Quilters is a moving American musical celebrating
the courage & spirit of our nation's pioneer women. Created
block by block to reveal a legacy quilt, Quilters illustrates
the stories of the American women who lived, loved, despaired
and ultimately triumphed while settling the American West.
Anne and Rob Burns and friends have played in the folk orchestras
of productions of Quilters at University of Michigan-Flint, Ridgedale
Players (Troy), Lakeland Players (Waterford), Lake Orion High
School and Birmingham Village Players.
The original folk orchestra for Quilters consisted of five musicians
playing violin, cello, bass, harp, flute, pennywhistle, guitar,
banjo, mandolin and hammered dulcimer. An assortment of percussion
instruments were used for sound effects, including a child's toy,
the "freaka," which is spun around to simulate the howling
This roster of musicians has chosen to play many of the instruments
in the original score, but in keeping with the folk music tradition,
have made substitutions and additions of their own. Instruments
may include violin, viola da gamba, guitar, flute, pennywhistle,
fretted dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, keyboard and percussion.
The musicians are always looking for Quilters productions in which