Audio Recording "My mother has given about all her quilts away."
About this Item
- "My mother has given about all her quilts away."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Schockley, Maggie (Creator)
- Schockley, Maggie (Interviewee)
- Created / Published
- Hillsville, Virginia
- Subject Headings
- - Gifts
- - 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: When you used to quilt them like that, what were you making them for? To use, or sell? / MS: Just to use. Just to use. I never sold any until you know just in the past few years. And, the same way with my mother. She gave 'em away. She just enjoyed giving quilts to people, and now, up at the time she got sick, she had given about all of her quilts away. We decided, you know, when she was staying alone, she had three beds, and we thought she had enough quilts, you know, that she had kept back, but she'd given 'em about all away. She didn't have enough hardly to keep the beds warm. So we took electric blanket out, you know, and put it on one of the beds. She still thinks she has all those quilts she's made. And she decided the other day, she gets awfully cold and then she gets hot, one minute she's cold and one minute she's hot, and I think during the last month we've had you know like six big heavy quilts on her at one time, and I told her, I said, well that's just all you've got, we just not much else we can do, you know.
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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. "My mother has given about all her quilts away.". Hillsville, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000166/. (Accessed August 20, 2017.)
APA citation style:
Johnson, G. N., Schockley, M. & Schockley, M. (1978) "My mother has given about all her quilts away.". Hillsville, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000166/.
MLA citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Maggie Schockley, and Maggie Schockley. "My mother has given about all her quilts away.". Hillsville, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000166/>.