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Talking Quilts: Saving Quilters’ Stories Volunteers Needed

Region 14 training day Apr14 Volunteers Nicky and Glenda

Talking Quilts is an oral history project to record, preserve and share the stories of today’s UK quiltmakers.

In October 2015 Talking Quilts is coming to Devon, Dorset and Cornwall. We are looking for volunteers to who would like to conduct or transcribe interviews, as well as people who have a story to tell about a quilt that they have made.

Every quilter has a story to tell about the quilts they make. Quilts are made to celebrate, remember, for healing or therapy, as art or simply for pleasure. Talking Quilts is saving the stories of present day quilters by recording their narratives, practices and experiences. Building a national collection of quilters’ stories, including sound and video recordings, photographs and transcripts

Talking Quilts is a project of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Project is led by volunteers (Quilters’ Guild members and non-members), who are trained and supported to conduct and transcribe interviews. Digital audio recordings and transcripts of the interviews, along with accompanying photographs, are being shared through an online archive, so everyone can explore our quilting heritage.

Over three years Talking Quilts will visit eight Regions, following the Regional structure of The Quilters’ Guild. So far the Project has visited Region 14 (Yorkshire, Humberside, Teesside and Cleveland), Region 12 (South and Mid Wales), Region 1 (London and Middlesex) and Region 16 (Scotland), and captured over 80 quilt stories.

If you would like more information or would like to get involved in Talking Quilts please contact Vicky Martin, Talking Quilts Project Manager, email info@talkingquilts.org.uk or visit the website www.talkingquilts.org.uk