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0:00 - Introduction

0:28 - Tell me about the quilt you brought in today.

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about the quilt that you showed me today.

Segment Synopsis: Kay describes her touchstone quilt. She says that the quilt is a generational quilt, completed by herself, her mother and her grandmother. She says she is someone who keeps family heirlooms and collects family history.

Keywords: Antique quilts; Generational quiltmaking; Hand piecing; Hand quilting; Star quilts

Subjects: Grandparents; Heirlooms


Hyperlink: Kay's three generational star quilt.

1:58 - Teaching Quiltmaking

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Partial Transcript: What did you use to teach?

Segment Synopsis: Kay describes her teaching experience in quilting. She says she and her colleagues taught hundreds of students in the Greater Kalamazoo area in the 1980's.

Keywords: National Quilting Association; Teaching quiltmaking

2:46 - What do you think someone viewing your quilt might conclude about you?

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Partial Transcript: What do you think someone else viewing this quilt would think?

Segment Synopsis: Kay says that the quilt is clearly a vintage piece, based on the fabrics and pattern used. She says it is made to be a wall decoration as well, which she says is what she intends to do with the quilt.

Keywords: Antique quilts; Quilt Purpose - Home decoration

4:17 - Tell me about your interest in quiltmaking.

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Segment Synopsis: Kay explains her interest in quiltmaking. She says that she got her start in indexing quilting patterns while working in a library, so that patterns would be more accessible to people. She says she began making quilts later in life, at age 35, following the birth of her son. She says that she learned to quilt from Mary Radecki.

Keywords: Learning quiltmaking; Teaching quiltmaking


Hyperlink: Detail of Kay's quilt.

9:07 - What is your first quilt memory?

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Segment Synopsis: Kay says that her first quilt memory is making doll quilts with her cousins as a child. She still has the quilt. She goes on to describe a quilt that was on her grandmother's bed. She says she believes that quilt might have been what is called a mill-felt quilt, which was a type of quilt that was often given to poor people.

Keywords: blocks; Children's quilts; Doll quilts; Quilt memory; Quilt Purpose - Charity

Subjects: Poverty

11:34 - Are there other quiltmakers among your family or friends? Please tell me about them.

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Partial Transcript: Are there other quiltmakers among your family or friends?

Segment Synopsis: Kay says that most of her friends quilt, as well as many of her cousins.

Keywords: Generational quiltmaking

12:03 - How does quiltmaking impact your family?

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Segment Synopsis: Kay explains that her son has become immersed in quilting culture, although he does not quilt, and on one occasion explained to a friend what it meant to have a mother who was a quiltmaker. She goes on to discuss a quilt she made for her son following that instance.

Keywords: Machine piecing; Machine quilting; Quilt memory; Quilts as gifts

Subjects: Travel

16:57 - Meeting Quilters Internationally

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about that trip to the Netherlands

Segment Synopsis: Kay discusses her travels to meet quilters in other parts of the world, including Dutch quilters in the Netherlands and Italian Quilters in Northern Italy.

Keywords: English paper piecing; Fiber - Silk

Subjects: Translators; Travel

18:07 - Tell me if you have ever used quilts to get through a difficult time?

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Partial Transcript: Have you ever used quilts to get through a difficult time?

Segment Synopsis: Kay says that she uses quilting to get through difficult times because the process is a distraction. She says she expecially likes the sashiko technique, because of its rhythmic nature.

Subjects: Sashiko

18:58 - Tell me about an amusing experience that has occurred from your quiltmaking?

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about an amusing experience that has occurred from your quiltmaking or teaching.

Segment Synopsis: Kay talks about an experience she had teaching a class to a woman who she believed to be a nun, during which time she was attempting to discover whether this was true.

Keywords: Hand applique; Teaching quiltmaking

Subjects: Appliqué; Church vestments; Nuns

21:45 - What do you find pleasing about quiltmaking?

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Segment Synopsis: Kay says she enjoys planning quilts. She then describes her experience planning the Portage Bicentennial Quilt. She says she liked writing about the significance of that quilt.

Keywords: American Bicentennial

Subjects: American Revolution Bicentennial, 1976

23:00 - What aspects of quiltmaking do you not enjoy?

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

Segment Synopsis: Kay says that she doesn't like judging quilts. She also says she now finds it difficult to applique, because of problems with her eyesight.

Keywords: applique

23:46 - What art or quilt groups do you belong to?

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Partial Transcript: What quilt groups do you belong to or did you used to belong to?

Segment Synopsis: Kay lists the quilting groups of which she is or has been a member. She includes the National Quilters' Association because of her qualifications as a certified instructor. She goes on to explain how she became certified, and what she did as a certified teacher.

Keywords: Cal-Co Quilters Guild; National Quilting Association; Quilt guild; Teaching quiltmaking

27:57 - Have advances in technology influenced your work? If so, how?

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Partial Transcript: Have advances in technology influenced your work?

Segment Synopsis: Kay says that technological advances have not had an impact on her work as an individual, because she works primarily in traditional quiltmaking.

Keywords: computer; Technology in quiltmaking

Subjects: Technology in art

28:22 - What are your favorite techniques and materials?

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Segment Synopsis: Kay says she uses primarily cotton for her quilts, and that her favorite technique is applique.

Keywords: applique; Embellishment techniques; Fiber - Cotton

Subjects: Appliqué; Cotton

29:05 - Tell me how you balance your time.

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Partial Transcript: Tell me how you balance your time.

Segment Synopsis: Kay says that she is spending more time using computers, she is not able to spend as much time quilting due to her eyesight. She expresses her desire to quilt more in the future.

Keywords: Time management

Subjects: Genealogy; Grandchildren

30:01 - Do you use a design wall? If so, in what way/how does that enhance your creative process? If not, how do you go about designing your quilts?

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Partial Transcript: Do you use a design wall?

Segment Synopsis: Kay says that because of her space limitations as well as because of her personal design process, she does not use a design wall in her quiltmaking.

Keywords: Design process; Design Wall

30:18 - What do you think makes a great quilt?

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

Segment Synopsis: Kay says that for a quilt to be great, it should display good craftsmanship, good fabric selection, as well as a good design. Regarding the artistic power of quilts, she says that because of her attraction to traditional quilting, she doesn't like to judge the artistic value of quilts.

Keywords: Art quilts; Design process; fabric selection; Published work - Quilts

Subjects: Workmanship

33:18 - Which artists have influenced you?

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Partial Transcript: Whose works are you drawn to and why?

Segment Synopsis: Kay lists quilters whose works inspire her. She mentions Jinny Beyer, Michael James, and Marie Webster.

Subjects: Quiltmakers

35:45 - Why is quiltmaking important to your life?

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Segment Synopsis: Kay says that quilting is a great creative outlet for her. She says that she has not quilted as much in the last 15 years, as she has been working, but she has taught quilting in that time.

Keywords: computer; Design process; Teaching quiltmaking

38:02 - In what ways do your quilts reflect your community or region?

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Partial Transcript: In what ways do your quilts reflect your community or your region?

Segment Synopsis: Kay says that many of her quilts are not regionally identifiable, because of how much she has travelled. She says that with access to patterns from various places today, a quilt that at one time was know to be specific to a certain region could be from anywhere.

Subjects: Art, Regional; Travel

39:19 - What do you think about the importance of quilts in American life?

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

Segment Synopsis: Kay says that quilting has been important in her life and in the lives of other quilters and their families across the US, because those people become acquainted with the specific culture of quiltmaking.

Keywords: Quilt Purpose - Bedcovering; Quiltmaking for family

45:40 - How do you think quilts can be preserved for the future?

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Partial Transcript: How do you think quilts can be preserved for the future?

Segment Synopsis: Kay discusses the importance of caring for quilts properly. She talks about best practices for quilt storage, but goes on to say that there are also quilts that must be well loved and may not be preserved.

Keywords: Quilt preservation

48:28 - What has happened to the quilts that you have made or those of friends and family?

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Partial Transcript: What has happened to quilts you have made for family and friends?

Segment Synopsis: Kay recounts one experience of a child to whom she gave a quilt. She says that the girl used up her quilt to the point that the entirety of the scraps that remained fit in her hands.

Keywords: Children's quilts; Quilt preservation; Quilts as gifts

50:16 - What do you think is the biggest challenge confronting quiltmakers today?

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Partial Transcript: What do you think the biggest challenge is today that quiltmakers are confronted by?

Segment Synopsis: Kay cites time and costs as challenges to modern quiltmakers.

Keywords: Time management

51:24 - Conclusion

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Partial Transcript: Do you have any other questions or things you'd like to discuss?

Segment Synopsis: Kay says that she enjoyed her time registering quilts for shows which she did for her guild. She goes on to disscuss the quilts that she has collected, which include a wedding quilt that belonged to her former husband's parents.

Keywords: Guild leadership; Quilt guild