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00:00:01 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: November 2nd, 2001. It is about 11:35 AM and I am conducting an interview with Shirley Kelly...

00:00:23 - Quilt for interview

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Partial Transcript: Tell us about the quilt that you have here today.

Segment Synopsis: Kelly talks about the design of the quilt she brought to discuss for the interview. The quilt's design features the various pets and animals associated with Kelly's family, including dogs, horses, and her grandson's stuffed rabbit. She discusses how and when she created the design for the quilt, as well as the technical processes she used in order to create the quilt.

Keywords: Art quilts; Family pets; Family quilts; Household pets; Personal anecdotes; Quilt designs; Technical aspects of quilting; Technical processes

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Grandchildren; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Sewing; Stuffed animals (Toys); Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:09:06 - First interest in quilting

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about your interest in quilting. When did you--what are your earliest memories of quilting?

Segment Synopsis: Kelly tells the interviewer about her interest in textiles as a young girl, learning to sew clothing out of necessity during the Great Depression and throughout her life. She then talks about how she began to create traditional, utility quilts for her family members. Kelly then discusses how she transitioned from creating utility quilts to creating art quilts.

Keywords: Art quilts; Creating clothing; Life in the Great Depression; Textile arts; Traditional quilts; Utility quilts

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

00:14:22 - Quilting and family life

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Partial Transcript: Are there other members of your family now that quilt?

Segment Synopsis: Kelly tells the interviewer no one in her immediate family quilts, but her cousin and her extended family in Nova Scotia quilt. She talks about quilting's impact on her family life, including how her husband is supportive of her quilting career.

Keywords: Canadian quilters; Family life; Family quilters; Quilters; Quilting and daily life

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

00:15:41 - Favorite aspects of quilting

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Partial Transcript: What aspect of quilting do you like the best?

Segment Synopsis: Kelly cites appliqué as her favorite aspect of quilting, telling the interviewer she forces herself to quilt. She uses the sewing machine to quilt her pieces, as opposed to the hand quilting method.

Keywords: Favorite aspects of quilting; Hand quilting; Machine quilting; Needle arts; Quilt techniques

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

00:16:39 - Qualities of a great quilt / Artistically powerful quilts

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Partial Transcript: In your opinion, what makes a great quilt?

Segment Synopsis: Kelly talks about what she, personally, believes makes a great quilt. She believes quilts which give people joy are great quilts, including bringing joy to the artist. She also discusses what she believes makes a quilt artistically powerful, which she thinks is a quilt that makes a strong visual impact on the viewer.

Keywords: Art quilts; Artistic power; Competition quilts; Impact of visual art; Qualities of great quilts

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

00:18:41 - Qualities of a museum quilt

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Partial Transcript: Um, what do you think the, uh--makes a good museum quilt?

Segment Synopsis: Kelly believes a quilt with a strong visual composition, as well as a high level of workmanship, creates a museum-quality quilt. She talks about how quilts should have carefully designed backs as well as fronts if they are to be hung or shown in a museum or exhibit.

Keywords: Museum quilts; Quilt exhibits; Quilts in museums; Special collections quilts; Technical aspects of quilt

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

00:19:53 - Qualities of a great quilter

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Partial Transcript: Now, what makes a great quilter?

Segment Synopsis: Kelly talks about the qualities she believes a quilter should have in order to be considered a "great" quilter. She discusses qualities like dedication, being able to create visually interesting quilts, and strong artistic ability.

Keywords: Qualities of a great quilter; Quilters; Quilters as artists

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

00:21:06 - Inspirations for quilt designs

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Partial Transcript: What usually inspires you to choose a certain design when you're quilting?

Segment Synopsis: Kelly discusses her love of creating quilts with animal designs, particularly her quilts featuring race horses and her plans to make a quilt featuring puffins.

Keywords: Animal quilts; Creating quilt designs; Horses in art; Quilt artists; Quilt design inspirations; Quilt designs; Textile arts

Subjects: Animals; Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Puffins; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Race horses; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:23:38 - Quilting in American life

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Partial Transcript: How do you think that quilt ha--is important to American life today?

Segment Synopsis: Kelly talks about how quilting is important to self-expression in the lives of American women, and some men as well. She believes quilts bring beauty to the world. She discusses the roles of men in the quilting world and how quilting is a gendered art, though it has been changing in recent years.

Keywords: Men and quilting; Men in quilting; Men in textile arts; Needle art; Textile arts; Women and quilting

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Quilting; Quilting today; Quilts; Quilts--Design.; Quilts--United States--History--20th century.; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:25:55 - Uses for quilts / Preservation of quilts

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Partial Transcript: How do you think quilts can be used?

Segment Synopsis: Kelly tells the interviewer her quilts are for wall art, though some are used on the bed. She considers bed quilts "utility quilts", which are separate from the art quilts she and other quilters create. Kelly talks about how the fabrics used to create quilts are not meant to be used heavily, but to be hung up and used as art. She then describes how she preserves quilts, rolling them up and putting paper over them in order to protect them.

Keywords: Art quilts; Contemporary quilts; Displaying quilts; Quilts as art; Quilts in the home; Traditional quilts; Utility quilts; Wall quilts

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

00:28:43 - Quilts for friends and family

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Partial Transcript: What's happened to most of your quilts?

Segment Synopsis: Kelly tells the interviewer where the quilts she has created are now, many of them being used by friends and family on their beds. She talks about the difference between her competition quilts and her utility quilts, selling her competition quilts to interested parties at competitions and exhibits where they are shown. She then tells an anecdote about the difficulty she had in creating a white carnation art quilt.

Keywords: Art quilts; Competition quilts; Contemporary quilts; Horses in art; Quilt competitions; Quilts as gifts; Show quilts; Uses for quilts; Utility quilts

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

00:33:36 - Quilting guilds

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Partial Transcript: Um, do you belong to a guild?

Segment Synopsis: Kelly talks about how, though she does not belong to a quilting guild, she does belong to an independent quilting group made up of friends. She also mentions she is mostly self-taught at quilting, though she has taken a few classes related to quilting.

Keywords: Quilting communities; Quilting guilds

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Communities; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles

00:36:18 - Daily schedule

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Partial Transcript: It's not at all unusual for me to get up at 5 in the morning.

Segment Synopsis: Kelly discusses her daily schedule, doing appliqué, quilting, or drawing all day long until she goes to bed at 11 PM, only taking breaks to eat. She talks about her various hobbies as well as her past career as a high school art teacher.

Keywords: Art educators; Daily schedules; Full-time occupation; Hand sewing; Machine quilting; Photography teachers

Subjects: Appliqué.; Art teachers; Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women