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Audio Recording "Both of these is countypins."

"Both of these is countypins."

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  • "Both of these is countypins."


  • Bryan, Mamie (Interviewee)
  • Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
  • Bryan, Mamie (Creator)

Created / Published

  • Sparta, North Carolina


  • -  counterpanes (countypins)
  • -  coverlets
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Interviews
  • -  United States -- North Carolina -- Sparta


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Mamie and Leonard Bryan were interviewed in their home on September 10, 1978. Due to a technical problem, the audio tape of the first part of the interview is unavailable. The surviving audio includes descriptions of several individual quilts, and recollections of quilting as a child and as a young adult.
  • -  Transcription: MB: Both of these is countypins. / GJ: The top and the bottom. / MB: The top and the bottom is both countypins. A peddlar come along here and I bought this countypin. Well, I bought 'em both. This was a pretty pink, and this was a kind of a, he called it an Indian quilt or something of that kind. And I forgot what I paid for it. And I used it, it was awful pretty. But I washed it and used it on the bed and it faded, and after it faded, that's what I done with it. / GJ: You turned it into a quilt. / MB: I put 'em both together and made me a quilt. / GJ: What does it have inside it? / MB: I don't know, I couldn't tell you [laughter]. I couldn't see in there. I don't know, just a little of everything inside of 'em, sheets, cotton in some of 'em, and some of 'em sheets is in 'em. Just anything that I could use for a lining. But that's the way I had to do, so I done it.
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  • Sound tape reel : 7 in.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R35

Source Collection

  • Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)


  • American Folklife Center

Online Format

  • audio

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Credit line: Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project collection (AFC 1982/009), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Bryan, Mamie, Geraldine Niva Johnson, and Mamie Bryan. "Both of these is countypins.". Sparta, North Carolina, 1978. Audio.

APA citation style:

Bryan, M., Johnson, G. N. & Bryan, M. (1978) "Both of these is countypins.". Sparta, North Carolina. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Bryan, Mamie, Geraldine Niva Johnson, and Mamie Bryan. "Both of these is countypins.". Sparta, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.