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00:00:00 - Quilt brought for interview, "Little Brown Bird"

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Partial Transcript: This is Jana Hawley and it's October 22nd, 1999.

Segment Synopsis: Docherty talks about her quilt, named "Little Brown Bird", inspired by a song from her childhood. She discusses how exactly she came up with the design and the techniques she used to create the quilt from the design. She talks about how she was inspired by the Baltimore album quilts, though she made alterations to the design to suit her personal taste. Docherty then talks about the future of the quilt, which will be a family heirloom for her daughter.

Keywords: Antique quilts; Applique quilts; Baltimore quilts; Machine piecing; Prize-winning quilts; Quilt body; Quilt borders; Quilt designs; Quilt piecing; Quilters

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Fabric arts; Fabrics; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:09:10 - Beginnings in quilting

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Partial Transcript: How did you get interested in quilting?

Segment Synopsis: Docherty tells the interviewer about her first interest in quilting, which began when she visited a newly opened fabric store in her town. She talks about her past sewing experience and how she had to learn to quilt in order to use the fabrics she brought at the store. She discusses how an aunt taught her to sew and how, in turn, she has attempted to teach her children.

Keywords: Fabric shops; Fabric stores; Family sewers; Learning to sew; Quilters

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Fabric arts; Fabrics; Families; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:10:46 - Involvement in quilting community / Favorite quilting techniques

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Partial Transcript: Um, how are you connected to quilters?

Segment Synopsis: Docherty discusses how she is not heavily involved in the quilting community, as she works as a physician during the day. She talks about a quilting group in her town which she assists occasionally. She then tells the interviewer about her preferred quilting techniques.

Keywords: Applique quilts; Hand applique; Quilting as a hobby; Quilting groups

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Fabric arts; Fabrics; Physicians; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:12:09 - Qualities of a great quilt

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Partial Transcript: Uh, what makes a great quilt a great quilt?

Segment Synopsis: Docherty talks about how a visually appealing and interesting quilt make a great quilt, with a combination of good color and design.

Keywords: Qualities of a great quilt; Quilt colors; Quilting craftsmanship; Visually appealing quilts

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Fabric arts; Fabrics; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:12:41 - Qualities of a great quilter

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Partial Transcript: And what makes a great quilter?

Segment Synopsis: Docherty talks about how quilting is an innate skill, including an eye for color and design which one must have been born with.

Keywords: Artistic talents; Innate qualities; Qualities of a great quilter

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Fabric arts; Fabrics; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:12:58 - Quilting in the United Kingdom

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Partial Transcript: We in America think that the quilt is an American phenomenon.

Segment Synopsis: Docherty talks about how quilting originated in the United Kingdom and was brought to America by immigrants, which she believes means quilting is not an American phenomena. She believes Americans made quilting into an art form, which in turn brought a resurgence of quilting in the United Kingdom in recent decades. She also talks about how art quilts are the popular form of quilting in the United Kingdom, replacing traditional quilting.

Keywords: Art quilts; Irish quilts; Quilting in the United Kingdom; Quilting traditions; Traditional quilts; Welsh quilts

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Fabric arts; Fabrics; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:15:25 - First quilt memories

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Partial Transcript: What's your first memory of a quilt?

Segment Synopsis: Docherty talks about one antique quilt in particular, which is a family heirloom. She talks about how quilts were not used for utilitarian purposes, instead being treated as art pieces by families.

Keywords: Antique quilts; Family heirlooms; Family quilts; Quilts in the United Kingdom; Traditional quilts

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Fabric arts; Fabrics; Families; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:16:05 - Qualities of an artistically powerful quilt

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Partial Transcript: What makes a quilt historically p--or, artistically powerful?

Segment Synopsis: Docherty talks about how the qualities of artistically powerful quilts cannot be described using words, but she says artistically powerful quilts make one stop and look at the quilt. She talks about the quilts at the festival in Houston as an example of how different people find different quilts artistically powerful.

Keywords: Artistic power; Artistry in quilting; Creative processes; Personal opinions

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Fabric arts; Fabrics; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:16:53 - Creative process of quilt-making

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Partial Transcript: For you, which comes first, the fabric or the design?

Segment Synopsis: Docherty discusses her creative process when making quilts, telling the interviewer that she has a large enough fabric collection to be able to create whatever design she wants with the materials she already has. She then talks about how she is most inspired by the colors and designs of fabrics to create quilts. Docherty then talks about her favorite batting for her quilts.

Keywords: Art quilts; Artistic inspirations; Cotton batting; Creative processes; Fabric artists; Quilt batting; Textile artists

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Fabric arts; Fabrics; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:18:36 - Importance of quilting in daily and family life

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Partial Transcript: Why is quilting important to your life?

Segment Synopsis: Docherty talks about the relaxing qualities of quilting, especially contrasted with her day job as a physician. She then talks about how quilting impacts her family, telling the interviewer they are supportive of her quilting activities.

Keywords: Artistic talents; Family life; Quilting activities; Quilting as a hobby; Quilting to relax; Relaxing activities

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Fabric arts; Fabrics; Families; Hobbies; Physicians; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles

00:20:01 - Quilting's influence on the 20th century and beyond

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Partial Transcript: Um, we are drawing to the close of the millennium.

Segment Synopsis: Docherty talks about the immense popularity of quilting at the close of the 20th century, particularly with the wide availability of commercial fabrics. She discusses the future of quilting, including the rising popularity of machine quilting and art quilting. She talks about how, regardless of the busy lives of modern women, hand quilting will still remain popular because of the satisfaction of creating something with one's hands.

Keywords: Commercial fabrics; Future of quilting; Hand quilting; Machine quilting; Quilting in the 20th century

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Fabric arts; Fabrics; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:24:22 - Women and quilting

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Partial Transcript: Can you speak to, um, why it tends to be in the woman's world?

Segment Synopsis: Docherty talks about how women expressed themselves artistically through needlework because they were barred from the high arts throughout history. She talks about the relaxing qualities of needlework.

Keywords: Creative outlets; Needle arts; Relaxing activities; Women and crafts; Women and the arts

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Fabric arts; Fabrics; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women; Women's history

00:25:46 - Award won for "Little Brown Birds"

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Partial Transcript: Tell us the award that you won, please.

Segment Synopsis: Docherty tells the interviewer she won the "Best in Show" award from That Patchwork Place.

Keywords: Best in show quilt; Quilt awards; That Patchwork Place

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Fabric arts; Fabrics; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women