Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Schockley, Maggie
Dates 1978
Location Hillsville
United States
Virginia
Language English
Subjects Ethnography
Interviews
Quilt Marking
Quilting
Title
"She'd mark her quilts with a piece of chalk."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Schockley, Maggie (Creator)
Schockley, Maggie (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Hillsville, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  quilt marking
-  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: How would she draw off her diagonals when she did that? / MS: Well, she, as, she would just, you know take a yardstick, or ah, and use a chalk of a light color, something you know that would brush off. Or sometimes she would use a string and fasten it on one end of her, where she wanted to start, and pull it over to the other end, and she would chalk that string first, and then, lift the string and let it fall back down and it would leave the imprint of the chalk and then it would brush off. / GJ: How did she do her fans? How did she draw them off? / MS: Well, she took a, sort of like doing with a, I guess it would be like with a compass. She would, put a , take her string, have her chalk on the end of it, and hold end with her finger, you know, and then she would go out from that and she, an inch each time and go a little farther, however wide her fan would be, or however far she wanted. It started in the corner and then you started from the corner each time and, and your chalk was still on your string, and you'd go around sort of in that way.
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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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