother and great aunts quilted, however, her mother did not and as a…
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Teresa Barkley

Teresa Barkely learned how to sew at the age of five, and began quilting at a young age. She entered her first quilt show when she was a teen, and won a ribbon…
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Deborah Barr

Deborah Barr majored in art, and was a painter before she stared quilting. She has been quilting for about 20 years, and views quilting as her new medium. Barr…
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Helen Aponte

Helen Aponte has been quilting for about 25 years, but did not fully get into quilting until after she retired. She is largely self-taught, however, she has…
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Kathi Babcock

Kathi Babcock learned how to quilt from a book she got when she was about 19 or 20 around the time of the bicentennial. Her mother taught her how to sew on and…
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Tata Bakradze

Tata Bakradze lives in the Republic of Georgia where she began as a painter, and now uses quilting as another form of artistic expression. She originally did…
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Evelyn Barber

Evelyn Barber began quilting in 1979 when she was 43 years old. She knew how to sew, but did not get into quilting until she took a class taught by Blanche…
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Rosalie Baker

Rosalie Baker was a graphic artist for thirty-three years, and began quilting after she retired. She took a quilting class while taking adult education classes,…
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Mimi Ayars

Mimi Ayars has her Ph. D in sociology, and began quilting in 1954 after making a trip to a fabric store. She taught herself how to quilt, and enjoys piecing…
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Georgia Bonesteel

Georgia Bonesteel shares the story of her quilt made for the "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" exhibit, inspired by her aging father, and her early…
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Susan Shie

In this interview, Susan Shie discusses at length her quilt "The Potluck/ World: Card #21 in The Kitchen Tarot," one in her series of quilts based on tarot…
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Sherri Lynn Wood

Sherri Lynn Wood discusses her involvement in bereavement quilting. She goes into how and why she started her quilting journey in her 20s, selling quilts at a…
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Vivian Fidler

The West Georgia Quilt Guild QSOS
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