Joyce H. Cauthen wrote With Fiddle and Well-Rosined Bow: The History of Old-Time Fiddling in Alabama, published in 1989 by the University of Alabama Press. She also produced a related recording, Possum Up a Gum Stump: Home, Field, and Commercial Recordings of Alabama Fiddlers, to accompany it. For the Alabama Folklife Association she edited Benjamin Lloyd’s Hymn Book: A Primitive Baptist Song Tradition and produced an accompanying CD in 1999. Other CDs of Alabama-based music she produced include Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb: John Alexander's Sterling Jubilee Singers of Bessemer and Bullfrog Jumped: Children’s Folksongs from the Byron Arnold Collection. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her fiddle-playing husband Jim Cauthen. In their spare time they play in two old-time string bands, Red Mountain and Flying Jenny. In 2011 the Alabama State Council on the Arts honored her with a Governor’s Arts Award.
Out Of Whole Cloth The Life Of Bettye Kim Joyce H. Cauthenby Joyce Cauthen
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From years of recorded interviews with Bettye Kimbrell, an acclaimed Alabama quilter, Joyce Cauthen shaped an absorbing narrative of a woman--abandoned by her mother when she was 8 years old, married when she was 13, a mother at 14--whose sole aim in life was to create "out of whole cloth" a good life for the five children she had with her charming but unfaithful husband. Bettye, born in 1936, describes in vivid detail her life on tenant farms in rural Fayette County and her move as a young mother to Mt. Olive, near Birmingham, where she focused on creating a secure home for her children. In the second half of the book, she recounts her development into a quilter of the highest order.
Quilting expert Mary Elizabeth Johnson Huff writes, “Although the story itself is heartbreaking in many passages, the text is highly readable and flows so smoothly that the reader doesn’t want to put the book down. It is a welcome addition to the literature of women’s lives in the mid-twentieth to early twenty-first century. Unfortunately, Bettye’s early childhood and troubled marriage are not unique: what is unique is that she found redemption through art.”
Bettye Kimbrell's quilts may be seen at www.outofwholecloth.com.
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After I started quilting in 1986 I knew nothing about quilt shows. Then in 1991 I heard about the North Jefferson Quilt Guild Show. I entered some quilts and came home with several ribbons. But, just as memorable was meeting Bettye and Calvin. Over the years I grew quite fond of them and regarded them as "salt of the earth" people. With Bettye what you see is what you get and not only is that refreshing, but I appreciate that about her. I've considered her a mentor and influence in my own quilting life.