Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! Findlay Wolfe, Gering and Knauer Interviews

Seven new interviews for the Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! project were conducted at QuiltCon in Austin, Texas, February 21-24. Go Tell It! is a new Quilt Alliance project designed to capture the stories of quilts where quiltmakers and quilt lovers gather. The protocol for Go Tell It! is brief and personal: one person talking about one quilt in front of one video camera for three minutes, recording the most essential and compelling details of the quilt according to the “teller.”

We were so proud to document and preserve stories from Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Jacquie Gering and Thomas Knauer at the first-ever QuiltCon. Read the full press release here.


QuiltCon Best in Show winner Victoria Findlay Wolfe (New York, New York) talks about her quilt Double Edged LOVE.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAl8pnVENwQ]Jacquie Gering (Chicago, Illinois) tells the story of her quilt, Bang You’re Dead.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtTF0FDHyc4]Thomas Knauer (Utica, New York) tells about his quilt, In Defense of Handmade.

Let us know what you think about this new project. Leave comments here, on our Youtube channel or Facebook page.

Amy Milne headshot

Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

How To Trim Flying Geese Without A Specialty Ruler

If you don’t have a Bloc-Loc ruler, you may find trimming these flying geese challenging. But by following these steps, you should be able to get four accurate geese in each color!

First, line up your ruler so the point of the flying geese unit will be trimmed exactly ¼” above the point. Try to line the unit up as straight as possible on the other three sides.

Next, flip the unit over. Line up the edge you just cut on the 2” line of the ruler as shown below, and trim the excess from the top.

Flip the unit right side up again. Line the lower left corner up with the 3 ½” mark on your ruler as shown above. Trim the excess on the right.

Finally, flip the unit over again so the point is pointing towards the 2” line. Align the left edge of the unit with the 3 ½” ruler mark as shown above and trim the excess on the right. Your flying goose unit is now ready to be pieced into your block!

Quilt Documentation Tip

 Andrea’s block story is all about the importance of quilt guilds. Quilting can feel solitary, but guilds bring us together. It’s a topic of conversation that was discussed with two Birthday Block of the Month Designers in a recent Textile Talk where the participants all shared emotional stories about their love for their guilds. 

Did you know that your guild can document your quilts as a group? Consider hosting a quilt documentation day in your guild! Follow these instructions and have members share three minute stories about one meaningful quilt in the Quilt Alliance’s signature Go Tell It documentation program. You could even host a screening so all of your members can see the videos! Get in touch at: qsos@quiltalliance.org

See You in October for Month Seven!

Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in the Quilt Alliance’s Birthday Block of the Month so far! Our designer for next month, the seventh block we’re making together, is Bonnie Hunter herself! 

Be sure to tag @quiltalliance and @3rdstoryworkshop on Instagram with your block photos this month, and use the hashtag #QuiltAllianceBOM. And leave any questions about this month’s block in the comments below!


  1. margarita

    Gorgeous quilts! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Kathy Taylor

    LOVED the videos! So nice to hear the story behind the creation… I’ve often seen exquisitely made quilts and wondered what sparked a quilter to design such a masterpiece. Especially true of modern or contemporary quilts which often tell a story such as BANG and the UPC CODE. I never would have known the WHY behind the work without the video. I wish there had been a close up of the winning quilt. From a distance it doesn’t even appear esthetically pleasing and I couldn’t figure out what the creator was talking about regarding her use of fabric. I am sure it is stunning but I didn’t get that in the video. Your idea for 3 minutes of one person speaking is great! LOVE THE CONCEPT! Give us more, please!!!

    • quiltalliance

      Kathy, thank you so much for writing and really glad to hear you like the Go Tell It model. All three of these quilts are stunners–up close and from afar. I’ll see if I can get a detail shot from Victoria on her quilt. More GTI videos coming soon!

      • quiltchicken

        There’s also a typo in Victoria’s video. The date should be 2013.

  3. Lesley

    I think this is a very valuable and well done feature. I really enjoyed watching the quilters discuss their quilts.

    • quiltalliance

      Thank you, Lesley! It’s exciting to listen in person as we’re taping and then get to listen closer via video. I’m so looking forward to the growth of this project.

  4. Cindy

    Thanks for the terrific videos. Love hearing the background on how these quilts were born. Kudos to their vision and passion. Looking forward to more profound videos.

  5. quiltalliance

    Thanks, Thomas! It is an awesome interview. Loved taping it.



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