Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Patton, Ila
Dates 1978
Location Galax
United States
Virginia
Language English
Subjects Ethnography
Gifts
Income
Interviews
Title
"I've fixed quilts for other people."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Patton, Ila, 1905-2001 (Interviewee)
Patton, Ila, 1905-2001 (Creator)
Created / Published
Galax, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Gifts
-  income
-  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: So you made, primarily made your quilts for your family's use. / IP: Yes, just family's use only. / GJ: Did you ever make any to sell? / IP: No, I don't think so. I did quilt a lot for some, and they paid me to do that. A few year back, I done that. They just wanted some fixed, and I fixed 'em for some neighbors. / GJ: And you've done quilting for other / IP: Others / GJ: people. When did you do that again? / IP: Well, that's been about ten or fifteen year ago, I guess, I done that. / GJ: Did you ever make quilts to say give to your family as heirlooms? And everything? / IP: Oh, yes. Yes, to my grandchildren. I've made a lot to give to them. / GJ: What kinds of patterns did you make for them? / IP: Well, just mostly what I was used to making. I fixed Marsha and Mike, that's her brother, I've fixed him one, and some of my other grandsons. I can't think of what pattern I did fix, now. I, just mostly like I always pieced, just piece 'em up and fix 'em and give 'em to 'em. [laughter] Thought they'd be warm, just the same.
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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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