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00:00:12 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: This is Kay Jones. Today’s date is March 15th, 2001.

Segment Synopsis: The interviewer, Kay Jones, introduces the subject for her interview, quilt artist Jean Vining. The interview is being conducted for the Quilters’ S.O.S. Oral History Project.

00:00:38 - Quilt for the interview

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Partial Transcript: Jean, you’ve brought a beautiful and interesting quilt today. Tell us about it.

Segment Synopsis: Vining discusses the quilt she brought for the interview, which was made for her sister and brother-in-law’s 50th wedding anniversary. She talks about the pattern of the quilt, which is called “Friendship Pinwheels” and how she created the quilt. Vining describes the imagery on the quilt and how it pertains to her sister’s marriage and family, as well as the colors used. She then continues to discuss the technical aspects of the quilt, including the number of blocks which make up the quilt and the different stories of each block. Vining discusses how her sister uses the quilt, which she enters into competitions and wins awards for. She talks about some of the shows which the quilt has placed in, under the category “Family quilts”.

Keywords: Anniversary gifts; Friendship pinwheels; Quilting patterns; Technical aspects of quilting; Wedding anniversaries

Subjects: Appliqué; Crafts & decorating; Cross-stitch; Decorative arts; Embroidery; Family; Gifts; Needlework; Quilting; Quilts; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:09:59 - Beginnings in quilting

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Partial Transcript: How did you get interested in quilting, Jean?

Segment Synopsis: Vining discusses her experience in needlework prior to quilting, which her sister did prior to her interest in the craft. She talks about the first quilt she created alongside her sister. She also discusses the difficulties she has with the technical aspects of quilting, including her preference for machine quilting over hand quilting and her challenges with choosing the correct batting. Vining talks about the family significance of this quilt, which took her 7 years to complete. Vining tells the interviewer about her quilt journal and what she includes in the journal.

Keywords: Batting; Craft journaling; Family quilts; Hand quilting; Learning to quilt; Machine quilting; Novice quilters; Quilts and families; Technical aspects of quilting

Subjects: Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Family; Gifts; Machine sewing; Needlework; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:13:37 - First memories of quilts

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Partial Transcript: When do you remember seeing your first quilt? What's, what’s your first quilt memory?

Segment Synopsis: Vining recalls seeing her first quilts at her grandmother’s house in Texas as a child. She discusses the quilt tops she has inherited from her grandmother and her mother and how they were acquired. Vining talks about how her family has used the quilt tops in their own projects. Vining discusses some of her extended family members who quilt and participate in quilting bees. She also talks about some family members who are currently becoming interested in quilting.

Keywords: Antique quilts; Family heirlooms; Family quilts; Quilt blocks; Quilt tops; Raffle quilts; Vintage quilts

Subjects: Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Family; Family reunions; Gifts; Heirlooms; Needlework; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:19:30 - Various emotional aspects of quilting / Handmade clothing

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Partial Transcript: Have you, uh, ever, Jean, used quilting to help you through a, uh, difficult time?

Segment Synopsis: Vining discusses how quilting is not easy for her, and therefore not as restful as knitting and needlework are for her. She talks about her apprehensiveness with hand quilting and how, overall, her choice is another craft. She then goes on to discuss her favorite aspect of quilting, laying out the designs and putting them together. Vining also talks about her handmade clothing and her process in creating her clothes.

Keywords: Activities for relaxation; Emotions in crafting; Handmade clothing; Homemade clothing; Relaxing crafts; Technical aspects of sewing

Subjects: Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Knitting; Needlework; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Vests; Women

00:24:19 - Qualities of a great quilt

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

Segment Synopsis: Vining details what she believes makes a great quilt. She believes a personal desire to create a quilt, the care which goes into designing the quilt, and the care which goes into sewing the quilt are what makes a great quilt. She also talks about how she believes hand quilting creates a great quilt, over machine quilting. Vining talks about her admiration of hand quilting.

Keywords: Art quilts; Aspects of quilting; Great quilts; Hand quilting; Machine quilting; Technical aspects of quilting

Subjects: Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Needlework; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:27:17 - Importance of quilting / Living in Texas

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Partial Transcript: Why would you say quilting was important in your life?

Segment Synopsis: Vining discusses how quilting gives her something to do at home at night. She talks about her prior experience as a teacher, which gave her something to work on at home. Vining talks about her love of staying busy. She discusses her life in Texas and the influence it has had on her quilts.

Keywords: Great quilts; Hand quilting; Machine quilting; Quilt designs; Quilt patterns; Texas culture; Texas quilts; Texas wildflowers

Subjects: Crafts & decorating; Dallas (Tex.); Decorative arts; Needlework; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Texas; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:29:51 - Quilts and American women

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Partial Transcript: Do you think that, uh, quilts have a special meaning for women in America?

Segment Synopsis: Vining talks about how quilts have always been important to women in America and how this importance has increased in recent years.

Keywords: American women; Fabric arts; Fabrics; Women and quilting; Women in America

Subjects: American women 1600-1900; Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Needlework; Quilting; Quilts; Textile artists; Textiles; Women

00:30:13 - Quilts and family / Relationship with her sister Alice

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Partial Transcript: What’s happened to the quilts that you’ve made for friends and family, Jean?

Segment Synopsis: Vining talks about the quilts she has given away and how she is unsure of their fate after being given away. She talks about one quilt in particular which is on display at her sister’s home. Vining discusses her relationship with her sister Alice, who is also a quilter and a crafter like herself. She talks about how Alice taught her to quilt and tells related anecdotes.

Keywords: Art quilts; Decorative quilts; Family quilts; Quilts as gifts; Textiles as gifts

Subjects: Crafts & decorating; Decorative arts; Family; Gifts; Needlework; Quilting; Quilts; Textile artists; Textiles; Women