7 episodes

Running Stitch - A QSOS Podcast explores quilt stories, revealing the inner thoughts, feelings, and motivations of contemporary quiltmakers by drawing on Quilters S.O.S. -- Save Our Stories, the long running oral history project created by the Quilt Alliance in 1999.

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    • 4.8, 23 Ratings

Running Stitch - A QSOS Podcast explores quilt stories, revealing the inner thoughts, feelings, and motivations of contemporary quiltmakers by drawing on Quilters S.O.S. -- Save Our Stories, the long running oral history project created by the Quilt Alliance in 1999.

    Quilts and Writing

    Quilts and Writing

    This episode--our last episode of season 1--features a panel discussion about quilts and writing moderated by host Janneken Smucker. Our four panelists are Meg Cox, Frances O'Roark Dowell, Chawne Kimber, and Gwen Westerman. All four are writers and quiltmakers and you'll hear them discuss connections between these creative pursuits. 

    The discussion was recorded live as part of the Textile Talks lecture series, featuring public programming from six quilt and fiber art organizations across the country.

    • 40 min
    Quiltmaking Amid Crisis

    Quiltmaking Amid Crisis

    Quilt legend Jinny Beyer has seen it all in the quilt world over the last 50 years. In this episode, host Janneken Smucker revisits Jinny’s 2013 interview when she shared the quilt she made following 9-11. Jinny joins Janneken to discuss quiltmaking amid crisis, including how independent quilt shops like Jinny Beyer Studio are weathering the current pandemic.

    • 27 min
    Quilts and Civil Rights

    Quilts and Civil Rights

    During the week after the killing of George Floyd, Running Stitch host Janneken Smucker spoke with Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi about quilts, race, and the long struggle for civil rights. Dr. Mazloomi founded the Women of Color Quilters Network and has curated many landmark exhibits centered on race and civil rights, including “Journey of Hope: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama.” This episode features excerpts from several oral history interviews conducted for the Quilts for Obama QSOS sub-project.

    • 35 min
    Quilting and Difficult Times

    Quilting and Difficult Times

    Let’s face it. It’s 2020 and 2020 won’t quit. We are living through difficult times. While the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are unevenly felt, we are all in the midst of it. QSOS oral history interviews often ask, “How have you used quilts to get through a difficult time?” Our guest for this episode, artist and maker Melanie Testa, first interviewed for the project in 2010, joins host Janneken Smucker to share how she has responded to the COVID-19 crisis by digging into her vast fabric stash and a network of generous friends to make masks to distribute to essential workers.

    • 39 min
    Quilts and Activism

    Quilts and Activism

    Episode 2 of Running Stitch focuses on quilts and activism. Quilters have long used their work to make statements and advocate for change, tackling abolition, temperance, suffrage, and many other social justice issues. Join host Janneken Smucker for a conversation with quilter and author of 'Why We Quilt', Thomas Knauer, discussing why quilts are great objects for making statements, and how Thomas communicates politically through his own quilts.

    • 38 min
    First Quilts

    First Quilts

    For our very first episode, we’re talking with New York City quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Victoria was first interviewed for the QSOS project in 2011. Our host, Janneken Smucker, talks with Victoria about that first interview, her first quilts, and how her career has evolved in the nine years since. Janneken and Victoria also talk about making a first quilt with their young daughters, what makes a great quilt, and just why we care so much about quilt labeling. Join us for an episode all about firsts!

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

princessmax* ,

A New Kind of Museum

I cannot find the right words (and I LOVe to find the right words) to express how much I enjoy the Running Stitch podcast. Their archives of quilt stories aren’t left to moulder in a basement. Instead they have created an audio museum to curate and educate by juxtaposing old and new. Form followed function to the podcast medium when we couldn’t acquire history the old way, with collected objects. Now, our exhibitions are of sound!
As a bonus, audio documentation first blossomed during the Sesquicentennial quilting boom so this project connects so many of us to our mothers and grandmothers during a time of isolation.

pat vh ,

inspiring!

i just found this podcast and it is so inspiring! especially the episode about difficult times. i am a theatrical costume maker, furloughed for the summer and i have newly discovered quilting and piecing as a comfort, almost meditative practice, getting me through these crazy times. thank you Quilt Alliance.

Amy Milne ,

QSOS podcast fulfills a longtime goal

I am of course biased (as Quilt Alliance director), but I’m so impressed with this first podcast hosted and co-produced by Janneken Smucker with QA staffer Emma Parker. Janneken has been thinking about this project for many years and it shows. The topics and guests she’s chosen for this first season are right in line with the state of quilting in America in this very intense and complicated year.

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