Audio Recording "I made a lot of pillows from a Tulip pattern."

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"I made a lot of pillows from a Tulip pattern."
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
-  income
-  applique quilts
-  tulip 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: Do you have any quilt patterns that are like that, that you can do better than just about anybody? / ZT: Well, I've got one, that they's been several that's tried to copy it, but they haven't got it just right yet. And I got it out of that magazine right there. It's, the name of it is a Tulip. It's, but it doesn't look like a Tulip. I don't know why it's a beautiful thing, though. And I have made a lot of pillows. I've never made a quilt. But I made a pillow, just for a sample. And when I got the pillow made, she was up here. She passed by, and she wanted, come in, wanted to know what I was a-working at, and I said, well, I've been a-doing a pillow that I found in a magazine. And she wanted to see it. She says, Oh my goodness, that's the prettiest thing I've ever seen. Says, Oh my goodness, says make some of them. Says make it for Christmas. So, I made, made a couple, and made 'em the same material and everything. And she just sold them right off and she's been onto me and onto me a-wanting me to make some more. They're a little complicated. I mean, it's a whole lot of applique work, hand work. Takes you right smart little bit on 'em. Then I quilt on 'em. I do quilting on 'em, too, you know. I stretch, I've got a quilting hoop, you know that sets up on the floor, and I just put it in that and, and quilt the top, and that's what sells it, is that quilting. And she thought it was just awfu pretty.
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Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R102
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 made a lot of pillows from a Tulip pattern.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio.

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Johnson, G. N., Todd, Z. & Todd, Z. (1978) "I made a lot of pillows from a Tulip pattern.". Ennice, North Carolina. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "I made a lot of pillows from a Tulip pattern.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.