The Quilt Alliance is excited to join with five other fiber organizations to present “Textile Talks”, a virtual lecture series you can enjoy from home.

“Textile Talks” features weekly presentations and panel discussions from the International Quilt Museum, the Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Alliance, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Studio Art Quilt Associates and Surface Design Association. The programs are presented live on Zoom at 2 p.m. Eastern (adjust for your time zone) each Wednesday. 

Preregistration is required and recordings are available (links below).


Program schedule

Click on the current week’s link to register and past week’s links to watch a recording of that presentation.

Thank you to our these generous sponsors for underwriting the Textile Talks series.


August 19, 2020 at 2pm EDT, the Quilt Alliance presents StudioStories: Maker Spaces That Work

July 8, 2020 at 2pm EDT, the Quilt Alliance presents Quilts & Writing


Janneken Smucker, host of the Quilt Alliance’s Running Stitch, A QSOS Podcast, Professor of History at West Chester University, and author of Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon will moderate a panel of quilter-writers. Panelists include Meg Cox, Frances O’Roark Dowell, Chawne Kimber, and Gwen Westerman. Panelists will give us a snapshot of the relationship of quilts to writing in their work. Join us to hear this expert panel share personal and professional connections to fiction, non fiction, poetry, blogging and writing for and on quilts. Smucker will share clips from Quilt Alliance projects including QSOS and Go Tell It! and the discussion will be recorded as an episode of Running Stitch.


May 27 at 2pm EDT, the Quilt Alliance presents: The Back Story: Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! and the Secret Lives of Quilts

Susannah Pullen’s 1863 Civil War Quilt, National Museum of American History

Stills from Go Tell It! the video

Behind every quilt, there’s a story–sometimes more than one! The Quilt Alliance’s mission is to document, preserve, and share those stories. Join Project Manager Emma Parker for a talk about one historic American quilt’s backstory, and why quilt documentation matters. She will share examples drawn from the Quilt Alliance’s oral history video project, Go Tell It at the Quilt Show!, and tell you how to document your own quilt’s important story. Alliance director Amy Milne will introduce Emma and share three key steps that every quilt owner should take to help us achieve this vision: No More Anonymous Quilts.

Textile Talks is brought to you by: