Audio Recordings "I used to get factory cutaways."
Johnson, Geraldine Niva
- "I used to get factory cutaways."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Interviewee)
- Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Creator)
- Created / Published
- Ennice, North Carolina
- Subject Headings
- - recycled fabrics
- - Ethnography
- - Interviews
- - United States -- North Carolina -- Ennice
- - 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: Did you ever used to buy fabric remnants? / ZT: Oh yeah. Well, I got a woman to get me just a little bit of what they call cutaways. You know, where they, uh, at these factories where they make blouses or dresses? But they've quit letting me have that now, and I think that's a shame. They just take it to a big dump and dump it and cover it over. They won't let you have it. I don't know why they won't do that, but they quit letting people have that. When we first started these sewing classes up here, this lady had a brother that worked at a place in Mt. Airy? And he would just bring her big boxes of it, and, she'd let different ones have it, you know. I even got some of it. And it was real nice, and, but they've quit doing that anymore. They just won't let you have anything.
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- Sound tape reel : 7 in.
- Call Number
- AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R101
- Source Collection
- Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
- American Folklife Center
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