Audio Recording "In 1976, I decided to make a wall hanging."

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"In 1976, I decided to make a wall hanging."
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
-  Quilt patterns
-  income
-  applique quilts
-  commemorative quilts
-  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: ZT: Oh, I go to tell you this. Uh, you know in '76, I decided I wanted to make a wall hanging. You, know, a thing to go on the wall. But it was made in, like a quilt. But not as big, about a 40-by-40. And I couldn't figure out what to put on it, so it was centennial year? And I thought, I know what I'll do. I'll put a log cabin on it and George Washington. Just a silhouette of him, you know from his shoulders up? And I drawed and drawed, a-trying to get his picture, you know, to make it look like him. And I did it out of black. Well, I put his hair so it come down his back, you know how he wore his hair. And I fixed this log cabin, and then I put red and blue stars in each corner of that, then I put red, red and blue, a little strip all the way around, two of 'em, about a inch wide, and then I quilted on it, and I put 19--17 and 76? To 19 and 76. And I done that in the quilting, and I done it diagonally, you know, go from one corner to the other? And I thought it was just real unique, you know. And I don't know whether, whether Mrs. Berry has sold that yet or not. I sent it to Roaring Gap, and I put a eagle on one, a big eagle with its wings spread out? I appliqued that. And it's a beautiful thing. And this log cabin and this George Washington's pretty too. Real fancy. You ask her if she's got that. And the eagle, I sold it at Roaring Gap. I believe I did. And I just got to thinking about it, you know, bout it being the centennial year, that I would fix something unusual. But I don't know, I don't whether she's sold that for me or not. I can't remember. But I thought that was real, just real pret and you could tell it was him, too. Yeah, you could look at it and tell it was George Washington.
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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. "In , I decided to make a wall hanging.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio.

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Johnson, G. N., Todd, Z. & Todd, Z. (1978) "In , I decided to make a wall hanging.". Ennice, North Carolina. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "In , I decided to make a wall hanging.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.