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0:00 - Tell me about the quilt you brought in today.

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Partial Transcript: This is Cassino Richardson and today's date is November 3rd and it's 11 o'clock AM and I'm conducting an interview with Patricia Wright

Segment Synopsis: Wright describes her touchstone object quilt, a New York Beauty quilt made with 10-inch squares of Asian-inspired fabric.Unlike with typical quilt construction, Wright began with the serpentine border comprised of New York Beauty blocks.

Keywords: design process; foundation piecing; Gavelston, Texas; Houston, Texas; International Quilt Festival; New York Beauty - quilt pattern; quilt preservation; Quilt Purpose - Home decoration; Quilt Purpose - Personal enjoyment; quilt retreat; quiltmaking for family; serpentine border; Sue Floyd

5:28 - Tell me about your interest in quiltmaking.

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Partial Transcript: Tell me how you got interested in quiltmaking, did someone in your family quilt?

Segment Synopsis: Wright discusses how her mother and grandmother both quilted when she was young. They kept a quilt on a rack which could be suspended to the ceiling when the women were not quilting. She also mentions she was not interested in sewing until she had children. Wright discusses her early quilting years and her first quilt which she made at Quilts by the Bay, a local shop in Galveston, Texas.

Keywords: applique; Baskets - quilt pattern; Fabric/Quilt shops; first quilt; Gavelston, Texas; grandmother; Hand applique; knowledge transfer; learning quiltmaking; mother; Patricia Stevenson; Quilt Purpose - Bedcovering; Quilt Purpose - Comfort; quilt shop; quiltmaking classes; Quiltmaking for family; Quilts by the Bay (Galveston, TX); sampler blocks; sashing; self-taught quiltmaker; Sue Floyd

8:05 - What are your favorite techniques?

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Partial Transcript: What are your favorite techniques? I know this quilt is plain English

Segment Synopsis: Wright talks about the relaxation associated with the process of quilting. Wright discusses her passion for the applique technique, specifically needle-turn applique. She plans to gather all of her applique blocks together and complete her first full-size applique quilt. She discusses the church group that she quilts with also, who quilt for charity. Wright mentions her aversion to owning a longarm, because she thinks there are already so many people who do it better than she could.

Keywords: applique; church group; foundation piecing; full size applique; Hand applique; Hand quilting; Home sewing machine; Machine piecing; needle turn applique; plain english; Quilt Purpose - Charity; sashing

11:09 - Workspace and design wall

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about your work space?

Segment Synopsis: Wright describes her spare bedroom, which contains all of her quilting materials and her design wall. She also goes in-depth while talking about her design wall, which is made of cotton quilt batting.

Keywords: batting; Design Wall; Home sewing machine; work or studio space

12:22 - Quilt guilds and retreats

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Partial Transcript: You mentioned that you had gone to several quilt retreats

Segment Synopsis: Wright talks about the two quilt guilds that she is a member of: The Galveston Island Quilters Guild and the Mainland Morning Quilt Guild. She discusses different retreats and charity work done by both guilds.

Keywords: Galveston, Texas; guild activities; Island Quilters Guild (Galveston, TX); Mainland Morning Quilt Guild; Quilt Purpose - charity; quilt retreats; Social quiltmaking activities

14:04 - Inspiration

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Partial Transcript: You've been quilting for approximately thirty years now, who is your inspiration?

Segment Synopsis: Wright talks about how her inspiration comes from every quilter she encounters, and praises the exchange of inspiration in guilds.

Keywords: inspiration; knowledge transfer; learning quiltmaking; Mainland Morning Quilt Guild

15:08 - Quilting innovation in the last 30 years

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Partial Transcript: I know in the 80s we didn't even have rotary cutters, you know, what's new and innovative if that's the word

Segment Synopsis: Wright elaborates on what she thinks has changed quilting the most within the last three decades: the internet. She describes a specific time where she used the internet to get information on bobbin work.

Keywords: bobbin work embroidery; computer; knowledge transfer; machine embroidery; quilt purpose – charity; rotary cutter; technology in quiltmaking

16:26 - Quilt group charity work

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Partial Transcript: And I love the fact that with groups, they do so much charity work.

Segment Synopsis: Wright praises quilting groups on the charity work they do. She discusses a booth at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas where she made a few pillow cases while killing time. She also elaborates on her own guilds' charity work making baby blankets, baby quilts, and pillowcases.

Keywords: Guild activities; International Quilt Festival; Machine quilting; Mainland Morning Quilt Guild; pillow cases; Quilt guild; Quilt Purpose - Charity; women's shelter

18:22 - How do you think quilts can be used?

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Partial Transcript: How else do you think quilts can be used, other than putting on a bed?

Segment Synopsis: Wright admits her utilitarian use of quilts; she loves to sleep under a quilt every night. She also mentions that she uses them for gifts, and to make and maintain familial connections.

Keywords: Quilt Purpose - Bedcovering; Quilt Purpose - Gift or presentation; Quilt Purpose - Personal enjoyment; Quilt Purpose - Utilitarian; quiltmaking for family

19:30 - Challenges and the future of quiltmaking

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Partial Transcript: Yeah. Let's see, you've pretty much answered all of these

Segment Synopsis: Wright describes the financial burden of quiltmaking and it's threat to the art of quilting. With the current economic realities, quilters face the challenge of choosing to purchase new fabric or digging into their quilt stashes. She also mentions that she works at a local community college. She finds opportunities to teach quiltmaking as well. She provides the origins of her local guild that meets during the day. Both guilds collaborate to bring in speakers and workshop leaders.

Keywords: colleges; cost; cotton; day job; education; fabric; fabric stash; financial; Galveston, Texas; guild activities; quilt shops; teaching quiltmaking; Texas

23:42 - Contemporary and traditional patchwork

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Partial Transcript: Now the quilt you brought today is, would you consider a contemporary quilt?

Segment Synopsis: Wright tells that she does both traditional and contemporary quilt work. She focuses mostly on applique and says her love for bright colors usually leads to traditional patchwork.

Keywords: applique; contemporary quilt; design process; inspiration; mystery quilt; patchwork quilts; traditional floral applique; traditional patchwork

24:57 - Lone Stars: A Legacy of Texas Quilts

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Partial Transcript: Have you ever participated in a quilt history preservation survey such as this?

Segment Synopsis: Wright discusses her involvement in Lone Stars: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, and describes the quilt she contributed to the book. Wright, along with two fellow members of the Daytime Quilt Guild (Peggy Mote and Ruth Sillaman) designed a Rodeo quilt, which was then longarm quilted by another quilter, Karen Overton. They dubbed this quilt "Happy Trails," because of the overall Western theme and Roy Rogers inspiration. This quilt won best in division at the Rodeo Quilt Competition, and was later used for the Guild's Christmas party.

Keywords: "Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts"; Dale Evans; Galveston, Texas; Happy Trails; Houston, Texas; James Mote; Karen Overton; Peggy Mote; quilt documentation; quilt guild; quilt history; quilt preservation; Quilters S.O.S. – Save Our Stories; rodeo; rodeo quilt; Roy Rogers; Ruth Sillaman