Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Schockley, Maggie
Dates 1978
Location Hillsville
United States
Virginia
Language English
Subjects Batting (Textiles)
Ethnography
Feed Sack Quilts
Interviews
Quilt Lining
Quilting
Recycled Fabrics
Tobacco Sack Quilts
Title
"She'd use cotton filler or old blankets."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Schockley, Maggie (Creator)
Schockley, Maggie (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Hillsville, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  recycled fabrics
-  quilt lining
-  batting (textiles)
-  feed sack quilts
-  tobacco sack quilts
-  Ethnography
-  Interviews
-  United States -- Virginia -- Hillsville
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  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.
-  Transcription: GJ: What would she use as a filler then? / MS: Well, sometimes she would use old blankets, and . . . but at that time she, you could buy the cotton filler, and she did the, used the cotton filler. I think that I saw a star here in the shape that she / GJ: And then what would she use as the backing? / MS: Now this is the type of star that she made with the ones that we pieced. Well, the backing was, like the feed sacks, you know, you got flour, flour come in sacks. And it had printed letters on it. A lot of that was used. And sometimes you know she would, material was not too expensive but money was kind of scarce. Sometimes she would buy the little gingham checks or chambray, or whatever, you know that she could find. And I remember one time she sewed together a quilt lining out of Prince Albert smoking tobacco bags. If you ever saw those little bags, they're about so long and when, well when they're opened up they're not more than like five inches, I would say, and she sewed a quilt lining together out of the Prince Albert smoking tobacco bags. She washed these, and my dad smoked, and anybody else that would save 'em for her, you know. And so she made, has made quilt linings out of things of that type.
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Medium
Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R103
Source Collection
Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
Repository
American Folklife Center


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