Audio Recording "My mother would have quiltings."

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"My mother would have quiltings."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Choate, Donna. (Interviewee)
Choate, Donna. (Creator)
Created / Published
Sparta, North Carolina
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  quilt tacking
-  recycled fabrics
-  batting (textiles)
-  quilting bees
-  quilting groups
-  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: Did you ever quilt with a group of people? / DC: No, ma'am. No, we never, now older people had a quilting. My mother would have quiltings. Um hum, and the ladies would come, maybe three or four. And they'd quilt out a quilt or two that day. Then they had a way, a thing they called tacking quilts. You've heard of that too, haven't you? They tacked 'em. There was just one, one stitch. But that takes a lot, awful lot of time. Cutting them threads. / GJ: Did you ever do that? / DC: No, I haven't tacked a quilt, not since I've lived here I don't think. No, I don't tack 'em. My mother wasn't much for tacks. She said they come apart too easily. And she wouldn't, now a lot of people used old clothing. But I never did see her, she might use an old blanket that was getting kind of thin and worn. She might use a old blanket, but I never did see her use old clothing in a quilt, but I have seen others do that.
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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. "My mother would have quiltings.". Sparta, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed June 28, 2017.)

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Johnson, G. N., Choate, D. & Choate, D. (1978) "My mother would have quiltings.". Sparta, North Carolina. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Donna Choate, and Donna Choate. "My mother would have quiltings.". Sparta, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.