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Audio Recording "I just got tired of that Log Cabin."

"I just got tired of that Log Cabin."

About this Item


  • "I just got tired of that Log Cabin."


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

Created / Published

  • Sparta, North Carolina


  • -  Quilting
  • -  Quilt patterns
  • -  log cabin quilts
  • -  patchwork quilts
  • -  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: GJ: Now what do you call that one? / MB: I started, I started this. His mother had a Log Cabin quilt. And she had her one, and I wanted to learn how to make one. So I started mine but I got tired of it. I didn't, I got along too slow. So I quit. But now you can tell it, that there's the blocks. Them's the blocks I got pieced. And I got tired of that Log Cabin. Now she called it a Log Cabin quilt. Blocks. So I got tired of that. And I said, I'm going to piece mine. I wanted to get the quilt done. So I just pieced mine any way I wanted it. / GJ: Did you piece it into blocks? / MB: Yeah, all of 'em in blocks. / GJ: All of your piecing / MB: and strips / GJ: piece it into blocks and then into strips / MB: just strip 'em up together / GJ: Now I can see the log cabins there in the middle. / MB: I said well I didn't have but four blocks, I said I'll put it right in the middle of my quilt. / GJ: These aren't log cabin right here, these aren't, are they? Are they? / MB: Yeah. / GJ: They're the log cabin, but then these are strip blocks, aren't they? / MB: I couldn't finish it. It was too slow. But she had an awful pretty one. I don't know whatever [?] with hers. Never did know.
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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. "I just got tired of that Log Cabin.". Sparta, North Carolina, 1978. Audio.

APA citation style:

Bryan, M., Johnson, G. N. & Bryan, M. (1978) "I just got tired of that Log Cabin.". Sparta, North Carolina. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Bryan, Mamie, Geraldine Niva Johnson, and Mamie Bryan. "I just got tired of that Log Cabin.". Sparta, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.