Audio Recording "I think as much of the Double Wedding Ring as any."

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"I think as much of the Double Wedding Ring as any."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Interviewee)
Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Creator)
Created / Published
Ennice, North Carolina
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  Quilt patterns
-  quilt piecing
-  double wedding ring quilts
-  wedding ring 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 your favorite pieced patterns? / ZT: Well, just to tell you the truth, I think as much of the Double Wedding Ring as any. It's hard to, it's hard to do and put together. But if you, when you get started with it, if you will just keep on, and not change off on something else, you will go faster with it. You know. Don't piece too many other different kinds of patterns, and then, it goes together better. You've got, it like if you change off on another one, and then you come back to the Double Wedding Ring, you have to concentrate, and, uh, you know, it's a little hard to do. / GJ: Do you sometimes piece several quilts, several kinds of tops at once? / ZT: Oh, yeah. Yeah. What I do, what I do, I used to know exactly how many pieces it took to go in the Double Wedding Ring, and how many it took to set it up with, and all that. And if you just keep on, if you keep on doing that, uh, it just, you know, comes to you and it don't bother you. But if you quit doing the Double Wedding Ring, and go off on another one, then you're, you've lost out when you come back to it. So if I'm going to do a couple of Double Wedding Rings, I just do the Wedding Rings and don't do anything else till I get 'em done. Then if I start on this other one. And what I do, I usually cut like, one day, I cut all day long. I cut out. Then the next day I sew all that. And then if I've not got enough to finish it, I cut again. I go again. And, I try, I don't cut out a few and then sew a few. I just cut the whole thing out. And then when I start sewing, I sew. And, like I said a few minutes ago, if you, if you're up on it, you'll know exactly how much you have to have and how many pieces and everything. And I'll count 'em, you know, and keep up with it. But if you, now I dread starting back on this Double Wedding Ring, because I've got it about half done. And when I get started back on it, it's going to take me, oh, two or three hours to concentrate and get that all like I want it, so I can I can go with it. In other words, I work at it just like you're working on a job. And they's ways that you can, if you're doing the work, that you can, work it like working on a job. Maybe, you can work it so you can get along faster at 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
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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "I think as much of the Double Wedding Ring as any.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio.

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Johnson, G. N., Todd, Z. & Todd, Z. (1978) "I think as much of the Double Wedding Ring as any.". Ennice, North Carolina. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "I think as much of the Double Wedding Ring as any.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.