Audio Recording "Now they have a quilting thread, but I don't like it."
About this Item
- "Now they have a quilting thread, but I don't like it."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Interviewee)
- Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Creator)
- Created / Published
- Ennice, North Carolina
- Subject Headings
- - thread
- - aesthetics
- - 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: And what kind of thread do you use? / ZT: Well, I usually use this, I try to get a 40 or 50 just spool thread, like, well, I don't guess you, you could sew the 50 on the sewing machine, but you couldn't the 40, I don't believe. You might could, but I usually use that size. And just, mercerized thread. [. . .] Now they have a quilting thread. But I don't like it. Well, it's, it's stiff. And it just looks ugly. And I can just do a lot better, do a neater, nicer job, to do it with the, mercerized thread, cotton. / GJ: What color do you use? / ZT: Well, I usually use a color that blends in with my top and the lining. Now, I had, let's see, I had a quilt here not long ago, that had a dark, I'd set it up with blue, or brown, I forget what that was, and I didn't know what the color of thread to use on that, because it had the blocks, and then it had this three-inch thing in between the blocks. And after I got the thing made, I thought, well, now I should have used my head a little bit there. What am I going to do about my thread. And so I put the unbleached muslin back to it, and I thought well I'm just going to use the white thread. It won't look too bad on that brown, and the thread is so soft and all, and if you make tiny enough stitches, you don't seldom see the, you don't see it too bad. And it looked real good, it looked real pretty.
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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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Chicago citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "Now they have a quilting thread, but I don't like it.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000086/.
APA citation style:
Johnson, G. N., Todd, Z. & Todd, Z. (1978) "Now they have a quilting thread, but I don't like it.". Ennice, North Carolina. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000086/.
MLA citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "Now they have a quilting thread, but I don't like it.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/qlt000086/>.