Audio Recordings "I did two Cathedral Windows in one year."

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"I did two Cathedral Windows in one year."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Schockley, Maggie (Creator)
Schockley, Maggie (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Hillsville, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Gifts
-  Quilt patterns
-  cathedral windows quilts
-  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: My Cathedral Windows, that was the project for this Christmas. I did two in one year, and I have one son who's not married, so I'm kind of a little bit slower on his, his might not be quite as large by Christmas, but I'll keep adding on to it. By the time he uses, needs it maybe I'll have it you know completed. Well I started, just to, you know, just to have something to do, because it was something that I could sit. At that time I was doing stuffed toys for a craft shop in Winston-Salem, and, and rag dolls, and I was doing this at mother's because I could just sit, you know, with her and do this. And, so my sister was doing the Cathedral Window, and I finally decided well I'd try one. And I don't know if I would have kept it, sold it or what. They bring pretty good prices and so I, you know, we're both retired and money comes, you know, pretty, comes in pretty nice sometimes, so I think I probably would have sold them. And my youngest son said Mother, I've got to have that quilt. And I said, not unless I can do two more. So I just made that my objective to go ahead and do the three, and so, I started them two years ago, and I haven't done anything on them this summer because they're heavy and it's a little hot to handle in the summertime. So, just right away, when I finish quilting the one I'm doing now, I'll, I'll finish. I have a couple of strips ready to do on that, and, on his, and so I'll probably get it finished for Christmas time. If nothing happens, 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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Chicago citation style:

Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Maggie Schockley, and Maggie Schockley. "I did two Cathedral Windows in one year.". Hillsville, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed February 25, 2017.)

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Johnson, G. N., Schockley, M. & Schockley, M. (1978) "I did two Cathedral Windows in one year.". Hillsville, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Maggie Schockley, and Maggie Schockley. "I did two Cathedral Windows in one year.". Hillsville, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.