Welcome to Talking Quilts

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, creating a national collection of quilters’ stories, including sound and video recordings, photographs and transcripts.

You can also search through the interviews to read interview transcripts, see images of the quilters whose stories we captured, and listen to extracts from some of the interviews in the ‘Interviews’ section. Please read the Copyright and Usage statement in the ‘About’ section if you would like to use any material from the collection which is displayed on this website.

Read more about the Talking Quilts Project and find out how we collected the oral history stories of quilters. You will also find lots of helpful advice, if you are interested in conducting a similar project.