Pauline Laughlin

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Title

Pauline Laughlin

Identifier

AR72758-001

Interviewee

Pauline Laughlin

Interviewer

Karen Musgrave

Interview Date

11/5/08

Interview sponsor

Moda

Location

Rogers, Arkansas

Transcriber

Kim Greene

Transcription

Karen Musgrave (KM): This is Karen Musgrave, and I am conducting a Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories interview with Pauline Laughlin. Pauline is in Rogers, Arkansas and I'm in Naperville, Illinois so we are conducting this interview over the telephone. Today's date is November 5, 2008, and it is 9:58 in the morning. Ms. Pauline thank you so much for doing this interview with me. Tell me about the quilt you selected for the interview your "Basket of Flowers."

Pauline Laughlin (PL): The quilt that I did was for a lady who wanted a basket of flowers. She didn't want roses. Cameo is the paint that I used. It came out with a basket of roses. Well, since she didn't want roses, she wanted flowers. I took all the roses out but one. I left one and I put in the flower, different flowers. There was a daisy and oh a chrysanthemum and different ones to fill in the spots where there had been roses. So, the basket was then painted with a Cameo colored paint, and I pulled the paint with a [fiber.] brush. I do the blending with Brissel brushes. I don't use old brushes. These just have regular bristles in them and by pulling the paint it made, it look like it really was the old-fashioned basket that I used. One side of the basket turns up and the other side turns down. That made it look like an old picture. I put the different colored flowers in it according to the way that I felt they should be. I put it on about, let me say, a 36-inch piece of material. I took little baskets that I found. I found a basket in a magazine a long time ago. Of course, it had been torn out and was right next to my patterns. It had a little basket very similar, and I put three of the flowers in that. There are twelve of them. I put about a 2-inch border all the way around the first big piece with the big basket which had some butterflies on either side of the handle and a bow, a ribbon bow up on top. This was a brown, kind of a brown, dark red, maroon around there and then each one of my little baskets had a maroon border put between them so that made a perfect square and I put the maroon border all the way around it, a 2-inch border and then the drops that fell off the side of the bed were just plain white pieces of material. In the middle of it I also put the small basket, and the small basket had a little butterfly on the handle instead of a ribbon bow. The butterflies were all various different colors, and there are no two of them just alike. Then I also have my own quilting machine, and I did the quilting. I used the rose pattern. The pattern is a perfect little rose with about two leaves in between each one of them. That was the pattern that I used.

After I got it out of the quilting machine, I put a brown or maroon border around it; and also, I put a sawtooth binding on it, you know that dresses up a quilt. I cut the sawtooth in about 3½-inch squares, and I folded them in half and ironed them, folded them in half again that is corner wise and ironed them, so I have a perfect little triangle. After I have cut, oh a couple hundred or so of them, I take them to the sewing machine. I open up the points of this triangle and I stick the folded edge in there, and I sew a seam across the very edge all the way around this long string of things. Then I lay them down on the top of the quilt with a binding on top of them and stitch it down. Then I have to turn this binding over, turn the raw edge under and sew it down. I don't do it by hand anymore. I figured if they are quilted on the sewing machine, the sewing is going to add to it, as well as make it last longer. I stitch it down by machine. Of course, this is being painted, and you have to set paints with a hot iron. Instead of trying to iron each one of them and maybe get a phone call in between times, I take it down to the dryer and put it in the dryer and run it for about thirty minutes. After it has been run for thirty minutes, I take it out and inspect everything that I have done. If it meets my approval, I take a permanent market and pen, not one of these little felt tip pens because they are not permanent. Oh, I can't think of the name of it [Identipens by Sukara.] but they have a writing tip at both ends and they are made for cloth, and I write my name on it. So, each one of the quilts that I do has my name on them. I do not date them. I do rug hooking and one time there was a lady who was buying a rug that I had done for about a year and she had her purse out and paying me for it when her husband walked by and said, 'What are you doing?' She says, 'I'm buying this pretty rug.' He looked at it and he says, 'Why are you buying that old thing for? It is already a year old.' [both laugh.] She pocketed her money and walked off.

KM: Oh, no.

PL: Well, I have been floored a few times by little things like that, so I do not date my quilts. I'm not going to have them accuse me of selling old stuff. Another funny thing that happened, I do a lot of baby quilts, probably maybe around 50 every year. I have a baby quilt with Noah's Ark. I paint that. It has a cloud above it, water under it. Now this is all done with Cameo textile paints. After I get the art done, I take two of each of the animals, bears, teddy bear, giraffes, anything that I can think of- cows, horses, rabbits, squirrels, anything that is an animal. I put two of them in there around it. I use pink for little girls. I use blue for little boys, but then sometimes we don't know what it is going to be, so I use yellow. I put a yellow lining in them. I was selling the last one that I had, and I was folding it to go into the sack and the woman says, 'Does that have a yellow lining in it? And I say, 'It sure does.' I held it up for her to see and she says, 'Oh Lord who in this whole wide world would want to wrap up a new baby in a yellow quilt?' She turned around and walked off. I was so embarrassed. I didn't know hardly what to do because I had been doing that for a long time. Well, to finish that story, about a month later she came back and wanted to know if I would put another Noah's Ark on one but use a blue lining for a little boy. My sawtooth goes around my baby quilts too. Now there is a difference because when I make the baby quilts, I turn the sawtooth to the inside of the quilt. I sew the binding down on the outside with a sewing machine. I've got one that is about 35 years old, and it really sews, so I sew this binding down on the outside, the wrong side of it, I turn it over and by turning the raw edge under I stick a sawtooth in there before I top stitch it down. I stitch it with the sewing machine of course and my sewing machine I use the same thread that I do when I'm quilting that way. It is not going to break, and I know it is going to last as long as the quilting does. This way I can guarantee the whole thing to go, even though I have had women look at them and turn around and start off and say she don't even know how to put the sawtooth on. Ha, ha. Well, I had wrapped up I might say seven babies, five of my own and two grandsons that I have raised, and I know where those sawtooths would go on the outside, they would be right in their face. So, I point the sawtooth to the inside. A lot of people want to hang it on the wall which makes a beautiful picture with a border around it. It looks like it was really framed. It's nice that way. It serves a double purpose.

I have an awful lot of quilts. I am doing my first leaf quilt, leaves, like fallen off the trees right now in all different colors. It is the first one that I have done, but I had a limb and I put about ten or twelve leaves on it, and they are all different colors, blended good and proper. Down in the corner I had kind of a rounded like limb that's got about five different leaves on it, so I put red down in one corner and a yellow one in the other bottom corner but across the top I just sprinkled a single leaf here, there and across there so I think there is about three across the top. Then that wasn't enough, I just sprinkled some in through there, some are red, some of them are orange, some of them are brown, and some of them are even green because I think maybe there might be a few green leaves left on some of the trees. That way it blends all in together. Most of my quilts are more or less something that I have done myself. Like the basket quilt. The basket was something that I didn't attempt to draw, but I put the different flowers in there that I had been using over and over for a good many years.

I'm only 96, but I've been making quilts ever since I was big enough to help my mother with them. Momma would take what we used to call a penny postcard and cut her out a pattern for her quilt blocks, and she cut them one at a time [with scissors.] and then she would sew them together. She was a good seamstress. After that was done, they had to be quilted, and no we didn't swing a frame from the ceiling, my daddy took lumber and made a quilting frame that momma could reach from one side to the other. We had rollers on it, and we rolled it up, so she would go down one side and up the other. Of course, little old me, 4 foot 10 inches tall, I couldn't reach across there, so I would go up one side and down the other. Then I would roll it so I could get the middle spots. That would give me a chance to reach the outside edges so eventually I got a quilt done or my share of it. However, there used to be quilting places where you would all meet together and quilt a quilt. Well, to my very much surprise, people didn't like to quilt like me. No, if they happened to be close to me, some of them would move their chair and go somewhere else because they couldn't make stitches like I did. I was minute by minute informed to make good long stitches so they would blend with everybody else's. I used the littlest needle I could find, of course my hands were little, and I could put several stitches on a needle, but you know you just turn it, twist it one way or another to make it pick up the stitches as you go along.

Now after working at Daisy for 20 years, I decided I didn't want to make my fingers work that hard again. I was a punch press operator, and I handled all that real hard metal that was sharp and went into the gun barrels and all that kind of stuff, you name it, and I did it. I decided I wanted a quilting machine, and I found one advertised in a newspaper one day, of course one of my boys had my car and went to work, so I called the lady and asked about coming to see it and she said, 'Okay' but I told her it would be about 4:00 before I can get there. When I got there, they had it set up on cement blocks, and it was just barely high enough to get my head over to look and see what she was doing. I told her I wanted it, and the price was right, but of course I didn't have that kind of money in my pocket so I said, 'Well, I've got a craft show for the next two or three days, but I will be here Monday morning with the money to pay for it.' 'Okay that is just fine we will hold it for you until Monday.' Well, five minutes after 9:00 Monday morning I was knocking on their front door, and I bought that machine. Never tried it. Now she didn't have a quilt in it, it was just sitting there in the frame setting still. I bought it. Well, it took me about two weeks to round up enough boys and a trailer, so they went and got it and they hauled it in. Well, the people were supposed to come and show me how to run it. Two weeks later they knocked on my front door and of course I was back in the dining room. I had to take my dining room table out and that quilting machine reached from wall to wall, but there I was. I was quilting for other people when they come to show me how to run it. They come in and stood there by the door with their mouths wide open and their eyes open too seeing how I was running that machine with a quilt in there and it belonged to somebody else. I have had good luck with that machine. Then I decided I was tired of that machine, reaching from wall to wall. That house did not have clothes closets in it. I had bought metal clothes closets and behind my quilting machine was a clothes closet where I kept my clothes. So, whenever I wanted anything special out of there I had to get down on hands and knees and crawl under there and reach all the doors open and take out what I wanted or hang up what I wanted. It didn't last very long doing that. Having made Naugahyde purses I had a lot of rolls of Naugahyde just standing in the corner and I discovered, the clothes hanger had the hook on it, I just slipped that over the end of a coat hanger and there hung my clothes right there in plain sight of everybody. Nobody said anything about it, but of course I was kind of embarrassed. I wanted a bigger house, and I began to look, and I found a bigger house. It has a garage on it so before moving time came a man came along and wanted to buy it. All right I just up and sold it because I knew I could run one. I finally went to West Plaines, Missouri and bought me a Gammill. I was so proud of that, and they brought it to my house.

My new house had a garage and that is where I had my quilting machine. I could just go down there and work 'till all I wanted to, even though the deep freeze was at one end of it. It was a walkway really you see, and then my washer and dryer are off in another corner, and I had several file cabinets. I had to hold all these patterns that I was using because it seemed like I didn't make the same quilt more than once or twice, and I would learn something different. There was all my file cabinets. Well, the garage door had been up and down so many times it was beginning to get used, so I had to have a new garage door put in and my son that lived with me said, 'Momma, why don't we put glass doors in there? That way you will have the light the same as you do when it is up.' I said that is all right, I don't guess one costs much more than the other one. So, him and another man went to town, and they bought glass doors, and they open out. The doors you know open up, wide enough you could put a car in there if you wanted to, but no there wasn't room in the garage for my car even though it was a double car garage because my quilting frame took up too much of it. My car set out in the driveway. That is all right, it had always sat out any how, so I was still up in high heaven. I don't quilt but one quilt a day. That is a big quilt. There is quite a bit of walking by the time you have, you can take the roller, there are two rollers, one above the other one. You take your lining and put it down wrong side up, remember wrong side up and pin it in down the whole row. You commence at the middle, yes, yes, you must remember commence in the middle of it. Alright, you go one side to the end, you come back to the middle and go to the other side. That way you are going to have your quilt in there straight. All right, you've got it all pinned in and you roll the roller up there to the end of it and there it is. Then you reach down and pick up the canvas from the bottom roller, lay it up on top of it, go around to the other side and lay your top in there, right side up this time, right side up and you go back to the middle, and you go one way. You go back to the middle, and you go the other way. There you have the top of it and then middle ways, and everything is straight and lined up. You roll it up like you did the top, roll it from up, then you take a yard stick and unroll the lining, lay it on top of your table. Yes, you lay it right on top of the table and you reach down underneath there, your bat is on a roller underneath there and you take one of them up and you lay it on there. You pick the other one up and lay it on there, you see to it that they lay together, right sides together, very edges side by side and then you take the top and you unroll it and lay it on top and then you go over to the back side of the machine and you take all three of them, the middle has a pin in it so you know where the pin, the center of each one of them is with the bat between them and you pin it to that canvas on the top roller then you go one way until you get to the end, you go back to the middle and go the other way until you come to the end and you've got it pinned in. Now then, now then of course there is another way you can do that. A lot of people do that, they just pin the lining and the back to the back roller and then after they get that done, they lay the top on top of there and with a little 6-inch ruler you measure about a 1½ inches from that and pin it in, but you have to reach up over the top of that roller and do that pinning. Well, my shoulders are kind of getting un-relaxed and they don't want to work that hard, so I just pin all three of them together. If they are going to pin their quilts, they will just have to sew a piece on there and turn their hem under there. I don't hem mine, and I'm sorry but I don't. It takes a lot of time to do that hemming. You've got to take your little 6-inch ruler and lay it down and mark about 2 inches all the way across that quilt, all across the bottom of it, all across the other side and clear back across the top of it. There you've got your 2 inches marks. Then you take your scissors and you cut this lining 2-inches all the way around. That is a lot of work I'm telling you. Most people put it down by hand. Well, I just don't do work anymore. My fingers are getting old, but don't tell anybody, I just take it to the sewing machine. If the quilting machine is good enough for the quilting, why not just add a few more stitches. Of course, it is the same-colored thread. There you've got it hemmed, but now instead of hemming it I usually put the sawtooth on them. As I said for the baby quilts, you cut them 3½-inch square. I cut them all the same size that way if I want to take one leftover from the baby quilting and put it on the big one. If it is left over from the big quilt, I can put it on the baby one. There is no difference then. After I've got the quilting done, and by the way I've got about 12 different patterns that I can put on my machine to quilt with. You raise up a piece of plastic and there is marks there where the edge of your pattern is supposed to go, and you put your pattern in underneath this plastic and then there you've got in line.

My machine has a laser beam on it, and I put that laser beam right where the bottom of the line is supposed to come and then I take my machine and start it. It has an electric button on it and you push the button and you start quilting. I just use a pantograph or maybe I should say line quilting. So, I do a line clear across it, and then I can set my red light again where it is supposed to be because there is marks on there where you can do it and then go back to the other end and do another line. Now if I was tall enough that I could see and reach the moon I could do it by the piece work. Most people do it that way, but well as long as I can quilt and satisfy my customers, I'm going to do it the easy way because I can really stand there in front and see that pattern down there and do it. But now if I was tall and wanted to do it the other way, I would have to loosen my laser beam from where it is and set it on top of the machine, put a square pattern underneath the plastic and let that light follow my pattern. It is just like if you were writing with a big old fountain pen to push that machine and make that light follow the line. I guess that is the reason I like to do it because when I was a kid and I got into mischief that was the punishment, I had to take a big old tablet, the tablet had an Indian's head on it, Yes, it was paper, and it was a penny pencil. You never heard tell about penny pencil. Well, they are about the color of cedar with a black lead in them, and I would have to fill that whole page of writing my name. Not only just part of it, but all of it. The whole thing--Mary Pauline. My last name was Dungan, D-u-n-g-a-n and if it was terrible done so I could get all of that on one line. If I didn't do a good job of it, I had it to do over, so it did make a good penman out of me. So, I guess that is one reason I like to do this quilting, I like to follow that line and do that all the way through. After you get two rows quilted, then you can loosen the levers and roll your quilt over far enough so that you could do two more rows and you repeat that until you've got your quilt completely done. It takes quite a little while to do it and I like to get down there and say start in the morning along about 5:00 or 6:00 in the morning. The neighbor across the street says I know I get started in the morning because there is always a light in the garage, and I know you are down there quilting. Ha, ha. So, the neighbors even know what I do. That lets me get my quilt out by noon anyhow and that way if somebody is bringing another one or picking up one or I'm even just getting a phone call I am available, and I don't have to leave my quilting machine. That is another thing, when you start in quilting you are on a certain speed. You hold that speed while you are doing the whole quilt. If you stop like you wanted to fix lunch and sit down and talk or do this or do that, when you go back you are in a little different speed. Well, that is alright. A whole lot of the machines are computerized. Well. I guess that is alright because every time you take it up it can either do seven stitches or ten stitches or whatever you want to an inch. Well, I dare anybody to take a 6-inch ruler, mark it off a square and count the stitches to see how many stitches I'm getting in an inch. Well, they are not going to do it. And if they are not, if the lady whose quilt is well pleased with it, one of them gets one more stitch than the other one, well what difference. The closer the quilting the longer the quilt is going to wear. You can get them too close together where it would make your quilt stiff. There is a limit no matter which way you go about it. I like this idea of using a pattern. I've got roses, I've got most anything. I've got trees. I've got circles. I've got leaves and acorns. I've got most any pattern that you want to name. On baby quilts of course there is a heart and a scroll that goes along with them, so I've got them in different sizes. Oh yes, one of the main ones that I have is an oak leaf and this oak leaf has an acorn with it. Of course, if it is for a man why you want to make it appropriate for him so you can use that one very easy. I have used it for years. I used it on my first machine. I found it a long time ago in an old magazine and I copied it. I have improved on it some and I have thrown that pattern away and made some more new ones to go with it. To make your own pattern, I have discovered that freezer wrap makes the nicest patterns and a Sharpie pen. You can lay one underneath it and you can see through it, and you draw your pattern on there and then you've got another pattern.

Most of my patterns have been bought from the Gammill Company where I got my machine. Of course, there are different companies that put out different patterns. I just pick out the ones that I think I want the best and some sell a lot better than others. Of course, some of them are closer than others. It depends a little bit on what they have. If their quilt has even got a, say a daisy and I've got a daisy pattern, so I try to correspond the patterns to what is on the quilt. If they don't tell me what they want on it, I show them what I have. I've got hearts, I've got butterflies, I've got birds, I've got pretty near most anything you would want. I just let them pick out what they want. So many of them bring it in and say here it is, the lining and the top is here in this sack. Quilt it for me, call me when you get through. I've got a book that I have their name in it and their phone number, so I will be sure to know who to call. That is the way that I kind of sort of manage my quilting for other people. I even take checks. Yes, I take checks, but no I'm not set up to take a VISA that is an awful expensive thing, so I either take a check or I take cash and I try to have a little bit of change on hand, so if they need a little change back, I have got that ready to give them.

KM: When did you start painting on quilts?

PL: I really like to quilt, and I have quilted since I was a child, [ so long ago I do not remember.] so I think as long as I am able to stand and walk around that quilting machine I will be quilting, and I hope everybody likes what I do.

KM: I'm sure they do. When did you start painting on quilts?

PL: I started painting in about 1970, a little while before I retired from Daisy. I had been to a party where they quilted and I thought I liked it, so I would go home and do it. I bought a couple of paints. Well, the lady wanted me to sign up to be an instructor. Well, no, my husband was faced with another surgery, and I was afraid to turn loose with enough money to buy a whole kit, so I just bought a little paint to learn how. I had a stamped rose. Rose is my favorite color, and I painted one at night when I couldn't sleep worried about him being in a hospital and with these little children at home to take care of. I had enough to do so I set up, so I got where I got really sleepy and painted the rose. When I looked at it the next morning, I didn't like this. I didn't like that, and I didn't like the other, so I got to work, and I painted another one and I liked it a little bit better. By the time I had done ten of them I was ready to paint for others on quilt blocks of anything else. I have sold Cameo paints every since 1970.

KM: What is your first quilt memory?

PL: The first quilt I remember?

KM: Yes.

PL: The one that I made for myself. My aunt came to sit, stay with momma for a while, momma's sister and she was piecing a quilt. It was a square in the center and then in the corners it was a three-corner piece, and she was quilting hers in yellow. I wanted to do one, so I went to town, and I bought pink and white, and I pieced and put one together. I still have that quilt and I quilted it myself after I got married. After I got married, this was way back in, oh, about 1928 or '29 that I started it. I kept it all those years. Now my first painted quilt is the one with a slipper [old high heeled shoe with a different flower in each of the 12 blocks. I still have that quilt. A cousin of my hubby hand painted it for me.]. Each block, 12 blocks is slippers, each slipper is different, and each slipper has a different flower in it with different leaves, and I still have that. My husband's cousin took that one home and hand quilted it, so I have very few hand painted quilts in my house because as soon as I get them done somebody wants them.

KM: What does your family think of your quilting?

PL: My family likes my quilts. When they graduate from high school, I give them my hooked rug picture to hang on the wall. It may be a flower; it may be an animal just whatever comes handy to make for them. When they grow up then and get married, they all get a painted quilt. My children all have painted quilts and some of them are getting their second one. As I have time. I have a son that works as a mechanic in Rogers Sand and Gravel. He delivers sand and gravel, but he keeps 14 dump trucks on the road. My desire is to paint him a truck quilt with all kinds of trucks on it. I don't know when I'm going to get it done. My daughter that lives here and takes me everywhere I go, well she likes flowers. My other daughter in Sapulpa, her husband grew a cedar tree and cut it down when it got so old and got in the way and seasoned the lumber and cut them out as a cedar bed. She has one quilt that I made, and I always wanted to paint them another one, but I haven't got that done yet. I think it probably will be leaves maybe, I'm not sure yet what to put on it. I'm not going to run out because I have new greats coming on now, and I will have three of them graduating for high school. They are ready for the ninth grade this next year so I'm going to have to get to work on these, the rugs as well as the quilts. I have just had three pieces sent back from the Pearl McGowen National Show that was held a week ago, so I guess I'm at it.

KM: How do you want to be remembered?

PL: By the hand work that I do. I also carved leather billfolds when I was working at Daisy. They had a class in leather crafts. How to take your leather, dampen it and stamp a pattern on it and take your little swivel knife and cut the edges of it and take these little craft tools, something like a screwdriver that has a fancy thing on the end of it and hit it with a hammer and it makes a mark on there. I also cut my own backs. I will buy the liners already made, and then I punch the holes in it and take a needle with lacing leather in it and lace them. I have sold them about as fast as I could make them but now, they don't sell so fast because leather is expensive, and a lot of the men say they are so thick they don't like to sit on them. They have slowed down just an awful lot, thank goodness because I don't have time enough. Walmarts don't sell time, and I don't know where I'm going to go to find some more.

KM: [laughs.] How many hours a week do you quilt?

PL: I only quilt one quilt a day. It depends on the size of the quilt. If it is a king it takes longer of course than a twin does, but if I'm just doing baby quilts, sometimes I will do two or three in a day's time. It only takes a little over an hour to pin a baby quilt in and quilt it. There again, it depends a little bit in the pattern that is useable. If you are using a fine small pattern, it takes a little longer than it does if you are using a larger pattern. It depends a little bit difference in the size of the baby quilts. My baby quilts usually run 36 inches wide and 45 inches long. The other day there was a lady that brought me two baby quilts. They were about 50 inches wide and 60 inches long. When she picked them up, I was surprised because she said the lady is expecting twins and these quilts are supposed to be wide enough to cover up both of them when she lays them in the bed.

KM: Very nice. Is there anything you would like to add before we conclude?

PL: I just say this, I just love to quilt, and I also love to hook. I hook a flower or whatever just like if I was getting ready to paint it myself and I think that is one reason why I have gone so far is because when I was a little girl my grandfather had out there in Oklahoma the only way they raised roses was where they had brought them in and transplanted them, but they had to be watered because they didn't get very much rain and the ground was rather sandy. Grandpa had roses across one side of this fence, and they were this single rose, they weren't a double rose like we have now, and I remember them. My folks left there when I was ten because the dust storms more or less run them out of Oklahoma. That is one thing I just really loved that flower. When I was little, and it has just grown on me from time to time and I would rather paint a flower than do anything else and I guess I would rather hook one than do anything else. I guess rose is my main thing.

KM: Do any of your family members quilt? Does your daughter quilt?

PL: I have no idea how many quilts I have made. I have no idea.

KM: What about your daughter, does your daughter quilt?

PL: No, my daughter doesn't quilt. One of them has had a stroke, so she is not able to quilt. She has very limited use of her left hand. My other daughter doesn't want to quilt. The girls both at a time did oil painting, acrylics. I told them one time I make Naugahyde pursed that is something special. I make them and have ever since they began to become popular, but I told them to get them a book and take the pattern, the dimensions down so they would know how to make them. Well, they didn't, neither one of them want to make purses. When they were younger make their own clothes, but now they don't, they buy them already made. Of course, fabric has got high. Walmart does not handle much anymore, and Hancock's went out [of business.] so it is a little bit hard to buy fabric right here in our town. Of course, I say that because I don't drive anymore. At 96 would you want to see me come a driving down the middle of the road about 30 miles an hour? Oh no. I just sit down and let somebody else tote me wherever I need to go.

KM: Do you have a stash? Do you have a lot of fabric?

PL: I go to Marshall's in Batesville and buy my fabric and bats. It goes underneath my machine, or I go about once a year, sometimes it is over a year from time to time, but I can call them on the telephone every morning and get my bats for my quilting machine the next afternoon. I also order the white material, lining. I get it on the 50-yard roll, or I can get it in a 15-yard bolt and that is the way I usually get that. I also get the material I use for baby linings. I use Quilters Blenders. It is kind of a marbled like fabric. It makes a pretty quilt lining, and I can also order, and they will send me the strips that I have wanted. That is the reason I like to go occasionally to pick out the different things that I want to have. There is a label on the end of the bolt that I can call them and tell them what I want, and they will send me a replacement.

KM: I want to thank you for taking time out of your day to talk to me.

PL: You are sure welcome. I'm just glad that I can.

KM: Oh, I think it is wonderful. I want to thank you and we are going to conclude our interview at 10:42.


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“Pauline Laughlin,” Quilters' S.O.S. -- Save Our Stories, accessed May 24, 2024, https://qsos.quiltalliance.org/items/show/1444.