Audio Recordings "I haven't made any quilts in several years."
Johnson, Geraldine Niva
- "I haven't made any quilts in several years."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Choate, Donna. (Interviewee)
- Choate, Donna. (Creator)
- Created / Published
- Sparta, North Carolina
- - Donna Choate is an African-American woman who learned to quilt from her mother who was taught to piece quilts by the white family who raised her. Although at the time of the interview Mrs. Choate had not made quilts for several years, she describes the process, both as her mother practiced it and as she had done it herself. Mrs. Choate had made both utility and fancy quilts, for the use of her family, not for sale.
- - Transcription: DC: I haven't made any quilts in several years. I, the doctor said, I made two or three, three, one winter, and I got bursitis in that arm and he said it was reaching out there and quilting. You know, you got to reach out there, put your quilt in the frames. You ever seen any quilting? Well you know how it's done then. And I had bursitis so bad. I thought I was going to lose the use of my arm. I just quilted all winter. I don't know how many I made. And I quit. That's been several years ago. So I haven't made any more quilts. And then our house is warmer than it used to be. It's paneled, and carpeted the floor, and it doesn't take so much cover. Well, storm windows and things made the house warmer, and you don't need so many quilts, and I said, I've got enough made to take care of us. And if the other woman comes in after I'm gone, let her make her some quilts, if she needs 'em. [laughter] / GJ: When you used to quilt, what was the time of year? / DC: Wintertime. Anytime after Christmas. After Christmas. You couldn't get nothing done until after Christmas. Well, I don't know, you just get all excited with the thoughts of Christmas. After Christmas, when the deep snows have fallen, things like that, you can't get out to do anything else, why, you made quilts.
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- Sound tape reel : 7 in.
- Call Number
- AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R93
- Source Collection
- Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
- American Folklife Center
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