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

    Lura Stanley -- Quilts and Quiltmaking...

    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
  • Blue Ridge Quilters --                        Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996
  • Ila Patton --                        Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

    Ila Patton -- Quilts and Quiltmaking i...

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

    The Lands' End All-American Quilt Contest -- ...

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

    Maggie Shockley -- Quilts and Quiltmak...

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

    About this Collection -- Quilts and Qu...

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

    Speaking of Quilts: Voices from the Late 20th Century -- ...

    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 Todd -- Quilts and Quiltmaking i...

    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
  • Donna Choate --                        Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

    Donna Choate -- Quilts and Quiltmaking...

    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