Audio Recordings "The craft shops won't take polyester quilts."
Johnson, Geraldine Niva
- "The craft shops won't take polyester quilts."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Interviewee)
- Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Creator)
- Created / Published
- Ennice, North Carolina
- Subject Headings
- - quilt tops
- - aesthetics
- - income
- - 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: What kinds of fabrics do you like to use for the tops of quilts? / ZT: Well, I like all cotton. Cotton, particular. I've never done but one or two of polyester quilts or anything like that. I just don't use that at all. And the shops don't want it, they want all cotton. Well, the other works better. It sews better, it works better all the way around. Your polyester sometimes will, you know, it'll pull a little bit, it gives, and your cotton don't. You got to learn all these things when you, you know, if you make it to sell in craft shops, because they just won't hardly take polyester quilts at all. I noticed they had just a few at the Trading Post, but they don't, they don't do that down here at the Roof Top. I don't believe I've seen one in there. They might have one in there. Course, when I go down there to take something, I really, sometimes I'll look over their stuff, but that's, that's a big place to look over. Just to tell you the truth, the Trading Post has got a, has got a big, good stock of everything, and a variety of things, but they've got a good variety of things down there. I like to put my stuff in there, because it looks nice, and it, you know, you like to go in a shop where it looks nice, and you're going to sell something, you don't want to take it and have it pretty when you take it and then go back and look at it and it be crumpled up or, or soiled or something like that. I like for it to stay pretty and look nice and quilt. And I want to put it out clean and nice, and then I want it to stay that way when I get it out. Because nobody's not going to buy anything dirty or it not neat. The neater your work is, the better it sells.
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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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