Audio Recordings "The design they call a fan is more like a half moon."
Johnson, Geraldine Niva
- "The design they call a fan is more like a half moon."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Choate, Donna. (Interviewee)
- Choate, Donna. (Creator)
- Created / Published
- Sparta, North Carolina
- Subject Headings
- - Quilting
- - Quilt patterns
- - quilt marking
- - 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 quilting patterns do you like to use on quilts? The actual quilting pattern? / DC: Well, it just depends. They have a pattern or design that they call the fan. And it's more like a half moon. Now I use that more than anything, the half moon. You know what the half-moon looks like? / GJ: What they call the fan - how do you draw that off? / DC: I just use my head and go along with it. I don't have any, I don't use any marking or anything. I just start in the corner, and then when I get as far as I can go down there then I come down here and start. And it's easy, it's easy. I never did mark one. I remember when my mother would mark quilts. She'd take a piece of chalk, and mark off her lines. But I learned I could do that without, without all of that chalking. And it was, sometimes it was hard to get that chalk out. / GJ: Any other quilting patterns you liked to use? / DC: No, not particularly. No, not particularly. Most of the time I just follow the design of the square, like, just go around that square. Because I usually go by squares. You get into this tedious work, why, making the designs, you get into a whole lot of work, a whole lot of work.
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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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