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00:00:00 - Interview Introduction

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Partial Transcript: Okay this is Suzanne Hardebeck and today's date is November the third,
and it is 4:08 and I'm conducting an interview with Barbara Oliver Hartman for
Quilters' S.O.S. Save Our Stories a project of the Alliance for American Quilts.
Barbara and I are at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.

Segment Synopsis: The introduction to the QSOS interview between interviewer Suzanne Hardebeck and interviewee Barbara Oliver Hartman at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas

Keywords: International Quilt Festival

00:00:32 - Tell me about the quilt you brought in today.

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Partial Transcript: Barbara, will you tell me about the quilt you brought today?

Segment Synopsis: Hartman discusses the quilt that she started in 1992, but finished in 2008. The series uses small scraps of fabric left from other projects. She notes that her first quilt in this series was juried into the prestigious exhibition Quilt National in 1993. This one is owned by the corporation behind the International Quilt Festival, Quilts, Inc.

Keywords: Quilt shows/exhibitions; quilt national

00:01:39 - How many hours a week do you quilt?

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Partial Transcript: That's really a good question. I am in my studio probably ten to twelve hours a day.

Segment Synopsis: Hartman works in her studio for three to five hours a day, but she gets distracted frequently. She also describes her color preferences for her quilts. She uses earth tones, including what she calls autumn colors.

Keywords: Time management; Work or Studio space; color

00:03:01 - 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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Segment Synopsis: Hartman discusses how she uses her design

Keywords: Design Wall; Design process

00:04:08 - Have advances in technology influenced your work? If so, how?

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Partial Transcript: : It really hasn't affected how I do this quilt. I have many, I have many
styles that I work in and one of them does use technology. I do some designing
on the computer, especially with very intricate pieced quilts, when I do those,
but with this particular style of quilts, it's pretty much I have to sort of be
designing and sewing and taking care of all the technical aspects all at the
same time while I'm working on the piece.

00:05:44 - Tell me about an amusing experience that has occurred from your quiltmaking?

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Partial Transcript: Oh okay, well I do have a funny story about this particular style, because
what I'm doing is I'm using a free motion zigzag stitch and because these are
teeny weenie little pieces, I have to get my fingers very close to the darning foot.

Segment Synopsis: Hartman discusses a funny story about an experience with a zigzag stitch

Keywords: Benima sewing machine; Home sewing machine; darning foot; quilting injury; zigzag stick

00:08:51 - What makes a quilt artistically powerful?

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Partial Transcript: What do you think makes a quilt artistically powerful as you work on your quilts?

Segment Synopsis: Hartman says that she does not know exactly what makes a quilt powerful, and she is always happy with her results.

00:09:53 - Which artists have influenced you?

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Partial Transcript: Oh, I am very taken with, you know I love Picasso, I love Impressionism, I love Post-Impressionism, a very abstract, this is the most realistic type of thing that I do by far.

Segment Synopsis: Hartman talks about the influences of Post-Impressionism artists like Picasso and Monet

Keywords: Claude Monet; Impressionism; Pablo Picasso; Paul Klee; Post-Impressionism; Wassily Kandinsky; influences

00:13:04 - How does quiltmaking impact your family?

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Partial Transcript: No they aren't. My kids are all artistic, and they're, they love what I do, my husband loves what I do, but they don't do it. One of my daughters is an artist, I mean, she has a real job but she really has a, an artistic bent.

Segment Synopsis: Hartman talks about her family in relation to her quilt making. She says that her daughter and brother-in-law are both artistic.

Keywords: Quilt National; Yuma, Arizona; artistic bent; craft fairs

00:15:52 - What do you think is the biggest challenge confronting quiltmakers today?

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Partial Transcript: We have far more opportunities now.

Segment Synopsis: Hartman discuses the fact that quilt makers have far more opportunities today compared to 25 years ago.

Keywords: opportunities

00:18:49 - What special meaning does this quilt have for you?

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Partial Transcript: Is there anything you want to share about that quilt that I didn't specifically ask you of, of Autumn leaves?

Segment Synopsis: Hartman designed this specific quilt for the Husqvama exhibit and she had not seen it in a long time.

Keywords: Husqvarna; collection; size

00:20:06 - What aspects of quiltmaking do you not enjoy?;Tell me if you have ever used quilts to get through a difficult time?

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Partial Transcript: Is there any specific part of quiltmaking that you don't like?

Segment Synopsis: Hartman talks about her love and hate relationship with quilting. It helped get her through her sister's cancer, but she overdid it and now is physically unable to quilt at the same level that she could before because of carpel tunnel syndrome

Keywords: applique; carpel tunnel syndrome; handquilting; pieced quilts; thread embellishment

00:25:13 - Handwork on Quilts

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Partial Transcript: How close do you make your stitches when you hand stitch?

Segment Synopsis: Hartman talks about her love for hand quilting and how it makes her feel.

Keywords: Embroidery; guilting

00:33:16 - Interview Conclusion

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Partial Transcript: Okay well I'd like to thank Barbara for allowing me to interview
her today for Quilters' S.O.S. Save Our Stories oral history project. Our
interview is now concluded at 4:42.