• Related Resources -- Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

    Glossary of Quilt Terms Appliqué -- A needlework technique in which a piece of cloth is sewn onto a larger piece. Backing -- A piece of cloth forming the underside of a quilt. May be several pieces seamed together. Batting -- see Filler. Bell thread -- A brand of commercial thread sometimes used to tack, or tie, quilts. Bias -- The diagonal direction on ...

  • Rights and Access -- Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

    The Library of Congress is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17, U.S.C.) or any other restrictions in the material in this collection, except as noted below. Users should keep in mind that the Library of Congress is providing access to these materials strictly for educational and research purposes. The written permission of the copyright owners and/or other holders of rights ...

  • Lura Stanley -- Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

    Lura Brascombe Stanley was born on May 12, 1906, in Laurel Fork (Carroll County), Virginia. Her parents, James P. and Mary Ruth Dickerson Brascombe, were farmers, and the family raised its own food and made much of its own clothing. Lura's mother had a loom and wove blankets, some of which Lura still owned at the time of the interview in 1978. Lura Stanley ...

    • Date: 1906-05-12
  • Ila Patton -- Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

    Ila Frances Hale Patton was born on September 9, 1905, in Galax (Grayson County), Virginia. She married Oscar Roy Patton and they raised their children in the same area. At the time of the interview, in 1978, Mrs. Patton lived with her daughter in her husband's family home. The white frame house, locally called the Patton Plantation, is located on a hillside overlooking the ...

    • Date: 1905-09-09
  • Mamie Bryan -- Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

    Mamie Lee Parks Bryan was born in 1900 in Alleghany County, North Carolina. She married Leonard Bryan in 1914, and they lived in the vicinity of Sparta, North Carolina. Leonard Bryan worked as a coal miner in West Virginia for thirty-two years in a company house and returning home, along with other North Carolina men, every two weeks. Mamie and Leonard Bryan had six ...

  • The Lands' End All-American Quilt Contest -- Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

    When people think about quilts, they often picture women sitting together around a quilt frame, enjoying a communal experience. Quilts are frequently used, both literally and metaphorically, to express a sense of community. However, there is another common thread that runs throughout the history of American quilts -- that of competition. 1996 Hawaii State Winner; PILIALOHA/Love in Abundance. "I designed it. Hawaiian floral quilt. ...

    • Date: 1978
  • Speaking of Quilts: Voices from the Late 20th Century -- Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

    Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection, clockwise from left: Portrait of Mamie and Leonard Bryan on porch in front of bedspread; Sixteen Patch quilt; Umbrella Girl quilt, detail; Quilt back, feed sack logo. Background quote: "This is just out of our old clothes." We Americans have adopted quilts as a symbol of what we value about ourselves and our national history. We speak of ...

    • Date: 1978
  • Zenna Todd -- Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

    Zenna Bottomly Todd was born on June 1, 1916, in Ennice (Alleghany County), North Carolina, and at the time of the interview in 1978, she had lived practically all her life in the same area. She married in 1934 and raised three sons. She remembered starting to make quilts when she was twenty-five years old. At that time she made "crazy quilts" which were ...

    • Date: 1916-06-01
  • Blue Ridge Quiltmaking in the Late Twentieth Century -- Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

    Map information accessed through the U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Online Data Base, "our Nation's official repository of domestic geographic names information." Maps were originally generated by the U.S. Census Bureau's TIGER Mapping Service, "a public resource for generating high-quality, detailed maps of anywhere in the United States, using public geographic data." Map information was modified for illustration purposes. Map information ...

  • About this Collection -- Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

    Contains 181 segments from recorded interviews with quiltmakers and 410 graphic images (prints, positive transparencies, and negatives) from two collections in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: the Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/00) and the Lands' End All-American Quilt Contest Collection (AFC 1997/011). The images of the quilts convey the range of contemporary quiltmaking styles in the United ...

    • Date: 1978
  • Maggie Shockley -- Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

    Maggie Cochran Shockley was born on April 4, 1913, in Hillsville (Carroll County), Virginia. She graduated from Hillsville High School but was unable to go to college at that time. She married Everett Shockley and they raised three children. Mrs. Shockley worked as a farm wife, cultivating a garden and orchards, preserving the produce, and maintaining livestock. At the age of fifty-six she enrolled ...

    • Date: 1913-04-04
  • Donna Choate -- Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

    Donna Greer Choate was born on September 25, 1909, in Baywood (Grayson County), Virginia. Her parents were James and Lucinda Brown Greer, and her grandmother had been a slave. After the death of her mother, Lucinda Brown had been raised by a white family, who enabled her to attend school. Detail of Sabe and Donna Choate standing in front of quilt draped on fence ...

    • Date: 1909-09-25