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00:00:07 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: This is Hester Abel.

Segment Synopsis: Hester Abel introduces her subject for her interview, Marlene J. Peterman. She is interviewing Peterman as a part of the Quilters' S.O.S. Oral History Project.

00:00:44 - Quilt brought for the interview

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Partial Transcript: So, could you show me what you’ve brought as a, as a significant thing?

Segment Synopsis: Peterman talks about the quilt she has brought in for the interview, a miniature of a quilt she made for a teaching trip to Scotland. She discusses how the quilt showcases her heritage and personal quilt style. She teaches Baltimore-style and floral quilts. Peterman talks about her future plans for the quilt.

Keywords: Baltimore quilts; Floral quilts; Scottish quilts; Traditional quilts

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

00:02:53 - Getting involved in quilting

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Partial Transcript: How did you get interested in quilting?

Segment Synopsis: Peterman discusses the Scottish tradition of creating a quilt or knitted piece for a new child. She talks about quilting an American quilt for her son, who was the first American child in their family. She talks about being self-taught at first, later on taking quilting classes at a craft store.

Keywords: American quilts; Craft stores; Quilting classes; Scottish traditions

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Families; Quilting; Quilts; Scottish Americans; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:04:58 - Daily quilting schedule

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

Segment Synopsis: Peterman talks about how quilting is her full-time job, quilting a single project for up to 12 hours per day. She discusses how her quilting schedule has changed, particularly after she began teaching quilting.

Keywords: Quilting as a career; Quilting projects; Quilting schedule; Teaching quilting

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

00:06:06 - Quilting’s impact on family

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Partial Transcript: You said before, and on here too, that no quilters in your family at all.

Segment Synopsis: Peterman tells the interviewer her family is highly supportive of her quilting career, being her biggest supporters as well as her critics.

Keywords: Creating quilts:; Quilting careers; Quilts and families; Teaching quilting

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

00:06:39 - Quilting as catharsis

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Partial Transcript: Have you ever turned to quilting when things weren't going right in life?

Segment Synopsis: Peterman talks about how quilting has not been a therapeutic activity for her in her life. She discusses how her husband and son are firefighters and she quilts to relax when they are on-duty. She talks about quilting and listening to the television at the same time to keep herself entertained.

Keywords: Families of firefighters; Quilting as catharsis; Stress relief

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

00:07:40 - Favorite and least favorite aspects of quilting

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Partial Transcript: What do you find pleasing about quilting?

Segment Synopsis: Peterman talks about how she finds it pleasing to create something beautiful which she and others can enjoy. She discusses how she does not like using the sewing machine, preferring to do everything by hand.

Keywords: Aspects of quilting; Creating quilts; Creative processes; Hand piecing; Hand quilting; Machine quilting; Personal enjoyment; Quilt patterns

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Machine sewing; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts as art; Sewing; Sewing machines; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:08:27 - Qualities of a great quilt

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

Segment Synopsis: Peterman discusses how she enjoys quilts which are “striking” to look at, preferring the visual beauty over technical ability. She believes “perfect” quilts are not interesting to look at.

Keywords: Qualities of a great quilt; Technical aspects of quilting; Visually striking quilts

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

00:09:06 - Museum-quality quilts

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Partial Transcript: What is the difference between a quilt that you make for--or people make for a museum or a special collection?

Segment Synopsis: Peterman talks about how quilts in museums do not have any superior workmanship to quilts in quilt shows. She discusses historical pieces which are not impressive in their craftsmanship, anymore than quilts at shows in the present day.

Keywords: Antique quilts; Contemporary quilts; Craftsmanship; Exhibit quilts; Historical quilts; Museum quilts; Personal opinions

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

00:10:18 - Qualities of great quilters

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Partial Transcript: How do you think really great quilters [unintelligible] how do you think they learn how to be great?

Segment Synopsis: Peterman believes great quilters typically have an art background, which makes their quilts visually more interesting to behold. She talks about her own artistic talents, though she has no formal training. She then discusses her preference to quilt by hand, finding it more relaxing than sitting at a machine and quilting.

Keywords: Art education; Art training; Formal education; Hand piecing; Hand quilting; Quilt borders

Subjects: Art--studying and teaching; Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Quilting; Quilts; Quilts as art; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:11:55 - Importance of quilting in daily life

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Partial Transcript: Why is quilting important in your life?

Segment Synopsis: Peterman tells the interviewer quilting is important to her because it’s something she enjoys to do, but she does not see it as important to her life in the “long run”.

Keywords: Importance of quilting; Personal life; Quilting in daily life

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

00:12:42 - Cultural impact on personal quilts

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Partial Transcript: Do you think that your quilts reflect your background and--

Segment Synopsis: Peterman talks about how her quilts reflect her Scottish heritage and how they are different from quilts of other cultures.

Keywords: American quilters; Cultural influences; Cultural quilts; Personal culture; Quilting traditions; Scottish quilters

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

00:13:04 - Quilting’s influence on life in the United Kingdom

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Partial Transcript: Do you think that that’s made a, a, a difference in American life, for example, or British life, or Scottish life?

Segment Synopsis: Peterman tells the interviewer about how quilting has grown in popularity in the United Kingdom in recent years.

Keywords: Quilting in England; Quilting in Scotland; Quilting in modern culture; Quilting traditions

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

00:14:11 - Quilting’s impact on women’s history

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Partial Transcript: Do you think it has any kind of special meaning as far as women’s history is concerned?

Segment Synopsis: Peterman talks about how quilting has had more of an impact on American women’s history than British women’s history.

Keywords: American women’s history; British women’s history; Creative expressions; Impact of quilting

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women; Women’s history; Women’s voices

00:14:28 - Uses for quilts / Preservation of quilts

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

Segment Synopsis: Peterman discusses how she, personally, believes quilts should be used. She talks about using quilts as a means of income or giving them as gifts. She discusses how people should be able to preserve quilts they own and quilts will be preserved for future generations. Peterman tells the interviewer she keeps most of her quilts, except giving a few to her son.

Keywords: Future generations; Quilt preservation; Quilting in modern life; Textile preservation

Subjects: Artists; Arts & crafts; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women; Women’s voices