Audio Recordings "I would needlework 'em around."

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Patton, Ila
Dates 1978
Location Galax
United States
Language English
Subjects Aesthetics
Applique Quilts
Quilt Patterns
State Bird Quilts
"I would needlework 'em around."
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
-  embroidery
-  aesthetics
-  applique quilts
-  state bird quilts
-  Ethnography
-  Interviews
-  United States -- Virginia -- Galax
-  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: Are those the only appliqued patterns that you've done, then? / IP: Oh, yeah, I think, unless I helped my granddaughter on a Bird quilt, I think, years ago. I helped her fix a Bird of a all the states. I helped her do that and I believe we had to fix it like that. Appliqued. Around. I think that's all I ever did. Well, sometimes, now, these crazy quilts, strips, I would do them that way. / GJ: How do you mean? / IP: I would, uh, needlework 'em around. And that made 'em look pretty, make a kind of a feather stitch around all of it. Takes a long time, but it made 'em awful pretty. And you use a different color thread, on a certain piece, you know, you'd use a thread to match it and make it look pretty. / GJ: Yeah, those are fancy when you do that [yeah] little, [yeah] like embroidery stitch [yeah] around. / IP: Yeah, yeah, it made 'em look a heap fancier and prettier. / GJ: What made you do that sometimes? / IP: Well, just to pass the time, just to be a doing something. Sit down to do that, and--instead of just sewing straight and fixing together, I'd fix 'em like that. I called it kind of the feather stitch.
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Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R91
Source Collection
Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
American Folklife Center

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