Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Schockley, Maggie
Dates 1978
Location Hillsville
United States
Virginia
Language English
Subjects Ethnography
Interviews
Personal Experience Narratives
Quilting
Title
"I quilted a quilt out in a day."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Schockley, Maggie (Creator)
Schockley, Maggie (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Hillsville, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  personal experience narratives
-  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: Where do you put your frames up? / MS: I've not quilted but one quilt, uh, here. Now before we moved into this house, I had big rooms you know, and I could just put up. The fact is, when I did quilt was when my children were smaller, and I quilted a quilt out in a day. I put it in at five o'clock in the morning, and my husband left to go to work at five in the morning, and it was usually about that time at night when he got back in. And when he, by the time he got back in I had quilted my quilt out. Then I could hem it and do all the other things the next day. I had it ready to go in. I had my lining and my padding and everything ready. And maybe stitched, we sewed it to one side of the frame and then pinned it to the other side. And I'd have it stitched onto one side of my frame, right ready to stretch it, and always put 'em in by myself. And, I'd quilt all day, though, just, the boys would, I had three boys and they would play, and they were small, before they started school. And then even after they started school, you know, I was alone. I could quilt about all day long. And, I made quite a few, quilts. But I haven't, in the last, I would say, fifteen years, I think I had only quilted two. Because I went to work, and I didn't have time. Since I am staying with Mother, I don't, I didn't think I had the time. In fact I was going to hire a lady, a cousin of mine to quilt the quilt I'm doing now, and my sister said, no let's put it in and do it while we're taking care of mother, so we take turns. You know, one to quilt a while and the other one awhile. Because one of us has to sit in the room with her at all times, so we're doing pretty well. We've had it in almost two weeks and we've got it half finished. 'Course, that seems like a long time now. You know, where I did quilt 'em out in a, you know, like in a day.
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Medium
Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R104
Source Collection
Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
Repository
American Folklife Center


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