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0:03 - Interview introduction

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Partial Transcript: This is Karen Musgrave and I am doing a Quilters SOS Save Our Stories interview with Georgia Bonesteel

Segment Synopsis: Karen Musgrave introduces the interview. She is interviewing Georgia, in Flat Rock, North Carolina via phone from Napierville, Illinois.

0:34 - "A Porsche Problem" Quilt

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Partial Transcript: So, Georgia I would like you to talk about your quilt "A Porsche Problem" which is in the exhibit.

Segment Synopsis: Bonesteel discusses her piece "A Porsche Problem" which she made in memory of her late father and his love of Porsches.

Keywords: Female quiltmakers; Mourning/Grief; Quilt design; Quilt Purpose - Comfort; Quilt Purpose - Exhibition; Quilt Purpose - Mourning; Quilt shows/exhibitions; Quiltmaking for family

5:16 - Experience of having her quilt in the "Alzheimers Forgetting Piece by Piece" show

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Partial Transcript: So that's really the story of the quilt and I'm proud to have it go around the country

Segment Synopsis: Bonesteel discusses her experience participating in the "Alzheimers Forgetting Piece by Piece" show. She finds the show and the artwork to be incredibly moving because of the personal connections that the audience members have with the quilts and their family histories.

Keywords: Quilt history; Quilt Purpose - Exhibition; Quilt Purpose - Memorial; Quilt shows/exhibitions; Quiltmaking for family

6:56 - The poem on the back of Bonesteel's quilt/other submissions for the quilt show

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Partial Transcript: Tell us about the poem

Keywords: Embroidery; Poetry; Quilt Purpose - Memorial; Quilt shows/exhibitions; Quiltmaking for family

9:54 - How Bonesteel became a quilter

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Partial Transcript: So, tell me about your interest in quiltmaking

Segment Synopsis: Bonesteel reflects on the series of events that led her to quilting. She explains that she has been sewing and creating since she was a child, but was led to quiltmaking through critiques she received while designing and selling handbags in New Orleans.

Keywords: College; Embroidery; Female quiltmakers; Home Economics; Learning quiltmaking; Teaching quiltmaking

12:46 - Moving to North Carolina/starting her quilting television show.

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Partial Transcript: Give me, give me a time frame.

Segment Synopsis: Bonesteel reflects on teaching quilt making classes as well as the creation and evolution of her television show that was aired by the University of North Carolina Public Television Station (UNC-TV). The television show gradually grew in popularity and started to be aired nationally which led to her invitation to and participation in quilt shows around the country.

Keywords: Generational quiltmaking; Lap quilting; Learning quiltmaking; Quilt guild; Quilt Purpose - Teaching or learning sample; Quilt shows/exhibitions; quiltmaking classes; Teaching quiltmaking; University of North Carolina Public Television Station (UNC-TV)

17:57 - About 'Bonesteel Hardware and Quilt Corner'

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Partial Transcript: I got really busy, I mean that was-- and then we bought the hardware store.

Segment Synopsis: Bonesteel addresses the creation of her and her husband's small business 'Bonesteel Hardware and Quilt Corner' and how her quilting made her the new breadwinner in the family, something that her husband had a problem with at first.

Keywords: family business; Gender roles; Small business

19:32 - Challenges within the quilting community

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Partial Transcript: What do you think is the biggest challenge confronting quiltmakers today?

Segment Synopsis: Bonesteel discusses some of the challenges that she recognizes that quilters face. She finds that traveling for quilters has become significantly more difficult after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City because of the implementation of strict travel regulations.

Keywords: Challenges within the quilting community; professional quiltmaker; Teaching quiltmaking; Time management; Traveling for quilt shows

22:56 - Quiltmaking's impact on Bonesteel's family

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Partial Transcript: You talk about your husband and his reaction to your quiltmaking

Segment Synopsis: Bonesteel explains how two of her children are loosely involved in her quiltmaking career and how she hopes to pass the art onto her four granddaughters.

Keywords: children; Generational quiltmaking; grandchildren; Quiltmaking for family

24:23 - The importance of quiltmaking to Bonesteel

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Partial Transcript: So why is quiltmaking important to you?

Segment Synopsis: Bonesteel explains why quiltmaking is important; she recognizes that creating quilts is something in life that the quilter has complete control of which she finds to be comforting with all of the unpredictability that comes with life.

Keywords: Art quiltmaking; Design process; Quilt Purpose - Artistic expression; Quilt Purpose - Personal enjoyment; Quilt Purpose - Therapy; quiltmaking process

25:48 - Quilting groups that Bonesteel belongs to

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Partial Transcript: So tell me about the quilt groups you belong to.

Segment Synopsis: Bonesteel lists a handful of the quilt guilds and groups that she belongs to.

Keywords: Friendships through quilting; Landrum Quilters; Modern quiltmaking; Patchwork, Talking and Applique (PTA); Quilt communities; Quilt guild; The Cover Lovers; Time management; Western North Carolina Quilters Guild

30:11 - Changes within the quilting community

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Partial Transcript: What other things do you see changing within the quilt world?

Segment Synopsis: Bonesteel speaks to how quilting technology has rapidly developed and impacted the art, especially for those who participate in quilt shows and exhibits. She explains how the improvements to quilting machines have also made designs more intricate.

Keywords: American Quilter's Society (AQS); Hand quilting; Home sewing machine; Long arm quilters; Long arm quilting; Long arm quilting machine; Machine quilting; Quilt shows/exhibitions; Technology in quiltmaking

33:45 - Bonesteel's mother/ quilt talk in Wilkesboro, Virginia.

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Partial Transcript: And stories that related to my parents, and to my mother helping me

Segment Synopsis: Bonesteel remembers her late mother and some of the moments they shared quilting together. She then returns to speak about the quilting talk she went to give in Wilkesboro, Virginia.

Keywords: Generational quiltmaking; Hand piecing; Houston, Texas; Long arm quilting machine; Machine quilting; Modern quilts; Quilt Purpose - Comfort; Quilt shows/exhibitions; Quiltmaking for family; stiches; Teapot Quilt; Traveling for quilt shows

36:36 - Some of Bonesteel's quilting tricks

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Partial Transcript: So tell me about grid freezer paper

Segment Synopsis: Bonesteel explains the significance of using freezer paper for quilting and how she created, sold and holds the trademark for quarter-inch, gridded freezer paper.

Keywords: Cardboard templates; Design process; freezer paper templates; James River Corporation; Plastic templates; Prime Drip; Small Business

41:17 - Bonesteel's legacy

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Partial Transcript: How do you want to be remembered?

Segment Synopsis: Bonesteel shares her hopes for her quiltmaking legacy; she hopes that through her television show and several years of teaching that she has been able to share the art and convince non-quilters that they are able to quilt, too.

Keywords: "dog ears"; "foolproof knot"; Knowledge transfer; Learning quiltmaking; legacy; Quilt history; Quilt memory; Quilt Purpose - Comfort; Quilt Purpose - Therapy; Teaching quiltmaking