Audio Recording "I've always used unbleached muslin for linings."
About this Item
- "I've always used unbleached muslin for linings."
- 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 lining
- - feed sack 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: I try to use cotton for the top, and cotton for the filling, or cotton and polyester blend. Sometimes I use Mountain Mist and it's all cotton. And unbleached muslin's cotton too. So I try to use cotton all the way through. / GJ: Have you always used muslin for your lining? / ZT: Yes. I think that, that that is about one of the oldest, piece of material that you can find, cause about my first quilting and all that I did, was of course, like I told you awhile ago about my first quilt. I made it out of feed bags, the backing. But back at that time, those feed bags wasn't anything except that unbleached muslin. And they was just made into feed bags. So I've always used unbleached muslin for my linings. Sometimes, if I have a quilt that's made with white material, say that I've set it up, you wouldn't know what setting, I guess you know what setting it up is, anyway like if you piece your blocks and you want to set it together with something. Well I have used white material to set it together. Well, if I use white material to set it together, I just buy me one of the sheets that's on sale or something, and put a sheet to the back of it, to match my top. But I usually use unbleached muslin for all of it.
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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
- Online Format
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Chicago citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "I've always used unbleached muslin for linings.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000085/.
APA citation style:
Johnson, G. N., Todd, Z. & Todd, Z. (1978) "I've always used unbleached muslin for linings.". Ennice, North Carolina. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000085/.
MLA citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "I've always used unbleached muslin for linings.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/qlt000085/>.