Audio Recordings "I've kindly lost my ambition."
Johnson, Geraldine Niva
- "I've kindly lost my ambition."
- 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: Have you ever made an appliqued quilt? / DC: No, no ma'am, I've never made anything like that. I know how that work is done, but, I just, just, well, I kindly lost my ambition I guess, you'd call it. I got to where I felt like I had enough to do me, and I wasn't just going to keep making quilts. There's a lot of hard work in making a quilt, a lot of hard work. And I've got this bursitis in this arm, cuts up. [laughter] The last quilt I made, you see it's reaching out there, quilting, the quilt is in the frame, and you got to sit back here in the chair and you got to reach way over there to get to the center of that quilt. So it just tore my arm up. I think I made three or four that winter. / GJ: How long ago was it when you made the last one? / DC: Oh, it's been four or five years.
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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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