Quilt Festival and Save Our Stories

This year at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas (November 3-6), a team of volunteers
lead by the nonprofit Alliance for American Quilts will interview 64 Texas quiltmakers for the
Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories (Q.S.O.S.) oral history project. Interviews will take place in a
dedicated space on the Festival show floor thanks to the generosity and support of Karey Bresenhan,
Nancy O’Bryant Puentes (two of the four Alliance co-founders).
Q.S.O.S. volunteers at Festival will be recording quiltmakers’ stories while following a simple list of
standard interview questions. Free training from experienced Q.S.O.S. project staff members will be
provided via instructional videos on the Alliance’s website, http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/,
available soon, a free Q&A webinar offered on several dates and a review session at Festival on
Wednesday, Nov. 2.
Many volunteers
are needed, and each one will have an important job to do! We’ll need folks to
serve as interviewers, scribes, registration desk attendants, photographers, and data entry/backup
assistants. This is a grassroots effort; professional experience is not required.
All volunteers will receive free admission to the show on the days that they work. Each Team
Q.S.O.S. volunteer will receive a Q.S.O.S. lapel pin and t-shirt, and a goody bag of fabric and notion
treats. We will offer special thank you gifts from sponsor Moda Fabrics/United Notions for those
who conduct multiple interviews.
To find out more and register online to volunteer for Team Q.S.O.S. at Festival,
 visit the Alliance for
American Quilts website: www.AllianceforAmericanQuilts.org/qsos/2011IQFinfo.php.
Or email qsos@quiltalliance.org.
IQF Q.S.O.S. project is made possible by these generous sponsors:
• Moda Fabrics/United Notions.
• Lisa Ellis, producer of the Sacred Threads Exhibit and maker of Art Call, the online artist registration,
jurying and exhibit administration system.
• leslietuckerjenison.com and dinnerateightartists.blogspot.com/

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