Audio Recording "Just quilted for myself and helped the neighbors."

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"Just quilted for myself and helped the neighbors."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Patton, Ila, 1905-2001 (Interviewee)
Patton, Ila, 1905-2001 (Creator)
Created / Published
Galax, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  income
-  quilting bees
-  quilting groups
-  Ethnography
-  Interviews
-  United States -- Virginia -- Galax
-  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.
-  Transcription: GJ: Did you ever quilt with, like a quilting group out at church or anything? / IP: No, never have. Just quilted for myself mostly, and helped the neighbors. All of us get together and quilt is the only way I ever quilted. I never did quilt with a group. Quilted for a few. But, you know, just wanted me to quilt 'em some. / GJ: You mean, when your neighbors, when they had a quilt in or something, you'd [yeah] help them? / IP: Yeah, go help them, and maybe they'd come help me. Then they hired me to quilt some a few year ago. And I quilted, oh, just a few, say about a half a dozen, I guess, for certain people. That was a-working and didn't have time to quilt, and wanted me to quilt for 'em. They'd furnish the, you know, the pieces and tops and linings. And I'd quilt 'em. / GJ: Why did they want quilts if they were, if they were working and could buy blankets and things? / IP: Well, I reckon they just wanted some pretty quilts to have. They could buy 'em, but they just liked the quilts. Wanted some quilted. Couldn't quilt 'em theirselves. Didn't have the time. / GJ: Did they pay you fairly well, when they / IP: Yes, pretty good. Yeah, they paid me pretty good. I can't think now exactly, I think five or six dollars, that maybe to quilt 'em. That's been several year ago. They're paying a heap more now that they did back then. / GJ: Yeah, cause five or six dollars, that doesn't seem [no] like a whole lot [no] for all that work. / IP: It wasn't. They pay a lot more than that now. About ten, I think, maybe.
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Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R91
Source Collection
Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
American Folklife Center
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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Ila Patton, and Ila Patton. "Just quilted for myself and helped the neighbors.". Galax, Virginia, 1978. Audio.

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