Audio Recording "What makes a quilt pretty?"
About this Item
- "What makes a quilt pretty?"
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Choate, Donna. (Interviewee)
- Choate, Donna. (Creator)
- Created / Published
- Sparta, North Carolina
- Subject Headings
- - aesthetics
- - 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: What do you think makes a quilt pretty? / DC: Well, I would think the design, would be the main thing about a quilt. Because if you just piece up a strip, just uh, in any form or matter and it doesn't harmonize, it's not going to be very pretty. I'd rather, I'd rather piece my pieces, make squares and put 'em together. Now a lot of people'll have strip, a strip of this cotton, a strip of they go to the store and buy remnants, you know. And make quilts. And they have all kind of colors. But mother taught us to use designs. And if I could make one now, I'd make a, some kind of design, I don't know what it would be [laughter]. / GJ: What do you mean, designs as opposed to strips? / DC: Uh huh, I'd, I'd like a design, maybe a star or they piece half-moons. They cut a half-moon, and, uh. But you've got it's, uh, kindly applique, applique work, I believe that's the word. You know what I mean, where you cut a design and then sew it on the material. That takes a lot of work, awful lot of work.
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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
- Online Format
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Chicago citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Donna Choate, and Donna Choate. "What makes a quilt pretty?". Sparta, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000055/.
APA citation style:
Johnson, G. N., Choate, D. & Choate, D. (1978) "What makes a quilt pretty?". Sparta, North Carolina. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000055/.
MLA citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Donna Choate, and Donna Choate. "What makes a quilt pretty?". Sparta, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/qlt000055/>.