Audio Recordings "We used to sleep under four big heavy ones."
Johnson, Geraldine Niva
- "We used to sleep under four big heavy ones."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Interviewee)
- Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Creator)
- Created / Published
- Sparta, North Carolina
- - 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: GJ: How many quilts would you have on a bed? / ZT: I just sleep under one. / GJ: Oh you do? What did you have before, when you said you and your sister could hardly? / ZT: Oh! About four. / GJ: Is that right? Four big heavy ones? / ZT: Yeah. Four big heavy ones. Well, we slept upstairs, and when it's come a wind snow, and it'd blow through the cracks of the ceiling, and we'd wake of a morning and look out and it'd be on the floor, and we'd jump out of bed, and we, my daddy had his house by fireplace, and we'd grab our clothes, and take downstairs, and he'd always have a real good fire going, and we'd get before the fire to put our clothes on.
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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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