Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Schockley, Maggie
Dates 1978
Location Hillsville
United States
Virginia
Language English
Subjects Ethnography
Fan Quilts
Interviews
Quilt Patterns
Quilting
Title
"If I don't quilt the square, I do the fan."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Schockley, Maggie (Creator)
Schockley, Maggie (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Hillsville, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  Quilt patterns
-  fan 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: Now what're, what's your favorite quilting pattern? Or what do you quilt, what pattern do you quilt the most often? / MS: Well, like I said, if I don't quilt the square, I do the fan. I, you know, I've never done any of the, of the fancier quilting. By the piece, by whatever pattern the quilt is pieced. The fact is, I think most of us mountain people, always quilted, that, that was the type of quilting that most of the people around did, was just the fan, or the diagonal, or quilted it by the block rather than, I know, in late years, you know, since quilting has become quite a fad, that, a lot of it is done more or less with the fancy scrolls and so on. I was noticing in some of my quilting books where the patterns to do this by, but, I guess I'm just, haven't thought too much about trying any of it.
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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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