Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Phyllis Branson, November 3, 2001

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: --November 3rd, 2001 at the Houston Quilt Show.

Segment Synopsis: The interviewer, Jo Frances Greenlaw, introduces the interviewee as well as the location and time of the interview.

Keywords: Houston Quilt Show

Subjects: Navasota (Tex.); Quilters; Quilting.; Quiltmakers--United States.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts.

00:01:06 - Her "Biblical Blocks" quilt / Traditional quilting

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Partial Transcript: Well, Ms. Branson is considered, by me and probably a lot of people, as a traditional quilter.

Segment Synopsis: Branson discusses the quilt that she brought with her to the Houston Quilt Show, such as the techniques she used to construct it, as well as the set up she has at home for her quilting. Branson also talks about the traditional quilting she does, as well as where her quilts go after she finishes with them. She briefly mentions the presence of quilts in her childhood and the influence that living in different regions of the country has had on her quilting style.

Keywords: "Biblical Blocks"; Applique; Baby quilts; Bible verses; Churches; Fabric; Family; Hand quilting; Influences; Machine stitching; Piecing; Running stitch; Studios; Tennessee; Texas; Traditional quilters; Traditional quilts; Traditions; Tree of Life

Subjects: Bible.; Hobbies and crafts; Quilters; Quilting.; Quiltmakers--United States.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.

00:09:33 - Developing her skills / Professional quilting

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Partial Transcript: When you first started quilting, what did your quilts look like compared to what you're doing today?

Segment Synopsis: Branson discusses the first quilt she ever made and how she has progressed to where she is now. She also tells whether or not she would ever consider being a professional quilter, which leads to a discussion about the types of qualities found in quilts that end up in museums.

Keywords: Baste; Blocks; Cathedral windows; Earth tones; Imaginative; Machine quilting; Modern quilts; Museums; Professional quilters; Traditional quilts; Ugly; Workmanship

Subjects: Hobbies and crafts; Quilters; Quilting.; Quiltmakers--United States.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts.

00:13:33 - Quilting and community

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Partial Transcript: Do you quilt alone or are you a member of a quilting group?

Segment Synopsis: Branson discusses the quilting group that she quilts with once a month, what she would do if quilting was not a viable hobby, and the quilts she has made for her grandchildren. She also talks about her stance on quilters putting together blocks left to individuals not related to the quilter by a deceased relative, as well as the quilts that are being mass-produced and sold cheaper than handmade quilts.

Keywords: Blocks; Borders; Church history; Colors; Community; Cutting; Designs; Grandmother's fan; Imported quilts; Indian quilts; Light boxes; Patterns; Quilt toppers; Quilting groups; Sewing machines; Stitching; Traditions

Subjects: Hobbies and crafts; Navasota (Tex.); Quilters; Quilting.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.

00:19:59 - Her quilting history

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Partial Transcript: Do you have anything that you would like to say, especially today, that we have not thought to ask you?

Segment Synopsis: Branson discusses some original quilts that she has made, as well as the collection of her own quilts that she has built up. She also talks about whether or not she would consider entering one of her quilts in the Houston Quilt Show.

Keywords: Antique quilts; Challenges; Collections; Colors; Couches; Exhibits; Fabric; Houston Quilt Show; Museums; Original quilts; Patterns; Quilting history; Stitching; Traditional quilts

Subjects: Hobbies and crafts; Quilters; Quilting.; Quiltmakers--United States.; Quiltmakers.; Quilts--Design.; Quilts.