Audio Recording "I done a Sunburst, and it sold right now!"

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"I done a Sunburst, and it sold right now!"
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Interviewee)
Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Creator)
Created / Published
Ennice, North Carolina
Subject Headings
-  Quilt patterns
-  income
-  bear paw quilts
-  sunburst quilts
-  turkey track 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: GJ: What are some of the other, more difficult patterns? / ZT: Well, I guess the Bear Paw, they call the Bear Paw, and the Turkey Track. I imagine that that would be, I've never done one of them, I've laid off to do the Turkey Track, and I've just not got into it. And, they would, that, they're pretty hard. But they's none of them too hard for me to do, because I've been in it so long till, I can just take a pattern and do it. And it don't, I done a Sunburst, what they call a Sunburst. But I didn't do it in a big quilt. I just done a, what you'd call a crib quilt? My goodness, was that ever pretty! That was the most prettiest thing you've ever seen. And it sold right now! I didn't have any trouble that a getting gone! But I think that I got my colors, you know, together good. You've got to, you've got to know how to get your colors together to make a quilt go, too. / GJ: Are there certain colors now that are popular? / ZT: Yeah, if you, they like, well, some do and some don't. But you've got to, uh to, coordinate 'em together, you know, like uh, if you're going to do what you call a rustic quilt, earth, you need earth tones. You know. Like real dark reds, or, and certain shade of browns, and different things, you know, that goes good together, like a burnt orange, and things like that. But, well, let me tell you it's like this. When you get your colors, when you get all your material out and get your colors blended to where they'll look good together, you've done got your quilt made! [laughter] / GJ: Is that right? So that's the hard part. / ZT: Oh, that's the hardest part. I've been all day, a-working my colors out. You know, getting together what looks good together, and what don't look good together. And what, that would, what you would think that would blend in with any kind of decoration, room color, you know, and all.
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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 done a Sunburst, and it sold right now!". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio.

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