Audio Recordings "What makes a quilt pretty?"

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Todd, Zenna
Dates 1978
Location Ennice
North Carolina
United States
Language English
Subjects Aesthetics
"What makes a quilt pretty?"
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Interviewee)
Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Creator)
Created / Published
Ennice, North Carolina
Subject Headings
-  aesthetics
-  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 think makes a quilt pretty? / ZT: The colors, and the work you do on it. Well, good work, like, I'll say, eight or ten stitches to the inch. Well, you've got to, you got to have it pieced good. It's got to be pieced good. It's got to be put together good. And it's got to be kept neat. Clean. And your colors, if you get your colors to where they blend together and [phone rings] The colors, and the quilting, the stitches, and the neatness. Clean. That's what makes it pretty. / GJ: What are pretty colors? How should the colors kind of blend together? / ZT: Well, you should, you should use your, like if you want, say wine and, the wine and rust, and gold. Colors like that goes good. And then shades of green. You've got to make your, like, light blue and a dark blue, and then your little print, let it kindly coordinate with 'em. You've got to kindly watch your colors. That's the main thing, is keeping your colors, and, so they'll blend good together and go together.
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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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