Audio Recordings "The cheaper you get your material, the less you have in your quilt."
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- "The cheaper you get your material, the less you have in your quilt."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Interviewee)
- Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Creator)
- Created / Published
- Ennice, North Carolina
- - 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: The cheaper you get your material, and the, you know, the less you have in your quilt. All you've got in it, say for instance is your time, and that's plenty. But, I have paid as high as two, and two-and-a-half, two forty-nine, for material to go in a quilt, because it be the color that I needed. And you can't do that. You can't, you, it's just too much. And the filling you know that you put in it? It has gone up, it's advanced quite a bit now. Sometimes they'll run special on it, and if I find it when they've got the special on it, I'll get me up, you know, several. You, you have to look out ahead, you know, for it. I'll get me up several so that I'll have plenty when I, if I do want to do one. And our biggest job now is getting unbleached muslin. You can't get that. Seem like they're making it, a real light weight. It's just a little too thin for lining. And the, they're making a different kind, I believe it's got a little bit of synthetic something in it, it's more like permanent press. And it's real close wove, it's hard to quilt through. You've got to have something, you got to watch what you get to quilt through. Got to be something soft. You can't do a good job.
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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. "The cheaper you get your material, the less you have in your quilt.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000082/. (Accessed October 22, 2016.)
APA citation style:
Johnson, G. N., Todd, Z. & Todd, Z. (1978) "The cheaper you get your material, the less you have in your quilt.". Ennice, North Carolina. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000082/.
MLA citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "The cheaper you get your material, the less you have in your quilt.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000082/>.