Audio Recordings "I'll never forget the first quilt I cut out by a pattern."
Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Monkey Wrench Quilts
- "I'll never forget the first quilt I cut out by a pattern."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Interviewee)
- Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Creator)
- Created / Published
- Sparta, North Carolina
- Subject Headings
- - Quilting
- - Quilt patterns
- - thread
- - monkey wrench quilts
- - Ethnography
- - Interviews
- - United States -- North Carolina -- Sparta
- - Mrs. Todd started making quilts for her family to use when she was 25. She teaches quiltmaking and makes quilts to sell through a local shop to supplement her income. Geraldine Johnson described her as "a bubbly, enthusiastic person who would be a natural à interpreter of Blue Ridge quilts." This interview includes good information on the economics and practice of making quilts to sell, criteria for selection of materials to use in quilts, and how quiltmaking has changed over time.
- - Transcription: ZT: But I won't never forget the first quilt that I cut out by pattern. It was a Monkey Wrench. And my mother-in-law, she was going to show me how to, how to quilt you know, and how to do it. So she helped me to get started. And the lining was kind of a deep rose color, and I said to her, I said, What kind of thread should we use to quilt this with. Oh, I was really tickled to get started you know on that quilt. And she said, well, I'd just use black. Said, you've got an awful lot of dark colors in it. So she, we hang the quilt from the ceiling with cords, you know, and put it in a frame, and she helped me to get started. And she didn't tell me to put, to pull the knots through the lining, you know, and have 'em on the inside, so they wouldn't show. She says, now you just go ahead and quilt all the way across there, and I'll be back tomorrow and see how you're doing. So I quilted all the way across one side, and she didn't tell me about the knots. And where I'd tied those knots, you know, and I hadn't pulled them through, and there they showed, just them black knots, on the underneath side. So when I rolled the quilt up, I'd roll it up, you know, to get, so we could walk under it and around it. And I looked up under it, and it looked like flies a-setting on the quilt. And I said, when she come back, I said, my goodness, I've just ruined this quilt. I said, I've got, looks like flies a-setting on the lining. She says, My goodness, says, Why didn't you pull them through? [laughter] And I said, well, you didn't tell me.
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- Sound tape reel : 7 in.
- Call Number
- AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R99
- Source Collection
- Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
- American Folklife Center
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