Audio Recording "It takes a lot of time. You've got to want to do it."

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"It takes a lot of time. You've got to want to do 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
-  Quilting
-  quilt piecing
-  income
-  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: Are the younger people learning how to quilt? / ZT: Uh, well, they's some that I know of, that's beginning to, to, course you know, I don't know what everbody's doing, but, I've heard of a few that, right around through here, that has kindly took up a little bit of it. / GJ: Why do you think that they're not? / ZT: Well, now, let me tell you something. It's not easy. It, it takes, it's just not a easy thing to do. It's just something that you've got to like and something that you've got to, just hang in there and do it. Some people'll maybe start a block and they'll say, oh heck, I don't want to fool with that, just takes too much time. It's too much worry. And, they was a lady that I sold a couple of quilts to from Winston, and she says they was teaching a quilting class down there and she'd been going. She says, I've went and, told how long she'd been going, and she says, I just have got a pillow together. And she, had, this neighbor of mine had went to Baptist hospital and was setting in the lobby, a-waiting on somebody, and she got to talking to her, and that's how I sold the quilts. She was a-wanting to know where she was from, and all, and she, wanted to know if there was anybody here in the mountains, that would do quilting, that would make her a couple of quilts. And I made her a couple of quilts. And she come up here and got 'em. And she up to tell me about, she says, I'm just thrilled to death, says, I've been at work, she, she told how long she'd went, to this class, and just barely had got a pillow made, put together. It takes a lot of time, and people don't have patience with it, unless they, you know, want to. You've got to want to.
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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. "It takes a lot of time.You've got to want to do it.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio.

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "It takes a lot of time.You've got to want to do it.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.