Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Patton, Ila
Dates 1978
Location Galax
United States
Virginia
Language English
Subjects Ethnography
Interviews
Quilt Patterns
Quilt Tacking
Quilting
Title
"We called it 'secret tacking'."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Patton, Ila, 1905-2001 (Interviewee)
Patton, Ila, 1905-2001 (Creator)
Created / Published
Galax, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  Quilt patterns
-  quilt tacking
-  Ethnography
-  Interviews
-  United States -- Virginia -- Galax
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Geraldine Johnson described Ila Patton's quilts as "not fancy, but very interesting and well made." They include utility crazy and strip quilts, as well as a recent Cathedral Window, which is a novelty construction popular in the 1970s. The variety of Mrs. Patton's quilts, her recollections of learning to quilt from her grandmother, and her primary interest in making quilts for family rather than to sell are some of the key elements brought out in this "very useful and informative" interview.
-  Transcription: GJ: And you said some of these that I'm going to take pictures of, some are, one is quilted, some are quilted, some are tacked, and what was that third kind you said, that was kind of / IP: Secret. I had kinda, we'd run the needle in under about an inch and then make the stitch about every inch apart, or inch and a half, and we called it secret. Tacking. / GJ: Secret tacking. / IP: Secret tacking. And I wouldn't tie it like that one is yonder. You know, it's tied, and we wouldn't, we'd just go under and make a stitch about every inch or inch and a half apart. That held it, and you didn't see any ties on it. / GJ: So why would you determine to do one that way? / IP: Well, we just, I, we'd just decided, we, it was a little easier and quicker done. We'd do it like that. / GJ: Was it as quick as the tacking? / IP: Yes, it was a little quicker than having to tie them tacks. The ones that we put in secret, we wouldn't tie.
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Medium
Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R90
Source Collection
Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
Repository
American Folklife Center


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