Audio Recordings "My mother would give us little tiny pieces."

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Schockley, Maggie
Dates 1978
Location Hillsville
United States
Language English
Subjects Crazy Quilts
Patchwork Quilts
Recycled Fabrics
String Quilts
"My mother would give us little tiny pieces."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Schockley, Maggie (Creator)
Schockley, Maggie (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Hillsville, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  Quilts
-  patchwork quilts
-  recycled fabrics
-  crazy quilts
-  string quilts
-  Ethnography
-  Interviews
-  United States -- Virginia -- Hillsville
-  Transcription: MS: Well, she didn't have, you know, a lot of scraps for us, but she would cut out paper stars, diamonds and she would give us the little tiny strings and we would piece them and then she would sew them together and make a big star. So that was the way I first started piecing quilts, was using her little scraps that she didn't need. And at first she used to use old dresses, pieces that were worn out, you know, because there wasn't too many scraps feed sacks for lining.
-  Although Geraldine Johnson's notes indicate that this interview was cut short due to Mrs. Shockley's need to leave to take care of her mother, they nonetheless covered a lot of useful information within the limited time. Mrs. Shockley learned to quilt as a child, has made numerous quilts for her family, and sells quilt tops at a flea market. She talks a lot about her mother and has her mother's collection of quilt blocks. (Although not addressed in the interview, these blocks probably served as a reference collection, to remind the maker how the block goes together.) This interview is particularly interesting because of the amount of detail on the activities of an earlier quilting generation and because of Mrs. ShockleyÆs poignant comments about her realization that quilts are her motherÆs legacy.
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Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R103
Source Collection
Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
American Folklife Center

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