Audio Recording "As long as you can coordinate your colors..."

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"As long as you can coordinate your colors..."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Schockley, Maggie (Creator)
Schockley, Maggie (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Hillsville, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  Quilt patterns
-  recycled fabrics
-  quilt lining
-  star quilts
-  dahlia quilts
-  stars and stripes 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: GJ: How do you, you said you buy new fabrics for your tops. How do you select them? / MS: Well, the only one that I just ever got to go out and buy all new fabric was when I, was the Bicentennial quilt. And, the Dahlia quilt that I'm doing now. Most of the time, well, friends, neighbors, and so on, you know, will just give you scraps from where they've sewed. And as long as you can coordinate your colors, it doesn't matter you know if the whole quilt is alike or not. Different patterns that you're using. And sometimes I order cutaways you know from factories and get quite a few pieces alike like that. And you can specify you know if you want light or dark, so if you have a lot of dark pieces and you need some light to fill in with, you can you know specify the light colors. And if you have more light colors and need some darks, you can specify the dark colors and, they usually send you, you know, pretty much what you've ordered. And cotton pieces right now are, you know, fairly expensive too. / GJ: So what factory do you send away to? / MS: It's a place in Arcadia, South Carolina, I can't even remember the name of the place. But, seems like it's, I believe that's the, Factory Cutaways I believe is what it is, in Arcadia, South Carolina. I think I found it in one of the quilt magazines or something of that type. / GJ: What kind of fabric do you use for the back, backing? / MS: Muslin, sometimes, or just, now the, my Stars and Stripes, I have the same material for the backing for that as I have for the red. In it's polyester and cotton mixed. It's a Sears and Roebuck product. I just ordered the whole bolt. And it'll take it all for the four quilts. But, the fact is, that, you know, it's much easier to order, I, I would prefer going somewhere and picking out my colors, but, I don't have the time you know to get out anymore to find things like that. And now I, up until just a couple of, three or four years ago, I did sewing for people and they always gave me the scraps. So I always had a lot of scraps, 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. "As long as you can coordinate your colors...". Hillsville, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed June 26, 2017.)

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