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00:00:02 - Creating depth through visual illusions

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Partial Transcript: My name is Amy Henderson.

Segment Synopsis: Roberts created a quilt after an earthquake called "Tectonic Boogie." She put loops on it so she wouldn't lose them and then ended up creating something entirely new. Her lack of depth perception allows her to play with visual illusions in her quilts, creating shadows where there are none and making interesting patterns.

Keywords: Art quilts; Arts and crafts; Backing; Batting; Creativity; Designs; Fabrics; Illusions; Interweaves; Loops; Machine applique; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Shadows; Strip piecing; Tectonic Boogie; Visual planes

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:03:57 - Cool colors reflecting the Pittsburgh community

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Partial Transcript: Can you tell me about the colors that you chose?

Segment Synopsis: Roberts uses cool colors in her quilt, which stand out among the traditionally warm pallet of the quilts around her. Her color choice reflects her home town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and its steel production.

Keywords: Arts and crafts; Colors; Coolness; Creativity; Designs; Fabrics; Pittsburgh (Pa.); Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Steel; Stitching; Techniques; Textiles

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:05:24 - Museums and audiences

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Partial Transcript: So you said you hang this quilt in your living room. Do you have any other kind of plans for it?

Segment Synopsis: Roberts thinks her quilt is special enough to be purchased by a museum. She would only part with it for that reason. She worries about losing her audience as she strays further from traditional quilting.

Keywords: Art quilts; Arts and crafts; Audiences; Colors; Creativity; Designs; Fabrics; Interests; Major collectors; Museums; Quilt collectors; Quilt museums; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Stitching; Techniques; Textiles

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:06:21 - Style development and tribute quilts

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Partial Transcript: Now, if you could go where, where your heart takes you, where do you see your quilt making evolving and developing in the next couple of years?

Segment Synopsis: Roberts doesn't know where her quilting will take her next, as her tastes and techniques are always changing. She created a quilt as a tribute to pop artist Roy Lichtenstein and to the future generations of artists to come.

Keywords: Art quilts; Artists; Arts and crafts; Colors; Creativity; Designs; Developments; Millennium; Pop artists; Roy Lichtenstein; Tributes

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:07:12 - Fabric as accessible art

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Partial Transcript: How do the--how have those artists such as Lichtenstein influenced your artwork?

Segment Synopsis: Roberts has a degree in textiles and design, which led to her love for fabric. Even in her paintings, she tries to expose the texture of the canvas.

Keywords: Art quilts; Arts; Arts and crafts; Colors; Creativity; Designs; Fabrics; Fibers; Histories; Painting; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Relatable; Sealing; Teaching; Textiles

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:09:46 - Connecting to women through quilting

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Partial Transcript: Do you s, do you see yourself as an artist or as a craftsperson?

Segment Synopsis: Roberts sees herself as a quilter and an artist. She feels connected to women and their history and art through her quilt making.

Keywords: Alikeness; Art quilts; Arts and crafts; Colors; Creativity; Designs; Mediums; Motherhood; Priorities; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Religions; Separations; Tangible feelings; Traditions; Women's art; Women's history

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:13:21 - Quilt National quilts

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about that first quilt you made right after your son was born. What did it look like?

Segment Synopsis: Roberts designed and created a quilt right after her son was born. It was then accepted to Quilt National, but it did not win.

Keywords: 3-D; 3-dimensional; 3D; Art quilts; Arts and crafts; Awards; Children; Colors; Creativity; Designs; Fabrics; Interweaves; Quilt National; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:14:34 - Bond with women through quilting

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Partial Transcript: Tell me a little bit more about your--about the bond with women that you feel quilt making allows you to have, both women in the past and women today. What is special about that bond, and I guess how does it feel? What do, what do you get from that?

Segment Synopsis: Roberts came to Houston by herself, but she felt at home with her fellow quilters.

Keywords: Art quilts; Arts and crafts; Awards; Bonds; Colors; Creativity; Designs; Hotels; Houston (Tex.); Quilters; Quilting; Quilts

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:15:56 - Family history in quilting

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about the--your--either your earliest quilt memory or when you started to make quilts.

Segment Synopsis: Robert's mother migrated from Russia to the United States, which humbles her and her relationship with fabric. Her son's creativity reflects that of his grandfather, who was a talented artist and teacher.

Keywords: Arts and crafts; Craftsperson; Creativity; English; Fabrics; Fruits; Immigration; Mothers; Needlewomen; Photography; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Riches; Russia; Scribes; Teaching; Woodshops

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:19:26 - Making her first quilt

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Partial Transcript: When did you make your first quilt?

Segment Synopsis: Roberts started her sewing career with needlepoint, until one day she decided to make a quilt with her first initial on it. She made the templates herself, but the quilt ended up being very uncomfortable.

Keywords: Art quilts; Batting; Corduroys; Fabrics; M quilt; Masonites; Needlepoint; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Remnants; Stitching; Techniques; Templates; Textiles

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:20:58 - Friends and family's involvement in quilting

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Partial Transcript: Do any other other members your--of your family or your close friends, are they involved in quilting?

Segment Synopsis: Roberts has many close friends in the quilting industry, but none of her family members are involved in quilting.

Keywords: Arts and crafts; Creativity; Curtains; Drama; Family members; Friends; Projects; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:22:12 - Most-liked aspects of quilting

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Partial Transcript: What do you like most about quilting?

Segment Synopsis: Roberts likes feeling the fabrics and touching them. Quilts are very useful for her travels when she teaches, because she is able to use them as a blanket as well as a tool for her classes. Seeing her design ideas come to fruition is also an aspect of quilting that Roberts enjoys.

Keywords: Arts and crafts; Combinations; Creativity; Fabrics; Feelings; Packing; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Stitching; Teaching; Techniques; Textiles; Uses

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:22:54 - Passersby acknowledge Roberts' design qualities and quilting accomplishments

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Partial Transcript: [Laughter] That's you!

Segment Synopsis: Roberts pauses her interview to interact with appreciative passerby. She says that every design takes as long as she has been quilting because she builds on herself with each new quilt.

Keywords: Art quilts; Arts and crafts; Creativity; Fabrics; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Stitching; Techniques; Textiles

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:24:11 - Least-liked aspects of quilting

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Partial Transcript: What do you like least about quilting?

Segment Synopsis: Roberts doesn't enjoy putting labels or rod pockets on her quilts. She also has an untidy workspace, so clearing enough room to square up her quilts is not an enjoyable process for her, either.

Keywords: Arts and crafts; Creativity; Fabrics; Hanging quilts; Labels; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Rod pockets; Squaring up; Stitching; Techniques; Textiles; Wall quilts

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:25:21 - What makes a quilt great

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Partial Transcript: What do you think makes a great quilt? Or a quilt artistically powerful?

Segment Synopsis: Roberts thinks a great quilt is created through its method of design. A clear focus is key.

Keywords: Arts and crafts; Colors; Confusions; Conversations; Creativity; Designs; Exhibits; Fabrics; Focuses; Lines; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Repetitions; Responsibilities; Rhythms; Stitching; Techniques; Textiles; Variations

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:26:44 - Color and value

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Partial Transcript: What role does color play?

Segment Synopsis: Roberts thinks that value is more powerful than color in art.

Keywords: Arts and crafts; Colors; Creativity; Designs; Emotions; Fabrics; Journeys; Lights; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Relativisms; Value; Value shifts

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:27:53 - Contrast between cool colors and warm quilts

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Partial Transcript: Have you ever thought about the contrast between your tendency to use cool colors, and your love of the warmth of the quilt?

Segment Synopsis: Roberts likes to toy with the contrast between her cooler color pallet and the actual, physical warmth of the quilt itself.

Keywords: Art quilts; Arts and crafts; Colds; Colors; Contrasts; Creativity; Designs; Fabrics; Portraits; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Stones; Warmth

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:28:46 - What makes a quilter great

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Partial Transcript: Um, the other followup question I would've asked earlier, but I kind of meandered around it: What do you think makes a great quilter?

Segment Synopsis: Roberts says that she has never met a quilter who wasn't great.

Keywords: Arts and crafts; Awards; Creativity; Houston; Opening Quilt National; Quilters; Quilting; Quilting conferences; Quilts

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:30:51 - Familial support in quiltmaking

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Partial Transcript: Do you feel like your, your family really supports your quiltmaking?

Segment Synopsis: Roberts has a very supportive husband when it comes to quilt making.

Keywords: Arts and crafts; Creativity; Dinner party; Husbands; Local papers; Newspapers; Quilt awards; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:31:25 - Balancing time between work and creativity

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Partial Transcript: Do you feel like you have to balance your time between teaching design versus your own creativity and outlet for your quilts?

Segment Synopsis: Roberts thinks that she isn't any different than any other women when it comes to time management because every woman has to juggle their time.

Keywords: Balances; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Times; Women

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:31:54 - Preserving quilts

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Partial Transcript: How do you think quilts should be preserved for the future? And should they be preserved?

Segment Synopsis: Roberts thinks quilts should be preserved and carefully so.

Keywords: Future uses; Museums; Preservation; Quilt preservations; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:32:21 - Being confident as an artist

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Partial Transcript: Do you have any questions you're dying to ask?

Segment Synopsis: Roberts encourages future quilters to be outgoing with their art because of her own limitations and insecurities.

Keywords: Arts; Arts and crafts; Chances; Creativity; Fabrics; Fears; Future quiltmakers; Insecurities; Potentials; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Uncomfortable; Women

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:34:33 - Tips for being an artist

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Partial Transcript: Do you have any tips for them to jump over the, the hurdle?

Segment Synopsis: In order to become a confident artist, Roberts says to take the quilt a little less seriously and allow some freedom in the creative process.

Keywords: Arts and crafts; Creativity; Freedom; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Tips

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:34:48 - Quilter's block

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Partial Transcript: How do you deal with, uh, quilter's block, let's call it.

Segment Synopsis: Roberts experiences quilter's block at the end of every piece, and she has to create something else in order to overcome it.

Keywords: Arts and crafts; Creativity; Depressions; Fabrics; Painting; Plates; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Studios; Utility quilts

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:35:35 - Depression's influences on quilting

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Partial Transcript: You mentioned depression a couple times.

Segment Synopsis: Roberts has used quilts as a creative outlet to work through difficult times in her life, including stress about wars and her father's death.

Keywords: After the Fall; Art quilts; Arts and crafts; Bombs; Bosnia; Creativity; Depressions; Hand quilting; Killings; Leafleting; Leaflets; Monoprinting; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Rwanda

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilt Expo; Quilting arts workshop; Quilting--United States--Patterns.; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.