Audio Recording "My mother must have pieced fifty or more a year."
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- "My mother must have pieced fifty or more a year."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Schockley, Maggie (Creator)
- Schockley, Maggie (Interviewee)
- Created / Published
- Hillsville, Virginia
- Subject Headings
- - Gifts
- - income
- - 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 quilts would you say you've made in a year? / MS: I, I'd have no idea. I knew, I've made quite a few but you know just, to say how many, most of the time you know I do other, I'll sew some you know and maybe piece two or three in a year, or, but uh. When my children were small and I was piecing because I had to have 'em, I know I would piece you know five or six or maybe more, because uh, they wore out pretty quick with three boys. / GJ: How many would you say your mother had made in a year? / MS: I would hate to even estimate. I know, I know Oddie Padgett, I had an interview with him for the Galax Gazette, and I told him, I said I'm sure she's made a thousand or more, but I don't think that would even halfway cover it because she pieced all winter long, you know, just and the reason I know that it's got to be more than that, let's see, seven children, fourteen grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren, each year for Christmas, that took quite a few and each year she would piece enough for each one to have that many. And in the meantime, you know give away a lot, too, so, I am sure that she must have pieced fifty or more in you know like from one spring till the next, next spring. / GJ: Fifty? / MS: At least pieced that many. And you know, like when she was quilting a lot, she would quilt during the winter, that she always quilted in the winter. I would say, you know, the minimum of twenty-five, because she, she really got in there and went after it! Because I remember she pieced, uh, and when she quilted, I, I think she used, started getting three dollars for quilting a quilt. And then I remember a little later she charged five, and I don't know if she ever got as much as ten dollars for quilting a quilt.
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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. "My mother must have pieced fifty or more a year.". Hillsville, Virginia, 1978. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000171/.
APA citation style:
Johnson, G. N., Schockley, M. & Schockley, M. (1978) "My mother must have pieced fifty or more a year.". Hillsville, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000171/.
MLA citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Maggie Schockley, and Maggie Schockley. "My mother must have pieced fifty or more a year.". Hillsville, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/qlt000171/>.