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Quilt Alliance core projects capture quilt stories.

Our grassroots oral history project captures the stories and culture of today’s quiltmakers. Since the project debuted in 1999, volunteers like you have helped us record over 1,200 QSOS interviews, which we archive permanently at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and share a selection of here.

We established the Ardis James QSOS Scholars Program in 2013 with the support of the Robert and Ardis James Foundation to support research that draws on QSOS interviews. Scholars mine the QSOS archive to produce original research which we share freely with you.

We designed our short-format video oral history project  to capture the stories of quilts where quiltmakers gather. The formula for Go Tell It! is simple: one person talking about one quilt in front of one video camera for three minutes. We’ve captured the stories of curators, collectors, quilters, and those lucky enough to receive quilts as gifts.

We collaborate with our partners to celebrate the history of quilts.

Our premier digital repository provides access to documentation and digital images of more than 64,000 individual quilts held privately or in public institutional collections. Quilt Index is a joint project of the Quilt Alliance, Michigan State University Museums, and MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State Museum.

 

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