Audio Recording "About all my quilts was quilted with white thread."
About this Item
- "About all my quilts was quilted with white thread."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Choate, Donna. (Interviewee)
- Choate, Donna. (Creator)
- Created / Published
- Sparta, North Carolina
- Subject Headings
- - thread
- - Ethnography
- - Interviews
- - United States -- North Carolina -- Sparta
- - Donna Choate is an African-American woman who learned to quilt from her mother who was taught to piece quilts by the white family who raised her. Although at the time of the interview Mrs. Choate had not made quilts for several years, she describes the process, both as her mother practiced it and as she had done it herself. Mrs. Choate had made both utility and fancy quilts, for the use of her family, not for sale.
- - Transcription: GJ: When you quilted, what kind of thread did you like to use? / DC: Well, I usually used just a number eight, number eight cotton thread. Sometimes you had to change your colors quite a bit. If you had red naturally you didn't want white thread in 'em, but just, just ordinary thread. Get it on a spool. / GJ: Did you make your colors match? / DC: Um hum, sometimes, yes. Yes. Well if you had red, naturally you didn't put white thread in it, it didn't look good. You'd have to do a lot of changing, too. So I've always watched my colors pretty well. And I'd be able to use white thread just about all the way through. About all my quilts was quilted with white thread. I never would use red. And I didn't like black pieces either, cause your thread showed up in there. But we didn't pay too much attention to a-making quilts. I guess we didn't treasure them enough. I wouldn't mind making one now if I had pieces, but I don't have any pieces, I don't sew anymore. / GJ: So you didn't use a contrasting thread. Some people seem to use a thread that contrasts. / DC: Yes, well. They do. They do that nowadays.
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- Sound tape reel : 7 in.
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R94
- Source Collection
- Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
- American Folklife Center
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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Donna Choate, and Donna Choate. "About all my quilts was quilted with white thread.". Sparta, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000052/. (Accessed May 30, 2017.)
APA citation style:
Johnson, G. N., Choate, D. & Choate, D. (1978) "About all my quilts was quilted with white thread.". Sparta, North Carolina. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000052/.
MLA citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Donna Choate, and Donna Choate. "About all my quilts was quilted with white thread.". Sparta, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000052/>.