Audio Recordings "We haven't always had this polyester."
Johnson, Geraldine Niva
- "We haven't always had this polyester."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Choate, Donna. (Interviewee)
- Choate, Donna. (Creator)
- Created / Published
- Sparta, North Carolina
- Subject Headings
- - quilt tops
- - Ethnography
- - Interviews
- - United States -- North Carolina -- Sparta
- - 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: GJ: What kind of fabrics do you like to use for the tops of your quilts. / DC: Prints. A solid color sets it off. [noise] A solid color that goes around the border kind of gives it a better look. [sound is faint] / GJ: What kind of fabrics do you like to use? Do you like to use polyester or cotton? / DC: Oh, cotton. Cotton. Always cotton. You know we haven't al, this polyester thing hasn't always been here. No, we haven't always had these, it's been prints. And that's all we had, prints, and people did a lot of sewing, made their dresses and things like that, that way, they'd have scraps left. Quilts wasn't too hard to make. / GJ: So you'd use cotton scraps from clothing. Was cotton better than polyester. / DC: No, I wouldn't think so. I wouldn't think so. It was just the fact that the polyester hadn't got here.
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- Sound tape reel : 7 in.
- Call Number
- AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R94
- Source Collection
- Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
- American Folklife Center
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