Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Susan Turnquist, November 1, 2002

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:06 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: This is Barbara Beck.

Segment Synopsis: The interviewer introduces the interviewee as well as the date, time, location, and the purpose of the interview.

Keywords: International Quilt Festival; Quilters' S.O.S. -- Save Our Stories (QSOS) Oral History Project

Subjects: Houston (Tex.)

00:00:34 - Quilt she brought for the interview / How she got started quilting

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Partial Transcript: Tell about the quilt you brought today.

Segment Synopsis: Turnquist discusses the quilt that she brought to the interview as well as how she got started quilting.

Keywords: Childhood; Classes; Fishing; Materials; Self taught; State fairs; Utility quilts; Water scenes

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

00:06:09 - Familial encouragement

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Partial Transcript: How does quilting impact your family?

Segment Synopsis: Turnquist talks about the encouragement that she gets from her family.

Keywords: Churches; Dinners; Encouraging; Husbands; Mothers; Sewing; Sewing machines

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

00:08:14 - Her least and most favorite aspects of quilting / What makes a great quilt and quilter

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Partial Transcript: What, what aspects of quilting do you not enjoy?

Segment Synopsis: Turnquist talks about the aspects of quilting that she likes and dislikes as well as what makes a great quilt and a great quilter. She also uses the quilt that she brought to the interview as an example of what choosing color and developing technique looks like.

Keywords: Appliqué; Basting; Colors; Fish; Friendships; Primitive; Print painting; Projects; Strip piecing; Techniques; Values

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

00:14:42 - Quilting as a creative outlet

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Partial Transcript: How do you feel about machine quilting versus hand quilting?

Segment Synopsis: Turnquist shares her preference in the machine quilting vs. hand quilting debate and talks about how she utilizes quilting as a creative outlet, as well as where she gets the inspiration for her quilts.

Keywords: Creative ability; Creative outlet; Hand quilting; Machine quilting; Missouri; Nature

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

00:16:56 - The influence of quilts on the past / Preserving quilts for the future

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Partial Transcript: What do you think about the importance of quilts in America?

Segment Synopsis: Turnquist discusses the influence of quilts on history, as well as the importance of teaching people how to properly preserve antique quilts.

Keywords: Antique quilts; Importance; Museums; Pioneers; Preservation; Revival; Sewing machines

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

00:18:45 - Experimenting with quilting

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Partial Transcript: What has happened to the--most of the quilts that you've made?

Segment Synopsis: Turnquist discusses where her quilts go upon completion, and her ongoing experimentation with quilting in both traditional and contemporary senses. She also talks about her job as a veterinarian.

Keywords: Cardinal; Competition quilting; Experimenting; Fishing; Log cabins; Themes; Traditional quilts; Veterinarians

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