Audio Recordings "What makes a quilt pretty?"

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Schockley, Maggie
Dates 1978
Location Hillsville
United States
Virginia
Language English
Subjects Aesthetics
Ethnography
Interviews
Leaf Quilts
Maple Leaf Quilts
Quilt Patterns
Title
"What makes a quilt pretty?"
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Schockley, Maggie (Creator)
Schockley, Maggie (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Hillsville, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilt patterns
-  aesthetics
-  leaf quilts
-  maple leaf 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 is it that you think makes a quilt pretty or attractive? / MS: I think it's mostly the, I think the colors maybe. If your colors are, coordinated well. And the reason I say this, some of my quilts that I have, the colors are not matched too well, some of the older ones that Mommy had pieced where she just had just used whatever she had, and then sometimes she would have you know just like, two colors for each block. Now I don't really think that you have to have just two colors all over the quilt to make it pretty, but she would use just two colors to the pattern, which made the pattern show up more. And so I think that made a difference. I thought that made it prettier. Because, now the Basket quilt, and my Oak Leaf, Maple Leaf quilt, each one of those are different. Each basket is different and each leaf is different. So it really doesn't mean that you, you know I just think that you have to have pretty colors and get 'em placed right. And when I put them together, as my Oak Leaf, my Maple Leaf -- I have an Oak Leaf pattern, I haven't pieced that one yet. But my Maple Leaf, I put a dark and a light, you know or a bright, I don't put all the, try to get it spaced till the dark and the lights are scattered out all over the bed, sort of like the fallen leaves in the you know, the fall there. You don't see all the colors, they're mixed up and this is what is what I've kind of tried to do with this, is spread 'em out. The oranges and browns and greens, and yellows and so on, and not get 'em all, all the orange one place or yellow shades, or whatever. And that way.
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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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