Audio Recording "I don't usually start until after Christmas."

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"I don't usually start until after Christmas."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Interviewee)
Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Creator)
Created / Published
Ennice, North Carolina
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  Ethnography
-  Interviews
-  United States -- North Carolina -- Ennice
-  Mrs. Todd started making quilts for her family to use when she was 25. She teaches quiltmaking and makes quilts to sell through a local shop to supplement her income. Geraldine Johnson described her as "a bubbly, enthusiastic person who would be a natural à interpreter of Blue Ridge quilts." This interview includes good information on the economics and practice of making quilts to sell, criteria for selection of materials to use in quilts, and how quiltmaking has changed over time.
-  Transcription: GJ: When you do quilt, what time of year is it generally? / ZT: Well, I don't usually start till after Christmas. And then, just as soon as Christmas is over, and I get everything cleared away and get the household settled down, I put my quilting frames up, and then I start. And I'll quilt like, I usually can quilt one in a week. If it's not, you know, too awful much quilting to it. Some will have more than others, you know. Just according to what kind you're quilting and the way you 're quilting it. So when I get, get one through with, I take it out, and while I've got my frames up, I just put another one in. But I don't work on it, because your fingers get so sore, you just can't stand it. Well, then I'll work at something else for a few days, till I kind of rest on that. Then I go back at it. I think I quilted three or four after Christmas last year, and pieced two. Oh yeah. When I get started, I just go at it. But it got real bad, and snowing, sleet, and I didn't have any company, and, and I would get up of a morning, and get my breakfast over with, and, and sometimes I didn't make up my bed, and sometimes I did. [laughter] And I'd go right to work on it. I'd put maybe eight, nine hours on it. You can do a right much in that length of time.
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Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R101
Source Collection
Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
American Folklife Center
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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "I don't usually start until after Christmas.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio.

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Johnson, G. N., Todd, Z. & Todd, Z. (1978) "I don't usually start until after Christmas.". Ennice, North Carolina. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "I don't usually start until after Christmas.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.