Audio Recordings "I draw my patterns from magazines."
Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Dutch Girl Quilts
Monkey Wrench Quilts
- "I draw my patterns from magazines."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Interviewee)
- Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Creator)
- Created / Published
- Ennice, North Carolina
- Subject Headings
- - Quilting
- - Quilt patterns
- - quilt piecing
- - fan quilts
- - Dutch girl quilts
- - monkey wrench quilts
- - 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 do you draw your patterns up on? / ZT: Well, mostly sandpaper. They don't frazzle away, or fray away, as bad as they do on anything else. It's, and it's, it's stiff and, and if you turn the sandpaper part down on your material, it holds the material and it just, it works better. But you usually, if you have to do very much cutting, if you have a lot of little pieces and a lot of, lot of cutting to do, you'll have to have at least two patterns before you get one top cut out. The way I usually do mine, I lay my material down, and I cut my, lay my pattern on top of the material on the back side, and mark it. With a pencil, or pen. And when I lay my quilts off, now, like, if I'm going to do a quilt and it's got, uh, set up with unbleached muslin, or got a where I have to have a pattern, I'll lay it off with a hard lead pencil. And then, by the time you quilt it, and, use it just a little bit, that mark's all gone. But you got to have that hard lead. The soft lead'll just smudge, you know, and make it look ugly.
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- Sound tape reel : 7 in.
- Call Number
- AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R102
- Source Collection
- Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
- American Folklife Center
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