Audio Recording "You've got to have 'em right."

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"You've got to have 'em right."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Interviewee)
Todd, Zenna, 1916-2012 (Creator)
Created / Published
Ennice, North Carolina
Subject Headings
-  Quilt patterns
-  aesthetics
-  income
-  lone star quilts
-  star 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 other differences that you do with, if you're doing a quilt for yourself or if you're doing one that'll be fancy? / ZT: Well, uh, you will just, if, if you're making a quilt just for your own use, that you're going to use everyday, and, uh, say, in your home, that you don't care about it a-being nice, you, you won't, you won't do a lot of these things with it. But if you're going to, now, a lot of times, where you put 'em in these shops, if they're not nice, they won't have 'em. You know. They've got to be right. You've got to have 'em right. And I have been going to make one, and I've not got into it, but I got to do it one of these days. I got to get in on it. I want to make one and use it for a bedspread. Just use it, you know. And I want to do it, and do it real good and quilt it real close and fix it so it can, I want to pick out my colors and get it to where that it will go with anything that I want to use in the room, or the walls, or any, whatever. I find that golds and, a certain shade of blues, or olive green, or something like that, really goes better to sell than just to pick up pinks or something like that that. Very seldom that you have anybody that wants a lavender, or something filled in with lavender, or pinks or anything like that. / Now I have made, I made a Lone Star quilt, you know, one big star right in the middle of the bed, great big one. And I filled it in with red, and I, after I got it done, I thought, gosh, that's too bright. That's just too bright. And I didn't think it would sell. But it did. I reckon the other colors I used in the middle for the star helped it. You'd be surprised how that sometimes, that certain colors can bring out all the rest.
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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. "You've got to have 'em right.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed August 22, 2017.)

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "You've got to have 'em right.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.