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0:00 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: Hi I am Sandy Goldman, today is November 6, 2011

Segment Synopsis: Sandy Goldman introduces Venetta Morger at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas

Keywords: Houston, Texas; International Quilt Festival


GPS: The International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX.
Map Coordinates: 29.444, -95.221

0:35 - Tell me about the quilt you brought in today

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Partial Transcript: Sure. The quilt that I brought today was made especially for the Cherrywood Challenge that is my brainchild for raising funds for ovarian cancer for MD Anderson

Segment Synopsis: Morger describes the quilt she has brought to the International Quilt Festival. It was specifically made for the Cherrywood Challenge. Made in hopes to raise funds toward research for Ovarian Cancer.

Keywords: art quiltmaking; Cherrywood Challenge; chlorine bleach; discharge; domestic machine; felting machine; home sewing; MD Anderson Cancer Center; MD Anderson Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project; Picture; Quilt; quilt purpose charity; Research; traditional quiltmaking; Turkish


GPS: The International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX.
Map Coordinates: 29.444, -95.221

Hyperlink: Venetta Morger with her quilt

1:31 - Use of the discharge method of surface design

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Partial Transcript: What did you use to discharge?

Segment Synopsis: Morger explains that she does not regularly use the discharge method. She used chlorine for this process. She combines traditional quilting and art quilting methods, allowing her to experiment with new techniques.

Keywords: chlorine bleach; Discharge; surface design


GPS: The International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX.
Map Coordinates: 29.444, -95.221

Hyperlink: Venetta Morger, detail of quilt based on an ancient Turkish painting

2:01 - Learning to sew and quilt

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Partial Transcript: Do you quilt everyday?

Segment Synopsis: Morger explains how she began quilting everyday in 2007. Her mother taught her how to sew when she was 10 years old. When she got into high school, she designed and made all of her clothes.

Keywords: "Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts"; "Wyoming Prairie Winters"; award; daughter; England; Feathered Star – quilt pattern; first quilt; Gillette, Wyoming; Holland; home sewing machine; Houston, Texas; Knowledge transfer; Learning quiltmaking; long arm quilting; machine quilting; mother; ovarian cancer; professional quilter; Published work - Quilts; quilt purpose -- bedcovering; quilt shop; quilt shows/exhibitions; quiltmaking classes; sew; St. Louis, Missouri; Stage IV ovarian cancer; Sue Nickels; wall hanging project; Washington; Woodlands Area Quilt Guild; Wyoming; “Y” seams


Hyperlink: Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes, Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1986-2011 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011).

6:41 - Publication in "Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1986-2011"

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Partial Transcript: So that's the quilt that is published in the Lone Stars III?

Segment Synopsis: Morger discusses the publication of her quilt in "Lone Stars III" and the significance of its color choices.

Keywords: "Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts"; Book; BRCA1; colors; mother; ovarian cancer; Published work - Quilts

7:59 - Quilts for MD Anderson

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Partial Transcript: Do you make quilts for them?

Keywords: cancer; Guild activities; guilds; MD Anderson; Quilt Purpose - Charity; shops; talk

Subjects: Morger makes quilts to raise money for MD Anderson. She also goes out and talks to guilds and quilt shows to spread the word about ovarian cancers.


Hyperlink: MD Anderson Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project

8:27 - Volunteering with the MD Anderson Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project

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Partial Transcript: Did you help with the booth here at the Festival?

Segment Synopsis: Morger helped set up some of the 153 quilts that are on display. 12 of them were contributed by her. Trying to promote awareness for female cancers.

Keywords: auction; guild activities; International Quilt Ffestival; MD Anderson Cancer Center; MD Anderson Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project; online; quilt purpose – charity; Woodlands Area Quilt Guild


GPS: MD Anderson Cancer Center
Map Coordinates: 29.70632553100586,-95.3969955444336

9:14 - On the use of teal in her quilts

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Partial Transcript: It's great quilters are very giving people. Is that one of your favorite colors, teal?

Segment Synopsis: Morger explains that teal is her son's favorite color, and how he helped choice the color for this quilt. Teal is also the color for ovarian cancer. Cherrywood Fabric donated some of the fabric Morger used in this quilt. Twenty quilts were submitted by quiltmakers in 2011 using these fabrics.

Keywords: auction; cancer; Cherrywood Challenge; Cherrywood Fabrics; color; fabrics; fat quarters; International Quilt Festival; Karla Overland; MD Anderson Cancer Center; MD Anderson Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project; quilt purpose – charity; son; Studio Art Quilters Association (SAQA); teal

11:42 - How do you use this quilt?

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Partial Transcript: How do you use this quilt?

Segment Synopsis: Morger is first of all using her quilt to raise money for MD Anderson. She hopes she can bid enough money in MD Anderson's auction to buy it herself. This quilt is very special because of the cause it was made for. She discusses how hard it is to part ways with certain quilts.

Keywords: auction; Disappearing Nine Patch – quilt pattern; Guild; MD Anderson Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project; Nine-Patch; quilt purpose – charity; quilt purpose – gift or presentation; quiltmaking for family

12:48 - What are your favorite techniques and materials?

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Partial Transcript: Is felting on a quilt common for you to do?

Segment Synopsis: Morger discusses various techniques, including felting, which she used on this quilt. She describes other embellishment forms she has learned in her guild's "play days."

Keywords: beads; crystal; embellisher; embellishment; Felting; fibers; five needles; Guild activities; hand applique; hand embroidery; hand quilting; machine applique; machine quilting; roving; seven needles; wool roving

14:11 - On her various styles of quiltmaking

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Partial Transcript: Are you mostly doing wall sized quilts or do you do both?

Segment Synopsis: When asked what size quilts she works on she explains that size of quilts depends on the direction she sees the quilt going and what size best fits the design. She belongs to an international art group that focuses on 12x12 sized quilts.

Keywords: 12 By The Dozen; Quilt guild; Quilt Purpose - Bedcovering; Quilt Purpose - Exhibition; quilt shows/exhibitions; wallhanging

14:56 - Guild activities

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Partial Transcript: What's your job for your show? Are you in charge of it?

Segment Synopsis: Morger explains that she does not have a major job at her guild's show this year due to her daughter's wedding. She usually is a huge contributor at the auction. She decided to split the show and auction to lessen the work for her guild. She also regularly teaches various quiltmaking techniques to members of her guild.

Keywords: American Quilters Society (AQS); auction; binding; border; design process; domestic sewing machine; Guild activities; Guild leadership; hand applique; home sewing machine; knowledge transfer; learning quiltmaking; machine applique; machine quilting; quilt guild; Quilt Purpose - Charity; Quilt Purpose - Teaching or learning sample; quilt purpose – charity; quilt shows/exhibitions; quilt workshops; quilting bee; quiltmaking classes; quiltmaking techniques; teaching quiltmaking; Wanna Bees


GPS: Meeting location for the Woodlands Area Quilt Guild
Map Coordinates: 2235 Lake Robbins Dr, Spring, TX 77380

Hyperlink: Woodlands Area Quilt Guild

20:07 - Quilting friends

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Partial Transcript: Are most of your friends quilters?

Segment Synopsis: Morger discusses the social circle involved in the quilting world. Many of her close friends are quilters. They travel together to shows. Morger is a long distance runner as well and has found friends through that hobby as well.

Keywords: Guild activities; Long distance running; social quiltmaking activities

20:44 - Favorite pattern and collecting sewing machines

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Partial Transcript: You mentioned to me earlier that you have a favorite pattern.

Segment Synopsis: Morger discusses upcoming project ideas pertaining to the doing Feathered Stars. Her special collection is also discussed. Her time spent in England is also mentioned. Morger also describes how she stores her equipment.

Keywords: Blocks; collection; eBay; England; Feathered Star – quilt patterns; home sewing machine; Scotland; Singer Featherweight Machines; Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine; Singer Sewing Machine Company


Hyperlink: Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine, Wikimedia Commons.

22:20 - Studio

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Partial Transcript: Do you have a studio?

Segment Synopsis: Morger describes how she converted her son's old room into a functional studio. She further expanded into an additional bedroom so she could add more sewing machines and tables to accommodate both her own work and her friends' work when they join her.

Keywords: Home Sewing Machines; Projects; social quiltmaking activities; Work or Studio Space

23:37 - On being a full time quilter

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Partial Transcript: That's nice. Are you a full time quilter or artist?

Segment Synopsis: Morger considers herself a full time quilter. She estimates that she began making quilts full time in 2007. Before that she regularly made quilts, usually once or twice a year, but did not devote space or as much time to her art. She juggles multiple projects at a time.

Keywords: professional quiltmaker; Work or Studio Space

26:24 - 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: Morger describes her design wall and its use, although she admits that she designs where ever she can lay her fabric out. She mentions how she constructed her design wall based on what her friend did using insulation and felt to make a versatile design wall. She also admits to have a large stash of fabric.

Keywords: applique; color; Design wall; Fabric - Batiks; fabric stash; Work or Studio space

28:16 - What aspects of quiltmaking do you not enjoy?

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Partial Transcript: Being by myself. I don't like being by myself. I think that's why I've really enjoyed teaching these workshops to my guild friends.

Segment Synopsis: In the quilt making process, Morger finds it dissatisfying to be by herself when working, this is the one aspect she does not enjoy. This is why she enjoys teaching workshops so she will not be alone while quilting.

Keywords: Holland; knowledge transfer; Process; quilt purpose – gift or presentation; quiltmaking classes; quiltmaking for family; T-Shirt Quilts; teaching quiltmaking; workshops

29:41 - Whose works are you drawn to and why?

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Partial Transcript: I'm always amazed. I took a class here at Festival two years ago from Philippa Naylor and I lived in the UK for three years.

Segment Synopsis: Morger drew inspiration and interest from Phiippa Naylor when she lived in the UK. She like the small pieces Cynthia England uses to make pictorial quilts. She has felt empowered by Sue Nickels, who inspired her to use her home sewing machine to quilt her projects.

Keywords: Cynthia England; domestic sewing machine; home sewing machine; Phillippa Naylor; Ricky Tims; Sue Nickels; UK; United Kingdom


Hyperlink: Cynthia England's quilt website

30:55 - How do you think quilts can be preserved for the future?

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Partial Transcript: We seem to have covered a lot of information, it's great. How do you think we should protect and preserve quilting for the future generations?

Segment Synopsis: Morger shed light on what she thinks could be done in school and at home to promote and protect quilting. She would love to see sewing and home economics in schools. She wants to promote creativity and expression through this process. She considers mass produced quilts as "soulless." She contrasts the American approach with that which she encountered when living in the UK.

Keywords: comfort; education; embroidery; home economics; home sewing machine; knitting; knowledge transfer; Quilt Purpose - Artistic expression; school systems; United Kingdom

32:43 - Her children's interest in quiltmaking

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Partial Transcript: Do your children quilt?

Segment Synopsis: Morger is asked if her children quilt and they currently do not quilt. Her son can quilt and she has offered help to her kids if they ever seek to learn a new hobby.

Keywords: generational quiltmaking; knowledge transfer

33:27 - On fulfilling her dream of exhibiting a quilt at the International Quilt Festival

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Partial Transcript: Do you have any other stories that you'd like to tell us today?

Segment Synopsis: Morger says that four years ago when she started quilting full-time she dreamt that one day her quilt would hang in Houston. She achieved that dream and hopes that can inspire others. She believes in having goals and trying to meet them.

Keywords: "Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts"; awards; Houston, Texas; International Quilt Festival; quilt shows/exhibitions; Texas Quilt Guild

34:37 - Conclusion

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Partial Transcript: I think that's a great way to end our interview. I'll come and see your quilt when it's hanging in the winners' circle.


GPS: The International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX.
Map Coordinates: 29.444, -95.221