Audio Recordings "You hardly ever hear tell of anyone making a quilt."
Johnson, Geraldine Niva
- "You hardly ever hear tell of anyone making a quilt."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Choate, Donna. (Interviewee)
- Choate, Donna. (Creator)
- Created / Published
- Sparta, North Carolina
- Subject Headings
- - artistic hobbies
- - 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: Has quilting changed a lot since you've started quilting? / DC: The pattern of quilting? No. Yeah, quilting in general has, has, has ceased. You hardly ever hear tell of anyone making a quilt. Now, Mrs. Thompson's mother, she's an elderly woman and seem like, and she's up [?] to make quilts. She had two daughters and she had enough quilts to last her lifetime and the girls too, but she still like to quilt! And she would work upstairs in her bedroom, she made quilts. And she'd get a quilt in the frames and sometimes I'd have to help maybe one or two to get that quilt out. Because she was getting old. She died at 78 and she couldn't hold out that long. And she said, Donna, if I ever get this one out I'm not going to try another one. And after dinner every day when I was there I'd have to go upstairs and help her the rest of the day with her quilts.
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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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