Audio Recordings "You ruin quilts when you start washing 'em."
Johnson, Geraldine Niva
- "You ruin quilts when you start washing 'em."
- 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: GJ: How did used to wash the quilts? / DC: Honey, we sleep next to a sheet, and I've never washed I've had some to wear out, but I've never washed a quilt. You sleep next to a sheet, while your quilt doesn't touch your body at all, it doesn't get dirty. All these quilts I showed you, they've been in use for years. They're new [?], but I always use a quilt and then a sheet on top of the quilt and a sheet on the bottom of the quilt. I don't intend to get, my mama just didn't wash quilts. I wasn't taught that, and I follow her practice. [laughter] You ruin quilts when you start washing 'em. They will get lumpy. And a lot of times, they'll shrink. Now, you put old blankets in 'em, now / GJ: Did she use old pieces of clothing and things? / DC: Not much for clothing, not unless it was something that had wool, or yarn, not just cotton clothing, she said there's no warmth in that.
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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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