Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Jane Hall, November 2, 2001

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Red pineapple and log cabin variation quilt

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Partial Transcript: This is Carolyn Malaski.

Segment Synopsis: Hall describes the quilt she has with her, which is variation on both the pineapple and log cabin patterns. Her use of reds in her quilt is significant to her.

Keywords: Blacks; Colors; Dixie Haywood; Log cabin patterns; Photographs; Pineapple patterns; Quilt patterns; Red periods; Reds; Variations

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:01:10 - Pineapple designs

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Partial Transcript: Why did you choose to bring this quilt to the interview today?

Segment Synopsis: Hall is well known for her pineapple quilt designs, which is why she brought this particular quilt with her as a representation of her work. She teaches classes on pineapple designs as well, so this quilt choice was practical.

Keywords: Designs; Pineapple designs; Quilt classes; Quilt designs; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Representative; Teaching

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:02:00 - Self-teaching quilting

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Partial Transcript: Tell me a little bit about your interest in quilting. Uh, when did you start quilting and from whom did you learn?

Segment Synopsis: Hall began quilting in Hawaii when her husband was stationed there with the military. She is mostly self-taught.

Keywords: Applique; Children; Cross hatch quilting; Cross stitches; Echo quilting; Hawaii; Hawaiian quilts; Home extension; Knitting; Patterns; Piecing classes; San Antonio (Tex.); Self-taught quilters; Sewing; Templates

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:04:24 - Finding joy in quilting

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Partial Transcript: What do you find pleasing about quilting, or what do you enjoy?

Segment Synopsis: Hall enjoys both the historical aspect of quilting as well as the physical handling of fabric.

Keywords: Cleanliness; Cloths; Connections; Creative outlets; Designing; Handling; History; Past-ties; Tactility; Touching

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:05:17 - Quilting during difficult times

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Partial Transcript: Have you ever used, or how have you used quilting to get through a difficult time in your life?

Segment Synopsis: Though Hall has not been through many difficult times in her life, she still uses quilting as an escape from her regular problems.

Keywords: Cleaning; Deadlines; Deaths; Escapes; Fabrics; Fortunate; Hobbies; Pressures; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Craft and art; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.

00:06:28 - Time spent quilting

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Partial Transcript: How many hours a week do you spend quilting?

Segment Synopsis: Hall spends several hours a day doing something associated with quilting.

Keywords: Hours; Quilters; Quilting; Quilting books; Quilts; Working; Writing

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.

00:06:47 - Negative aspects of quilting

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Partial Transcript: Is there anything about quilting that you do not enjoy?

Segment Synopsis: Hall dislikes the process of basting a quilt, as well as when people with overwhelming personalities join quilting groups, which is a rare occasion.

Keywords: Basting; Overwhelming personalities; Queens; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:07:42 - What makes a great quilt

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Partial Transcript: What do you think makes a great quilt?

Segment Synopsis: Hall says that design is what makes a great quilt and within that is craftsmanship and color.

Keywords: Art quilts; Colors; Craftsmanship; Designs; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Traditional quilts; Traditions

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:08:28 - Art quilting in a traditional community

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Partial Transcript: Um, what makes a quilt artistically colorful, 'cause you mentioned art--artistic-type quilts.

Segment Synopsis: Hall believes the expansion of artistry in the quilt world benefits the community as a whole. Art-quilting expands quilters' horizons.

Keywords: Art quilts; Art-trainings; Colors; Designs; Expanding; Expanding horizons; Fears; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Services; Traditions

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:10:02 - Museum-worthy quilts

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Partial Transcript: What would make a quilt appropriate for a museum or a special collections?

Segment Synopsis: Hall thinks that all quilts which are the best of their kind or representative of their kind are museum worthy.

Keywords: Antique quilts; Art quilts; Farmhand quilts; Genres; High quality; Museum-quality quilts; New quilts; North Carolina Quilt Project; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Representations; Traditional quilts; Types

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:11:06 - Machine, hand, and long-arm quilting

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Partial Transcript: How do you feel about machine quilting versus hand quilting and/or long-arm quilting?

Segment Synopsis: Hall is strongly opposed to long-arm quilting, but she categorizes machine quilting and hand quilting together and respects them more.

Keywords: Categories; Competitions; Hand quilting; Henry Ford; Long-arm quilting; Machine quilting; Operators; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Separations; Sue Nickels; Unfairness

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:13:47 - Importance of quilting in life and history

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Partial Transcript: Let's take a little bit of a look at the function and meaning of quilts in American life, and, uh, we'll talk just about, uh, you for a moment, but why is quilting important to you in your life?

Segment Synopsis: Hall couldn't imagine her life without quilting, which serves a tranquil purpose. She enjoys the historical aspect of quilting, as well.

Keywords: American Quilt Study Group; American history; Colors; Creative outlets; History; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Tranquility; Tranquilizing

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; History.; Quilting.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:14:50 - Quilting's reflection on community

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Partial Transcript: In what ways would your quilts reflect, uh, the community or region in which you live?

Segment Synopsis: Hall doesn't feel like her quilts reflect any specific community of which she is a part.

Keywords: Churches; Communities; Northeastern; Regions; Southwestern; Texas; Traveling

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts in art; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.

00:15:32 - Gender in quilting

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Partial Transcript: In what ways do you think quilts have special meaning for women's history and their experiences in America?

Segment Synopsis: Hall says that quilting is has traditionally been a woman's art form, and sometimes it could be their only creative outlet.

Keywords: Anonymous; Creative outlets; Gender roles; History; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Roles; Women; Women's history

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; History.; Quilting.; Quilts.; Textiles.; Women.

00:16:49 - Functions of quilts

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Partial Transcript: How do you think quilts can be used? Or what would--what should quilts be used for? How might they be used?

Segment Synopsis: Hall describes the functionality of quilts.

Keywords: Art and crafts; Beds; Bodies; Creations; Expressions; Functionality; Functions; Gifts; Grandbabies; Grandchildren; Wedding gifts

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts.; Rotary cutting.

00:17:44 - Family's uses for her quilts

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Partial Transcript: What happens to the quilts that you've made and you've mention you have given as gifts?

Segment Synopsis: Hall's family uses her quilts in their everyday lives. Her grandchildren use them as security blankets, and her son keeps one on his bed.

Keywords: Gifts; Grandchildren; Log-cabin quilts; Marriage; Quilters; Quilting; Quilting books; Quilts; Sons; Wedding quilts

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:18:52 - Preservation of quilts

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Partial Transcript: As far as, uh, quilt preservation, um, how do you think quilts can be preserved for the future?

Segment Synopsis: Hall believes that quilts should be treated properly and used because fabric's life is finite. Her own experience with preserving linens led her to believe that quilts have a use.

Keywords: Enjoyment; Fabrics; Finite lives; Labels; Mistreatment; Preservations; Quilters; Quilting; Quilts; Signings; Uses

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts in art; Quilts.; Textiles.

00:20:18 - Creativity and pleasure in quilting for ordinary people

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Partial Transcript: Is there anything that you would like to share or like to tell us a little bit about? Something that I haven't covered that--

Segment Synopsis: Hall finds quilting as a creative outlet for ordinary people.

Keywords: Controls; Creativity; Individuality; Ordinary people; Pleasures; QSOS; Quilters; Quilters' Save Our Stories; Quilting; Quilts; Women

Subjects: Arts and crafts.; Quilting.; Quilts.; Textiles.