Audio Recording "I helped my grandmother quilt."
About this Item
- "I helped my grandmother quilt."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Patton, Ila, 1905-2001 (Interviewee)
- Patton, Ila, 1905-2001 (Creator)
- Created / Published
- Galax, Virginia
- Subject Headings
- - Quilting
- - Ethnography
- - Interviews
- - United States -- Virginia -- Galax
- - Transcription: GJ: Do you remember when you first got interested in doing some quilting? / IP: Well, law, I've been quilting and I helped my grandmother when I, before I was about twelve and fourteen years old. I helped her quilt. Piece quilts, piece 'em on our fingers, and then I'd piece 'em on the machine. Put 'em in frames and pad them and quilt 'em. She was an awful nice hand to quilt. She showed me how. Her and my mother too, together. I enjoyed patchworking, you know, making pillow tops, quilting, piecing quilts, and embroidering, crocheting. I crocheted a lot. Done a lot of crocheting, back when, oh I was about fourteen on up till I was thirty-some, I guess, forty.
- - Geraldine Johnson described Ila Patton's quilts as "not fancy, but very interesting and well made." They include utility crazy and strip quilts, as well as a recent Cathedral Window, which is a novelty construction popular in the 1970s. The variety of Mrs. Patton's quilts, her recollections of learning to quilt from her grandmother, and her primary interest in making quilts for family rather than to sell are some of the key elements brought out in this "very useful and informative" interview.
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- Sound tape reel : 7 in.
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R90
- Source Collection
- Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
- American Folklife Center
- Online Format
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Chicago citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Ila Patton, and Ila Patton. "I helped my grandmother quilt.". Galax, Virginia, 1978. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000010/.
APA citation style:
Johnson, G. N., Patton, I. & Patton, I. (1978) "I helped my grandmother quilt.". Galax, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000010/.
MLA citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Ila Patton, and Ila Patton. "I helped my grandmother quilt.". Galax, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/qlt000010/>.