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Audio Recording "If you would count all your hours, it's not much."

"If you would count all your hours, it’s not much."

About this Item

Title

  • "If you would count all your hours, it's not much."

Names

  • Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
  • Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Interviewee)
  • Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Creator)

Created / Published

  • Ennice, North Carolina

Headings

  • -  income
  • -  artistic hobbies
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Interviews
  • -  United States -- North Carolina -- Ennice

Genre

  • Ethnography
  • Interviews

Notes

  • -  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: Do you get a lot of orders from people who privately contact you? / ZT: Well, sometimes. But most of the time I just make 'em, and put 'em in, and they sell 'em. / GJ: So you do most of your selling through the craft shops. / ZT: Uh huh, yeah. Really, I tell, if you would count all your hours you put on it, you wouldn't, fact, you wouldn't, it just is not much. But it's better than, you know, where you spend your time at home, it's better than just, uh, is a saying, as I told one person, uh, they said Oh, I'm just so nervous, I just can't do anything like that. And, you know, if you've got a lot of time on hand, you're restless, you are nervous. And that keeps your mind occupied. It keeps you, it keeps you a-going. / GJ: How many hours would you say you have in a quilt? / ZT: I wouldn't have the least bit of a idea. I have thought that I would keep up with my hours and just see how many hours that I had in one quilt, but I've just not done it. Maybe, say that I'll work on one today. Well, tomorrow maybe I won't even do anything to it. But you would have to have you a log made and every time you work put it down. And I just don't do it. But you wouldn't, you sure wouldn't make much an hour. But I love to do it. Yeah, I enjoy it, uh huh, yeah, I enjoy it.
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Medium

  • 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)

Repository

  • American Folklife Center

Online Format

  • audio

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Credit line: Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project collection (AFC 1982/009), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "If you would count all your hours, it's not much.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000078/.

APA citation style:

Johnson, G. N., Todd, Z. & Todd, Z. (1978) "If you would count all your hours, it's not much.". Ennice, North Carolina. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000078/.

MLA citation style:

Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "If you would count all your hours, it's not much.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/qlt000078/>.