Audio Recording "In the fall of the year, I use the old-time frames."

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"In the fall of the year, I use the old-time frames."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Schockley, Maggie (Creator)
Schockley, Maggie (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Hillsville, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  quilt frames
-  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: MS: Now I'm not been doing very much quilting lately, except the one I have in at Mommy's. I piece 'em because, I don't have room to put them in, to quilt, the frames are so large, you know, and anymore, now, we'd they used to make the quilts smaller, and I like a large quilt that will come off over the sides of the bed. And so most of the time in the fall of the year, and I use the old-time quilting frames. My brother-in-law made me a set of frames, just like my mother used to have. In fact, she has used the ones that I have because hers finally, I reckon she wore them out, you know. / GJ: What do you mean by old-time frames as opposed to new-time frames? / MS: Well, you know the new frames they have is on, up on one, center, uh bar, a thing that sits on the floor, then you know the old time frames you set, you had to set each corner on a chair, or, a lot of times people would put a hook in the ceiling, you know and hang it from the ceiling, then when you got ready, you could lift it up, and get it out of your way. But anyway my frames, are, we set it on the backs of a chair, and then you can get down and quilt it, but . Now my sister's doing one. She quilts just across her lap. She puts her quilt in, doesn't put it in frames but it's, I don't like that way of quilting, I guess because I got used to quilting like my mother did. I think you still do things like mother. It's just harder for me, I think, you know, I feel like that I don't do as nice a job that way.
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Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R104
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. "In the fall of the year, I use the old-time frames.". Hillsville, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed November 19, 2017.)

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Johnson, G. N., Schockley, M. & Schockley, M. (1978) "In the fall of the year, I use the old-time frames.". Hillsville, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Maggie Schockley, and Maggie Schockley. "In the fall of the year, I use the old-time frames.". Hillsville, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.