Audio Recording "People would give her the pieces."

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"People would give her the pieces."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Schockley, Maggie (Creator)
Schockley, Maggie (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Hillsville, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  personal experience narratives
-  Ethnography
-  Interviews
-  United States -- Virginia -- Hillsville
-  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 many quilt tops do you think you have in your closet? / MS: Well, now, not put together, they're not, just the squares ready to put together. I would say about fifty. And, you know, and of course I have we use quilts on all of our beds, like, I have maybe say 12, 15 quilts that I use all the time. And, the same way you know with all the rest of the family. Now Mama has, she'd piece 'em out of little pieces, like a quarter of a inch, what anything she had, just whatever she could find, you know, to and then a lot of the quilts she pieced, she would piece 'em, people would give her the pieces and she would piece them a set for a set, you know, just for the pieces. And then she kind of got wise to that, you know / GJ: You mean now they'd give her the pieces and she'd piece one for herself and one / MS: One for them. She was you know kind of getting the bad end of the deal there. Then, but she has done this all, all of her life, I reckon, because her parents passed away when she was, well, she was 14 when her mother passed away and 15 when her father passed away, and she was the oldest of eight. And so, they were trying to keep the family together for awhile, and finally had to just go out, you know, and, wherever she could, and the ladies she stayed with, she said, would cut squares for her that was how she started learning. And I think she said they used linsey, I don't know what that is, you know, to make the quilt tops out of at that time, I guess it's a woven, a hand-woven material, I imagine.
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Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R103
Source Collection
Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
American Folklife Center
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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Maggie Schockley, and Maggie Schockley. "People would give her the pieces.". Hillsville, Virginia, 1978. Audio.

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Johnson, G. N., Schockley, M. & Schockley, M. (1978) "People would give her the pieces.". Hillsville, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Maggie Schockley, and Maggie Schockley. "People would give her the pieces.". Hillsville, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.