Submitted by Dianne McD.
A few months ago, the Quilt Alliance came to our attention; and we thought our members would enjoy learning about the QA, too.
So what is it? In their own words,
Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 with a mission to document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation’s diverse peoples and their communities.
It’s an active organization and the list of founding mothers may look a little familiar to you, especially if you’ve been quilting for awhile. (You’ll find a link to the QA’s website below.) The Alliance supports many worthwhile projects; but the item that grabbed my attention was their “Go Tell It” project.
In this project, they are encouraging quilters to record themselves while sharing the story about a quilt that they made, or were a recipient of, or that they appreciate. As they describe it–one person talking about one quilt in front of one camera for just 3-minutes. The recordings are then sent to the QA where they will get posted to the QA’s YouTube channel.
While the thought of being in front of a camera for any length of time strikes fear in the hearts of many of us, documenting a special quilt seems like something that might be worth the frightful experience. I think it would be especially fun for a small group when they have finished a group project. (Are you paying attention TOF and TOTE groupies?)
The website has good instructions on how to get your story recorded and sent. They encourage us to use our smartphones, so it seems pretty simple. You can also go to the YouTube channel to watch the videos that are posted to get an idea of the finished product. I just watched the three latest recordings; and let’s just say–I’m lucky this is getting posted on time. The quilts were so inspiring and the proverbial rabbit hole was so close!
The buttons below will take you to the QA’s website, the Go Tell It instruction page, and the QA YouTube channel (you’ll want to scroll down to find the Go Tell It videos). Let us know what you think in the comments below.