Audio Recordings "Now mama pieced on paper sometimes."
Johnson, Geraldine Niva
- "Now mama pieced on paper sometimes."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Choate, Donna. (Interviewee)
- Choate, Donna. (Creator)
- Created / Published
- Sparta, North Carolina
- Subject Headings
- - Quilts
- - patchwork quilts
- - crazy quilts
- - string quilts
- - 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: How did you used to piece your squares together? Did you use a piece of paper as a backing or anything? / DC: I never have. But now my mother did. Yes sir. My mother did. And she would leave that pat- that paper. Yeah, she'd leave that paper on that square. And I'd hear people laughing and talking and say well, yeah, leave that paper to make it that much warmer. All the ladies would do it. Piece it on a piece of paper, I know what you're talking about, and then they'd when they got that square done and laid it right on their quilt, leave that paper there. Now mama pieced on paper sometimes. But she tore the paper off. She never did leave the paper on the square. / GJ: What kind of paper did she use? / DC: Newspaper. / GJ: Newspaper? Did she ever use the Sears Roebuck catalog? / DC: Yes, they used those. Anything you could get. Course, they wouldn't hardly tear up a catalog. They was a rarity in those days. [laughter] Yeah. No you wouldn't have tore up a catalog. / GJ: So then they'd piece 'em on the squares and then piece 'em in big strips? / DC: Yeah. That's the way they did it. That's the way they did it.
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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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