Story Quilts

One of the most creative, difficult, and fun exercises that the OWWR sewing classes have taken on is making story quilts. We learned early on that many, perhaps even most, of our students have no reading or writing skills. Communication is almost entirely oral through whole lives. So, for family stories to be remembered and shared, they depend upon memories. There is no “family bible” with notations of dates and significant events. Yet many of the folks in our classes have dramatic experience that seemed to be important to be kept alive through generations. Ann Say, Director of Education for OWWR, happens also to be a very creative quilter. She hit upon the idea of capturing family stor