The “Song Quilts” project visually interprets folk music from four distinct regions of Russia and the United States: Appalachian Mountain Music, Cowboy Music of the Western Plains, Moscow Music, and Music of the Russian Arctic. Over the last year I have traveled across the United States and Northwest Russia interviewing women, and gathering their songs. From these field recordings, I created transcriptions of the folksongs shared with me and transformed them into quilts. I have developed a notation method that translates pitch into color and rhythm into shape. The quilt notations are direct transcriptions as they were sung to me by the women who participated. The actual quilting designs on each quilt are specific to the region, or the woman who sang the song. Each quilting design is meant to bring the person and the place into the room, to recreate the spirit of the singer, so that even if you can’t hear her singing, you can feel the song. The result is a synesthetic meditation on the power of women’s voices and folk traditions across diverse peoples. The Song Quilts celebrate the contributions of “women’s work” to national identity and global culture, and challenge audiences to revisit their own conceptions of fine art and folk art, the visual arts and music, and the people who create them. During the webinar I will share the creative process behind creating the Song Quilt series, along with stories and songs of the women I met across the US and Russia and how the textile and music traditions of each region have influenced the project.