Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Paulette Runyon, March 13, 2008

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:28 - Quilting: Meanings and Involvement

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Partial Transcript: Um, thank you Ms. Paulette for allowing me to interview you today. Um, tell me a little bit about the quilt you brought in today?

Segment Synopsis: Paulette Runyon describes the quilt she brought to the meeting/interview, elaborating on her process, the colors, and the subtle meaning the quilt holds. Further, she recalls her own introduction to quilting, describing her growth and origins in the art, and details her mother's prior involvement as well.

Keywords: Colors; Crafting; Fiber arts; Kentucky; Machine Quilting; Quilting

00:03:10 - Quilting memories, connections, hardships, and technologies

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Partial Transcript: What's your first quilt memory?

Segment Synopsis: Runyon discusses the first quilt she created, detailing the design and the intended audience. She then discusses her family connections to quilting and how she used the craft during difficult times, describing the feeling of finishing a quilt and the feeling of accomplishment. Further, she details the more difficult aspects of the craft and the benefits of new quilting technology, whilst also elaborating on her crafting space and family.

Keywords: Arts and crafts; Family; Fiber arts; Kentucky; Memories; Quilting; Quilts

00:05:52 - Time spent on Quilting / Thoughts on details, quality, and importance of quilts

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Partial Transcript: How do you balance your time?

Segment Synopsis: Runyon discusses time management as a quilter, detailing how she splits time between family and craft. She then recalls her experiences in hand quilting and her understanding of what a good quilt and maker are, emphasizing what is desired for display. Further, she compares hand and machine quilts, detailing the differences. She elaborates on the role of quilting in her life and the influences the craft has on her, and discusses where her quilts are today.

Keywords: Arts and crafts; Fiber arts; Hand stitching; Machine quilting; Quilting; Time management

00:08:24 - Regionality, Historical Roles, Preservation, and Challenges

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Partial Transcript: Do you think that, um, your quilts reflect the region that you live in?

Segment Synopsis: Runyon discusses how her quilts reflect the region she lives in, and role of quilting in women's history. She describes her daughters involvement in the fiber arts, and her understanding of the uses if the blankets. She discusses how to preserve quilts, and the impacts of use on the quilt. She describes challenges and difficulties in quilt making, and her own process of creating.

Keywords: American history; Arts and crafts; Fiber arts; Kentucky; Quilt preservation; Quilting; Quilts; Regionality; United States history; Women's history