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00:00:00 - Quilting New England gravestones

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Partial Transcript: My name is Allison Moss.

Segment Synopsis: Sienkiewicz brought an earlier quilt to show, which is representative of the New England gravestone. She uses her surroundings as inspiration for her quilts.

Keywords: Baltimore Album quilts; Baltimore Album style quilts; Cross stitching; Family farms; Gravestones; Inscriptions; Learning; Leaves; New England; Small quilts; Teaching; Trapunto technique; Victorian graveyards

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; New England.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:03:36 - Documenting symbols in quilts

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Partial Transcript: Now you said you brought this because it has something to do with what you're doing now.

Segment Synopsis: Sienkiewicz's current work is focused on the Baltimore Album quilts and their symbolism. Her interest is in how people document important symbols through quilts the same way they do through gravestones.

Keywords: Baltimore Album quilts; Baltimore Album style quilts; Books; Lewis (Del.); Lewis, Delaware; Stitching; Symbolism

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Craft and art; Quilting.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:06:29 - Practical usage of the quilt

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Partial Transcript: Well, now, what do you use this quilt for? What have you used it for?

Segment Synopsis: Sienkiewicz hung this quilt in her dining room until she moved, which is when she put it in storage.

Keywords: Decorations; Dining rooms; Divinity schools; Hanging quilts; Harvard University; Home decor; Storage; Wellesley (Mass.)

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.; Wellesley (Mass.)

00:08:01 - International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas

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Partial Transcript: Do you have a quilt here in the show this year?

Segment Synopsis: Sienkiewicz has two quilts on show at the International Quilt Festival which follow her interest in the Baltimore Album style.

Keywords: Applique; Appliqué; Baltimore Album quilts; Baltimore Album style quilts; Books; Fancy Applique: 12 Lessons to Enhance Your Skills; Houston (Tex.); International Quilt Festival; Revivals

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:09:20 - Baltimore Album style quilts

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Partial Transcript: What's the, uh, draw to you of the Baltimore Album quilt?

Segment Synopsis: Sienkiewicz feels an emotional connection to the Baltimore Album style quilts, which is why she dedicates so much time to reviving them.

Keywords: Baltimore Album quilts; Baltimore Album style quilts; Connections; Future; Past; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Souls; Speaking; Women

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:10:11 - Self-expression through quilting and teaching

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Partial Transcript: So this is really a part of you in, in the sense of expressing yourself and putting yourself into these quilts.

Segment Synopsis: Sienkiewicz finds quilting to be a good form of expression, as is teaching quilting to other women.

Keywords: Quilters; Quilting; Quilting classes; Quilts; Self-expressions; Teachers; Teaching; Women

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:10:47 - Quilting beginnings

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Partial Transcript: Well, uh, when did you begin quilting? When you first went to see this quilt with your friend?

Segment Synopsis: Sienkiewicz had familial ties to quilting, which stemmed from an elderly relative who did rug hooking. While learning how to quilt, she taught others the craft, too.

Keywords: Books; Cabin Fever Calicoes; Children; Farms; Heartwarming; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Realtor businesses; Relatives; Revivals; Rug hookers; Scrap fabrics; Self-publishing; Sharing; Teaching; Washington Post; West Virginia; Women

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Heritage; Quilting.; Quilts.; Rug hooking; Textiles.

00:13:30 - Quilting's impact on personal life and family

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Partial Transcript: How does quilting affect your, your life? Your, your personal and family life?

Segment Synopsis: During the Clinton administration, Sienkiewicz's husband lost his job as a political appointee, which is when quilting became the profession that supported the family. Sienkiewicz found bliss in her life as a quilter, so she continued with it. Later in her life, she left her children at home with her husband in order to travel as an author and a quilter, which led to a very balanced co-parenting style between them.

Keywords: Changes; Clerical courses; Comforts; Fathers; Government; Grandchildren; IRS; Immigrants; Multiple Sclerosis; Personal life; Political appointees; Pre-Olympic wrestling; Professions; Professors; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Russians; Schools; Self-understanding; Traveling; Washington, D.C.

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts.; Textiles.; Washington (D.C.)

00:18:30 - Using Trapunto technique and hiring out quilting work

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Partial Transcript: Well, what is this technique that you were telling me about here to make that puffy?

Segment Synopsis: Sienkiewicz used the Trapunto technique on her quilt. She enjoys appliqué, so she hires out the rest of the quilting, allowing the woman who does setting total creative freedom.

Keywords: Appliqué; Block styles; Cheesecloth; Creative freedom; Design processes; Fabrics; Hand quilting; Hiring out; Set designs; Simple piecing; Stuffed quilting; Trapunto quilting; West Virginia

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:22:59 - What makes a great quilt

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Partial Transcript: The question--one of the questions I know we want to get to is, in your opinion, what makes a good quilt good or a great quilt great?

Segment Synopsis: Sienkiewicz acknowledges that mainstream quilting is judged on measurable things like the colors, how the corners lay, or the stitching. She thinks, however, that the freedom that accompanies the Baltimore Album style evokes a much more personal, emotional response, which is what makes a quilt great.

Keywords: 100 Best Quilts; 20th Century's Best Quilts; Auctions; Colors; Comforts; Communities; Community; Early immortality; Free spirits; Historical senses; Judgments; Kinship; Measurable qualities; Needlework; Passions; Revivals; Stitching

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Craft and art; Emotions.; Quilting.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Revival movements (Art); Textiles.