Mable Otis Head Interview Transcript June 29, 1985

AR.00027 Traditional Quilt Makers in New Mexico Survey

On June 29, 1985 Jeannette Lasansky interviewed quilter Mable Otis Head. The interview was transcribed into typescript circa 1985-6, and the transcript was digitized May 23, 2017.

Mable Otis was born in Farmington, New Mexico, on November 13, 1908. For a time, her parents ran a trading post at Chaco Canyon. Her family was of English and Scotch-Irish descent. She completed high school, and married Willard Henry Head, a grader operator, in Aztec, New Mexico, in April, 1932. The couple lived in Farmington; Kayenta, Arizona; and Fruitland, New Mexico.

Mable's pattern sources were her family (especially her grandmother), and magazines. She used scraps and other fabric that was given to her, and quilted "to pass time."

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June 29 1985 Date created
May 23 2017 Date modified
11 in (length) x 8 ½ in (width)
Curatorial Category
Textiles-United States and Canada, Textiles and Dress

Related people
Museum of International Folk Art (publisher)
Jeannette Lasansky (contributor)