Audio Recordings "My mother would give us little tiny pieces."
Johnson, Geraldine Niva
- "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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