Audio Recording "You can make the squares big as you want."
"You can make the squares big as you want."
About this Item
- "You can make the squares big as you want."
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Interviewee)
- Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Creator)
Created / Published
- Ennice, North Carolina
- - Quilting
- - Quilt patterns
- - quilt piecing
- - patchwork quilts
- - nine patch 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: Have you ever done a pattern called the Nine of Diamonds, or the Nine Patch? / ZT: Well, that just takes bout three-inch squares. You can make the squares big as you want. Some people makes 'em two-and-a-half. Some, but I think the three-inch looks better. Or the four, that'd be about like that cover over there that I made. And you put nine together. Then you can, if you want to do, if you want to, to do it, put nine together, and then you use about a two-and-a-half inch strip to, what we call stripping it, you know. Ever way. And I have, I did see one, somewhere, where they had used the nine patch square and then they had used a solid piece, as big as that, and then they'd done this real, you know, pattern quilting in on the solid piece. And that was real pretty.
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- Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R102
- Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
- American Folklife Center
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Credit line: Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project collection (AFC 1982/009), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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Chicago citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "You can make the squares big as you want.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000089/.
APA citation style:
Johnson, G. N., Todd, Z. & Todd, Z. (1978) "You can make the squares big as you want.". Ennice, North Carolina. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000089/.
MLA citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "You can make the squares big as you want.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/qlt000089/>.