Audio Recording "I'm going to make me one and keep it."

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"I'm going to make me one and keep 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
-  Quilt patterns
-  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: So one of these days you're going to do a fancy quilt for yourself, huh? / ZT: Yeah. I want to do, I think I'll do the Double Wedding Ring when I do it. No, I'm going to make me one and I'm going to keep it. I'm going to either do that or do the one that I made so many of those pillows like, that applique quilt. Cause that's a real pretty thing. And I want to make me some pillow shams, and I want to fix it all. I'd like to do this one, that I made those pillows by, that was so pretty, and then hook me a rug to go with it. I, I've been, I've been thinking about it now for the last year or two, and I want to get in on it some of these days, but I've got an awful lot of material in pieces that I have bought up, off and on, for years, that I'm a-trying, that's one reason, I was trying to get 'em pieced up and sell 'em, to get 'em off of hand, to get 'em out away, or either I'd have to give 'em to somebody. So I thought, well, it'll help me a little bit with my expense and I'll just make 'em and sell 'em. And, but when I, when I start on mine, I want to get my colors and get everything ready, and then I don't want to do anything only just that.
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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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Chicago citation style:

Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "I'm going to make me one and keep it.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio.

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Johnson, G. N., Todd, Z. & Todd, Z. (1978) "I'm going to make me one and keep it.". Ennice, North Carolina. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Zenna Todd, and Zenna Todd. "I'm going to make me one and keep it.". Ennice, North Carolina, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.