Look, Read, Find

Our Projects

The Quilt Alliance links the world of quilts, scholarship, and the general public. We develop projects and carry them out in partnership with museums, universities, business partners and grassroots quilt guilds around the country.

Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories (Q.S.O.S.)

Our grassroots oral history project captures the stories and culture of today's quiltmakers. This project includes transcribed interviews and photographs and a downloadable, easy-to-use how-to manual. More than 1,000 Q.S.O.S. interview transcripts are presented on our website and archived along with audio recordings at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, where they are available for research.

Go Tell It at the Quilt Show!

Our short-format video oral history project designed 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. Unlike our Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories project where the interviewee must be a quiltmaker, the Go Tell It! interviewee profile is much broader.The Go Tell It! project continues to expand: Go Tell It at the Museum! and Go Tell It at the Gallery! subprojects have recenly been added and public submission is on the horizon.

Quilt Treasures

Oral history based "web portraits" document the lives, work, and influence of leaders of the American quilt revival of the 1960's and 1970's. This project is a joint project of the Quilt Alliance, MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University and the Michigan State University Museum.

The Quilt Index

This online repository provides access to documentation and digital images of individual quilts held privately or in public institutional collections. An estimated 64,000 quilts are accessible through the Quilt Index. The Quilt Index (www.quiltindex.org) This project is a joint project of the Quilt Alliance, MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University and the Michigan State University Museum.

Boxes Under the Bed™

This now-archived project was designed to educate the public about the importance of identifying, preserving, and making accessible the archives and ephemera of quilt history. Project resources include visual examples of the types of ephemera you might expect to find with your quilts, a how-to guide on how to document and inventory your quilt ephemera, and tips for how to share these treasures.

H-Quilts

This moderated online discussion list fosters and makes possible the continuous sharing among individuals engaged in quilting research and documentation. It provides a forum for raising issues, reporting findings, and sharing information about quilt exhibitions, collections, publications, research projects, and other topics within a virtual worldwide community of subscribers. This network, a community of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences OnLine, was developed by AAQ with American Quilt Study Group and Michigan State University.