Audio Recording "This is a Little Dutch Girl."

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"This is a Little Dutch Girl."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Patton, Ila, 1905-2001 (Interviewee)
Patton, Ila, 1905-2001 (Creator)
Created / Published
Galax, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  Quilt patterns
-  Dyeing
-  quilt lining
-  applique quilts
-  Dutch girl quilts
-  feed sack quilts
-  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: Now this one is quilted by the piece. It's a Little Dutch Girl. / IP: Yes. This is a Little Dutch Girl. / GJ: And that's appliqued onto what feels like almost like cotton. / IP: Yes, it is, it's cotton. / GJ: And then this one you turned under. / IP: Yeah, put, turned the top down and hemmed it on the lining. / GJ: When did you make that, the Little Dutch Girl? / IP: Well, now that's been made, oh, six or eight years ago, winters ago. / GJ: Is that right? / IP: I guess it's been that long. / GJ: What about the one that's quilted in the fans, when did you make that one? / IP: That one's older. It's been made a heap longer. This one is a pretty new one, but it's been a right smart bit since it. Now I believe this is just set up with sacks that's been dyed. / GJ: Is that right? / IP: I think it is. / GJ: This is sacks? / IP: I believe right here, it is. It's been dyed yellow, colored yellow, yeah. / GJ: What kind of sacks? / IP: Well, I used to, you know, get feed in 'em. I think that's what it is, pretty sure it is. / GJ: Isn't that interesting. / IP: And now this is, this is, what this is a domestic lining, you know, what they call at the stores? Used to make sheets out of? That's what this is, it's new. / GJ: I see. Well, that's interesting. / IP: Now this is just quilted around the Dutch Girl. See? Just went around the cap and feet and all. Arms and hands. And then around each block. Around the square. It's not quilted anywhere else except around the Dutch Girl's dress and the blocks. / GJ: And that's the pattern you got from the neighbor. / IP: Yeah.
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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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Chicago citation style:

Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Ila Patton, and Ila Patton. "This is a Little Dutch Girl.". Galax, Virginia, 1978. Audio.

APA citation style:

Johnson, G. N., Patton, I. & Patton, I. (1978) "This is a Little Dutch Girl.". Galax, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Ila Patton, and Ila Patton. "This is a Little Dutch Girl.". Galax, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.