Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Bryan, Mamie
Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Dates 1978
Location North Carolina
Sparta
United States
Language English
Subjects Ethnography
Interviews
Personal Experience Narratives
Title
"I never had time for fooling."
Contributor Names
Bryan, Mamie (Interviewee)
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Bryan, Mamie (Creator)
Created / Published
Sparta, North Carolina
Subject Headings
-  personal experience narratives
-  Ethnography
-  Interviews
-  United States -- North Carolina -- Sparta
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Mamie and Leonard Bryan were interviewed in their home on September 10, 1978. Due to a technical problem, the audio tape of the first part of the interview is unavailable. The surviving audio includes descriptions of several individual quilts, and recollections of quilting as a child and as a young adult.
-  Transcription: GJ: Did you ever participate with groups at quiltings or anything of that sort? / MB: No, no. / GJ: Just learned from his mother, huh? / MB: That's right. / GJ: Did all your quilting with her? / MB: That's right. Just, well, see, I never went out nowhere, I just stayed right here at home. He worked in West Virginia and I stayed here. We raised, we had six children, we lost three of 'em We got two boys dead and a girl. And we got three girls a-living So I stayed home to keep the children. And he worked in West Virginia. So all I, I had to stay here and keep the house and keep the children and raise the kids, to get what we've got. It come hard. I had to save everything and piece everything that I could get to make, to keep us warm. Sort of hard living back yonder. So most of the folks don't even realize what it's been, way back yonder. See, I'm seventy-nine years old. That's how old I am, seventy-nine. I been here a long time. And worked hard. If I wasn't out in the field working, doing something like that, I was doing something like this. So I never had no time for fooling. / GJ: Well, was the quilting work for you or was that kind of something you enjoyed doing? / MB: Well, I, well, we needed quilts. And I just had, I wanted to stay busy. I still want to stay busy. I like to work. Now, then, I work with flowers, all I do now is, if you noticed, I've got flowers all the way around this house. I work with flowers now. I just like to stay busy.
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Medium
Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R35
Source Collection
Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
Repository
American Folklife Center


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