The first frame of “While I Yet Live,” a short documentary film for the Op-Docs section of The New York Times website, features items hanging on a clothesline. As they billow in the wind, a voiceover asks: “Have you ever paid trees any attention?” and then describes the various colors you can find in trees and how the leaves blow. Cut to an image of a quilt on a clothesline blowing in the wind. Several voices unite to sing a gospel tune called, “I Don’t Want Nobody to Praise Me When I’m Gone,” and then there’s a brief shot of cars crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. At about three minutes into this 14-minute documentary, we learn where we are: Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Then we hear the stories of six women who have mastered the art of quilt making and how it is an essential part of their lives.